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Can st. John's wart work well for anxiety?

Can st. John's wart work well 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

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Anxiety (Definition)

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


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Do St. John's wort work for anxiety?

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Do St. John's wort work for anxiety?

St. John's wort: It is likely effective for mild depression, possibly also for menopausal symptoms, but not as effective for social anxiety, based on research data. Not enough evidence on its effectiveness for other anxiety disorders. ...Read more

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Can st. John's wort work for depression?

Can st. John's wort work for depression?

It can: St. John's wort can work for more mild to moderate depression. For severe depression, medication and therapy work best. Be sure to talk to your doctor before starting the supplement as it may interact with other medications. ...Read more

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Could st john's wort work for major depression and anxiety?

Could st john's wort work for major depression and anxiety?

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

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Can I take st johns wort for depression with HIV meds?

Can I take st johns wort for depression with HIV meds?

Depends: It depends on which HIV meds. Some protease inhibitors do have a major interaction with st john's wort. ...Read more

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Can I take st. John's wort for depression?

Can I take st. John's wort for depression?

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 more

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What is your opinion on st. John's wort for depression?

What is your opinion on st. John's wort for depression?

Positive: Sjw may be helpful in some cases of mild depression. You may need more treatment interventions if your depression is severe. ...Read more

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Have you used st. John's wort to treat social anxiety disorder?

Have you used st. John's wort to treat social anxiety disorder?

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

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St johns wort for bipolar disorder? More depression episodes than manic...Nothing severe, will st johns wort be ok?

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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 more

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Can the medicine st johns wort work?

Can the medicine st johns wort work?

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 more

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Could st john wort help with anxiety and stress?

Could st john wort help with anxiety and stress?

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 more

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Besides st. Johns wart what other herbs can I take for depression?

Besides st. Johns wart what other herbs can I take for depression?

Why not medicine?: Medicine is more effective more carefully regulated and probably cheaper. ...Read more

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Is st john wort also effective for OCD or gad when compared to ssris like fluoxetine?

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Is st john wort also effective for OCD or gad when compared to ssris like fluoxetine?

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

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Can st. John's wort be used to treat your social anxiety disorder?

Can st. John's wort be used to treat your social anxiety disorder?

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 more

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How good is st john's wort as treatment for depression?

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How good is st john's wort as treatment for depression?

St. John's wort: Works ok for few no. Of patients with mild symptoms who can't tolerate or choose not to take antidepressants. ...Read more

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Can I use st johns wort instead of antidepressants?

Can I use st johns wort instead of antidepressants?

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 more

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Could I take st. John's wort to treat depression?

Could I take st. John's wort to treat depression?

Yes: St. John's wort can be effective for mild depression. However, the potency of various batches is quite variable. So the effect may not last, and side effects may appear over time. ...Read more

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Does st. John's wort or rescue remedy help with anxiety?

Does st. John's wort or rescue remedy help with anxiety?

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 more

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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 more

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