I've had moderate anxiety and depression for a few years now and have tried numerous medications. On the strength of that, my doctor suggested to me today that I try St John's Wort. However, I'm a little hesitant to try it after as I've heard some negative reviews. Has anyone here tried it? Did you have any nasty side effects? Did it work at all?
Has anyone tried St John's Wort for Anxiety/Depression?
Yes, Saint Johns Wart was one of my first.. But, after recieving many warnings from health professionals, I had to stop taking it, & begin a more aggressive approach, with commonly used anti-depression meds. I felt no change, during use, & the risks outweighed the benifits, for me. I, also, had been taking prescribed meds, for different diagnosis, that increased risks for me. Be careful, & check ALL interactions with meds & conditions! Many are harmful!
Wishing you all the best? JACKIE
P.S. I would love to hear updates on your condition!
I do not personally know, but my mom takes it for depression / mood swings. But you need to take it for a week or two before any noticeable effects.
Also there are amino acids pills that help build serotonin naturally if you want to try something else .. L-tysorine (sp) is one I've tried PLENTY of times that helped.
HC90; As long as your doctor has said to try it for the ones you have tried on prescription I don't see any problem outside of always tell any other doctor that you are taking this it can interact with other medications and also try to take it about the same time each day and if anyone else try to give you anything for the anxiety or depression to let them know you're taking this medication because sometimes they do use this along with the prescription medication. And know you may get some side effect tired a bit more nervousness etc but these go away after about 10 to 14 days after you start and then you should feel some results any time after that you want to take it for at least 4 to 6 weeks and if your still having problems then check back with your doctor. good luck to you Chuck1957
I tried it three different times, a year apart each time, it did Nada, nothing at all. It didn't touch my anxiety/depression. I was warned that it can interact with prescription meds and other supplements, so it wasn't worth my time or my money. I think it's expensive compared to generic antidepressants which are covered by insurance, and, on the other hand, St. John's Wort is an out-of-pocket expense. Natural health food stores are making a killing off of selling it to desperate people who want relief from their anxiety/depression with a "natural supplement". Useless. And you can't get out in the sun while taking it, without a greater risk of sunburn. Yuk.
Yes, I have used this with great results. You do need to use it with your doctor's knowledge of you taking it & I think this is were a lot of the mixed reviews come in due to the fact that it can interact with other drugs & cause them not to work the way they're supposed to. So as long as your doctor knows that you're on it he knows what to & what not to prescribe. Give it a try... you can only find out if it works for you without introducing chemicals into your system that aren't natural & if it doesn't work then choose the alternative. I'd choose the healthier alternative 1st always. God bless.
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