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Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis


Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis
Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis throws a interesting fact that Herbal Remedies are much better and safer than conventional treatment for Gastritis. Though I have been using herbs for treatment of gastritis, this Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis was done by me as a fact finding and to substantiate my views on Herbal Remedies for Gastritis.
During this Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis I came across research papers validating and substantiating my view that Herbal Remedies for Gastritis are much better, leaving no side effects and have longer effect. Use of Herbal remedies for Gastritis could be learned through Alternate Medicine Courses taught at Alternate medicine Centres in Chennai.

To start let me tell you what exactly is Gastritis?
Gastritis is the inflammation, irritation or erosion of the inner lining of the stomach, known as the gastric mucosa. It can occur suddenly (acute) and can last for one or three days, or it can be chronic, lasting for several days or weeks. Most often the term “gastritis” is misused to include many different upper abdominal problems, but true gastritis refers to the stomach lining (gastric mucosa) that is inflamed.

A Study on Gastritis
According to a study published in the Scholars Journal of Applied Medical Studies, the  incidence  of  gastritis  in  India  is approximately 3 in 869,  that  is about 12,25,614  people  suffering  from  gastritis  out  of  the  total  1,06,50,70,607 population. The symptoms of gastritis can be loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, heartburn, uneasiness, bloated stomach, bad taste in mouth, foul breath etc. So if you have any of these similar symptoms and popping a ‘pudina’ pill or antacid tablet is not doing you any help.
According to the Merck Manuals website, the inflammation that characterizes gastritis may be caused by trauma; certain prescription medications; immune system disorders and fungal, viral or bacterial infections. The Merck Manuals website notes that your stomach lining is usually able to resist irritation and can withstand the effects of strong stomach acid. However, gastritis arises when your stomach lining’s ability to withstand these pressures is overwhelmed. Certain types of gastritis may cause ulcers.

Herbal Remedies for Gastritis
Herbal medicines for gastritis seek to reduce the inflammation and irritation of your stomach lining. In her book “Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth,” expert herbalist Dr. Sharol Tilgner states that four herbs are particularly effective in treating inflammatory conditions of your gastrointestinal tract and healing inflamed mucus membranes. These herbs are licorice root, slippery elm, peppermint and chamomile. These herbs can be used individually or taken together to help treat your severe gastritis.

An effective herbal medicine
Chamomile is perhaps the most effective herbal medicine in treating gastritis, severe or otherwise. Dr. Tilgner states that chamomile has anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving and antibacterial actions. She also states that this herb helps prevent or reduce the amount of gas in your intestinal tract. Chamomile, a plant that resembles a daisy, has been used to treat indigestion and irritation of your gastrointestinal tract tissue. Chamomile is soothing and healing to injured mucus membranes. This plant’s flowers contain most of its medicinal properties.

  1. Efficacy and safety of herbal medicines in treating gastric ulcer: A review – is  an article in the World Journal of Gastroenterology dated December 2014.
    It is written  by Wei-Ping Bi, Hui-Bin Man, Mao-Qiang Man. He states:
    “The efficacy of herbal medicines is comparable or superior to drugs such as omeprazole or cimetidine, and herbal medicines display fewer adverse effects.”

2) Review: List of Medicinal Plants for Gastritis is another article in the International Journal of Current Advanced Research – . 5. 1570-1575. Dated December 2016. It is written by Poojitha M, Swarnalatha G and MeenakshiSundram R of Sri Venkateswara College of Pharmacy, RVS Nagar, Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh. It states, “In spite of the available treatment there are many adverse effects of those conventional drugs available for treating the condition based on its root of cause. To overcome those adverse effects treatment with herbal medicine is suggested and that too people are choosing the home remedies including small and available herbs in their day to day life”.

Now let us list out and Review the Herbal Remedies for Gastritis and method to use.

  1. Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis – Mint

It is a boon to the health of Mother Nature. It is used as an effective remedy against many health problems. In case of pain in the stomach due to gas, it works wonders. Take 1 tsp of mint juice, mint tea or eat mint chutney to get rid of gas.

