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No matter what you read about "natural" supplements or herbs, or even if an alternative practitioner, naturopath, or integrative doctor recommends them, you cannot treat withdrawal syndrome as though it is "natural" depression.
In "natural" depression, your nervous system is normal and it is operating your body properly. In withdrawal syndrome, your nervous system is struggling to get back to normal operation. Don't try to speed this along with anything that may be stimulating, or you may further unbalance it.
SAM-E and other supplements that act on serotonin, including St. John's Wort, are not recommended for people with withdrawal syndrome. They tend to be stimulating in a way that most of us really do not need.
Many herbs also have unusual side effects in people with withdrawal syndrome.
Whatever you try, understand you may be hypersensitive to that particular substance or treatment. If you are trying an herb or supplement, take a tiny fraction of a normal dose and see how you react. Don't think you're going to smack a symptom down with a big dose of anything. More is not better when your system is sensitized by withdrawal.
Try herbs or supplements one by one. Don't take a bunch of supplements at once. If you have a bad reaction, you won't know which substance caused it. For this reason, we don't recommend "mixed" supplements, such as B vitamin supplements or sleep supplements with multiple ingredients.
We also don't recommend programs that promise you a fast recovery. Generally, they are overpriced and contain common supplements you can find yourself at lower prices. You will want to try those supplements one by one anyway, as taking them all together may cause unpleasant reactions.
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CHECK FOR DRUG AND SUPPLEMENT INTERACTIONS !!!!!!!
Drug Interactions Checker -- use it to reduce your drug burden
BASIC SUPPLEMENT TOOLKIT
King of supplements: Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil)
Magnesium, nature's calcium channel blocker
REDUCING CORTISOL, THE ANXIETY HORMONE
Reducing cortisol and waking with panic or anxiety *
5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) and l-tryptophan
L-arginine An amino acid good for sleep?
L-glycine for sleep?
Update on milk peptides for sleep: Our friend Lactium again *
Taurine (L-taurine amino acid)
L-Theanine for anxiety, insomnia
Be careful with l-tyrosine
whey protein isolate *
SUPPLEMENTS AND HERBS
Can you take too many supplements?
Supplements - how long should I give them?
Curcumin -- helps neurons to recover? Supplement derived from Indian spice turmeric
Magnesium, nature's calcium channel blocker *
Melatonin for sleep: Many people find it helpful *
Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) *
What lab testing is reasonable prior to starting or tapering?
The trouble with brain scans -- fMRI, QEEG, or SPECT -- for psychiatric problems
Invalid: Urine testing for neurotransmitters in the brain
Liver detox: A good idea?
Ask Shanti about homeopathy
Vitamin A and beta-carotene
Vitamin B3 (niacin, niacinamide)
Vitamin B8 (inositol)
Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol or calcitriol)
Got too much vitamin D - Now what?
Deplin -- the L-methylfolate swindle
DIET AND DIGESTION
That acid reflux pill may be causing your health problems
Digestive problems: Nausea, Diarrhea, Bloating, GERD
Gluten Sensitivity Vs. Celiac Disease Vs. Gluten Intolerance...
Histamine food intolerance
Diets for Supporting Recovery: Restriction, Ketosis, Raw, Low Carb
Probiotics and gut health
* Many people find this helpful for withdrawal symptoms. Always try a small amount first to see how your system reacts.
Edited by Altostrata, 09 July 2016 - 07:13 PM.