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St. John's Wort For Depression Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

St. John's Wort has been used for centuries to combat mild to moderate depression, anxiety, sleep disorders and even minor surface wounds. Because of St. John's Wort's calming effects and minimal side effects, German doctors prescribe St. Johns Wort over the more commonly prescribed synthetic drugs.

For these reasons, St. John's Wort may be an excellent substitute to prescribed medications for those who suffer from depression symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

St. John's Wort and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can leave you feeling confused, "foggy" and burnt out mentally: a symptom that easily leads to depression if not resolved. St. John's Wort may help you to regain clearer thinking and a better sense of well-being and is proving helpful to those suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

The Benefits of Using St. John's Wort Over Synthetic Medications
With synthetic drugs used for anxiety and depression the common side effects can include severities such as sexual dysfunction, nausea, constipation, and other serious conditions. One of the most favourable reasons to use St. John's Wort over synthetic drugs is the minimal amount of side effects from its use.

The biggest concern most people have about taking St. John's Wort is the possibility of photosensitivity. In several studies conducted, however, it would take roughly 30-50 times the recommended dose of St. John's Wort to produce any kind of photo-toxic side effect.

It is wise to be aware of this side effect, but if the recommended dose is taken then this side effect is barely an issue. Sun blocks could be used as an extra precaution if this side effect concerns you.

The History of St. John's Wort
St. John's Wort is a plant with a long and fascinating history, and has been used for healing in Ancient Greece, Europe and Asia for over 2500 years. The most popular use for St. John's Wort today is to relieve depression.

The Active Ingredients in St. John's Wort
The two components that play an important role in the anti-depressant effects of St. John's Wort are Hypericin and Hyperforin. Hypericin helps inhibit the breakdown of neurotransmitters in the brain and promotes capillary blood flow, a common problem for those suffering from depression.

Hypericin also aids clear thinking and sound sleep patterns by increasing theta waves in the brain, which can assist those suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and other disorders. St. John's Wort also acts as a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SRI, the same category of drugs as Prozac and Zoloft used for depression).

There are two main forms that St. Johns Wort can be taken in: tincture or standardised tablet form. The tincture form may very in strength from bottle to bottle. But the standardised tablet guarantees a standard dose of hypericin in each tablet. The standardised tablet gives a more balanced result.

St. Johns Wort is readily available over the counter at local health food shops and chemists. There are many manufacturers of St. Johns Wort, try to find one that's organic and works best for you - then stick to it.

Consult Your Physician
It is wise to consult a physician before taking herbal supplements, including St. John's Wort. Taking St. John's Wort with a prescribed medication, for example an SRI for depression combined with St. John's wort could produce an opposite effect and be harmful to your body. If you are taking a contraceptive pill, you should also check with your Doctor before taking this herb. You should not take St. John's Wort if you are pregnant or nursing as it may have an adverse effect on the baby.

Conclusion
St. John's Wort has received a large amount of recognition for relieving depression. It has been used for centuries for depression, anxiety, sleep disorders and topically for surface wounds.

Now St. John's Wort is becoming a known help to those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome because of its reputation for promoting clear thinking and lifting mood. St. Johns's Wort has a minimal amount of side effects, can be purchased at a lower cost than most prescription drugs.

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