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
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
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
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
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.
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