Can St John Wort help you fight depression?

Can St John Wort help you fight depression?

St John wort has it origin in England and is marketed in the US as an herbal supplement. This herbal supplement was very popular in the 90s as an effective antidepressant.


Advantages of using herbal remedy on depression

This natural supplement contains many complex chemical substances that balance the chemicals, providing you with positive feelings and outlooks. Also because it is a natural supplement, it has fewer side effects than other antidepressants.

The cost of getting this herbal remedies is also small compared to other antidepressant because:

  • You don’t need to go to the doctor
  • You don’t need a prescription

    However, because it is an over-the-counter herbal remedies, it has some limitations. You should only try St John wort if your doctor diagnosed you have mild or benign depression. There isn’t evidence on the effect of this herbal supplement on severe depression.


    How do you know if you are suffered from depression?

    There is a wide range of depression symptoms and only your therapist or doctor can tell you the extent of your depression. However, there are a few general symptoms that can tell you that you may be depressed. If you have one or more of these symptoms, it’s a good idea that you should get help immediately:

  • Can’t sleep or sleep too much
  • Can’t eat or eat too much
  • Feeling sad and hopeless
  • Feeling worthless
  • Loss interest in most of the activities
  • Can’t focus on work
  • Can’t make a decision
  • Thinking of suicide

    Depression is common in the US. Statistics show that 1 out of 300 adults can suffer from at least one depression each year. If you count all cases that relate to depression, it is estimated that about 20-25% of US population suffered at one episode of depression during their lifetime.

    One interesting thing is since the 90s, women are 5-13% more likely to suffer from major depression more than men. One reasonable explanation is the fact that women began to take on jobs as well as households work.


    How St John''s Wort effect the brain?

    This herbal remedy produces bright yellow flowers that contains many natural substances that are helpful to treat depression such as:

  • Hyperforin
  • Hypericin
  • Flavornoids

    These chemicals in this herbal supplement can affect 5 major chemicals in the brain that regulate your feelings.

  • Serotin: released when you feel sleepless, lack of appetite, angry, and anxiety
  • noradreline: released when you feel alarm or threat
  • Dopamin: released when you feel happy or have pleasure
  • GABA: released to stop the feeling of fear or arousal
  • Il-6: regulate mood

    The unbalance of these chemicals is one of the main problems that cause depression. What St John’s wort does is to regulate the balance of these chemicals to make you feel positively, happy, and optimistic. But one thing to stress is that you must talk to your doctor about your depression and if St John''s Wort is fit for your condition.

    There are a few side effects that you may have when using St John''s Wort for depression such as mild nausea, sleepiness, and minor headaches. However, less than 10% of people experience these side effects.

    So if you have mild depression, this herbal medicine can come in handy.

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