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St. John’s Wort—Studies Indicate it May Truly Help with Mild to Moderate Depression

 
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Reports indicate that if you want to give the herb a try to help deal with the symptoms of PMS, you might need to take it for a couple/few cycles before you notice a difference. European women have used St. John’s wort to help with PMS for years, but as of yet it’s not as commonly used in the United States for this reason.

St. John’s wort’s abilities to help our bodies may not stop with our emotions—it has also been found to have natural antibacterial and antiviral powers. Applied topically to the skin it may be especially potent at treating things like burns, scrapes, cuts and other minor skin issues. Speaking of skin issues, if you deal with hemorrhoids, St. John’s wort cream or ointment might bring you relief from the swelling, burning, and pain.

Some people who take St. John’s wort end up feeling fatigued or dizzy, or having a dry mouth or upset stomach. And still others have increased sun sensitivity, especially if they are out in the sun for a long period of time. These are things you should definitely be aware of if you decide to give St. John’s wort a try.

If you are feeling depressed and/or have been diagnosed with depression, it seems like the studies on St. John’s wort make it at least something that would be worthwhile to try. However, if you are currently on any medication you should definitely run it past your doctor first to make sure it will be safe to take. If you’ve used St. John’s wort for depression or any other health issue I’d love to read your comments—for example, did it work for you, and how long did you take it before you noticed a difference? I welcome your comments!

References:

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/stjohnswort/a/stjohnswort.htm?p=1

http://www.wholehealthmd.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=17E09E7CFFF640448FFB0B4FC1B7FEF0&nm=Reference+Library&type=AWHN_Supplements&mod=Supplements&mid=&id=21D04512184941B19F8679F8F2259EBA&tier=2

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