The Hypericum plant, otherwise known as St John’s wort, is a perennial herb that has been used to treat nervous conditions since the times of ancient Greece.
The hypericum plant contains a number of chemical compounds, some of which are known to be helpful in treating the symptoms of depression and anxiety. The hypericum plant has been shown to enhance three important neurotransmitters: serotonin, norepinephrine (noradrenaline) and dopamine. Research has also suggested that this herb is effective in lowering levels of cortisol (stress hormone) and enhancing the activity of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which principal role is in reducing neuronal excitability throughout the nervous system. Modern medical research essentially confirms that hypericum is ideal for treating mild to moderate depression.
Like most herbal medicines, St John’s wort has many advantages over prescription medicines. Not only does it require no doctor’s prescription, the side effects are mild (if any at all), which can be a great relief to those suffering the many unpleasant side effects from synthetic medications.
Clinical trials of St John’s wort produced amazing results, showing the herb to work better than the placebo and equal to standard antidepressant medications such as Prozac, Tofranil and Zoloft.To date, there have been no reports of any hypericum related deaths which is in startling contrast to the number of overdoses, both intentionally and accidentally, from the anti-depression and anti-anxiety medications being handed out by doctors on a daily basis.
For the best results in treating depression and anxiety, sufferers should take St Johns wort in conjunction with other treatment methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy (COB), muscular relaxation, meditation and mindfulness.
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