Far Out Remedies for Depression

Merely Me Health Guide
  • Hey everybody


    Remember when "far out" was part of everyday language?  What in the heck did it mean anyway?  Or "cool beans!" Or remember when people would say, "Sike!" when you were kidding about what you just said.  You would be in grade school and someone would pay you a compliment and say, "I like your dress."  Then you would be all smiling and happy until the prankster would say, "SIKE!" meaning that your dress was really ugly.  Remember those days?


    But I digress...


    We are talking about way out there methods to decrease depression.


    Some "far out" remedies for depression can be found in magazines you pick up at the book store.

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    Okay the first far out remedy comes from the August issue of First for Women magazine (page 33):


    They say to lift sadness to stretch, wiggle, and massage the fingers of your right hand.  You want to do this with me?  Come on let's try this.  According to this source this movement of the right hand activates brain wave activity in the left brain which signals the nervous system to produce serotonin and dopamine which we know is supposed to increase our good mood feelings.  It is also supposed to reduce stress...all in under five minutes.


    Oh really?


    This is supposed to be the result of research by the University of Miami.  I have tried to locate the actual study but I had no success.  Maybe someone can find it for us.


    The second far out remedy for depression comes from a news stand magazine called, Brain World.  On page 51 of their Summer 2010 issue, they talk about something called, "Tapping your way to health."  Meridian tapping is described by some as the combination of Chinese acupressure and modern psychology.  There are many sites out there which talk about it.  Here is one called Meridian Tapping Techniques.   This method may also be found by the name of Emotional Freedom Techniques. Looking at the sites on this "tapping" doesn't really explain what it actually is.  One definition given is that: Tapping is a set of techniques which uses the body's energy meridian points. One can stimulate these meridian points by tapping on them with fingertips.  Others describe it as acupuncture without the needles.

    Brain World magazine does say that medical science has not proven the efficacy of tapping.  I have a feeling that this technique is probably going to be found on Quackwatch or the Junk Science sites. Call me a skeptic.


    However I did find an article in Science Daily which cites a study about the efficacy of this tapping method to curb food cravings:  "Psychological acupuncture has been shown to be successful in reducing food cravings for up to six months in people who are overweight or obese."


    So who knows?


    Yep I believe in all these far out remedies.



    What do you believe?  Are there any farfetched methods to help with depression which you believe could actually help?


    (Disclaimer:  I am not asking for spam...just the opinions of members)




Published On: August 12, 2010