In Menopause a high amount of our time is spent on trying to lift our mood and reduce our anxiety and nervous tension. What would you turn to if you are not willing or able to take prescribed medication? Well, studies have been carried out involving over 3,120 people with depression with analysis of data collected from 27 studies. It was found that St John's Wort extracts were just as effective in improving the symptoms as were the prescribed antidepressants. There were no differences between treatments in clinical responses, remission or reduction in depression scores. What was important however, was that St John's Wort extract had a significantly lower rate of side effects than SSRI's and the people undertaking the tests who were taking St John's Wort remained on the programme much longer than those that were taking antidepressants. Therefore researches concluded that this extract had superior safety in the treatment of mild to moderate depression.
In Menopause St John's Wort can help to improve your psychological and physical symptoms, which include hot flushes, low moods, anxiety, low sex drive and fatigue. It has been reported that women also feel an increase in self-esteem, self-confidence and self-respect when taking St John's Wort.
St John's Wort works by helping to prolong the action of neurotransmitters in the brain. These include serotonin and dopamine to name but a few.
A Few Facts:
* Named after the feast day of St John the Baptist as the herb flowers around the 24th June. The word "wort" comes from an old English word for herb or plant.
* Take St John's Wort alongside Black Cohosh for meopause and Agnus Castus for PMS.
* Native to Europe and Asia.
* Used as a wound herb since the Crusades.
* Botanical Name: Hypericum Perforatum. When sourcing complimentary medication it is good practice to try and check out the botanical name on products. If you are not sure find your local herbalist or go to Wikipedia!!
NB: IF you are considering trying St John's Wort please look for the product that states they are THR registered for quality assurance.
Caution: Avoid during pregnancy. May cause gastrointestinal disturbances or allergic reaction; Can interact with many prescription drugs, including the contraceptive pill. This herb is photosensitive so if applying topically do not have sun exposure.
* Always consult your GP if you think you may be suffering from depression or similar.
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Pauline Wolfe - Currently perimenopausal; passionate; creative; loves to write; sketches for down time; down to earth & likes to write in layman terms! Moved to Malvern 3 years ago from Central South seaside, married 2 years to born & bred local builder. Two grown up children, 3 grandchildren!