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St. John's WortScientific Name: Hypericum perforatum
St. John's Wort InformationSt. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum), once thought to rid the body of evil spirits, has a history of medicinal use dating back to ancient Greece, where it was used to treat a range of illnesses, including various 'nervous conditions.' St. John's wort also has antibacterial and antiviral properties and, because of its anti-inflammatory properties, has been used to help heal wounds and burns.
In recent years, there has been renewed interest in St. John's wort as a treatment for depression and there has been a great deal of scientific research on this topic. St. John's wort is one of the most commonly purchased herbal products in the United States. Because St. John's wort interacts with a wide variety of medications, it is important to take it only under the guidance of a healthcare provider who is knowledgeable about herbal medicines.
St. John's Wort Benefits
- Effective in reducing depressive symptoms in those with mild to moderate but not severe (called major) depression
- Equally effective as tricyclic anti-depressants (medication frequently prescribed for this condition) such as imipramine, amitriptyline, doxepin, desipramine, and nortriptyline, but has fewer side effects
- Helps substantially reduce the craving for and intake of alcohol
- Has demonstrated the ability to fight certain infections, including some bacteria that are resistant to the effects of antibiotics
- May be useful in relieving both physical and emotional symptoms of PMS including cramps, irritability, food cravings, and breast tenderness
- May help improve mood in those suffering from SAD (a form of depression that occurs during the winter months because of lack of sunlight)
St. John's Wort Nutrient ContentThe best-studied active components are hypericin and pseudohypericin, found in both the leaves and flowers. There has been recent research to suggest, though, that these best-studied components may not be the most active in the plant, which also contains essential oils and flavonoids.
St. John's Wort NotesThe Dietary Supplement Information Bureau recommends a daily dosage of approximately 300mg (standardized extract), 3 times a day for optimal health.
Many people take St. John's wort for depression. It is important to bear in mind that depression can be a serious condition and may be accompanied by thoughts of suicide or homicide, both of which warrant immediate medical attention. Evaluation by a healthcare professional should always be sought before using St. John's wort.
St. John's Wort Products
| Brand & Product Name || Description || Retail |
| Sale |
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| 1 oz || $10.99 || $6.95 || More info |
| 90 caps || $14.89 || $8.95 || More info ||Discontinued|
| 30 caps || $14.99 || $8.95 || More info ||Discontinued|
| 60 tabs, 300 mg || $13.99 || $8.95 || More info |
| 180 caps, 250 mg || $22.49 || $13.95 || More info |
| 100 caps, 300 mg || $14.49 || $8.95 || More info |
| 90 caps || $14.99 || $8.95 || More info |
| 60 tabs, 300 mg || $11.39 || $6.95 || More info ||Discontinued|
| 120 tabs, 300 mg || $20.79 || $12.95 || More info ||Discontinued|
| 1 oz || $11.99 || $8.95 || More info |