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Herbal Remedy to help Depression

Which Herbal Remedy Can Help your Depression?

The St. John’s wort is a common herbal supplement that is used to help depression. It has been used for medical purposes in other parts of the world for many many years. Research findings show that St. John’s wort work good for mild to moderate depression, but not the more severe forms of depression.

St. John’s wort or Hypericum perforatum is a medicinal plant, which belongs to Hipericum genus. There are about 370 species, which belong to genus Hypericum. The plant is native to subtropical and temperate regions of Europe, Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Middle East, China and India. This perennial herb has yellow flowers. The name of the plant is connected with the St. John’s day, 24 June, when this herb is usually harvested. The word “wort” comes from old English and means “plant”.

Here is the list of other problems, which can be easily solved with the help of St. John’s wort:

  • anxiety;
  • loss of appetite;
  • sickness;
  • exhaustion;
  • nicotine dependence;
  • headaches;
  • migraine;
  • heart palpitations;
  • menopause symptoms;
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder;
  • attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder;
  • seasonal affective disorder;
  • nerve pain;
  • muscle pain;
  • chronic fatigue syndrome;
  • fibromyalgia;
  • irritable bowel syndrome;
  • hepatitis C;
  • cancer.

Speaking about St. John’s wort side effects it’s worth saying that taking it in medicinal doses for a short period of time is safe. It’s better not to use it topically. Overusing it by mouth may cause skin rash, dizziness, stomach upset, diarrhea, fatigue, anxiety, trouble sleeping, dry mouth. People with light skin are not recommended to use it in large doses as it makes skin more sensitive to sunlight. Don’t use it during surgery. Pregnant and breast-feeding woman are not recommended to use this herb.