St. John's Wort May Not Stop Major Depression
'Only Minor Benefits' Noted in Review of Research
Possible Drug Interactions
The review also reminds people that St. John's wort can interact with other drugs. Doctors should "regularly ask" their patients if they're taking St. John's wort, says the review.
It's best to tell your doctor about any herbal products, vitamins, or other treatments you're taking. That way, he or she can watch out for any interactions between treatments. Depression Is Treatable
Every year, nearly 19 million U.S. adults have a depressive illness; that's 9.5% of the population, says the National Institute of Mental Health. Depression can damage physical health while plaguing the mind and emotions.
However, it's a treatable condition. Methods include counseling, medication, and lifestyle change. Asking for help is the first step, so reach out if you suspect depression.