St. John's wort is considered an herbal anti-depressant, it is also a tonic that strengthens the nervous system by ensuring a steady supply of the neuro-transmitters needed for proper function. It is the right choice if you tend to succumb to over eating when you are under stress.
Europeans say St. John's Wort is effective in those with moderate or mild depression but studies in the U.S. done with severely depressed people got negative results.
St. John's wort is one of the most commonly used herbal products in the United States, but its use goes back to ancient Roman and Greek times. It's original use included acting as a healing agent for wounds and burns. The active chemical in St. John's wort is hypericin which possesses anti-viral properties.
St. John's Wort is reported to help ease tension and anxiety as well as relieve mild depression. Women have found it to be soothing when experiencing the mood swings often associated with menopause.
St. John's Wort has been shown in numerous studies to be as effective as tricyclic anti-depressants and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) with fewer side effects.
It is one of the most popular natural remedies for natural depression and helps with stress reduction.
In addition to its use in treating depression, St. John's wort has shown promise in treating other conditions including alcoholism, bacterial infections, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and viral encephalitis.
Note: Because St. John's wort interacts with a wide variety of medications, it is important to consult a healthcare provider knowledgeable about herbal medicines if you are using St. John's wort and prescription medications.
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