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Old 06-21-06, 10:44 AM   #1
 
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Default Has anyone tried Saint John's Wart?

The idea of consuming something called "wart" is disgusting, but I have heard that it has helped people. Anyone know anything about it?

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Old 06-21-06, 09:03 PM   #2
 
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It is a plant substance that comes in capsule form. You must take several throughout the day for at least 4 weeks before you start to feel better. I understand it works. It never worked for me because I had to stop taking it due to stomach sensitivities.
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Old 06-22-06, 07:54 AM   #3
 
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Was your stomach sensitive in general or did you find yourself particulary sensitive to St John's Wart? Do you know if many people have had that reaction?

I've heard some people swear by it but I've always been skeptical because I figured why would they have all sorts of prescription medication if natural remedies really worked. Maybe that's shortsighed of me and I should consider the power of the pharmaceutical industry!

Anyone else know anything about St John's Wart or its effectiveness?

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Old 06-22-06, 08:13 PM   #4
 
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I think it was the specific requirements of my stomach. It is quite sensitive. I've known of many who love St. John's Wort, and take it regularly. I'd suggest you try it. Some people need something stronger, such as a anti-depressant as prescribed by an MD. I honestly don't think it would hurt you to try it.
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Old 06-23-06, 09:48 AM   #5
 
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The idea of consuming something called "wart" is disgusting, but I have heard that it has helped people. Anyone know anything about it?

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Just a bit of history...."Wort means 'a plant, herb, or vegetable'. It usually refers to ones that are used for medicinal purposes. The word, which was once used freely, now only occurs as the final element in compounds, of which St.-John's-wort is perhaps the most well known, thanks to its recent resurgence as a treatment for depression. Some other wort compounds are colewort, figwort, liverwort, milkwort, and spleenwort."

I have seen it used, but as with any herb...the expiration date is crutial. Plants lose their restorative properties even if the volatile oils are still present. Since physiology plays a key role in what medicinally works, you'd have to play guinea pig. I do know that for me, B-complex helps.
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Old 07-16-06, 07:01 PM   #6
 
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in a clinical trial done by nih, st. johns wort was found to be as effective as a tricyclic-i believe it was tofranil-and it has the plus of not having the nasty side effects...although i'm not on it myself.
it can be used for mild to moderate depression and anxiety,insomnia, and generalized chronic fatigue. as to the influence of the pharm companies, anyone interested should do research on the history of psychiatric drugs. it will shock if not completely scare you.
nutrition is a great strategy...if anyone's interested i can share some recipes.
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I havn't taken it myself, but my sister and boyfriend do and aparently it helps a bit. Its very important you consult a doctor first, it messes with other medications.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Johns_Wort

Can reduce effectiveness of oral contraceptives and can do nasty things in conjunction with anti-depressant medication.
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Old 12-12-06, 12:36 PM   #8
 
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I began taking the wort about three weeks ago. My mom sent it to me because I have been suffering from depression and bipolar disorder my whole life and refuse to take meds for it (I think they screw you up even more). She claimed it was proven to help. Since I have been taking it, my mood swings have leveled out dramatically. I mean dramatically. So, yes, I can say that it does help.
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thats cool... i took em a few times... once i took about 18 of em at once and they made me throw up tho



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Well, it takes about 3 to 4 weeks to work in your body...not like taking a tylenol.
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