Sayville, NY, February 28, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- In the US, antidepressants are the most commonly prescribed drugs, used more than drugs which treat high cholesterol, asthma, high blood pressure or headaches according to a government study. In fact, the National Institute of Mental Health states that 19 million Americans suffer from the blues. Depression is the one health issue which has the greatest impact on the quality of people’s lives. A poll of 1000 women by Research!America and Parade shows the impact of depression ranks above cancer, heart disease and other diseases.
The BBC News reported today on new research showing that widely used antidepressant drugs actually do little more than mere placebos. The research focused on prescriptions which increase the serotonin levels in the brain including fluoxetine (Prozac) and paroxetine (Seroxat in the UK/Paxil in the US), both known as SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors), as well as another drug called venlafaxine (Efexor in the UK, Effexor in the US) - all of which are commonly prescribed in both the US and UK. Professor Irving Kirsch of the University of Hull stated, "Given these results, there seems little reason to prescribe anti-depressant medication to any but the most severely depressed patients, unless alternative treatments have failed to provide a benefit."
Fortunately, there is a simple system to help bring life back into balance quickly, safely and with no side effects – The Bach Flower Remedies. These gentle remedies provide calming positive energy to help us balance our emotions and restore peace of mind. Best of all, they are convenient and can be taken anywhere, anytime to relieve everyday moods, stress, worries, and anxiety. The Bach remedies offer an all natural and completely safe alternative, free of side effects.
“It’s simple to take the remedies,” says Nancy Buono, Director of Bach Flower Education. “It only takes a moment, just two drops straight in the mouth or in a glass of water. As a mother of five, I have utmost confidence in using the remedies for people of all ages; I have used the remedies successfully for moody and pensive teenagers as well as for despondent adult clients.”
The remedies bring us back to our natural positive state of mind and restore enthusiasm and vitality. Since our thoughts and feelings can have such an impact on our health, using the Bach remedies is a profoundly simple way to improve well-being. Dr. Mark Masi, a licensed clinical psychologist who works with the remedies, claims “the Bach remedies may bring about relief for those who struggle with chronic depression even when other methods of treatment have been unsuccessful" (Bach Flower Therapy in the Treatment of Chronic Major Depressive Disorder, Alternative Therapies, November December 2003 Vol 9 No 6 p.110).
Formulated almost 70 years ago by the noted British physician, Dr. Edward Bach, the Bach Flower Remedies are used successfully in 66 countries worldwide by millions of people. There are 38 different remedies to choose from to help restore emotional balance and confidence. Made from flowering trees and plants, the remedies help balance particular emotional traits and keep us free from stress and worry. The most well-known is Rescue Remedy which is used in emergency stressful situations. Here are a few specific remedies that may help with the blues:
- Take Larch when you won’t even try because you are sure you will fail. Larch restores determination and confidence.
- For times when you are sad and blue for no reason, take Mustard. Mustard helps to lift the clouds and restore optimism.
- Use Star of Bethlehem when a traumatic incident or loss lingers and colors everything in your world. Star of Bethlehem comforts and soothes pains and sorrows.
- Try Crab Apple for feelings of self-hatred or self-disgust. Crab Apple relieves embarrassment and boosts self-esteem.
- Take Elm if you are discouraged when there is too much to do and it is not humanly possible to accomplish it all. Elm reduces overwhelm, restoring confidence.
- Use Gorse for feelings of extreme hopelessness and despair; Gorse rekindles faith and hope.
If there are other reasons for your low moods, other remedies may apply. The remedies may be used in blends of up to 6 or 7 at a time. To create a customized personal formula, simply pour spring water into a one ounce amber bottle and add two drops of each remedy needed (up to 6 or 7 maximum) and take 4 drops of your mix 4 times a day. The remedies may also be placed directly on the pulse points, sprayed in the air, or dropped into the bath.
Bach Flower Education, Living Enrichment LLC, offers courses on the Bach remedies approved by the Dr Edward Bach Foundation, UK. For further information on the Bach Flower Remedies and Rescue Remedy or to purchase online visit www.bachflowereducation.com