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St. John's Wort
What is St.john'S Wort?
St. John's Wort is shrub. It (hypericum perforatum) is an herb that has been widely steeped in the tradition of healing in over 400 years of cited medicinal uses. Its name comes from two different characteristics of the plant in relation to John the Baptist. First, the flower of the plant blooms around June 24, which is St. John's day. Second, upon squeezing the buds of the flowers, a red pigmented liquid seems to ooze out, symbolic of the blood of St. John. "Wort" is derived from the Old English word that mean "root."
The herb is grown all over the world, from California/Oregon and the Midwest in the U.S. to Australia, North Africa, West Asia, and Europe. St. John's Wort is a perennial with yellow flowers and many stems.Several controlled studies have shown positive results in treating patients with mild to moderate depression. Improvement was shown with symptoms of sadness, helplessness, hopelessness, anxiety, headache and exhaustion with no reported side effects. Extracted from natural St John's wort,hypericin is especially effecious in combating DNA RNA virus, Having been used to treat AIDS and hepatitis A and B in U.S.A. and German,it has already been known as a prominent new medicine to treat AIDS.In addition.
What is the effective dosage of St.John's Wort supplementation?
The effective dosage of St. John's Wort is 1 to 2 mg containing 0.2 percentage hypericin three times per day.
What are the benefits of St.John's Wort supplementation?
• St.John's Wort relieves the symptoms of mild to moderate depression.
• In ancient times, herbalists wrote about its use as a sedative and a treatment for malaria, as well as a balm for wounds, burns, and insect bites.
• The active constituents in the herb (there are over 50) include hypericin and pseudohypericin, flavonoids, tannins and procyanidins. The tannins are responsible for the astringent effect for wound healing. Hypericin increases capillary blood flow and is a MAO inhibitor.
What are the effective side effects of St.John's Wort supplementation?
• When combined with certain antidepressants, St. John's Wort may increase side effects such as nausea, anxiety, headache, and confusion.
• St. John's wort may cause increased sensitivity to sunlight. Other side effects can include anxiety, dry mouth, dizziness, gastrointestinal symptoms, fatigue, headache, or sexual dysfunction.
• St. John's wort stimulates a drug-metabolizing enzyme that metabolizes at least 50% of the drugs on the market. Based on this fact alone, St. John's wort could possibley interfere with a number of medications. Consult with a qualified medical professional before supplementing with St. John's wort.