CLINICAL MOOD MODULATOR™
Countless numbers of people experience negative moods which
can range from frank depression to boredom, anxiety, isolation
and restlessness. Temporary changes in mood are common and
do not necessarily require drug treatment. In modern society,
stressful life events are all too common and people are increasingly
approaching such stresses with “relaxation responses” e.g.
Yoga, Tai Chi, martial arts, hypnosis, bodywork and meditation.
There is no doubt that adverse lifestyle precipitates mood
changes and it is known that people who smoke or drink excessively
are prone to episodes of simple depression (“the blues”).
Therefore, before anyone discusses natural approaches to mood
elevation, one must reinforce the importance of exercise, good
diet and other lifestyle issues in the promotion of healthy and
stable moods. Depression is a disease.
Certain criteria are listed to help healthcare professionals
diagnose negative mood changes. The most common and significant
of all mental disorders is depression. It is accepted that
anyone with five of the following eight symptoms is likely to
be a victim of clinical depression: sleep disorder, insomnia or
excessive sleeping, major appetite change with weight gain or
weight loss, physical inactivity or too much activity, loss of
pleasure or interest in day-to-day activities, e.g., sex, feelings of
fatigue or energy loss, excessive guilt or sense of worthlessness,
poor ability to remember, think or concentrate and thoughts
about harming oneself or dying.
Depression itself can range from mild to severe, and many
people are taking antidepressants and tranquilizers. Anyone
with a mood disorder should first consider the correction of
adverse life events or poor diet, the depressing effect of some
drugs, hormonal changes, allergic reactions and common diseases,
such as flu. It is well recognized that common infectious
disease may precipitate negative mood changes, which usually
last only for a few weeks. The role of environmental toxins in
causing mood change is an active area of research.
People with significant changes of mood or prolonged disturbances
of mood should not self-medicate and people who
are taking medications for mood disorders, e.g. antidepressant
drugs are strongly advised not to mix dietary supplements with
drugs, without the supervision of their healthcare professional.
The person with a negative mood must review smoking habits,
levels of alcohol or caffeine intake and exercise. Negative lifestyle
must be converted to positive lifestyle, with the addition
of optimal nutrition.
There are many different nutrients, herbs or botanicals that
can be proposed for the nutritional support of the normal body
function of mood regulation (a body function). An overlooked
way of supporting mood with nutrition is to use nutrients that
have beneficial effects on brain structure or function. Such
nutrients include lecithin for its phospholipid content, inositol,
vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin C and selenium.
The popular herb Saint John’s Wort has a long history of
use for its mood-elevating benefits and L-theanine, found in
green tea has calming properties. A herb that has been underestimated
in terms of its ability to mimic effects of chemical
messages in the brain is Mucuna pruriens. These variably
evidence-based nutrients and botanicals form the basis of the
formula of Clinical Mood Modulator™, but the primary
treatment of psychiatric disease is the usual and customary use
of psychotropic drugs, in conventional medical practice.