Feelings Of Depression And St. John’s Wort: A True Story…

I was moderately depressed once, although I didn’t get my condition diagnosed. I looked around and did my own research. I didn’t want to get a prescription to those pills that have massive side effects like thoughts of suicide. I was not willing to take that chance.

What I uncovered was something called St. John’s Wort. It is used widely in Europe and plenty of research has been done. I forget the brand I bought, but there are so many you don’t have to worry about getting a pure product online. No prescription required.

‘St. John’s wort is a plant with yellow flowers that has been used in traditional European medicine as far back as the ancient Greeks [1]’.

The St. John’s Wort I took had 0.3% Hypericin @ 3 pills a day. It worked pretty good for me. I think this pill is for those who have mild to moderate depression. I seemed to fit right in the model.

I wouldn’t recommend being your own doctor like me, I would consult your physician first. Fortunately, for me, it did work out fine with no side effects. I wasn’t taking any medications that would interact dangerously. Eventually, I stopped taking the pills because I didn’t feel the need [2].

‘So, what did it do for me? St. John’s Wort seemed to put me in a frame of mind that was neither happy nor sad’

I can only compare it to a straight line on a graph. No emotional highs, no lows. That’s the best I can explain it. I didn’t feel overly happy nor very sad. Neither. Yet, I wouldn’t hesitate using it again if I needed to. The experience was pleasant.

It worked that good for me. I don’t believe I was overly depressed, so it may not work as well for other people who suffer from more severe symptoms of depression.

Source- 1 & 2 “St. John’s Wort.” National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, www.nccih.nih.gov/health/st-johns-wort.

3 Post photo courtesy of “Hypericum Perforatum.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 19 July 2020, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypericum_perforatum.

Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet. And, if you are feeling depressed, don’t try to diagnose yourself. Go to your family physician.

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