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Greek mountain tea use with depressions and anxiety disorders

Greek mountain tea or Greek verbena is a hundreds of years old remedy that is appreciated for its calming effect in the Balkans, where it originally comes from. In 2014, HMPC (European Committee for Herbal Medicinal Products) confirmed the traditional use of Greek mountain tea (Sideritis scardica) for cold symptoms and mild stomach problems. This cleared the way for the approval of traditional drugs with these indications.

However, Greek mountain tea can do even more. The plant is particularly interesting because of its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal effect. Greek mountain tea (Sideritis scardica) was brought into public focus a few years ago because of the publications of an Alzheimer´s researcher who investigated the use of the plant in Alzheimer´s disease.

Greek mountain tea extract is also said to be able to help with other neurological diseases. In an observation study at Leibniz University of Hannover, the researchers administered extract from Greek mountain tea, (Sideritis scardica), to the participants of the study and examined its calming effect. The scientists found that Greek mountain tea extract can reduce mental stress and increase general stress resistance.

In cooperation with the private institute IBam GbR, the University Clinic of Freiburg examined the Greek mountain tea in relation to its effect on depressive mood, anxiety disorders and panic attacks. The scientists concentrated on inhibiting the consumption of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. These forces the concentration of neurotransmitters in the synaptic gap.

Various extracts were used in the study, with the ethanolic, (alcoholic), extract being the most promising. It was also found that the effect increases significantly with the use of 500 mg of extract of Greek mountain tea. Based on its good results, the study concludes that the consumption of Greek mountain tea can help with depression, ADHD, anxiety disorders, panic attacks and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

To support their theory, they carried out patient studies which showed good results. Since many people prefer herbal medicines or cannot tolerate other medications, a therapy with Greek mountain tea can be a good alternative; especially since no side effects have been found so far.

You may also be interested in our blog article: “You should pay attention to this when buying products with Greek mountain tea”.

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