  1. Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis -Ajwain or the carom seeds

Ajwain or the carom seeds are effective in treating the gas problem. Thymol present in the carom seeds triggers release of gastric juices, which help in proper digestion of the food. Not only does it give relief from the gas but also a effective remedy against pain in the abdomen. Take a tsp of Ajwain with 1 glass of warm water, this will relieve the stomach pain and it is also considered as a effective remedy against stomach worms. Adding a pinch of black salt, cumin powder, Ajwain to lemon water makes a great drink for gastric troubles. One could also try – take 100gms of Ajwain, 3 tspns of black salt and 1 tspn of asafoetida grind them together and store in an airtight glass jar. Take 1 tspn with water twice a day.

  1. Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis –Jeera

Drinking jeera water is one of the best home remedies for gastric or gas problem. Jeera or cumin contains essential oils that stimulate the salivary glands which helps in better digestion of food and prevents the formation of excess gas. Take a tablespoon of cumin seeds and boil it in two cups of water for 10-15 minutes. Let it cool down, strain and drink the water after having your meals. To allay severe or chronic indigestion, hiccup and abdominal distention, crush jeera, ajwain, black pepper, rock salt and small hararh in equal parts. This “jeerakadi churna” if taken in a daily dose of one to two gms twice a day, with warm water or whenever required, is simple and safe remedy to get the abdominal wind dispelled and to gain symptomatic relief from colic pain.

  1. Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis -Ginger

Ginger has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce irritation of the inner lining in the stomach. You can chew a thumb of ginger and wash it down with water or boil milk and water in 1:5 ratio with ginger and drink it. Another quick ginger fix is to take a pinch of ginger powder, rock salt and asafetida in a cup of warm water to bring an immediate relief. A great remedy is to grate about one teaspoon of fresh ginger and have it with one teaspoon of lime juice after your meals. Drinking ginger tea is also an effective home remedy for gas relief. Ginger acts as a natural carminative (agents that relieve flatulence). Another method is to take a teaspoon of ground ginger, one teaspoon of cardamom and fennel seeds. Mix all the ingredients together and take a teaspoon of this mixture and add it to a cup of water. Also, add a pinch of asafoetida or hing in the water. Drink this solution twice daily.

  1. Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis –Triphala

Powdered Triphala is also quite helpful in dealing with a gassy stomach. Steep half teaspoon of it in boiling water for 5-10 minutes and then drink it before going to bed. Be careful with the quantity and frequency of consuming this mix as it is high in fibre and may cause bloating if taken in excess.

  1. Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis –Fenugreek Seeds

The consumption of fenugreek seeds has been a tried and tested solution to control gas trouble even during pregnancy. You can take a tablespoon of fenugreek seeds and soak it in water overnight. Filter the seeds from the water and drink the water to reduce flatulence.

  1. Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis -Lemon

To fight gas our third remedy is a lemon. Lemon can be used in many ways. Drinking lemon water or lemon tea is a good way to get some relief from gastric trouble. Adding a pinch of black salt, cumin powder, Ajwain to lemon water makes a great drink for gastric troubles. Another simple remedy to reduce excess gas is to stir 1 teaspoon of lime juice and half teaspoon of Baking Soda with a cup of water. Drink this after your meals as it helps in forming carbon dioxide which facilitates the digestion process.

  1. Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis -Coriander

This ingredient is available in most homes and is a natural remedy for treating gas and bloating. It can be consumed raw or you can add it to your daily diet to keep your digestion on track. Coriander leaves are also great for acidity and burning sensation in the stomach. Adding roasted coriander to a glass of buttermilk is useful to keep indigestion and gas at bay.


  1. Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis –Fennel

Fennel is one effective ingredient that helps to treat the problem of bloating and gas in the stomach. So, chew some fennel seeds if you can eat them. You can also add few spoons of fennel seeds in lukewarm water. Keep it few minutes. Strain and drink it once in a day.

