Natural Herbal Remedy St. Johns Wort for Depression:
Active ingredient hypericin has been shown to exhibit monoamine oxidase
(MAO) inhibiting activity, acting as a natural anti-depressant. Do not take with other MAO
inhibiting drugs or supplements that advise against combining with MAO inhibitors (some people
use the natural herbal remedy St. John's Wort with ma huang to get a natural "Phen-Fen" replacement).
St. John's Wort Uses
Used in all pulmonary complaints, bladder troubles,
in suppression of urine, dysentery, worms, diarrhoea, hysteria and nervous depression, haemoptysis and other hemorrhages and jaundice.
BENEFITS OF USE:
Reports that at least one out of every 20 Americans are diagnosed with depression each year with many of them relying
on prescribed anti-depressants, but many new studies show the herb St. John's Wort as just as effective, and with fewer side effects.
In the August 1996 issue of the British Medical Journal contains an analysis of approximately 25 studies that suggest that St. John's Wort
(Hypericum perforatum) is just as helpful as commonly used drugs, without side effects such as headaches or vomiting.
RESEARCH & STUDIES:
Recently known in the United States, but researchers in Europe have been studying St. John's Wort for decades. It is common for
doctors in Germany to prescribe it for depression with insurance companies paying for it. It is available in many pharmacies
herb shops in Europe and the
United States in liquid,
capsule and dried form.
DOSES & DIRECTIONS:
St. John's Wort Precautions
Persons with fair skin may want to avoid exposure to sunlight and other sources of
ultraviolet light when taking St. John's Wort due to photosensitivity, avoid foods that contain tyramine, alcoholic beverages,
and medications such as tyrosine, narcotics, amphetamines, and over-the-counter cold
and flu remedies. St. John's Wort should not be taken while also taking prescription antidepressants or during pregnancy or lactation.
If you have high blood pressure consult your doctor.
St. John's Wort contains hypericin that inhibits monoamine oxidase, a body chemical associated with depression. It appears that hypericin
does not act alone. Like many herbal medicines, St. John's Wort relies on the complex interplay of many constituents for its antidepressant
effects. Patients given St. John's Wort after suffering from depression received relief, increased appetite, more interest in life, greater
self-esteem with reporting better sleep. Perhaps most notable regarding St. John's Wort extract for depression has been favorable comparisons to standard prescription
antidepressive drugs like maprotiline hydrochloride and imipramine.
St. Johns Wort Description
A herbaceous perennial growing freely wild to a height of 1 to 3 feet in uncultivated ground.
Flowers bloom June to August, followed by numerous small round blackish seeds.