While the USA has been known as the Prosac nation, European scientists introduced the herbal antidepressant solution. This solution is St. John's Wort.
The herb has got its name from John the Baptist. The time when the bright St. Johnís Wortís flowers cover the fields with bright yellow bloom coincides with the time of the St. John's Tide celebration in summer. The flowers of the plant have bright-yellow petals peppered with the dark spots that leave marks on the fingers when rubbed. For the remedy preparations leaves and flowers of the plant are used; the product is released in capsules, liquid and dried substances; tea, decoction, oil and tincture are also available in different product kinds.
The value of the herb lies in the presence of Hypericin, also a body chemical which provokes depression when is not sufficient. Numerous investigations have proven that St. Johnís Wort has obvious advantage when compared to the commonly used tricyclic antidepressants Ė it doesnít have many side effects and doesnít cause any addiction.
But it is not only depression that is being cured with St. Johnís Wort. During the centuries the herb has been used for the treatment of numerous illnesses. Due to the fact that the plant has powerful antibacterial properties, itís been an effective remedy for wounds. It is also used to cure various disorders of the digestive system, such as nausea and diarrhea, to relieve ulcers and gastritis. Known as sedative, painkiller, and analgesic, St. Johnís Wort psesses a high potential. Today the medical researches study its value in treating the AIDS, some forms of cancer, skin diseases (psoriasis and others), and rheumatoid arthritis. Hangover is also the case to get to the help of this universal herb.
The side effects of the herb are few and revealed in less than one percent cases. Some gastrointestinal irritations, tiredness, increased skin sensitivity to the sun, restlessness or allergic reactions may occur, but the numerous tests proved they are extremely rare. Besides, the person who takes St. Johnís Wort may experience reduced sexual drive or dysfunction. The remedy should also be carefully used while taking other medicines.
The dosing is also rather relatively restricted. Usually one tablet or capsule of St. Johnís Wort makes 300 mg dose. This dosage is spread in three-hours time interval (three times a day total) and the one taken before going to bed is a good aid to the restful sleep. If small children are taking St. Johnís Wort, a total dose should make not more than of 300 mg of hypericum daily, for the elder children it may increase to 600 mg per day, and adolescents can take the full adult dose.
So before getting to the bottle of modern antidepressant pills, remember to ask your health advisor about St. Johnís Wort - you can get it without prescription, it reveals almost no side effects and has proved to be really effective in treating mild and moderate depressions. Be wise and emotionally healthy!
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