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Treating Anxiety/Depression Naturally

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 19, 2023 11:00:00 AM / by Winter Ninivaggi


You are not alone and there are options outside of pharmaceuticals.


Anxiety is typically caused by a combination of factors which can make it difficult to treat. The interplay of lifestyle, epigenetics, psychosocial dynamics, biochemical pathways, emotional/metal trauma and more add to the complexity of treating anxiety.  The American Psychiatric Association estimates the prevalence of anxiety disorders to be more than 25 million people in the United States.

Patients who have anxiety disorders can suffer with symptoms such as persistent worrying, fear of objects of situations, inability to relax, tension and panic attacks. 

Adults with generalized anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder are typically treated with pharmaceuticals including benzodiazepines, SSRIs and SNRIs. 

Naturopathic medicine also 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.

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Winter Ninivaggi

Written by Winter Ninivaggi

Isadora Guggenheim, ND, FNP, RN, MS, CNS, LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
For all appointments: Tel: 845 358-8385 Fax: 845 358-2963