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Alternative Medicines and Depression

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 28, 2022 11:00:00 AM / by Winter Ninivaggi

Alternative Medicines and Depression

Rubidium and other natural methods.


Naturopathic medicine offers an array of treatments for depression. The holistic approach focuses on you as the individual and finds the root cause of your condition. 

Typically, treatment of major depressive disorder consists of psychotherapy and pharmaceuticals. Despite the benefits, many patients experience a variety of negative side effects including fatigue, sleep disturbance, weight gain, gastrointestinal distress, and loss of libido. Fortunately, naturopathic medicine offers a variety of modalities for patients with mood disorders including botanical therapies, nutraceuticals, homeopathy, flower essences, nutritional interventions and stress management. For patients with mild to moderate depression who prefer to avoid pharmaceuticals, natural treatments may be an appropriate effective option.

Rubidium is part of the same family of mineral as lithium sodium and potassium, with rubidium and potassium behaving in similar ways.   Rubidium stimulates the enzymes that use phenylalanine and tyrosine to produce catecholamines. 

Catecholamines are the nervous system stimulants, noradrenalin, adrenalin, dopamine and other related molecules. Increasing the levels of these stimulants are known to have an antidepressant effect.  

Rubidium slows the breakdown and reuptake of catecholamine transmitters, much like common antidepressants. 

Treating depressive disorder frequently requires an individualized, holistic and integrative approach. Naturopathic medicine can be especially well suited for depression because there are so many modalities available. A comprehensive naturopathic treatment plan can include the use of nervine and/or adaptogenic herbs, flower essences, nutraceutical supplements, I.V. amino acids and an appropriate referral for psychotherapy.

Eating foods with positive effects on your intestinal microbiome can provide great improvement in depression symptoms. Depression starts in your gut and that is prompting new research and new clinical targets in the treatment of depression. We have the testing and treatment now at Second Nature Care. 

We use I.V. ozone successfully for systemic pain and inflammation. I.V. Ozone with injectable Traumeel in the bag brings immediate relief to our patients. One of our IV options is the "Best Brain Sustain IV". All I.V. therapies are MD ordered. All mood disorder patients are either under the care of a qualified mental health specialist or are referred to one.

Best Brain Sustain IV: IV Nutritional Therapy that combines Glutathione (primary brain anti-oxidant), Folate, Tonico, Circulo Injeel and Cerebrum Compositum to improve memory, impaired concentration, depression, insomnia, dementia and anxiety. This formula is indicated for post-traumatic brain injuries.

Check out the IV menu of services to see what treatment could benefit you and book your consult today.

 Learn about I.V. Therapies

Chronic Major Depression

Dieting Away Depression

Mood Disorders and Insomnia


Wright, J. (2020, February). Depression, Amino Acids and Rubidium. Townsend Letter - Women's Health, (440), 62–64.


Topics: Mental Health

Winter Ninivaggi

Written by Winter Ninivaggi

Isadora Guggenheim, ND, FNP, RN, MS, CNS, LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
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