  1. Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis –Garlic

Garlic is another option to treat the gas problem. It contains healing property and helps in proper digestion. Add garlic to your meals and soups to reduce the formation of gas. You could also try this – Take a cup of water and boil it. Now, take a few cloves of garlic and grind it. Add the ground garlic into the water. Add a few black pepper corns and cumin seeds. Let it boil for couple of minutes and then take it off the fire. Strain the drink and let it cool. Drink this thrice day. Some research suggests that garlic extract can help reduce the symptoms of gastritis. Crushing raw garlic and eating it can also work well. If a person does not like the taste of raw garlic, they can try chopping the garlic and eating it with a spoonful of peanut butter or wrapped in a dried date. The sweetness of the peanut butter or date will help mask the garlic flavor.

  1. Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis –Cloves

Eating a few raw pieces can help relieve gas pain almost immediately. Cloves increase saliva production; peristalsis, boosts digestion, and can relieve heartburn. You can chew on cloves to obtain relief. Clove oil is also effective at relieving gas, bloating, and other digestive issues.

  1. Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis –Cinnamon

Adding cinnamon to tea can help treat gas. Large consumption of cinnamon can have a laxative effect.

  1. Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis –Celery Leaves

Chewing on this vegetable stock raw can help relieve gastric pain and irritation. The chemicals in celery can prevent fluid retention, which contributes to bloating. Celery can help regulate bowels along with control gas.

  1. Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis –Onion

Onions contain fiber, which regulates bowels and prevents gas and bloating. The fiber in onions promotes good bacteria in the gut. The extracted juice from an onion can give you relief from gastric problems.

  1. Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis – Liquorice root

Liquorice root or  Mulethi is also beneficial, as it soothes inflammation and injury in the stomach. Try this, take one teaspoon of this powder and mixed with half a teaspoon full of pure ghee and one teaspoon of pure honey. Take this composition on an empty stomach you will surely get benefited. If you have constipation along with gastritis then try this mixture of (dried Ginger, black pepper, clove, long pepper, and cardamom). Take two spoons of this mixture at bedtime. This neutralizes the acid and stimulates the liver and that works as a laxative.


  1. Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis Marshmallow Root & Slippery Elm

Marshmallow root and Slippery elm are another two herbs which produce the required mucus that naturally heals your stomach’s protective linings. Whereas the marshmallow root contains sugar molecules, slippery elm contains gel-like polysaccharide compounds which can produce mucus. So, you can either make a porridge or a herbal tea using this marshmallow root and slippery elm.

  1. Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis –Neem leaf

The Neem leaves are most popular for their strong anti-inflammatory property. In addition to many benefits, neem leaves can strongly help to cure gastritis. Neem leaves have a compound called acrid, which naturally forms a protective layer on one’s stomach. Moreover, it can also reduce the irritation and pain caused by gastritis. The best way to take is by buying neam powder and mixing it in tea or water. If not possible you can also buy neem capsules which are available at various stores.

  1. Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis – Yarrow Tea

Yarrow is a common plant that is found in countries like Europe. It is also called as Achillea Millefolium, which is very popular for its healing properties. It can strongly heal gastrointestinal damages completely within no time. It does normalize the hydrochloric acid secretions in one’s stomach thus stopping the damage caused by gastritis. Moreover, it is anti-hemostatic and can stop bleeding that happens in cases of chronic gastritis. Thus, drinking yarrow tea in the morning is one of the best ways to heal your damaged and bleeding stomach linings. You can simply buy yarrow flowers at many stores online.

  1. Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis –   Hojicha tea

Hojicha is a peculiar Japanese green tea, which is specially made from Japanese green tea leaves roasted in charcoal pots. Thus, drinking the Hojicaha tea daily has shown a significant improvement in many people who suffer from constant gastritis. If not available, you can try regular green tea, which is also known to soothe a person’s digestive tract.

  1.  Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis – Chamomile

Chamomile tea soothes the intestinal walls, providing relief from sudden pains and helps to eliminate gas. You can add one or two teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers to a cup of hot water, cover it and let it steep for five minutes or more. You can drink this tea several times a day as it helps improve gastritis in the long run.

21. Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis Asafoetida (Hing)
It is also suggested that you could mix about half a teaspoon of heeng with luke warm water and drink it to curb gas problem. Hing acts as an anti-flatulent that prevents the growth of the gut bacteria that may be producing excess gas in your stomach. According to Ayurveda, heeng helps in balancing the vata dosha of the body. The colon is the main seat of the vata dosha – the dosha that is derived from air. When vata increases in the colon, gases may build up.

22. Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis –Other Methods

Buttermilk Not only it tastes good, it also has many health benefits. It is an effective home remedy against gas. In case of gas take a pinch of roasted cumin powder, black salt mixed in the buttermilk to get relief from gastric troubles and it also helps in improving the digestion.

Apple Cider VinegarYou would have probably heard this a lot of time “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Apple cider vinegar works very well in case of gas in the stomach. Drink apple cider vinegar mixed in a glass of water to get instant relief in gastric problems.

Steamed pumpkin – Pumpkin helps in reducing the formation of gas in the stomach. For this remedy, all you need is pumpkin. Take a cup of pumpkin and steam it. You can also have it raw or baked or boiled. Eat it every day

Papaya – Shredded raw papaya is really good if you are suffering from inflammation of the stomach. You can add few drops of lemon juice to it as well. Don’t worry about lemon juice being a citric acid, few drops will not be detrimental to your health.

Baking Soda And Water- Baking soda acts as an antacid and brings down the acid levels in the stomach. Take one teaspoon baking soda a glass of water. All you have to do is stir the baking soda in the water until the mixture is not cloudy anymore. Drink this. Drink it as and when required.

Cabbage Juice Cabbage is rich in vitamin U, which is known to heal ulcer. Vitamin U can heal the stomach lining and get rid of gastritis within a few days.All you have to do is cut the cabbage in pieces and juice it with a help of your juicer. Extract a cup of fresh cabbage juice and drink it. You may add a few carrots and celery to make it even healthier and tastier.


Mastic Gum: Mastic Gum is a natural resin produced from a tree        called Pistacia Lentiscus. This natural resin is one of the greatest anti-inflammatory gum that can completely stop the inflammation in the stomach (which cause gastritis). It naturally controls an enzyme namely Protein Kinase C which produces oxidizing compounds, and inflammation.


Essential oils, such as lemongrass and lemon verbena, were found to help increase resistance to H. pylori in laboratory tests. Other oils that can have a positive effect on the digestive system include peppermint, ginger, and clove. Essential oils should not be ingested and should always be diluted with carrier oil if applied to the skin. People may wish to use the oils in a diffuser or consult a doctor on how to use them safely to help relieve gastritis.

Chanting – Chant “WU CHI JO” for 15 minutes after taking food.
Chanting EE JO

I have used a lot of these methods for self treatment and to treat my clients at my Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre at Kellys and all were successful. Now I invite you to try out these methods especially as the Review of Herbal Remedies for Gastritis and articles given show the benefits of using herbs as a method of treatment for gastritis.

In case you come across any other method do share with me or write to me.

18 Best Alternate Healing Methods to Treat Depression

18 Best Alternate Healing Methods to Treat Depression

Alternate Healing methods to Treat Depression are many and effective. Depression can hit anyone be it an adult male or female, adolescent, or child and there are alternate healing methods for depression.
I am giving a list of Best 18 Alternate Healing Methods for Depression. I have successfully used a number of Alternate Healing Methods for my clients at my Alternate Medicine Centre in Chennai and was successful. There are many Alternate Medicine Courses in Chennai for Alternate Healing Methods for Depression

All these Alternate Healing methods for Depression could be tried out along with regular medication especially in cases of severe Depression.

