Sunday, 10 April 2011

Number 3 - St. John's Wort

For our third herb, we'll be looking at the commonly used St. John's Wort, hypericum perforatum.

This herb is used as a treatment for depression and other mental illnesses.

It is dangerous to take St. John's Wort alongside any medically prescribed anti-depressants, as it can cancel out the effects of either medicine, making the taking of them pointless. This is extremely risky depending on the diagnosis. It can also cause photosensitivity.

St. John's Wort can be taken in tablet/capsule form, or as a tea.

St. John's Wort tablets, taken once a day. (Source Unknown.  Product of Kira)

5 comments:

  1. How long does it take to affect you?

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  2. It depends on the concentration and the individual. It can take anything from a couple hours to a few days.

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  3. DAMN. A few days is a good while. Is it safe to assume that affect time also equals release time?

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