St. John's Wort - Herbal Anti Depressant Piils
St. John's Wort, which is also called hypericum or Amber klamath weed is well known herb for overcoming the depression. In todayís world of speed and competition people are often suffering from the most common problem known as the depression. St. John's Wort is a natural herb becoming extremely popular because of its refreshing properties that helps a depressed person to get healed It is also used as healing herb as it also has protective qualities.
The Hyperforin present in the St. John's Wort herb acts as the anti depressant. It is an amazing solution for helping people to cope with the mood swings and support them to live their everyday lives with comfort and ease. The miracle working natural ingredients in the St. John's Wort helps in reducing the depression symptoms such as the hopelessness, sadness, poor sleep, feeling worthless and exhausted. It is used to treat patients suffering from mild to moderate levels of depression and people who are disturbed emotionally.
How do I take it?
In cases of mild depression, take 1 Ė 2 capsules of St. Johnís Wort daily. Although results are noticeable within 1 hr of consumption, maximum benefit will be obtained by continuing this dosage for at least 2 months. A health professional should be consulted in cases of more severe depression.
How does St. John's Wort work?
St Johnís Wort shows anti-depressant activity. This activity is thought to be due to inhibition of monoamine oxidase (MAO) thereby increasing levels of beneficial neurotransmitters in the central nervous system. Current evidence suggests that a combination of mechanisms may be responsible for this action. St Johnís Wortís anti-depressant effect may be via its photosensitizing activity. It is well known that light or lack of it plays a role in some types of depression; and it has been found that St Johnís Wort lowered the amount of light necessary to obtain a therapeutic effect and that normal daylight may have a similar effect to intensive light therapy when combined with St Johnís Wort. Studies on the effect of hypericin on melatonin release by the pineal gland indicate this may also be a possible mechanism of anti-depressant activity.
Other possible mechanisms associated with the anti-depressant activity include: Inhibition of catechol-o-methyltransferase which breaks down catecholamines such as adrenaline and noradrenaline; modulation of serotonin receptors; suppression of interleukin-6 (an inflammatory mediator that may play a role in depression via its effect on cortisol release).
What else is it good for?
St Johnís Wort shows bacteriocidal activity against a number of gram positive and gram negative bacteria including staphylococcus aureus, proteus vulgaris, E. coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. It has as anti-inflammatory activity, it improves mood, and improves wound healing.
Is there any side effects?
St. Johnís Wort can cause an over-sensitivity to light in some individuals. It should not be taken in combination with any prescription medication for depression or psychiatric disorders, it may interact with estrogens and oral contraceptives and that the combination may be associated with inter menstrual bleeding, and there have been unsubstantiated reports of women becoming pregnant while taking St. John's wort while on oral contraceptives. St john wort should not be taken for long periods of time (more than 3 months) without first seeking medical advice.
What do the St. John's Wort pills contain?
Each capsule contains St Johns Wort 20:1 extract, Standardized 0.3% Hypericin (equivalent to 6000mg dried herb).