hypericum perforatum

(redirected from Hypericum)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.
Enlarge picture
st. john's wort

st. john's wort

Famously used for depression nerves, stress, hopelessness, helplessness, anxiety, alcoholism, insomnia, inflammation, hemorrhoids, menopause, PMS, arthritis, gout, flu, viruses, AIDS, HIV, cancer, diarrhea, back pain, sciatica, bladder problems. A serotonin re-uptake inhibitor. This prevents serotonin from being reabsorbed from the nerve synapse, prolonging serotonins' antidepressant effects. A 2005 study showed it was more effective than Prozac, without the side effects. Contains hyperforin, which protects against gram-positive bacteria. Flowers and leaves can be put into salads or made into tea. Do not take St. John's Wort if you are taking antidepressant drugs- leads to "serotonin syndrome", a condition marked by confusion and cardiovascular irregularities. Also don't use St John's Wort if you are tanning (could burn skin) Named so because it flowers on St. John's day (summer solstice) Has small, narrow opposing leaves with transparent dots throughout the leaves if held up to light. These are the oil glands. Flowers are yellow, 5 petals, with black dots. When flower buds are crushed before they become flowers, a reddish purple liquid comes out. Tea can be used internally or externally for skin conditions, but remember not to go out in the sun after taking it.
References in periodicals archive ?
The genus Hypericum is represented in Pakistan by nine species [2].
Conclusion: The promising results demonstrate the importance of the species of the genus Hypericum as source of compounds potentially useful for the treatment of leishmaniasis.
Association between patient beliefs regarding assigned treatment and clinical response: reanalysis of data from the Hypericum Depression Trial Study Group.
Median time to occurrence of a relapse and/or recurrence was 802 days for the placebo group, 1755 days for the citalopram group and 1817 days for the group of Hypericum responders.
However, hypericum can interact with other medications and affect the way they work, so it isn't suitable for everyone.
Aelod o'r un teulu ydi dail y Beiblau, sef Hypericum androsaemum, 'tutsan' yn Saesneg.
For this review, 29 trials with a total of 5,489 patients (range, 30-388) were included; among them, 18 studies had a placebo control group, 17 compared hypericum with synthetic antidepressants, and 6 had both a placebo and standard antidepressant control group.
Extracts of the plant Hypericum perforatum, commonly known as St John's wort, have long been used in folk medicine to treat depression and sleep disorders.
John's wort, made from extracts of the medicinal plant Hypericum perforatum, experienced fewer side effects than did those on antidepressants.