However first let us understand what is Depression?
Depression is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts and that affects the way a person eats, sleeps, feels about one self, and thinks about things. Depression is a persistent problem not a temporary phase. Temporary emotional responses to the challenges of everyday life do not constitute depression. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be done away. People with depression cannot merely ‘snap out of it ‘ and get better. The average length of a depressive episode is 6 to 8 months. Without treatment the symptoms can last for years. Appropriate treatment, however, can help most people with depression.
The signs and symptoms of depression are: loss of interest in activities that were once interesting or enjoyable, including sex; loss of appetite, with weight loss or overeating, with weight gain; loss of emotional expression (flat affect); a persistently sad, anxious, or empty mood; feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness; social withdrawal; unusual fatigue, low energy level, a feeling of being slowed down; disturbed sleep and insomnia, early-morning awakening or oversleeping; trouble concentrating, remembering, or making decisions; unusual restlessness or irritability; persistent physical problems such as headaches, digestive disorders, or chronic pain that does not respond to treatment, and thoughts of death or suicide or suicide attempts.

The Best Alternate Healing methods for Depression are:

1)    Psychotherapy as an Alternate Healing Method for Depression

Psychological or talking therapies for depression include cognitive-
behavioral therapy (CBT), Neuro Linguist therapy (NLP), interpersonal
psychotherapy, and problem-solving treatment. In mild cases of depression,
psychotherapies are the first option for treatment; in moderate and severe
cases, they may be used alongside other treatment.

2)  Bach Flower Remedies as an Alternate Healing Method for Depression Depression can be cured with the help of Bach Flower Remedies. The Bach Flower Remedies work on the emotional level, removing emotional imbalances such as, depression, anxiety, jealousy, fears, trauma, self-confidence and impatience as an example.The Bach Flower Remedies are 100% safe with no side effects and when you feel fine again you stop taking the remedies and you will remain fine. The Bach remedies one can take depending on the mood state are: Gentian, Pine, Mustard, Elm, Larch, Cherry Plum, Hornbeam, White Chestnut and Aspen.


3) Guided imagery and relaxation an Alternate Healing Method for Depression

Guided imagery is an alternate healing method for depression. This is a form of focused relaxation that helps create harmony between the mind and body. Guided imagery coaches you in creating calm, peaceful images in your mind—a “mental escape” for therapeutic purposes. It can be a powerful psychological strategy to enhance a person’s coping skills. It can help people cope with—and possibly overcome—stress, anger, pain, depression, and insomnia with or without associated physical illness.

4) Mudra treatment an Alternate Healing Method for Depression
Mudra therapy works according to the principles of Ayurveda. It is very easy and efficient to manipulate Doshas. Just thirty to forty-five minutes of regular practice is enough to get good results and is very useful to prevent depression.The types of mudra that are useful to prevent depression are Gyan mudra , Prithvi-shaamak or Surya mudra

5) Acupressure therapy an Alternate Healing Method for Depression Acupressure is a fast way of treatment .Through Acupressure and massage therapy you can overcome depression if you continued it for few days.
First relief another hand whole length of inner wrist fold to rubbed with thumb of other hand.
Second relief point: Portion of stomach between navel and back of ribs along the mid line about 4 AIs in length upward from navel.
After this a whole body massage or back and head massage are very useful.

6) Herbal remedies an Alternate Healing Method for Depression

  • Before recommending any substance to treat reported depression or mood imbalance, providers will take detailed medical history to look for biochemical causes that may contribute to mood imbalance. The blood tests may check levels of certain substances, such as Vitamin D and folate, which may play a role in mood imbalance.
    Of the wide variety of available herbal therapies, St. John’s wort and ginkgo biloba are the products most often used for treating depression.
  • St. John’s wort has been used for medical purposes in other parts of the world for thousands of years, despite the fact that it has not been scientifically proven to treat moderate to severe depression.
  • Ginkgo biloba is thought to improve memory and other intellectual functions, although the evidence is not consistent.
  • Ashwagandha works as well as, or better than, antidepressant drugs at relieving anxiety and treating depression symptoms. And ashwagandha naturally prevents stress- induced damage without causing harmful side effects.
  • Any herbal supplement requires caution and should be taken only after consulting your doctor. Your doctor can help you weigh the risks and potential benefits so you can make an informed decision.
  • 7) Acupuncture an Alternate Healing Method for Depression.

