St John's Wort health benefits
St John's Wort has a long tradition
of being very effective in alleviating symptoms of nerve pain and was also traditionally used for nervous conditions associated with depression and hysteria. For this reason and because it is reputed to flower on mid-summer's day it is known as the sunshine herb.
St John's wort can be used to treat:
Mild to moderate depression
Depressive symptoms linked to alcohol adiction
Obssessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)*
Neuralgia and Sciatica
Psychological symptoms of menopause
PreMenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
*There is no research supporting the use of St John's wort for ADHD and as this is a modern illness it is not one where traditional use can be relied on. However, a recent study that tried to prove that SJW was ineffective in treating ADHD has been discredited as worthless due to the low quality of the herb used in the trials.
Contraindications and side effects
St. John's wort may cause increased sensitivity to sunlight. Other
side effects can include anxiety, dry mouth, dizziness,
gastrointestinal symptoms, fatigue, headache, or sexual dysfunction.