Over the last decade, the plant has become of much importance as an herbal remedy for many conditions. The plant is a shrub having yellow or copper colored.Unlike most herbal cures that are produced and sold the health benefits of St John’s Wort have been proven by the scientific community and its prescription given by medicinal professions. Its origin is majorly from Europe even though commonly found in the United States and Canada. The plant is from genus Hypericum that consist of over 400 species of herbs. The scientific name of the herb is Hypericum perforatum. The plant is also commonly known as rosin rose or goutweed in some countries.
Formulation of this herb is prepared by most pharmaceutical companies and sold worldwide. There are many biologically active substances, but the most beneficial ingredients are hypericin and hyperforin that gives the medicinal component of this herb. Other compounds like kaempferol flavonoids rutin and quercetin have therapeutic importance too. The bioflavonoids an antioxidant nature of most its constituent’s provides a great help in human health. Despite the usefulness of St John’s Wort, it’s always a precaution that the doctor’s consultation should not be ignored especially when taken in combination with other medication.
Health Benefits of St John’s Wort Clinically Proven
Relieves PMS Symptoms
Premenstrual symptoms are experienced by over 75 % of menstruating women that are mild or severe depending on individuals. The common PMS symptoms include fatigue, bloating, cramps, skin related issues, tenderness in the breast and emotional changes.
A study done at the Institute of Psychological Sciences in the United Kingdom in women who had reported incidences of depression, hormonal imbalance and stimulation revealed the effectiveness of St John’s Wort in improving the physical and behavioral symptoms of PMS.This was done in comparison with Placebo that showed no significant effects in treatment of PMS
St John’s Wort is thus widely recommended for women in control of mood swings pre -menstrual irritation and depression and reduction of menopausal anxiety in women.
It has become a popular natural solution used by doctors and psychiatrist prescribed to act as an anti-depressant. It has a combination of a chemical constituent that inhibits the uptake of certain neurotransmitters like serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine thus giving the body additional energy and pleasure to overcome depression. It works as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor.
For depression instances, it should be taken under the guidance of a qualified medic as it can show some interaction with other medication.
It also plays a significant role in improving moods in people with a SAD problem that’s a common problem in occurring in winter months due to lack of sunlight. The problem is commonly treated with light therapy, but a combination of phototherapy and St John’s Wort has given better results.
Fights irritation and inflammation of the skin
Skin inflammation acts as the root of most of most diseases.St John’s Wort has medicinal properties that help to fight skin inflammation. It shows great anti-inflammatory properties because of its inhibitory effects of on the pro-inflammatory genes such as inducible nitric-oxide synthase, cyclooxygenase-2, interleukin-6 that are very crucial in initiating chronic inflammatory diseases.
In incidences of aching pains such as arthritis, gout problem, muscle ache or joint discomfort just to mention but a few, St John’s Wort provides a soothing effect that relieves one’s pains as a perfect anti-inflammatory. It also plays a vital role in people with blood pressure because it’s capable of lowering inflammation in the in the cardiovascular system.
St John’s Wort available as in the form of tincture or salve is commonly used to speed up the healing of burns on the skin, bruises, and scrapes on the upper part of the skin. This is possible because it is capable of stimulating circulation of oxygenated blood to cells thus initiating a rapid process of repairing the injured cells.
Aids in Treating Symptoms of Excessive Compulsive Disorder.
The disease is manifested in people performing given tasks repeatedly and is unable to have control of what they are thinking or their actions. Studies done to patients with such a problem showed a significant improving after one week trial even though there was some common side effect like diarrhea that leaves room for further studies.
Has Anti-Cancer Properties
From the field of research by medics, substantial evidence has been revealed that St John’s Wort can help to stop tumor cell in living tissues. Evidence shows that it can treat both nonmelanoma and melanoma skin cancer cells.This can be a great relief to the field of medicine because the herb is readily available in nature that has a formulation capable of interfering with key events in angiogenesis. From the recent research, there is evidence of the key role it plays in cancer metastasis inhibition giving a good platform for further research.
New research has shown some light on the possible antiviral properties of St John’s Wort. This includes reduction of risks for hepatitis, AIDS and other challenging viral infections. The setback for such research has been that high doses of it are required, and this results in undesired side effects even though enormous studies are being conducted to find a balance.
Aids In Treatment Of Addiction And Withdrawal Symptoms
Despite the ongoing research in that particular field earlier evidence reveal the usefulness of St John’s Wort in reducing the craving desires to specific addictions and withdrawal symptoms after quitting substances such as cigarettes, alcohol among many others.Despite the challenging science behind it, there are promising results of success.
How it’s used
It’s available in most local food stores in the form of tablets, capsules, tinctures oil based skin lotion and teas or even in powdered forms. Most products are available in the standard form that contains about 0.3%hypericin.Since most herbal products have their components not regulated, it’s advisable that one reeds the label to ensure you get the right product for specific needs.
It’s strict to be given under medical supervision especially if treating depression in children 12 years and below
Oral tablets of 900mg twice daily for several weeks for treating anxiety
Oral tablets of 300mg thrice with meals for mild to moderate depression
20% petroleum jelly is used for wound healing on affected skin for about two weeks and two days
Oral tablets of 450-1800mg daily for 12 weeks for obsessive-compulsive disorder
This suggested prescription does not underestimate the advice given by your doctor, and it’s always advisable that doctors advise being followed
The use of St John’s Wort does have some side effects thus such individuals should always seek the doctor’s advice.