St. Johns Wort

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   Posted 4/19/2009 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I heard St. Johns Wort can be a good natural medication to take to help deal with depression. Does anyone know anything about it? Does it work? Does anyone use it?
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   Posted 4/19/2009 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Skillet,

All that I know about St Johnswort is that you are not suppose to take it if you are taking anti depressants. So make sure that you are not on any meds if you try it. It does work for some, I hope that it works for you.

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   Posted 4/19/2009 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a friend that takes it when he wants a break from anti-d's and he swears by it. Not as strong but it holds him steady for a few months break. Always worth a try.

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   Posted 4/19/2009 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah very weak 4 me. albeit will assist with some of the depressive elements, would not recommend it for anyone with a diagnosis though. will aid in reducing stressfull periods. as they say, what works 4's always good to discuss alternatives, appreciate your post, all the very best, keep posting. jamie smilewinkgrin

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   Posted 4/26/2009 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
i stopped taking prescribed medication and switched to st. john's wort and took it for 2 years. i really don't think it helped me at all. i have just started taking prescribed medication again. perhaps it does work for some but has not worked well for me.

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   Posted 4/26/2009 7:39 PM (GMT -6)   

After much research the brand of St Johns Wort had much to do with the effectiveness. Kira is one of the most standardized formulas out there. Perkia is also another.

Here is the best resource I have found on the web for St Johns Wort:

Hope it helps you.

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   Posted 4/27/2009 8:00 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning,

I would agree, if you have been dx with a major depressive disorder this is not the alternative for you.  Of course that is JMHO.

I have tried many products that came with a big hype and promise of helping cure without using Rx meds but have not had any of them work.

Each person is different but do remember that just because it is not made by a big company and needs no Rx is it still drug you are putting into your body. 

The active ingredients of herbal remedies are chemicals that are similar to conventional medications. There is no scientific basis for the claim that “natural” medicines are gentler and safer than conventional medications. Many traditional herbals cause dangerous, and even fatal, side effects.

Herbal remedies are not regulated as drugs by the FDA. Their composition is variable and they may be contaminated by prescription medicines or toxic metals.

I believe it is up to each person to choose what they feel fits their own needs as long as we always remember to choose wisely.




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