Ri­valling anti-de­pres­sants

The Sun (Malaysia) - - HEALTH -

USED by the San Bush­men of South Africa, Calm­ing Cac­tus (sci­en­tif­i­cally known as Sceletium Tor­tu­o­sum) el­e­vates mood, re­stores en­ergy and pro­motes tran­quil­lity.

Since its dis­cov­ery, sci­en­tists and clin­i­cians have suc­cess­fully man­u­fac­tured Zem­brin (the patented and stan­dard­ised ex­tract of Sceletium Tor­tu­o­sum) and made them avail­able at most phar­ma­cies around the world.

Many pro­fes­sion­als as well as stu­dents who are vul­ner­a­ble to stress and sit­u­a­tional anx­i­ety have ben­e­fited from tak­ing Zem­brin, the ac­tive in­gre­di­ent con­tained in Life Fac­tor Zem­bren cap­sules. The gen­eral ef­fects ex­pe­ri­enced are an al­most in­stant bal­ance of calm­ness and op­ti­mum men­tal fo­cus, and bet­ter qual­ity sleep.

Zem­brin has also made a mark in the world of anti-de­pres­sants. Think of de­pres­sion and anti-de­pres­sants or se­lec­tive sero­tonin re­ac­tive in­hibitors (SSRIs) come to mind. They are pre­scribed drugs for the treat­ment of anx­i­ety dis­or­der.

To­day, SSRIs are rou­tinely pre­scribed to around 40 mil­lion pa­tients in the US and Europe for a wide va­ri­ety of mood dis­or­ders in­clud­ing ma­jor de­pres­sion, ob­ses­sive com­pul­sive dis­or­der and anx­i­ety. Ac­cord­ing to the Malaysian Psy­chi­atric As­so­ci­a­tion, the num­ber of Malaysians di­ag­nosed with anx­i­ety dis­or­der is in­creas­ing.

Although SSRIs are among the safest pre­scribed anti-de­pres­sants, they may take time to have a de­sir­able ef­fect on pa­tients and there have been known side ef­fects which vary from one in­di­vid­ual to another. They also can­not be taken with cer­tain med­i­ca­tion.

Hence, Zem­brin may be the best sub­sti­tute. Not only is it nat­u­ral, but it could be as ef­fec­tive as any other ex­ist­ing chem­i­cally pro­duced anti-de­pres­sants with­out the ad­verse ef­fects.

It has been thor­oughly stud­ied for safety and ef­fi­cacy in three pub­lished hu­man clin­i­cal tri­als and car­ries the GRAS (Gen­er­ally Re­garded As Safe) sta­tus in the US. It is proven to of­fer safe and non-habit form­ing re­lief.

"Life Fac­tor Zem­bren cap­sules in­crease the levels of sero­tonin and sero­tonin neu­ro­trans­mis­sion with a rapid on­set of ac­tion. It could be pre­scribed or rec­om­mended by a med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner for stress, anx­i­ety and low mood," said Datuk Nancy Ho, the past pres­i­dent of Malaysian Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal So­ci­ety.

"We are work­ing with Life Fac­tor – a Malaysian com­pany which has just launched Life Fac­tor Zem­bren cap­sules con­tain­ing the full clin­i­cal dosage (25mg) of Zem­brin. We be­lieve there is a huge po­ten­tial with this prod­uct," she said. Life Fac­tor Zem­bren cap­sules could be pre­scribed or rec­om­mended by a med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner for stress, anx­i­ety and low mood. They are now avail­able with­out pre­scrip­tion in packs of 10s and 30s at se­lected phar­ma­cies and clin­ics.

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