Some claim that Kanna is a powerful antidepressant that provides relief without the side effects of prescribed antidepressant medications.
While herbal supplements and essential oils have been used since the beginning of time, there have not been many allopathic research studies investigating these healing options. Times are changing and it is the everyday consumer that is at the forefront of the change. Consumers are taking more personal responsibility for their health and well-being, both physically and emotionally. With this increased responsibility, consumers are looking at alternatives to traditional pharmaceutical products.
It was not that long ago that massage, tai chi, yoga, and acupuncture were perceived as “sketchy” strategies for people who want to deal with a host of emotional issues such as stress, depression, and anxiety, as well as many physical conditions such as pain management. Now, many allopathic practitioners are recommending these strategies for their patients.
What about Essential Oils and Herbals?
Massage, tai chi, and yoga are physical activities which is probably why they have a head start on herbals and essential oils. Herbalists, aromatherapists, and naturopaths understand that herbs and essential oils contain chemical properties that can interact with the prescribed chemicals a person is taking. These trained professionals are often very cautious about getting a very clear pharmaceutical history of a client before they would recommend any of their products.
Medical professionals, including doctors and nurses, often spend a very limited part of their educational curriculum learning about essential oils and herbs. Therefore, they may not be confident in their use and safety issues.
Why Is It Important?
For medical professionals, scientists, and alternative health professionals, learning more about herbs and essential oils is becoming increasingly more important. When a consumer goes to the doctor and says “I tried Valerian Root for my insomnia,” if the doctor does not have a basic awareness of this herb, he is at a disadvantage.
The other reason that more exploration should occur with essential oils and herbs is that many of these products are very effective in dealing with ailments. The reason that these products are effective is because they contain natural chemicals.
Some research on Kenna identified at least nine compounds that might be responsible for its psychoactive effects. One of these, mesembrine, actually acts as a serotonin-selective reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), similar to popular antidepressants like Prozac and Paxil. Since it has many other co-supporting nutrients, and does not function through any single compound, Kanna may be more effective than conventional tricyclic and SSRI antidepressants. Other compounds of Kanna act as Phosphodiesterase-4 (PDE-4) inhibitors which can enhance mental clarity, decrease symptoms of anxiety, and even treat episodes of psychosis.
As more research is done on Kanna, other herbs, and essential oils, we may find that we have an abundance of products that can be used to treat a variety of physical, mental, and emotional issues.
Should You Use Kanna?
One of the main worries that herbalists, aromatherapists, and naturopaths have is that people will read something on the Internet and go out and purchase the product instead of consulting an expert. However, as soon as people buy the product, what are they supposed to do with it? How many drops or how much of the herb should you use? How should you use it; in a tea, ingested directly, on the skin? How often should you use it? When a doctor prescribes a medication to you, he is thinking about your age, height, weight, and other medications before they write the prescription. Herbalists, aromatherapists, and naturopaths also think about those things before they make their recommendation. Taking an herbal or essential oil without guidance is just as foolish as taking a prescribed medication that was not prescribed to you.
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