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Monday, February 8, 2016

The Incredible Lavender, Chamomile, St. John' Wort and Flax Seed for Reduced Risk and Treatment of Postpartum Depression

Kyle J. Norton(Scholar, Master of Nutrients), all right reserved.
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The smoothie for reduced risk and treatment of Chocolate Cysts
Yield: 3 serving (about 8 ounce each)
1/2  cup lavender herbal tea
1/2 cup chamomile herbal tea
1/2 cup St. John's wort herbal tea
3/4 cup flax seed

1. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree about 1 minute
2. Blend on high speed about 1 minute or until the mixture is thick and the ice is well crushed.
3. Serve immediately

The finding of a natural source for reduced risk and treatment of pospartum depression  has encountered many obstacles, many ingredients showed initially the promising result in animal studies have not produced same potentials in either large sample size and mutli centers human trials.

Scientists in some well known institutions may have found the therapeutic and potential ingredients from natural sources(Green tea and grape) for reduced risk and treatment of pospartum depression.

Lavender is a flower plant of the genus Lavandula, belongings to the family Lamiaceae, native to Asia. The herb has been used in traditional medicine to treat painful bruises and aches, to relieve various neuralgic pains, sprains, rheumatism, etc.

Pospartum depression (postnatal depression), is a type of clinical depression, affecting women, after childbirth. Normally this of nervous tension occurs in women in the first new months of pregnancy, but in some women, it can last after child birth.

According to the joint study lead by the National Cheng Kung University, lavender tea relieved sleep quality, fatigue, and depression; and in improving maternal-infant attachment during the early postpartum period(1).
Dr. Keshavarz Afshar M. and the research team at the joint study lead by the Tehran University of Medical Sciences. suggested, use of Lavender essential oil as aromatherapy improved the quality of sleep in postpartum women(3).

Chamomile is also known as camomile, common name of many species daisy-like plants in the family Asteraceae. The herb has been used in traditional medicine as antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory constituents and to treat menstrual cramps and sleep disorders, reduce cramping and spastic pain in the bowels, relieve excessive gas and bloating in the intestine, etc.
According to the study of a total of 80 Taiwanese postnatal women with poor sleep quality (Postpartum Sleep) recruited from November 2012-August 2013, intake of chamomile tea, as a supplementary may be recommended to postpartum women for alleviating depression and sleep quality problems(2).

St John's wort, a yellow flower plant in the genus Hypericum belongings to the family Hypericaceae, native to the regions of North America, Europe, Turkey, Russia, India, China and Brazil, has been used for treatment of depression(5) over thousand of years.
According to the report by University of Vienna, St. John's wort may be effective for treatment of postnatal depression, but women who breastfeed, long-term studies of outcome in infants are needed(4).

Omega 3 fatty acids found abundantly in flax seed are associated with postpartum depression,, according to dr. Levant B, low tissue levels of Omega 3 fatty acods, particularly docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are reported in patients with either postpartum or nonpuerperal depression(6). In animal study, Omega 3 fatty acids, expressed its anti depressant-like and postpartum depression effects through decreased the biomarkers related to depression such as corticosterone and pro-inflammatory cytokines(7).
In support of above claim, the randomized dose-ranging pilot trial of omega-3 fatty acids for postpartum depression found that post treatment of Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) and Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HRSD) is much low than the pre treatment scale, after 8 weeks application of Omega 3 fatty acids(8).

The combination of smoothie with ingredients of  Lavender, Chamomile, St. John' Wort and Flax Seed may hold a key in further studies in production of an effective natural ingredients for prevention and treatment of postpartum depression without induced adverse effects

Women who are at increased risk of postpartum depression due to family history,... should drink at least one cup daily. Women with postpartum depression should drink no more than 4 servings daily depending to the digestive toleration.

(1) Effects of Lavender Tea on Fatigue, Depression, and Maternal-Infant Attachment in Sleep-Disturbed Postnatal Women by Chen SL1, Chen CH2.(PubMed)
(2) Effects of an intervention with drinking chamomile tea on sleep quality and depression in sleep disturbed postnatal women: a randomized controlled trial by Chang SM1, Chen CH2.(PubMed)
(3) Lavender fragrance essential oil and the quality of sleep in postpartum women by Keshavarz Afshar M1, Behboodi Moghadam Z1, Taghizadeh Z1, Bekhradi R2, Montazeri A3, Mokhtari P4.(PubMed)
(4) St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum)--is it safe during breastfeeding? by Klier CM1, Schäfer MR, Schmid-Siegel B, Lenz G, Mannel M.(PubMed)
(5) Complementary and alternative medicine therapies for perinatal depression by Deligiannidis KM1, Freeman MP2.(PubMed)
(6) N-3 (omega-3) Fatty acids in postpartum depression: implications for prevention and treatment by Levant B1.(PubMed)
(7) Antidepressant-like effects of omega-3 fatty acids in postpartum model of depression in rats by Arbabi L1, Baharuldin MT2, Moklas MA1, Fakurazi S1, Muhammad SI3.(PubMed)
(8) Randomized dose-ranging pilot trial of omega-3 fatty acids for postpartum depression by Freeman MP1, Hibbeln JR, Wisner KL, Brumbach BH, Watchman M, Gelenberg AJ.(PubMed)

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