I find the topic of alternative medicine or traditional medicine fascinating. I believe modern medicine to have it’s place but I also believe traditional medicine can be beneficial. I often wonder what drugs could be replaced with natural alternatives.
In a study originally using Saffron for PMS symptoms researchers noted a significant drop in depression symptoms. Researchers then decided to do a study using Saffron vs. Prozac for depression. For six weeks in a double blind study, patients diagnosed with clinical depression took capsules containing the spice Saffron or capsules containing Prozac. Both groups took one pill per day and their symptoms kept improving over that six -week period. The only difference being that 20% of the Prozac group suffered from sexual dysfunction while the Saffron users did not.
These results may be surprising to some of us but Saffron has been used for centuries in Persian traditional medicine to treat depression. With so many people suffering from this disease which can be debilitatng or fatal for some these results are promising.