St. Johnswort and Depression G.T. asks, "What is the most effective way to use St. Johnswort for depression?" Herbs work best in combination. In a well chosen formula herbs are synergistic (one and one can make four!). For instance… St. Johnswort works very well with Motherwort, Lemon Balm and Lavender. For depression St. Johnswort may be the primary herb constituting %30 to %40 of the formulation. So for G.T. I have prescribed:
|St. Johnswort||40%||12 drops|
to be taken three times a day in a little water before meals (empty stomach) see how to take herbs Cautions: Note: that %10 of people find St. Johnswort sedative rather than simple relaxing. If you find it makes you sleepy simply take it at night before retiring. Note: that St. Johnswort is abundant in Southern Ontario fields and meadows. When cattle eat large quantities of St. Johnswort they may suffer "photosensitivity". St. Johnswort is listed as a noxious weed in Ontario! While there are no reports of photosensitivity in humans a caution about possible photosensitivity must be noted particularly by fair skinned people in the summer months. If you feel you are experiencing photosensitivity, cut back on the dose. Contraindications: Michael Vertolli says that while he knows of no official contraindications he "would not recommend prolonged use of St. Johnswort during pregnancy." (Michael Vertolli is my herb teacher and a wonderful source of information on diverse aspects of alternative medicine. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) · Herbs that can be used with St. Johnswort for depression · How to take herbs · the complementary use of Bach Flowers in depression · use of aromas, e.g. Lavender oil · St. Johnswort other uses and information · references pulled from the net/medline 23/5/98
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