By Natural Advocate | November 7, 2006 - 1:19 pm - Posted in Natural Depression & Anxiety Relief

We talked last time about anxiety.  Anxiety and depression often go hand in hand, and there is an herbal remedy for depression and anxiety that has won some fans over in the fight against depression and blue mood, as well as anxiety management. 

It’s called St. John’s Wort, and if you’ve had any interest in the natural and herbal remedy field over the last few years, you’ve undoubtedly heard of this natural plant’s potential abilities.  True, it does not work on everyone, but here is one person’s story on how it worked for them.

After self help and common sense approaches to coping with every day stress and anxiety are helpful but have not quite gotten you to the point of happiness and a level of stress freedom, there are herbal remedies for depression that can help you get to that level.

“For my particular situation, St. John’s Wort herbal remedy was a more natural approach.  Cost is reasonable and it is readily accessible over the counter, avoiding the need for a medical prescription from a doctor.  It was a good choice for me because it had few side effects compared with other major prescription antidepressants, and they are milder and less frequent. 

The side effects listed for St. John’s Wort most consistently was hypersensitivity to sunlight (you have to use sunblock).  It is a a natural product as opposed to a synthetic chemical.  Another important factor favoring St. John’s Wort to products suchs as Valium, is there is no danger of addiction from any research done on this herb.  It’s simplicity is its appeal for treatment of depression.

Also it has a folklore type of history of use dating back to Hippocrates for nervousness.  For effectiveness to be assessed, an individual needs to take the herb for a four to six week period.  From any labels read on bottles of St. John’s Wort, dosage usually state 300 mg. three times daily.  I would like to see more information on dosage recommendations in reference  books, but have yet to see much debate or discussion on that. 

While no one product is a panacea for the stresses and high tension levels in our society,  for mild to moderate depression and anxiety, as an adjunct to self-help approaches, St. John’s Wort made sense to me to try and it made a difference for me.

Have a comment on St. Johns Wort?  Please comment….that’s what keeps the discussion lively. 


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