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St John Warts For Anxiety
St Johns Wort: St. John's wort is most commonly used as a natural supplement to improve mood functioning (i.e. Depression), although its effectiveness is dependent on the severity of the symptoms. For very mild anxiety symptoms, this article may help: http://www.Newsmax.Com/fastfeatures/best-supplements-for-anxiety/2011/03/14/id/389445. Moderate to severe symptoms should be treated with more traditional meds. ...Read more
Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more
Supplements like: St John's Wort do not undergo rigorous laboratory testing, like psychiatric medications. Therefore, no one can tell you if it will work for major depression & anxiety. You are safer to consider meeting with a psychiatrist & being followed to be sure you are on the right medication & that is is working. Don't risk using something that has not been tested. ...Read more
St. John's wort: St. Johns wort has been shown to be beneficial in treating milder forms of depression. It is not too effective with moderate to severe forms. Due to have similiar affects on seretonin levels, it's recommended that you don't take st. Johns wort and an antidepressant together. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: St johns wort has benefits similar to prescription ssris. The thing to keep in mind is: 1. Best outcomes are when therapy accompanies medication, 2. With herbal meds you get varied results - different brands, potency, consistency, crops, lots. The potency of stjw in general, is also less. I recommend you discuss this with your physician to help monitor progress and check interractions. ...Read more
St johns wort for bipolar disorder? More depression episodes than manic...Nothing severe, will st johns wort be ok?
Go see your doctor: St john's wort is not effective in major depressive disorder although it may be fine in mild. However, in bipolar disorder, there is concern that it might bring out mania. Furthermore, st john's wort interacts & interferes w/many other meds so it's important that you always tell your doc everything that you're taking. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/bipolar-disorder/index.shtml. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
St. John's Wort: St. John's wort is a botanical medicine which has been used extensively in germany and other european countries for depression and anxiety, and studied & used in the us as well. Multiple studies and meta-analyses indicate it's as effective as tricyclic antidepressants and serotonin reuptake inhibitors in the short-term management of mild-moderate depression. However, not for more severe cases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Might help but: Unfortunately there is standardization of amount of active ingredient in almost all herbal remedies including St John Wort. Far better to start out with a psychiatrist or psychologist who can help you reorganize your life to reduce or eliminate anxiety & stress. SJW can never do that.. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: In my experience st. Johns wort hasn't helped any of my OCD clients although many have tried. I wish it would be but ive not seen it. ...Read more
Not so much: St. John's wort, as others have commented, does not have as robust evidence in anxiety disorders as it does for mild to moderate depression. But passion flower may be useful -- and possibly kava if your liver function is good. The best treatments for social anxiety disorder -- whether herbal, pharmaceutical, or homeopathic -- would include psychotherapy directed at the person's specific issues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
St John's wort: "A 2009 systematic review of 29 international studies suggested that St. John’s wort may be better than a placebo (an inactive substance that appears identical to the study substance) and as effective as standard prescription antidepressants for major depression of mild to moderate severity." REF: https://nccih.nih.gov/health/stjohnswort/sjw-and-depression.htm. However, many studies are from ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Perhaps: St. John's wort (hypericum perforatum) has been shown in clinical trials to be effective for mild to moderate depression and may also help with anxiety. Rescue remedy, which is a proprietary blend of flower essences also be helpfu. Passionflower (passiflora incarnata) is another natural remedy that has a long history of use as an anxiolytic agent worldwide. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have suffered from depression, mood swings, anxiety, etc. I've tried E-Sam, St Johns Wart, & L-tyrosine, 'Bach' products, etc. Help!
Formal treatment: Pleased you are invested in your health. The products listed vary in effectiveness for depression, mood and anxiety. If not done previously it may be time to seek formal treatment. The most effective treatments include cognitive behavioral therapy and antidepressant medications. Suggest a consult with health tap providers or a primary care provider. Be well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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