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St. John's Wort

Promotes a positive mood. Extracts of St. John's Wort have been proven in many extensive clinical studies in Europe to have antidepressant effects, and is widely used for this reason.

A Remedy For:

  • Emotional Well-being
  • Depression and anxiety

What It Is; Why It Works:

St. John's wort(Hypericum perforatum)is a shrub-like perennial. Europeans have used the herb for centuries to beat depression without the sometimes dangerous side effects of pharmaceutical antidepressants.

St. Johns wort appears to boost levels of the brain chemical serotonin, which effects the emotions. The herb seems so promising as a natural antidepressant that the National Institutes of Health(NIH) in Washington, D.C,. began a major study in 1997 to investigate its effectiveness.

St. John's wort doesn't appear to interact with most conventional drugs(except for antidepressants), many older people on complex medication regimens may be able to benefit from it.

In Germany, where doctors routinely prescribe herbal remedies, St. John's wort is the most common form of antidepressant, more widely used than the drugs Prozac or Zoloft because it has far fewer side effects.

The herb is even being investigated as a treatment for panic attacks and general anxiety.

Relieve mild to moderate depression

Careful analysis of 23 different studies of St. John's wort concluded that the herb works as well as antidepressant drugs. And because it helps promote sound sleep,

St. John's wort is particularly beneficial for those who suffer fatigue, low energy, or insomnia as a result of depression. Many studies have found St. John's wort as effective as conventional antidepressants in relieving severe depression in adults.

The herb may also aid in treating depressive elements of chronic fatigue syndrome and seasonal affective disorder(also known as SAD or "wintertime blues"), a type of depression linked to the shortage of daylight in the fall and winter.


  • Take 1-2 capsules twice daily.
  • You may reduce to 1 to 2 capsules twice daily as needed for the symptoms.


  • Although rare, adverse reactions have been reported from the combination of a conventional antidepressant, such as Prozac and Zoloft, with St. John's wort. Don't start taking St. John's wort without consulting your doctor if you are on antidepressants currently.
  • Cancer patients: If you are taking the drug Gleevec (Imatinib) do not take St. John's Wort.
  • Patients with Bipolar Disorder/Manic Depression should not use St. John's Wort.
  • Patients taking anti-rejection medications and those who have kidney disease should consult with their health care professional before use.
  • May decrease the effectiveness of birth control.


  • Hypercium ( St. John's wort) extract 300 mg. (standardized to contain 0.3% hypericin, 3% hyperforin)
  • Vitamin C (as ascorbyl palmitate) 3 mg

Additional Therapy:

5-HTP Natural Anti-Depressant

5-HTP is derived from the seeds of the Griffonia simplicifolia, a West Africian medicinal plant. 5-HTP is a direct precursor to serotonin, which controls mood, appetite and sleep pattern.

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