St. John's Wort is a shrubby plant with clusters of yellow flowers. Traditionally, St. John's Wort was used to treat infectious diseases such as colds, syphilis and tuberculosis. Today, it is regarded as an effective anti-depressant, specifically indicated in the treatment of anxiety, depression, insomnia and restlessness.
St John's Wort was shown in various studies to improve conditions such as disturbed sleep and insomnia.
As a mood enhancer.
For the relief of symptoms associated with depression, which include:
In general, patients taking St. John's Wort appeared to suffer fewer side- effects than those taking antidepressant drugs. St John's Wort is well tolerated, though occasional cases of mild nausea, stomach upset and tiredness have been reported.
In recommended doses, St John's Wort causes little, if any photosensitization, EXCEPT in fair-skinned people, who are generally more sensitive to sunlight. Fair-skinned individuals or those with psoriasis or vitiligo should avoid exposure to strong sunlight while taking St John's Wort.
Those using St John's Wort should also be cautious about possible interactions with certain categories of drugs, such as:
Not recommended for pregnant and nursing mothers, and children below 2 years old.