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method of healing that prevents and cures specific diseases and conditions by sticking very fine, solid needles into specific points on the body. Acupuncture stimulates the body’s ability to resist or overcome illness by correcting imbalances. It also prompts the body to produce chemicals that decrease or eliminate painful sensations.
In a recent clinical study, acupuncture has been shown to be effective in decreasing depression earlier when compared to usual methods. For people who suffer from both pain and depression, acupuncture is better than counseling and standard of care at reducing both symptoms.

8) Switch Words and Mantras an Alternate Healing Method for Depression
CHIN MUDRA will remove depression. Be in Chin Mudra and chant the Switch Words ‘MOVE ON’.
You can also chant the following Switch Words to come out of depression:
“OVER MOVE ON” – when you are depressed
“FIND” – an anti-depressive word
“FIND CLEAR” – it is similar to the mantra LALITHAM BASKARAM.
When you say FIND you will not be disappointed or sad. It is an anti-depressive word. What is depression – it is only sadness. FIND is a first class mantra for depression.
Chant NAMASHIVAYAM regularly to be happy and “GURU GUGAN KODI KODI LAVANYAM” to come out of depression, sadness and any type of negative thinking.
To get relieved from Sadness or Grief chant “SUM JUM MUM”.

9) Reflexology as an Alternate Healing Method for Depression
Reflexologists believe that the body has the capacity to heal itself. The nerves in the hands and feet are related to various parts of the body. Reflexologists believe that the healing process is stimulated by applying pressure to specific points on the hands and feet.

10)  Exercise as an Alternate Healing Method for Depression
It temporarily boosts feel-good chemicals called endorphins. It also has long-term benefits for people with depression. Regular exercise seems to encourage the brain to rewire itself in positive ways. Different forms of exercise can lower your stress; reduce depression; and increase your energy level, balance, flexibility, and ability to relax. In general, exercise is a safe and easy way to improve your well-being, but always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program. Just 15 minutes a day will do the trick. Aerobic exercise may help against mild depression since it raises endorphin levels and stimulates the neurotransmitter norepinephrine, which is related to mood.

11)  Essential Oils as an Alternate Healing Method for Depression
Essential oils are primarily recognized for their aromatic effects on depression and its symptoms. Whether you choose to inhale the scent directly or allow it to disperse into the area is up to you. You should still be able to benefit from its effects either way. Essential oils can be used as a complementary treatment for depression. It’s important to note that essential oils aren’t a cure for depression. They’re a drug-free option that may help relieve some of your symptoms and help you manage the condition. In most cases, essential oils are safe and free of side effects.
Some of the essential oils that can be used for treatment of Depression are: Lavender, Wild ginger, Bergamot, chamomile, sweet orange, grapefruit, neroli, frankincense, jasmine and sandalwood.
Note: Only buy oils from a reputable manufacturer. If possible, ask a trained aromatherapist for a recommendation.

12)  Yoga as an alternate healing Method for Depression
Yoga “meets you where you are,” even when you are depressed. Practicing yoga teaches you breathing techniques that can help to energize you when you are feeling down or to help calm you at the times you may be feeling anxiety. The breath is the link between your mind and your body. Changing your breath can help you feel better mentally and physically. The postures and movements in yoga teach you how to hold your body in a way that can make you feel stronger, better able to breathe and function, and to create an improved sense of overall well-being. Depression can overcome through yoga and pranayama. Shir asana or sarvanga asana is best to overcome depression, but this asana is tough to perform for a common man, vajrasana.  Vajrayana is also beneficial for the treatment of depression. Any physical exercise is useful you can select one of any asana or any other exercise.

13) Crystal Therapy as an alternate healing Method for Depression
Crystals are transmitters and magnifiers of energy. They absorb negative energies that are negatively affecting your quality of life. Their job is to protect your energy and absorb the negativity being directed at you and release the sadness coming from within you. Thus they are great in assisting in treatment of Depression.
Some of the crystals to be used are: Carnelian, Shungite, Citrine, Aventurine, yellow Gold, Tiger’s Eye, Agate, Amzonite, Charoite, and Emerald. You need to check if the crystals resonate with you before you start using them.
Please remember, although the powers of crystals and stones are well documented and have been proven to help bring positivity into people’s lives they are never a substitute for medical advice.

