St John’s Wort has been used historically in diverse parts of the world to improve a variety of bodily functions and ailments. St. John’s wort is a small flowering plant of Hypericum perforatum, which grows wild in Europe, but has since spread to the Americas, Russia, Asia, China, and the Middle East. The chemical constituents of St. John’s wort include bioflavonoids and a range of that can have a significant impact on the hormonal, physical, and chemical behavior of the body. St. John’s wort is most commonly used for “the blues” or depression and symptoms that sometimes go along with mood such as nervousness, tiredness, poor appetite, and trouble sleeping.
Benefits of St. John’s Wort:
- Antidepressant: It contains a rare combination of chemicals that inhibit or delay the reuptake of certain like serotonin, dopamine, and .
- Menopause: its chemical constituents can help to reduce mood swings and symptoms such as hot flashes and mood changes in menopausal women. Moreover, they reduce the severity of cramping and premenstrual irritation and depression.
- Wound Healing: St. John’s wort as a topical application in the form of a salve or tincture could help to improve wound healing such as burns, bruises, and scrapes and reduce scar formation
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“For a long time, scientists thought a chemical in St. John’s wort called hypericin was responsible for its effects on improving mood. More recent information suggests other chemicals like hyperforin may play a larger role. These chemicals act on messengers in the nervous system that regulate mood.” Source: ST. JOHN’S WORT
“Given the low cost of hypericum extract, it may have a role in the treatment of patients with mild depression who cannot afford standard antidepressants or who cannot tolerate standard antidepressants due to adverse effects.” Source: St John’s Wort for Depression A Systematic Review
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