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St. John’s Wort For Depression

Introduction

Are you or a loved one depressed?  Have you heard of St. John’s Wort?  Continue reading this article to find out more.

What Is St. John’s Wort?

According to psychcentral.com, St. John’s Wort is an alternative medicine for the treatment of depression.  This does not mean you should stop taking your medicine if you start taking St. John’s Wort.  Absolutely!  Take both.  However, it is important to note stop taking your medication just because your are taking St. John’s Wort.  It is an alternative medicine.  According to psychcentral.com, st. john’s wort has become popular  in the United States. According to psychcentral.com, it is also used in Europe, Germany in particular, where it is “licensed for depression, sleep disorders and anxiety.”

What Is The Background Of St. John’s Wort?

According to psychcentral.com, St. John’s Wort is made of a yellow flower that has five petals that grows wild in many different parts of the world.  According to psychcentral.com, St. John’s Wort is named for St. John the Baptist because it blooms around June 24th.  June 24th is St. John the Baptist’s feast day.  According to psychcentral.com, in ancient times, St. John’s Wort “was believed to have powers to ward off evil spirits.”

What Is The Recommended Dose For St. John’s Wort?

According to psychcentral.com,  the most recommended dose for St. John’s Wort is 300mg three times a day each day or 450 mg twice a day.  It is important to consult with your doctor before take either dosage.

What Are The Side Effects Of St. John’s Wort?

According to psychcentral.com, there are also side effects of St. John’s Wort that are also worth mentioning. According to psychcentral.com, they include: Dry mouth, dizziness, constipation, nausea and confusion.

Conclusion

To end this specific article, various information has been mentioned about St. John’s Wort, including: What is St. John’s Wort, What is the background of St. John’s Wort, What is the recommended dose for St. John’s Wort, What are the side effects of St. John’s Wort.  It is important to remember that St. John’s Wort is an alternative medicine.  If your psychiatrist has prescribed regular antidepressant medication for you, do not stop taking the antidepressant medicine just because you have started taking St. John’s Wort.  It is very important to engage in self-care and most importantly take your medication.  Always engage in self-care and most importantly listen to your doctor’s advise.

 

 

 

 

St. John’s Wort For Depression

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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APA Reference
Walters, L. (2017). St. John’s Wort For Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 16, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/coping-depression/2017/08/st-johns-wort-for-depression/

 

Last updated: 13 Aug 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 13 Aug 2017
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