St John's wort supplements

Prescription Counterparts:

Of the more than two dozen strictly conducted clinical studies of St. John's wort, several have evaluated the herb's efficacy in comparison with standard antidepressant drugs, and the natural medicine has consistently proved itself superior or equal to its synthetic rivals. Not that it necessarily lifts low spirits to measurably higher levels than the pharmaceuticals, but it certainly can work about as well, and it imposes few or none of the drugs' unwanted consequences, which can include nausea, sexual dysfunction, headache, diarrhea, dry mouth, and insomnia, to name just a few. St. John's wort is far less expensive, too.

St John's wort supplements Dosage Options:

For a consistent therapeutic effect against mild depression or SAD, a standardized supplement containing 0.3 percent hypericin per capsule (in better brands, that translates to about 300 milligrams of a certified-potency extract) three times a day. Ingest at least 1 milligram of hypericin daily. Some supplements may be standardized for 3 percent hyperforin instead of 0.3 percent hypericin.

St John's wort supplements For herpes cold sores, steep 1 to 2 teaspoons of the dried herb in a cup of hot water. Drink the tea and apply it topically once or twice a day for up to 6 weeks. For cuts, scrapes, and burns, consider applying St. John's wort oil topically. You can make your own by steeping several teaspoons of the fresh herb in a carrier oil, such as evening primerose. For imune enhancement, take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of a tincture or liquid extract three times a day.

Some potato chips and snack foods are flavored with a little St. John's wort. Note the qualifying "a little." Despite any therapeutic claims that might be made on the packages, these foods probably do not contain enough of the herb to make a difference in your disposition. If they do contain at least a tincture-level amount at a competitive price, they might be worth your while. Read the labels.


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