St John’s wort or Hypericum perforatum, has been used for the past 2,000 years as a medicinal herb. St john’s wort was once hung above doorways to ward off evil spirits. The species named perforatum refers to the many puncture-like black marks on the underside of the plant’s leaves. St John’s wort, especially its tiny yellow flowers, is high in hypericin and other flavonoid compounds. Native to Europe, St. John’s wort is now found growing in dry areas of many temperate climates throughout the world.
St John’s wort extract tested in some trials are superior to placebo in patients with depression; St John’s wort extract is sometimes as effective as standard antidepressants; and have fewer side effects than standard antidepressants.
- Relieve mild to moderate depression and anxiety
- Promote restful sleep
- Improve capillary circulation
- Increase cardiac circulation
- Ease gastrointestinal distress
- Relieve discomfort associated with PMS (premenstrual syndrome)
Take 1/2 to 1 1/2 teaspoon a day.
Hypericum perforatum (standardized 30:1 extract containing 0.3% Hypericin). Contains no fillers.
St. John’s wort can interact with some medications, as it accelerates the breaks down of certain substances (Alprazolam, Amitriptyline, Cyclosporine, Warfarin, etc). St. John’s wort can raise the levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which can be of concern if taken simultaneously as antidepressant medications.
St John’s wort in large doses might cause skin burns from sun exposure. There are some concerns that St. John’s wort might interfere with conceiving a child. There is some concern that St. John’s wort might worsen symptoms of ADHD for people taking the medication methylphenidate.
Let your healthcare provider know if you want to take St. John’s wort. Your healthcare provider will want to review your medications to see if there could be any problems.
Do not exceed the recommended dose. Not intended for pregnant or nursing mothers. Not intended for children under 18 years of age. If you are taking any medications, have a known medical condition, or are planning a medical procedure, consult your doctor before use. Discontinue use and consult your doctor if any adverse reactions occur.
The various effects are not guaranteed and results may vary due to several factors between different people.
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