Hypericum in a Nutshell

Here is the briefest possible summary of hypericum and the treatment ofdepression:

Hypericum is Hypericum Perforatum, also known as St. John's Wort (St. Johnthe Baptist, not the Beloved). It is a short, yellow-flowering,wild-growing plant — healing herb to some; troublesome weed to others. It hasa 2,400-year history of safe and effective usage in folk, herbal, andancient medicine. Hypericum was prescribed as medicine by Hippocrates himself.

A series of recent double-blind, placebo-controlled studies indicate that aspecific extract of Hypericum perforatum was as effective as prescriptionantidepressants but had far fewer side effects (thus available without aprescription for the treatment of mild to moderate depression) and cost considerably less — about 25 cents a day.

In Germany, more than fifty percent of depression, anxiety, and sleepdisorders are treated with hypericum. Prozac has two percent.

Although many extracts are available containing St. John's Wort, only ahandful (thus far—the gap will soon be filled by the free marketplace: Long live Milton Friedman!) of companies. These are listed in the section: How to Obtain Research-Grade Hypericum.

For more complete information on hypericum, you can read the complete text of the book Hypericum & Depression

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Where to find National Institutes of Health tested St. Johns Wort

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