Herbs for BDNF & Neuroplasticity
Brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is the most prevalent neurotrophin in the brain. Its depletion in certain neuropsychiatric, neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders have made it a novel target for researchers, with its implications being widespread.
The Ups and Downs of Managing Mood Disorders
Depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders are becoming increasingly common, consequently natural healthcare professionals are seeing an influx of patients with these conditions in clinical practice. Fortunately, dietary, lifestyle, herbal, and nutritional medicine are highly effective tools that may be used to assist in addressing these symptoms. This supports both neurotransmitter production and balance; addressing underlying drivers of mood disorders.
The Underlying Complexities of Acute Infections
The most common and frequent pathogens that we are exposed to include influenza and cold viruses. Generally, the symptoms are short lasting, and we recover within 7-10 days, and only require acute support, however, when re-infections are frequent and debilitating, evaluating for underlying drivers is a key holistic principle. Addressing underlying factors involves a systemic evaluation, including the role of the mitochondria, gastrointestinal function, the microbiome, underlying stealth pathogen infections, and auto-immune conditions.