St. John's wort and its beneficial properties - whether a miracle? - Contraindications

October 21, 2013

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 St. John's wort contraindications

St. John's Wort: contraindications

St. John's Wort - contraindications for the use of this plant is and they need to be taken into account. That is why St. John's wort is best used as intended and under the supervision of a physician. The herb St. John's wort slightly toxic, so basically the side effects of this plant are shown in its long-term use.

How does St. John's wort

The composition of St. John's wort contains many substances that can provide enough active effect on human organs and tissues. This plant has antidepressant, anti-anxiety, antispasmodic, choleretic, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent. St. John's Wort strengthens the walls of blood vessels, improves blood circulation, cellular metabolism Improves metabolism and losing weight without dieting  Improves metabolism and losing weight without dieting

And St. John's wort has photosensitizing properties - the ability to increase tissue sensitivity to light. This property can be used for medical purposes (eg for the treatment of depression and vitiligo), but can produce significant side effects and - sunburn.


Side effects of St. John's wort

Most side effects of hypericum are manifested in its long-term uncontrolled reception. For example, when prostatitis St. John's wort is indicated for the relief of inflammation and edema. However, with prolonged use Hypericum may reduce potency in men. Therefore, to apply it in this case should be strictly supervised by a doctor.

Another side effect of St. John's wort when chronic administration may be rise in blood pressure (BP). In this connection, St. John's wort is dangerous to use for a long time with hypertension. This can lead to increased blood pressure. If, in this case St. John's wort taken over gastric ulcer or duodenal ulcer, the increase in blood pressure may contribute to gastrointestinal bleeding.

Slabotoksicheskoe impact of St. John's wort may also have on the liver. Therefore, if the preparations based on St. John's wort are appointed for a long time, every three weeks to do a two-week break and periodically check liver function. Especially dangerous is the prolonged use of St. John's wort to treat liver diseases or long-term toxic effects on the body (eg, alcohol). Alcohol is known to have a direct toxic effect on the liver cells, so St. John's wort in chronic alcoholism should be used with extreme caution.

Not excluded, and side effects such as allergic reactions. They can manifest as diverse in character skin itchy rash, including in the form of urticaria - spotted towering above the skin rash, prone to rapid and merge into large patches. If time does not take action, hives may proceed in angioneurotic edema - swelling of the subcutaneous tissue, which spreads to the throat, can cause breathing problems. Therefore, at the slightest suspicion of allergy receiving St. John's wort should be discontinued.

During the course of treatment, prepared on the basis of St. John's wort, you should be careful when performing work that requires increased attention and psychomotor speed reactions, as St. John's wort can affect the central nervous system, especially when taken with alcohol or tranquilizers.


Contraindications for the use of St. John's wort grass

It does the herb St. John's wort contraindications for use? Contraindications to the use of St. John's wort is not much, however, uncontrolled medications, prepared on the basis of this plant, can bring significant harm to the body.

St. John's wort flowers have long been known as an excellent laxative and sedative. They also help with the weakened immunity, enuresis, irregular menstruation, hemorrhoids, rashes on the skin, varicose veins. But in some cases to use St. John's wort is not recommended. If you intend to use St. John's wort, be sure to consult your doctor, even if none of the items listed below does not apply to you.

St. John's wort is contraindicated in the following diseases and conditions:

  • hypersensitivity thereto of the patient;
  • photosensitivity when hypericum in the administration of drugs in the past;
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  • Do not take St. John's wort if you are going through phototherapy, as it increases the sensitivity to ultraviolet rays.
  • Do not combine St. John's wort, and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) due to the high risk of potentiation (enhancing the effect of both drugs)
  • Do not take St. John's wort with alcohol or reserpine. St. John's wort enhances the effect of alcohol and the drug may increase the duration of sleep. It also significantly reduces the effect of reserpine.
  • In chronic liver and kidney diseases should not take St. John's Wort, as these bodies are not able to excrete the hypericin (St. John's wort active ingredient).
  • Do not take St. John's wort if you are breastfeeding.
  • St. John's wort can not be combined with nutritional supplements, which contain amino acids.
  • Do not take supplements with St. John's wort, if you have cancers of the reproductive system, caused by estrogen.
  • Do not combine St. John's wort grass with yohimbe, which also contains a monoamine oxidase.
  • St. John's wort interacts with drugs that prinamayut HIV patients, as well as hormonal contraceptives, cyclosporine, and medications that are prescribed for the prevention of transplant rejection.
  • Do not take St. John's Wort with medications for epilepsy and migraine, as well as simultaneously with theophylline, warfarin and heparin.
  • during pregnancy and breast-feeding - not enough experience prolonged use of St. John's wort St. John's Wort: application - medicine for 99 diseases  St. John's Wort: application - medicine for 99 diseases
   This group of patients. St. John's wort may cause uterine bleeding and miscarriage. There is also a suggestion that St. John's wort in high concentrations can damage the reproductive cells.

With care and non-durable courses should prescribe St. John's wort for men, as it can have a negative impact on the male reproductive cells, causing long-term use impotence. Contraindications of Hypericum men should be determined by the attending physician.

Also, caution should be used when St. John's wort persistent increase in blood pressure (hypertension). Contraindications of Hypericum in this case, as determined by your doctor.

St. John's wort - a useful medicinal plants, which, however, has contraindications for use.