St. John's Wort Extract Effective For Depression

Hypericum extract from St. John's Wort is safer than the antidepressant drug imipramine and just as effective for treating patients with moderate depression.

British Medical Journal December 11, 1999;319:1534-1539.

COMMENT:  It is clear that this treatment works for depression and is a superior to most drug based treatments if it works; as it is not based on a synthetic drug. However, even though it is a natural herb, St. John?s wort clearly does not address the foundational causes of why a person is depressed. There are far more effective strategies. My current favorite is Applied Psychoneurobiology.  Tryptophan, although a prescription, is also a better option that St. John?s wort  as it is a precursor of serotonin, which is frequently imbalanced in depression.

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