14) Pranayama as an Alternate Healing Method for Depression
Pranayama has a direct effect on the mind, Kapalbhati, Anuloma-viloma pranayama is best for treating major depression.

15) Kundalini awakening as an Alternate Healing Method for Depression
Kundalini awakening is very effective way to overcome depression.

16) Diet therapy as an Alternate Healing Method for Depression
If you feel you are in a depressive mood then it is best to change your diet immediately. Completely exclude coffee, tea, alcohol, chocolate and cola, all white flour products, sugar, food colorings, chemical additives, white rice and strong condiments. It is better to take only three meals, Fruits and nuts along with milk are preferable for breakfast. Lunch and Dinner should be light include plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.

17) Brain Stimulation Therapies as an Alternate Healing Method for Depression
Brain stimulation therapies – including electroconvulsive therapy – are also used in depression. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation sends magnetic pulses to the brain and may be effective in major depressive disorder. Severe cases of depression that have not responded to drug treatment may benefit from electroconvulsive therapy (ECT); this is particularly effective for psychotic depression.

18) Other Alternate Healing Method for Depression
Get in a routine: If you’re depressed, you need a routine. Depression can strip away the structure from your life. One day melts into the next. Setting a gentle daily schedule can help you get back on track.
Set yourself a goal: When you’re depressed, you may feel like you can’t accomplish anything. That makes you feel worse about yourself. To push back, set daily goals for yourself. Start very small. Make your goal something that you can succeed at, like doing the dishes every other day. As you start to feel better, you can add more challenging daily goals .When you accomplish your goal reward yourself with something small you love.
Get enough sleep. Depression can make it hard to get enough shut-eye, and too little sleep can make depression worse. Start by making some changes to your lifestyle. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Try not to nap. Take all the distractions out of your bedroom — no computer and no TV. In time, you may find your sleep improves.
Take on responsibilities. When you’re depressed, you may want to pull back from life and give up your responsibilities at home and at work. Don’t. Staying involved and having daily responsibilities can help you maintain a lifestyle that can help counter depression. They ground you and give you a sense of accomplishment. If you’re not up to full-time school or work, that’s fine. Think about part-time. If that seems like too much, consider volunteer work.
 Challenge negative thoughts. In your fight against depression, a lot of the work is
mental — changing how you think. When you’re depressed, you leap to the worst
possible conclusions.
Do something new. When you’re depressed, you’re in a rut. Push yourself to do something different. Go to a museum. Pick up a used book and read it on a park bench. Volunteer at a NGO helping them out. Take a language class.
Try to have fun. If you’re depressed, make time for things you enjoy. What if nothing seems fun anymore? That’s just a symptom of depression. You have to keep trying anyway.
Expose yourself to sunlight, which can boost mood and increase Vitamin D
levels. If you live somewhere that gets little sun, invest in a therapeutic light
Avoid stress inducing situations. Stress is also known to induce or prolong depression in an individual. We have all heard of laughter club, it works wonders to combat stress.
Caring for a pet / an infant brings about a sense of responsibility, belongingness and companionship. It also makes you feel needed / wanted and in charge / powerful contributing to someone apart from yourself. This can serve as an antidote to depression.
Reinventing ones hobbies or art is a great way not only to experience happiness but also to express your inner most self and is widely used as a therapeutic and analytic approach in many forms of mental illness.
Step out of your comfort zone to meet people and make outings.
Make routine programs with people or self even if you may have to push yourself initially. Once you are absorbed in an activity you will realize how much you actually enjoyed it.


Now take the first step to heal through these Alternate Healing Method for Depression
and if you have any comments, please feel free to send me them to me, or if you find  any other Alternate Healing Method for Depression and find it effective, please let me know, so that I can add to the list.