hypericum perforatum


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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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Evidence based naturopathic literature review: Hypericum perforatum.
Effects of the total extract and fractions of Hypericum perforatum in animal assays for antidepressant activity.
Studies on the combination of Hypericum perforatum and Cimicifuga are included in the section on St John's wort below.
Yr enw Cymraeg safonol ar y planhigyn erbyn heddiw ydi'r eurinllys trydwll, 'Perforate St John's Wort' yn Saesneg a Hypericum perforatum ydi ei enw gwyddonol.
John's wort, made from extracts of the medicinal plant Hypericum perforatum, experienced fewer side effects than did those on antidepressants.
Once the doctor is satisfied that SAD is the reason for your complaints, then the best remedy is hypericum perforatum (St John's Wort).
St John's Wort, or Hypericum perforatum, is taken daily by millions of people, particularly in Germany.
St John's Wort, or hypericum perforatum, has been used for centuries and is sold in tablet form in chemists and health food shops.
John's wort (``wort'' is Old English for plant) is a weed also known as Hypericum perforatum.