Fighting Depression the Herbal Way© by Steven Foster
Sarah, a normally exuberant young woman, felt fatigued and out of sorts. For three weeks, she had dreaded getting out of bed in the morning and found little joy in her occupation as a physical education teacher at a California high school.
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St. John's Wort (Hypericum Perforatum L.): A Review© by Christopher Hobbs LAc, AHG
Among the many medicinal herbs used throughout the long history of Occidental culture, St. John's wort, has always been and still is of great interest. From the time of the ancient Greeks down through the Middle Ages, the plant was considered to be imbued with magical powers and was used to ward off evil and protect against disease.
St. John's Wort Ancient Herbal Protector© by Christopher Hobbs LAc, AHG
St. John's wort is a member of the genus Hypericum, of which there are 400 species worldwide, and a member of the St. John's wort family, Hypericaceae. St. John's wort is native to Europe, West Asia, North Africa, Madeira and the Azores, and is naturalized in many parts of the world, notably North America and Australia.
St. John's Wort: One Powerful Herb © by Hyla Cass MD
I can't believe it! I feel normal for the first time in a long, long time-maybe ever. Can a natural and inexpensive supplement actually relieve depression? Yes, it can. For thousands of years, people have enjoyed the health benefits of a wide variety of plants.
Using St. John's Wort With Other Antidepressants © by Hyla Cass MD
I have used St. John's wort with patients who were already on antidepressants, including Prozac, Zoloft, Effexor and the tricyclics. Prozac and Beyond-The Synthetic Antidepressants, as well as those taking the amino acids such as tyrosine. Of possible concern in these cases is "serotonin syndrome",
St. John's Wort - The Versatile Herb © by Hyla Cass MD
It was never like this on Prozac ... there's more laughter. (Kate, 48-year-old author. The herbalists of ancient times knew about the powers of St. John's wort, and they used it for a wide variety of ailments. However, Western medicine discarded the ancient knowledge, dropping the study of herbs from medical school curricula.