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How effective is homeopathy in treating chronic depression?

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Homeopathic remedies for depression can be effective for some people, but with variable results, explains Mayo Clinic. Homeopathic remedies are not monitored by the Federal Drug Administration and are not recommended for use as a substitute for psychological treatment for depression.

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Homeopathic remedies such as St. John's wort, SAMe, omega-3 fatty acids (such as those found in fish oil), saffron, 5-HTP and DHEA show promise in treating depression, according to Mayo Clinic. The most commonly used remedies include St. John's wort, SAMe and 5-HTP as they have shown results in some patients with depression, but safety remains a concern depending on the medical needs of the person taking these supplements. Omega-3 fatty acids, saffron and DHEA require further research, as of 2015. Individuals experiencing signs of depression should consult with a health professional when deciding to use any of these supplements to avoid potentially dangerous interactions with other medications.

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