St. John's Wort - Uses and Benefits
Hypericum, Klamath weed, Goat weed , Amber, Tipton weed, Hyperici herba.
Spanish = Hierba de San Juan,German = Tupfelharthen, French = mille pertuis, Italian = Perforata
St John's Wort is a yellow-flowering, rhizomatous , perennial herb native to Europe,West Asia, and North Africa, and has been naturalized to North and South America and Australia .Historically, Its comes from the fact that it harvested on St John's day, 24 June .The Greeks and the Romans reported its herbal use in the treatment of nerve related problems & used St. John's wort externally for treating wounds and for reducing the pain of contusions. The Saltenitan drug list of the 13th century also attributed , to St. John's wort as an herb to chase away the devil.
Its a short, yellow-flowering, wild-growing medicinal plant. It has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy for mild to moderate depression, anxiety, sleep disorders. St. John's Wort may also decrease chronic tension headaches. As a herbal plant it has interested herbalists since the earliest Greek herbals. The first century Greek physicians Galen and Dioscorides prescribed it as a diuretic, wound healing herb, and a remedy for menstrual problems.Now a days extracts of St John's wort are made into capsules form and extensively marketed as a treatment for depression.
Uses and Benefits
St. Johns Wort today has been found to be very beneficial in following:
St. Johns Wort is also effective in pulmonary consumption,bowels , chronic catarrh of the lungs,chronic uterine problems, irregular and painful menstruation. St. Johns Wort is used to heal wounds and is especially good for dirty, septic wounds. An infusion or tea given before retiring will be found beneficial for children troubled with incontinence of urine at night.St. Johns Wort is known to be effective for treating internal bleeding.
St. Johns Wort is especially beneficial for menopausal problems, ebb the symptoms of hormonal change and treating decreased vitality.Its an effective tonic for the gallbladder & liver.It contains an alkaloid that is a heart and artery stimulant.
St. John's wort generally used to repair nerve damage,ebbpain & inflammation ,relieve menstrual cramping,reduce sciatica,relieve arthritis ,cure incontinence, treat bed wetting in children,soothes digestive system, breast cancer ,manic depression .
St John's wort is also increased sensitivity to sunlight. This can cause visual sensitivity to light and to sunburns in situations that would not normally cause them.
Some scientific research shows that it may have negative effects on fertility in both men and women.
St. John's wort not recommended for the women who are pregnant or are breastfeeding
The most common side effects are:
Scientific research shows that St John's wort interacts with some drugs.It shows that it st. john's wort and indinavir substantially reduced indinavir plasma concentrations, potentially due to induction of the cytochrome P450 metabolic pathway.This lead to increased metabolism of the drugs, resulting in decreased concentration and clinical effect. The main constituent thought to be responsible is hyperforin .
St. John's wort shows that it may reduce blood levels of many medications thereby reducing their effectiveness. This interaction may occur with as many as half of all the drugs in use today.
St. John's wort should not be used by those on digoxin because the herb may decrease levels of the medication and reduce its effectiveness.
St. john's wort affects the way the body processes or breaks down many drugs; it may increase or slow a drug's breakdown. Drugs that can be affected include are irinotecan and possibly other drugs used to cure cancer,cyclosporine, which resists the body from rejecting transplanted organs ,warfarin and related anticoagulants,birth control pills & antidepressants
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