Plants and Health

St. John's Wort: a natural anti-depressant

How is St. John's Wort characterized? What are his virtues and benefits ?

How to take to get the most out of it? In which circumstances ?

According to WHO, the depression will become by 2020 the second leading cause of disability worldwide.

What to do in the face of this health scourge?

Nowadays, the herbal medicine looks at this condition and, the St. John's Wort would be recognized as a anti depressant unmatched.

St. John's Wort: for the record

Etymologically, the herb of Saint John comes from Latin "Hypericum "Which itself comes from the Greek meaning"against ghosts "Because, the herb of Saint John was considered to be able to drive out" evil spirits "who could not bear its bad smell.

From 18eme Century to the mid-20th century, many American and German physicians prescribed St. John's Wort to treat depression-related disorders.

As for herbalists, they resort to the use of St. John's Wort for the same ailments identified by the ancient Greeks, to which are added chapping, burns, bruises and even diaper rash.

Properties, virtues and benefits of St. John's Wort

Belonging to the Clusiaceae or Hypericaceae family, St. John's Wort has been adopted for centuries to treat a multitude of ailments and symptoms including mood disorders and melancholy.

This plant whose flower is colored bright yellow, is used in herbal medicine as:

- anti depressant,
- anti-inflammatory,
- antiviral,
- antiseptic,
- antispasmodic
- analgesic,
- sedative without narcotic effect.

Besides these properties, we recognize the healing, photo-protective, soothing, eudermal and astringent ones.

As active subtances, this medicinal plant contains:

- flavonoids (rutin, hyperin, etc.)
- naphthodianthrones
- essential oil
- tannins
- vitamins A and C
- procyanidins
- choline ...

According to studies and clinical trials conducted, it was found that 67% of patients were able to prove efficiency St. John's Wort.

It is therefore a plant known to treat ballast symptoms revealed from the mild depression and transient - for at least 2 weeks - namely: appetite disturbances, weight loss or gain of 5% (at least during the last month), feelings of inappropriate guilt, continual change in mood, fatigue excessive, hypersomnia or insomnia, dyspepsia (digestive disorders), loss of pleasure or interest in any activity, thoughts of suicide, nervous agitation, difficulty concentrating ...

In addition to the symptoms of depression, St John's herb is used to reduce troubles :

- of the menopause
- psychosomatic
- the menstrual cycle
- restless legs syndrome

To this is added the treatment :

- psoriasis
- malignant gliomas
- muscle aches
- contusions
- and, minor burns.

Uses and dosage of St. John's Wort

The parts of St. John's Wort used are flowers and the young fresh leaves or dried.
They are calibrated according to the chemical profile defined by the manufacturer.

Therefore, to make the most of the virtues St. John's Wort, you can consume it in the form:

infusion. To do this, in 1/4 liter of boiling water, immerse 1 teaspoon of grass. Let sit for about ten minutes. Filter then drink it 1 to 3 times a day.

- of Dyeing. In 1/4 liter of hot water or lemon balm infusion, add 2 to 3 times the contents of a dropper. Mix then, drink.

- of tablets and capsules (standardized to 0.3% hypericin or 3-5% hyperforin). The dosage indicated is 900 to 1500 mg per day.

Good to know about St. John's Wort

The depression is a disease whose diagnosis must be made by a health professional and, according to specific criteria.

Whatever its intensity, this mental and psychological disorder requires medical follow-up. Self-medication is therefore not recommended.

As to St. John's Wort, it looks harmless.

However, in the event of treatment and monitoring prescribed by a doctor in the context of another disease, it is strongly recommended to have a medical advice before taking St. John's Wort.

Taking St. John's Wort is not recommended in pregnant woman.

> Read also: growing St. John's Wort at home

Video: St. Johns Wort for Depression (October 2021).