St. Johns Wort, anxiety and depression

St. Johns wort is known by herbalists to help those who struggle with depression and anxiety. Although it is very helpful for those ailments it can be seen just as helpful on the outside of the body for skin irritants such as rashes, bruises and burns!

The active compounds of St. John’s wort include, Hypericin, hyperforin, pseudohypericin, procyanidins, tannins and flavonoids. Some of these compounds are known to inhibit the breakdown of chemicals such as serotonin, dopamine and nonrepinephrine.

“The hypericin and hyperforin compounds in St. John’s wort have the ability to modulate those brain signals that occur between the cells and improve the functionality of the nervous system. The hyperforin compound found in St. John’s wort are also known to influence the quantity of acetylcholine which can have direct effect on muscular movements and your memory.”

Below you can find the site where this information can be found.

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Original article source: http://anxietyreliefstress.com/st-johns-wort-for-stress-anxiety-and-depression/

Hypericin, is known to help increase the metabolism of serotonin and melatonin which aid the body in receiving and storing light. Hyperforin, another important constituent, contributes to emotional stability by slowing the uptake of those “feel-good” neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, and noradrenaline, allowing them to circulate longer in the body. This may explain the reason why St. Johns wort has the ability to “lift the spirits” and relieve depression.

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This beautiful plant has been known to be effective for treating mild to moderate anxiety and depression. It is clear that it’s medicinal components support several functions in the central nervous system thereby improving one’s mood and soothing tensed muscles.

Although studies have shown that it may be equally effective as tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants for mild to moderate depression, evidence for severe depression have been unclear.

Some effects that you can expect from St. Johns wort may not happen until about four to six weeks of taking the herb. During the first few weeks you may experience some lightening of the mood and positive changes in energy levels. It is also common to experience a slight muscle relaxation. After about four weeks you will see much improvement and alleviation of feelings of depression and anxiety.

Whether you are taking this herb to help alleviate anxiety or depression or using it topically to help a rash it is important to know that St. John’s wort has marked anti-bacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties, which make it helpful for treating bacterial and viral infections such as shingles and herpes. In fact St. John’s wort is also known to help soothe and heal bruises, sprains, burns, and injuries of all kinds. It not only relieves pain but promotes tissue repair and speeds recovery.

I have used St. Johns wort in many of our rash creams and healing salves for burns and it has never proven me wrong in anyway.

If you are considering taking St. John’s wort internally for anxiety or depression it is important to know that you should not take this while taking other prescription medications for depression or anxiety as it could heavily contradict the effects of such medicines. There is no history of St. John’s wort during pregnancy but some herbalists suggest that pregnant women should not take it during so.

St. John’s wort can cause photosensitivity in some individuals. If your skin becomes rashy, itchy or red, discontinue use.

Don’t let these small safety factors steer you away from St. John’s wort as these reactions are quite rare and only pronounce when used for very long periods of time or in large quantity amounts. St. John’s wort has proven time and again to be a wonderful alternative to allopathic depressants if you are truly looking to walk away from modern medicine.

If your considering looking into taking St. John’s wort instead of your current medication for anxiety or depression, please do so with an informed knowledge of how the herb works to get the most you can from it. Good medicine takes time and helps the body heal itself naturally<3

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