Herbs were our first medicines. The use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Since the earliest times, people have turned to Mother Nature's pantry to cure their ailments. In this chapter, you'll see what herbs may be useful for treating depression's symptoms, along with what supplements are available on the market. Herbs, however, contain components that can trigger side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, herbs should be taken with care, under the supervision of a health care provider qualified in the field of botanical medicine.