The herb is effective in warding off viruses and is therefore being studied for potential use in treating HIV and Aids. A controversial herb that has been banned in some countries. Can cause sensitivity to sunlight.
What is St John's Wort? It offers a safe, non-addictive alternative to assist the body during times of anxiety, stress and nervous tension — naturally. Hypericum augustifolia, another species, is very seldom used in herbal preparations. The German Commission E monograph recommends St John's Wort for various conditions including depression, insomnia, open wounds and burns.
To use per mouth: Oily Hypericum preparations are approved for stomach and gastrointestinal complaints and have anti-diarrhoeal activity. To use topically on the skin: Oily Hypericum preparations are approved for the treatment of post-surgical cuts, open wounds, skin ulcers, muscle aches and first-degree burns.
Externally on the skin it is indicated as an analgesic for superficial pain and as an antiseptic. John's Wort are minimised by agents that reduce the activity of dopamine, such as haloperidol used for general anaesthetic. It is not known if this is the case in humans or not.
About 50 drugs circulate through the body in the same way that indinavir and organ-rejection drugs are — including cholesterol-lowering drugs and oral contraceptives. Breakthrough bleeding has been reported with the use of low dose oral contraceptives.
The mechanism is unclear and it is unknown whether this effect increases the risk of pregnancy. PMS often goes hand in hand with feelings of depression, insomnia, anxiety and irritability. I approve of myself, I am a dynamic strong woman, I take charge of my life and stress management are essential elements of the natural treatment of PMS.
They, together with the tricyclic antidepressants, however, have many side effects. The sexual problems are the main reasons why people stop taking these drugs. The abstract reaches the following conclusion: There were two 0. Side effects occurred in 50 Patients should insist on the package insert when they get their prescription antidepressants.
Does St John's Wort have any side effects or precautions? The management of the last includes the use of sunglasses and sunblock creams. How quickly does St John's Wort work? How St John's Wort works to alleviate depression Nobody knows for certain. In fact, there are not one but several antidepressant agents in the plant. However, the strongest candidate for a single antidepressant agent is hyperforin, a phloroglucine found in the plant.
This results in an increase in the level of neurotransmitters responsible for mood and emotional stability inside the brain. In this way the messages concerning enhanced mood and wellbeing, being carried from one brain cell to the next, are transferred more effectively.
This mechanism of action on all three main neurotransmitters is unique and may partly account for the lower incidence of antidepressant-related side effects with St. Most researchers believe that the effects of St. John's Wort are due to a synergistic interaction between several of its many compounds. Add to that folic acid microgram a day, inositol and choline mg of each.
Take a calcium mg in a food form and magnesium mg in a food form supplement. Take the calcium and magnesium with vit C mg at night. This improves your sleeping pattern and helps the nerves and muscles to relax. Cysteine and glutamine, amino acids with potent antioxidant activity in the brain and nervous system are also recommended. All of these are important for the optimal functioning of the nervous system.
The amino acids L-tyrosine, phosphatidylserine, phenylalanine and acetyl-L-carnitine mg a day are recommended to improve mood, memory and mental alertness. Essential fatty acids are also very important: Stress management techniques It is always important to remember that mental function, mood, memory and concentration are also dependent on regular daily stress management techniques.
The accumulation of the daily stresses together with the constant monkey chatter noise going on in our own minds, often lead to memory lapses, lack of concentration, tiredness and depression, to name but a few.
The mind-body links to look into: You suffer feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. I have a right to express my feelings, I have a right to be who I am, I accept and approve of myself, I get to know myself.
Stress management, dream interpretation, yoga and meditation, with counselling and psychotherapy often prove most helpful in overcoming depression.
Effective stress management, inercise inner work to know yourself better through yoga, meditation, psychotherapy, counselling, etc. This will be reflected in your general attitude towards life and will have a ripple effect into all aspects of your life: Research has proven time and again that effective stress management improves immunity, heart function, oxygen uptake by the body's cells, self-image and sense of wellbeing.
It also ensures lots of vitalising energy! Effective stress management lowers the levels of the stress hormones like cortisol and adrenalin, which in turn provides various health benefits and prevents the occurrence of negative stress. Exercise Regular aerobic exercise such as walking, swimming and dancing, has been scientifically proven to be very effective in the holistic treatment of depression.
Some health care practitioners treat depression through changes in dietary habits and exercise alone! Bananas increase the levels of tryptohane, a precursor amino acid to serotonin, as do unrefined carbohydrates, such as wholewheat bread, provitas, whole grain cereal, nuts, oats, etc. The general dietary guidelines for optimal health would also apply for depression: No, it is not recommended. Native Americans used it as an abortive. All antidepressants are contraindicated during pregnancy due to its possible effects on the development of the foetal brain and nervous tissue.
For this reason, the herb is also not recommended during breastfeeding. You can order her following books, published by Tafelberg, in English and Afrikaans online at Kalahari.