Depression, anxiety and other mood disorders are particularly common in this day and age. Many people want to overcome these problems without taking medications. A number of studies have shown that it may be possible to treat them by drinking tea. Here are some things that you should keep in mind.
Relief from Anxiety
Many people have taken tea to treat anxiety for hundreds of years. Shen Nung, the second emperor of China is believed to have used tea as a remedy for anxiety problems. Researchers have finally started to assess whether or not tea can really help.
A team from the University of Pennsylvania tracked a group of subjects over the course of eight weeks. The subjects were divided up into two groups. One group was given a placebo and the other took chamomile supplements. The study said that the group taking the chamomile tablets showed noticeable improvement compared to the other group. The authors stated that the results were statistically significant and suggested that people with anxiety problems should consider drinking chamomile tea to treat anxiety.
Treatment for Depression
A number of studies have shown that drinking tea can help treat depression. The most recent study was published by the American Botanical Council. This study found that people suffering from depression who started taking chamomile tea over the course of five weeks are likely to show noticeable improvement. Many people suffering from depression drink tea to help alleviate their symptoms.
Similar studies have supported these findings. Some studies suggested that there was at least an indirect benefit. They pointed out that 85% of people with anxiety symptoms had sleeping problems, which led to depression. The study said that these people could drink tea to treat their anxiety, which in turn would help their sleeping and depression problems.
Advantages of Drinking Tea Over Taking Medication
There are a number of studies that show that tea can help treat many people suffering from anxiety and depression disorders. You may want to try it as well if you don’t need psychotropic drugs to feel better.
There are a number of reasons that it may be better to drink tea than use drugs for mild to moderate anxiety and depression. First of all, the benefits tend to be much more sustainable. Many people who have depression and anxiety find that they develop a tolerance to their medication over time. Another issue is that medication has a number of side effects that can interfere with your life. There are very few side effects to drinking tea.
Of course, you will need to consult with your doctor to see if tea is an appropriate substitute for antidepressants or antianxiety medication. Follow their advice and take any necessary medication that you may need. However, you will want to consider other options as well. If tea is an adequate way to treat your mood disorders then it may be worth trying.
About the author: Kalen knows many people who struggled with depression and anxiety problems. He feels that holistic treatments should be tried before psychotropic medications.