Amino Acid Therapy: The Mood Cure by Julia Ross

I want to share another helpful protocol that I use to balance my body. Occasionally, I become depleted due to stress, over-exertion, over-exposure to toxins (including self induced exposure to alcohol, a weakness of mine). The result is that I start feeling emotionally imbalanced and physically drained. My therapist/EMDR/EFT practitioner recommended a book that proved incredibly helpful for me to fix these problems. The book is called The Mood Cure by Julia Ross.

Ross is a psychotherapist who struggled to help patients with resistant depression and other emotional disorders who did not respond well to pharmaceutical medications or who could not tolerate the side effects. Together with a nutritionist, she developed a targeted amino acid program to help balance specific neurotransmitter deficiencies to fix mood disorders. Her program includes use of such substances as L-Tryptophan or 5-HTP to boost serotonin, DL-Phenylalanine to boost endorphins and lower pain levels, and L-tyrosine to boost mental alertness and drive.

Recently, after a period of prolonged stability, I began to suffer from irritability, negative thoughts, lethargy, worry, and achiness. These symptoms are nothing new to someone with Lyme Disease, but I wondered why they suddenly flared up. I decided to re-read Ross’ book and follow her protocol exactly. I began to take the following amino acids on a dosing schedule per her directions:

  • L-Tyrosine
  • DL-Phenylalanine
  • L-Glutamine
  • 5-HTP
  • 4-amino-3-phenyl-butyric acid, AKA Phenibut* a derivative of the naturally occurring inhibitory neurotransmitter γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which crosses the blood brain barrier more readily than GABA supplements)

I felt better within 24 hours. The anxiety disappeared within several hours, I felt a boost of energy, and the achiness abated. My sleep also improved. Pretty remarkable results for a group of inexpensive amino acids with no side effects.

I recommend this simple therapy to anyone suffering from mood imbalances. The Mood Cure is available at bookstores and libraries. I also found an easy to read document available online for diagnosing neurotransmitter deficiencies and dosing aminos according to this protocol at:

Best wishes to all,


*Note: Phenibut is reported to cause dependency and withdrawal after prolonged use, much like benzodiazepines can. I cycle three days on and off to prevent this and use other herbal supplements for relaxation and sleep if needed.

2 responses to “Amino Acid Therapy: The Mood Cure by Julia Ross

  1. Tryptophan is a great supplement if you want to boost your serotonin levels. ‘

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  2. The body changes phenylalanine into tyrosine, another amino acid that’s needed to make proteins, brain chemicals, including L-dopa, epinephrine, and norepinephrine, and thyroid hormones. Because norepinephrine affects mood, different forms of phenylalanine have been proposed to treat depression. Symptoms of phenylalanine deficiency include confusion, lack of energy, depression, decreased alertness, memory problems, and lack of appetite.-

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