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St. John’s Wort - What is it?

St. John’s Wort or Hypericum Perforatum as it is otherwise known as, has been a reliable herbal supplement for patients suffering from mild to severe clinical depression. Highly regarded in Europe, mostly Germany, St. John's Wort has been prescribed as one of the most potent antidepressants over many of the more severe types of drugs, including Prozac. It has been used to treat nervousness and anxiety disorders as well as other mental illnesses. It can also be used for sleep disorders, inflammation of the skin and bacterial infections.

St. John’s Wort - How Does It Work?

During trials and testing, Hypericin, Pseudohypericin and Xanthones were named as active ingredients in St. John’s Wart. Hypericin can be found in most anti-depressants on the market today for people that are labeled depressed or emotionally disturbed. The power of Hypericin lies in its ability to increase the blood flow to tissue that is under duress. Hypericin also aids in the elevation of other biochemical’s such as dopamine and serotonin to reduce abnormal adrenal activity found in depression.

St. John’s Wort is available in several forms including capsules, teas, oils and tinctures. Although there are some companies that manufacture St. John’s Wort using different additives, it is suggested that you take the supplement that uses both the flower and leaves for maximum benefit.

St. John’s Wort - What Are The Benefits From St. John's Wort?

Here are other benefits from St. John’s Wort:
• Improves overall well being in patients suffering from CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
• Reduces size of tumors (benign and malignant).
• Aids in bladder trouble and urine suppression. In some cases it actually can increase the flow of urine.
• Removes tumors and boils.
• Blood cleansing and purifying effects.
• Treats Internal Bleeding

St. John’s Wort - What Are Some Of The Side Effects?

St. John’s Wort has few side effects that the user can experience namely photosensitivity. Photosensitivity occurs when Hypericin is assimilated into the intestines and concentrates in certain areas of the skin. Allergic reactions occur when exposed skin is introduced into natural sunlight. This type of exposure can cause tissue damage and has resulted in death in a few cases. It is strongly recommended to remain out of the sunlight during the period St. John’s Wort is used. As with any herbal or supplement, you should consult a physician before taking it.

Do not take St. John’s Wort if you are taking any antidepressant drugs, MAO Inhibitors, SSRI’s, Tricylics and the drugs Tramadol or Imitrex.

Daily Recommended Dosage: Take 1 300mg capsule 3 times a day. Consult a physician and discontinue usage if any other side effects occur.

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