Best of luck FH and I'd also love to hear how you get on
In my experience I felt a positive effect within a few days.
Doctors will know little about it I'm sure (we don't have an 'integrated' model of medicine in this country; we have doctors on the one hand who deal with and mostly know only about pharmaceutical drugs, and complementary specialists who know about the other stuff). But if you have a decent independent health store locally please do pop in and ask their advice. Our local one has staff qualified in complementary medicine, nutrition etc
Originally Posted by Ingenious
LOL - Two replies, one says fantastic, one says rubbish
Just goes to show how different we all are!!
Absolutely! Plus some of the complementary medicines can be quite 'mild' in their effects compared to pharmaceuticals, and so may not be suitable for very serious or urgent problems (no idea myself if 5HTP is one of these, which is why I'd do further research and/or ask an expert).
Originally Posted by Ingenious
Edit. You also have to wonder if it was such a wonderful drug why doctors don't prescribe it as a first line medication?
For the same reason my GP didn't ask me about diet or exercise before putting me on ADs I'd imagine. In all my time with my psychiatrists they've also spent almost zero time on the same topics. It's not really their business (except the very best, and for all of them it should be imo). And like it or not, healthcare is a 100s of billions of pounds a year business. One of the biggest in the world. And business dictates how it works.
I could write for hours on this subject, but will try not to
Basically, pharmaceutical companies fund the research of new medicines and treatments, and their aim is to find profitable ones. Things that don't look profitable generally don't get researched.
You can't patent natural remedies or substances. So there's no profit in researching them for use as medicines. Hence the lack of studies on a lot of complementary medicine stuff. And our whole healthcare system is built from that profit incentive. Including what medical students learn about. And really, with a drug-based health system, there's enough for them to learn about just in that area (my GP knows little enough about even ADs imo, and he obviously prescribes them to loads of people).
I know WAY more about all sorts of health stuff than my GP. That's why it's important to look outside of conventional medicine if you can, even if your research doesn't turn up anything particularly helpful. Inform yourself, because the NHS certainly won't do it all for you!
You can test your own GP on this. Ask him or her what tryptophan is and see what they say! I bet they either won't have heard of it, will have heard of it but can't remember what it is, or will offer something but not the full, correct answer 'it's one of the essential
amino acids for life'. If you don't get enough from food it can/will cause ill-health, including mental health problems, and if that's the case you can supplement it by taking 5-HTP.
(Sorry for going off-topic!)