St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a flower that has been used in several systems of traditional medicine for a variety of ailments, both internal and external. Traditional uses include depression, ulcers, herpes, muscle pain, bacterial infections, minor burns, nerve pain, and more.
St. John’s Wort is primarily known for uplifting the mood and calming nerves. Scientists believe it may have an action similar to monoamine oxidase (MAO) or selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) medications, but more research is needed. It combines well with kava to support an elevated mood.
Because St. John’s Wort can enhance or weaken the efficacy of certain pharmaceutical medications by affecting liver detox pathways, it’s important to work closely with your Wellness Way practitioner when taking this herb.
St. John’s Wort’s two main active constituents are hyperforin and hypericin, and most research has focused on the action of those two phytochemicals. However, it also contains other flavonoids which may play critical roles in supporting the body’s physiological processes.
The constituents found in St. John’s Wort may:
- Uplift the mood
- Calm feelings of anxiety
- Lower feelings of stress
- Protect the brain and nervous system
- Support a balanced immune response
- Support wound healing
- Relieve occasional muscle discomfort
- Support a proper inflammatory response
St John’s Wort should only be taken if specifically recommended by a Wellness Way practitioner. Due to the numerous potential side effects and contraindications with different medications, any usage outside of the direct supervision of a Wellness Way practitioner is not recommended!
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