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St John's Wort

Studies indicate St John’s Wort may be effective as a treatment for mild to moderate depression, a tonic for the nervous system, and to alleviate nerve pain. It is also useful for promoting feelings of calm and well-being, alleviating anxiety and stress, and aiding disturbed sleep patterns.

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St John's Wort Info

St Johns wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a medicinal herb well known for its nervine tonic and antidepressant properties. The meaning of the Greek word hypericum is ‘greatest health’. Its reputation goes back to the time of Dioscorides and Hippocrates, who used St John’s wort to "combat the demons of melancholy". Modern research supports this reputation, with many trials showing it to be as effective as prescription anti-depressants but with fewer adverse side effects.

St John's Wort Benefits

St John’s wort is a proven safe treatment for depression and tonic for the nervous system, and a specific for nerve pain. It is also useful for promoting feelings of wellbeing and calm, alleviating anxiety and stress, and aiding disturbed sleep patterns.

St Johns wort is antiseptic, antiviral and antibacterial, and used traditionally to treat a broad range of infections including sore throats, chronic coughs, sinus infections, malaria and tuberculosis. It may benefit uterine cramping, PMS, peptic ulcers and gastrointestinal problems.

St John's wort may also be helpful in managing the symptoms of psoriasis, Parkinson's disease and chronic fatigue syndrome.

St John’s wort’s specific affinity for injuries to the nerves makes it a safe and effective treatment for painful deep wounds, burns and sunburn. Applied topically for bruises, herpes sores, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, sciatica, nerve pain, arthritis and rheumatism, St John’s wort may help alleviate symptoms and speed up healing.

St John's Wort Side Effects

Supplementing with St John's Wort is known to increase sensitivity to sunlight, so care should be taken to avoid over exposure. It also affects the way many prescription medications work, so consult your health professional before combining St John’s wort with drugs. Safe when taken as prescribed during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Product Reviews

  • A good Product

    I use the Thompson's One A Day 4000, St Johns Wort, because it works for me. I used to take a smaller dose three times a day and I was worried when i switched that the One A Day wouldn't last me the whole day, but I found it to be the perfect solution as I only need to take it in the morning to stay stable all day. Anything that simplifies my life is good for me.



  • Good Stuff !

    I was been plagued with depression, low mood etc after the earthquakes and waiting for things to happen.
    I started taking St Johns Wort at the insistance of my Daughter- 2 tabs a day a year ago and have just started to wean myself off them.
    With out this remedy I don't know how I would have coped. It allowed me to rationalise, make better decisions, have better moods and stopped the ever present tears.



  • Best

    I find these better than the Thomson ones. They make me excited about life again. And very cheap!



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