Originally Posted by kevin mckay
I think I read bout that and st johns work being used in place of many anti depressants in Europe with good success. Curious to here how it works for you.
SJW works as an MAO-inhibitor for some people, but I'd be careful with it because it can cause photosensitivity in some people. Other herbs I've had luck with include passionflower, milky oats, verbena, lemon balm and pedicularis. Jatamansi is a good Ayurvedic relaxant.
Supplements to look into: chromium, B vitamins, theanine, 5-HTP and GABA. Not on a regular basis for the last three.
Some carbs at night (a bit of starch is good) helps push the tryptophan I've eaten all day across the blood-brain barrier to make all that nice serotonin. Or that's the theory anyway.
For me the sleep thing and avoiding wheat like the plague are more helpful than I'd ever imagined... and getting out in nature...
Edited to add: As far as amino acids, there's a book/website called the Mood Cure which may be worth looking into: www.moodcure.com