St. John ‘s wort – or St. John’s wort – is mainly used to treat depression and associated disorders , such as anxiety, tiredness , loss of appetite and sleep problems .
It is also used in the treatment of palpitations (changes in heart beat), mood changes or other typical menopausal disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, seasonal affective syndrome. Finally, it has also been tested in case of exhaustion , as an aid to smoking cessation and against Fibromyalgia , chronic fatigue syndrome, migraine and other forms of headache , muscle and nervous pain , colon syndrome irritable , tumors, HIV / Aids and hepatitis C.
Finally, St. John’s wort oil is used to treat bruises and skin lesions , muscle inflammation and pain, first degree burns, wounds, insect bites, hemorrhoids and pain of nervous origin.
What is St. John’s wort?
St. John’s wort, or St. John’s wort, appears to act on the system of neurotransmitters responsible for controlling mood. Active ingredients that could mediate this action include hypericin and hyperforin .
How is Hypericum taken?
St. John’s wort is taken orally . The parts of the plant used to produce the herbal medicines that contain it are the flowers and leaves.
L ‘ St. John’s Wort Oil , however, is designed for the’ topical use : be applied directly to affected areas.
Side effects of St. John’s wort
Possible side effects of hypericum include:
- dry mouth
- feeling of having a full stomach
- increased sensitivity to light
- weight gain
It is important to contact a doctor immediately in case of:
- breathing difficulties
- feeling of tightness in the chest
- swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue
- problems in the sexual sphere
- muscle spasms
- profuse sweating
- tremors or tics
- unusual mood or behavior changes
Warnings on the use of St. John’s wort
Applying the St. John’s wort directly on the skin can strongly sensitize the action of the sun’s rays.
Its intake is not recommended in children.
Before starting to use it, it is good to consult your doctor and inform him:
- of any allergies to any herb, drug or food;
- of the other medicines, herbal medicines and supplements you are taking, in particular alprazolam, oral contraceptives, Digoxin, Fenfluramine, Imatinib, Irinotecan, liver-modified active ingredients, drugs against HIV or Aids, Mefenitoina, Omeprazole, Fenobarbital, Fenprocumone, Fenitoina , Tacrolimus, Warfarin, Aminolevulinic acid, Amitriptyline, Clopidogrel, Cyclosporine, Dextromethorphan, Fexofenadine, Glyclazide, Antidepressants, MAO inhibitors, Triptans, Narcotics, drugs that increase the Sensitivity to light, Meperidine, Methadone, Prophenone , Reserpine, Barbiturates, Sertraline, Simvastatin, Tramadol, Zolpidem and Phytotherapy or Supplements based on Cardiac Glycosides, with Serotonergic Properties, containing iron or tryptophan or with fermented Red Rice;
- the health problems you suffer from (or have suffered from), in particular bipolar disorder or infertility;
- if you are pregnant or breastfeeding .
It is also important to inform doctors, surgeons and dentists about taking Hypericum.