The fact that St. John's wort - herbal, was known in antiquity. Today is effectively used herb St. John's wort as a treatment for depression.
Medical herb St. John's wort - a representative distribution of the genus of plants that are found in vast areas of both hemispheres. Despite the fact that "St. John's wort» (Hypericum) - is the name of a year, usually it refers to one single plant - Common St. John's wort or wort, the one that is widely used in medicine.
This plant contains a lot of chemicals, some of which presumably facilitate depression preventing reabsorption of nerve cells of the brain neurotransmitter serotonin, as well as lowering the level of proteins that affect the immune system. Usually depression take standardized preparations of St. John's wort
Preparations from St. John's wort - recipes of traditional medicine
Containing hypericin and hyperforin. It is important to keep in mind that although the herb Hypericum - natural remedy, it may interact with the chemical substances in the composition of various drugs and to cause certain side effects.
To date, there have been many studies in which St. John's wort was compared by various parameters with placebo
Placebo - an effective tool for self-hypnosis
and antidepressants. In most cases, the study showed that St. John's wort is useful to placebo and as effective standard antidepressants that are commonly used to treat mild to moderate depression. However, it is unlikely that St. John's wort may be useful in lecheniibiologicheskoy depression.
In general, the medicinal herb St. John's wort is recommended as an alternative remedies instead of prescription antidepressants, which can be bought without a prescription, and usually at a lower price.
It is worth mentioning another study, which was attended by three thousand people suffering from clinical depression
Depression - a little more than a bad mood
. For many of them, St. John's wort was significantly less effective than most prescription antidepressants.
Instructions on the use of herbs St. John's wort
Although St. John's wort as a whole is a fairly safe medicinal plant, it should be taken in a limited number. The maximum effective and safe dose of St. John's wort for different categories of patients while on the defined, but based on the results of clinical trials are formulated basic guidelines for receiving this herb to patients with depression.
When depression is recommended to take 300 mg of St. John's Wort extract three times a day. This dose is calculated on a standardized extract containing 0.3% of hypericin. However, some experts believe that it is better to take all the necessary amount of the drug once a day, a single large dose. Currently, it is unknown whether one or the other method of receiving St. John's wort most effective; When selecting the reception of the extract can proceed from their own preferences or to consult a doctor, the main thing - do not exceed the total recommended dose.
If you are taking any medications or have any chronic diseases before start taking St. John's wort, consult your doctor.
Since the production of drugs with St. John's wort is not controlled virtually, buy products only known, trusted manufacturers.
Try not to take St. John's wort in the afternoon - the later you accept, the greater the likelihood that it will cause insomnia.
Side effects of St. John's wort and precautions
Security Hypericum still causes some problems, but overall it is well tolerated by most patients. Its most common side effects are dry mouth, dizziness, sensitivity to sunlight, upset stomach, and fatigue.
St. John's wort is not recommended in conjunction with other antidepressant medications used in the treatment of HIV-infected patients, warfarin
Warfarin - indirect anticoagulants
As well as drugs that are being taken to prevent transplant rejection. If you are taking St. John's wort, and are going to start taking any other medication, prescription or not, be sure to consult your doctor.
St. John's wort should not be used in cases of suspected severe depression - in this disorder traditional medicines usually do not help, and we need as soon as possible to consult a doctor to avoid possible serious consequences of depression.