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BOTANICAL MEDICINE DATABASE
Most useful in mild to moderate depression, seasonal affective disorder, anxiety and various somatoform disorders (neuralgia & myalgias). Is antiviral both internally and topically. Vulnerary actions make it a wonderful choice for topical wound healing (eg. burns).
St Johns Wort
Hypericum perforatum L.
Analgesic, Antibiotic, Astringent, Antidepressive, Antiinflammatory, Expectorant, Nervine, Sedative, Topical anesthetic, Vulnerary
May decrease the blood levels of certain oral drugs. Other reported side effects include gastrointestinal irritations, allergic skin reactions, tiredness and restlessness. MAOIs, SSRIs, narcotics & reserpine are CONTRAINDICATED
Infusion: 2-4 g / cup QD to TID
Tincture (1:5, 40%), 1-4 ml TID
Standardized extract: 500 to 1000 mg divided daily of extract standardized to 0.3% hypericin for mild-moderate depression.
Note: May take 2-4 weeks to notice clinical results.