St. John’s Wort – vegetable Mood & shy; brightening agents

21 October 2017

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St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum L.) is attributed as an extract for oral use, a mood-stabilizing and anxiolytic effect. It should thus have a favorable effect on mild to moderate depression. Who is taking other medications at the same time, however, should consider possible interactions - as St. John's wort can make some drugs ineffective.

The most important ingredients St. John's wort are:

For the antidepressant effects of St. John's wort, especially the ingredient to hyperforin to be responsible. Since hyperforin but individually does not show the same effect, it is estimated that only several hypericum ingredients in combination have this effect.

Depression based on a reduction of various chemical messengers (neurotransmitters) in the brain such as dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin. St John's wort is likely to increase the proportion of these substances by blocking their re-uptake into nerve cells - similar to certain antidepressants do this. The messengers remain longer in the narrow space between the nerve cells (the so-called. Synaptic cleft) obtained and may act longer. In addition, St. John's wort should provide further release of neurotransmitters. With regular use of St. John's wort preparations of nerve metabolism can thus may regulate or stabilize low.

The effect St. John's wort, however, is not immediately one, but only after about two to three weeks - so you should not settle too quickly the drug. A lasting effect after the earliest four to six months achieved.

externally St. John's wort may also as oil are used. In this form it is to inhibit inflammation and promote wound healing. Also, an antibacterial effect is attributed to the oil. However, studies on this are scarce.


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