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For years, in Europe, St. John's Wort has been commonly prescribed to treat depression naturally. However, in the United States, St. John's Wort is not a prescription medication, St. John's Wort remains among the top-selling herbal products in the United States.
In Europe, results from a number of scientific studies have supported the effectiveness of certain St. John's Wort supplements for depression. An overview of 23 clinical studies found that the herb might be useful in cases of mild to moderate depression. The studies, which included 1,757 outpatients, reported that St. John's Wort was more effective than a placebo ("dummy" pill designed to have no effect) and appeared to produce fewer side effects than some standard antidepressants (Linde et al. British Medical Journal, 1996).
One recent study published in Germany has found that St. John's Wort, a medicinal herb frequently blamed by conventional medicine for interfering with prescription drugs, is more effective than a popular antidepressant drug in treating depression. The study found that the herb is actually much more effective than antidepressant drugs, since more than half of those taking St. John's Wort in the trial experienced improvements in symptoms of mental depression. Conversely, only 1/3 of those taking the popular antidepressant drug showed such improvements. Not surprisingly, those taking the herb also showed significantly fewer negative side effects compared to those taking the prescription drug. Note: Research from NIH has revealed that St. John's wort interacts with some drugs--including certain drugs used to control HIV infection (such as indinavir). Other research shows that St. John's wort can interact with chemotherapeutic, or anticancer, drugs (such as irinotecan). The herb may also interact with drugs that help prevent the body from rejecting transplanted organs (such as cyclosporine). Using St. John's wort limits these drugs' effectiveness. Also, St. John's wort is not a proven therapy for depression.
If depression is not adequately treated, it can become severe and, in some cases, may be associated with suicide. Consult a health care practitioner if you or someone you care about may be experiencing depression. People can experience side effects from taking St. John's wort. The most common side effects include dry mouth, dizziness, diarrhea, nausea, increased sensitivity to sunlight, and fatigue.
Our Dee Cee Labs' St. Johns Wort is Made in America to assure potency, purity and safety.
Directions: Take 1 to 2 capsules one to three times daily.
Warning: Use sunscreen during exposure to the sun while using this product. If you are pregnant, nursing or taking any prescription medication do not take this product.
Other Ingredients: Gelatin, silica, vegetable magnesium stearate.