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What is St. John's wort?

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For centuries, the flowering plant St. John's wort was used as a health remedy in Europe. Today, St. John's wort is best known as a treatment for depression.

Multiple studies have found St. John's wort helpful for depression. In fact, a few showed that St. John's wort worked as well as some prescription antidepressants. But the evidence is conflicting.

From: St. John's Wort WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "St. John's Wort." National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "St. John's Wort," "St. John's Wort and Depression." Williams, J. 2000. 2002.




The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 1998
Annals of Internal Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Linde, K.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 12, 2019

SOURCES: Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "St. John's Wort." National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "St. John's Wort," "St. John's Wort and Depression." Williams, J. 2000. 2002.




The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 1998
Annals of Internal Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Linde, K.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 12, 2019

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