There is a drink compounded out of Amazonian plants that is referred to as ayahuasca. Ayahuasca is a psychedelic that is now showing to be beneficial in treating symptoms in patients with depression. Many individuals who are living with a depression diagnosis have found that taking mainstream SSRI’s prove to be unsuccessful, sometimes even inducing even more detrimental symptoms. For years indigenous people have utilized ayahuasca in spiritual rituals due to its mental, emotional, and physical benefits.
- Of the 300 million worldwide sufferers of mental illness, about a third suffer from treatment-resistant depression.
- A highly debilitating condition, depression is generally accompanies by fatigue, anxiety, low-self esteem and suicidal thoughts.
- A new clinical trial for an Amazonian plant, Ayahuasca, may afford hope for those depressed individuals with the treatment-resistant variety.
“Available antidepressant drugs like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors do not alleviate his depressed mood, fatigue, anxiety, low self-esteem and suicidal thoughts.”