Disorders and Treatment
- Mental Illness
- Bipolar Disorder
- Mood Disorders
- Borderline Personality
- Mental Health Diagnosis
- Mental Health Treatments
- Alternative Meds
- Case Studies
If you have depression and read a news headline claiming that a cure for depression has been found, it tickles your curiosity.
Since headlines are meant to capture peoples’ attention, it seems unlikely that a definitive cure for depressive symptoms has actually been discovered. But what if there is some truth to it?
The headline in question refers to research done at Banaras Hindu University. The researchers studied the antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects of the herb giloya, or giloy, also known as guduchi, and tinospora cordifolia. They found that this herb was as effective in treating depression and anxiety as allopathic (conventional) drugs.
This study was done, as many are, using rats as subjects and observing their behavior to determine changes in distress level and mood. Different groups of rats were given either giloya, the anti-anxiety drug lorazepam, or the antidepressant imipramine.
The researchers found that certain mixtures of giloya, especially those prepared from small plant stems of 1-1.5 cm in diameter, were highly effective in treating anxiety, depression and stress-induced emotional upset.
In English-speaking countries, giloya is poetically called heartleaf moonseed. The herb comes from a climbing shrub native to the deciduous and dry forests of India. Giloya has a succulent stem and heart-shaped leaves. Its papery bark is colored cream or gray. In June, the shrub produces yellow flowers, and in November it bears pea-sized fruit that turns red when mature.
Giloya has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. The roots, stems, leaves and flowers of the plant all have their medicinal purposes. The herb has antipyretic, diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties, and it is known to purify blood and stimulate the immune system.
The list of Ayurvedic uses goes on. It might be easier to figure out what giloya is not used for. However, there are cautions. People with diabetes need to be careful with giloya since it lowers blood sugar levels. Individuals undergoing surgery should not use giloya prior to surgery. Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid taking this herb.
Research study findings are pieces of a larger puzzle. One study never creates a complete picture. However, if using giloya to address your symptoms of depression or anxiety interests you, be wise about adding it to your treatment regimen.
Talk to your doctor, psychiatrist or therapist first to make sure the herb is compatible with your current medications or other treatments, and consider consulting an Ayurvedic practitioner or herbalist.
Source: Times of India
The information provided on the PsyWeb.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her health professional. This information is solely for informational and educational purposes. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Neither the owners or employees of PsyWeb.com nor the author(s) of site content take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading this site. Always speak with your primary health care provider before engaging in any form of self treatment. Please see our Legal Statement for further information.