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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.
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Zhu et al., "St John's wort induces both cytochrome P450 3A4-catalyzed sulfoxidation and 2C19-dependent hydroxylation of omeprazole," Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, vol.
Those on St John's wort reported 172 adverse effects.
The herb St John's wort, has two unique components, hypericin and hyperforin, which have an antidepressant action.
The two major constituents of St John's wort, hypericin and hyperforin, have been shown to possess substantial medicinal activity, while other compounds including the flavonoids rutin, quercetin and kaempferol also appear to have medicinal properties (Klemow 2011).
Co-treatment with St John's Wort 300 mg three times daily was then added for two additional 28-day menstrual cycles.
The mice were treated with either buspirone (10mg/kg), fluoxetine (10mg/kg), imipramine (20mg/kg), diazepam (5mg/kg), St Johns wort (Hypericum perforatum) (125mg/kg, 250mg/kg, 500mg/kg, 750mg/kg or 1000mg/kg) or various single constituents found in St John's wort (SJW).
They may cause severe growth retardation leading to changes in the chemical content and thus to alteration of the quality/market value of St John's wort preparations.
The St John's Wort had prevented her anticonvulsant medication from working.
St John's Wort, a supplement taken to alleviate mild to moderate depression, is known to counteract the effect of certain drugs, including hormonebased contraceptives.
Q I'M a keen believer in alternative medicine and for several months I've been taking extract of St John's Wort for mild depression.
Q I'VE had a kidney transplant and have been told not to take St John's wort for depression.
The Government yesterday issued an urgent health warning over the herbal remedy St John's Wort amid fears it can stop other drugs from working.