St John’s Wort

This plant has been used to stabilize mood levels. Some people choose it over anti-depressant medication. In Europe, it is a bit more widely utilized. US government agencies refute or minimize the alleged anti-depressive qualities of this plant.

Serotonin is a chemical in the brain that this natural plant has an effect on to produce a balanced mood and possible feelings of well-being – This from research conducted by Shelton, R.C and others.

It is most widely used as a natural treatment for depression. Again, most frequently in Europe. Most notably, it finds particular favor in Germany. Hypericum is the scientific name of the plant species. It is also called Klamath weed as well as Tipton’s weed.

Be forwarned that the National Center for Complementary and Alterntive Medicine, which is a division of the National Institute of Health feels from their testing that St. John’s Wort has minimal or no effect when compared with a placebo during testing. At the same time, other researchers have concluded that it does have an effect beyond placebo.

You be the judge!

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*this post is for information only. It does not intend to offer advice, diagnosis or treatment of any kind. If you have or think you might have a health problem, visit your doctor for advice, diagnosis and treatment. The USFDA has not evaluated statements about products on this site.

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