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Old 12-28-2006, 10:47 AM   #1
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St. John's Wort???

Hi Everyone~
I'm new to the board and have issues with anxiety and anger/depression???
I have been taking herbal supplements (as I'm really not wanting to take traditional medication) for awhile now and have been trying Kava Kava for anxiety (which I feel works pretty good) and St. John's Wort and I have to say I've been taking the SJW for maybe a month now and I haven't noticed any difference. I seem to be more irritable, moody and the little things still set me off. What am I doing wrong? Should I not take Kava and SJW together? My husband is so patient with me, but my depression/moodiness is causing intimacy problems now (just what I need another issue) and I just want something that will help me to calm down and just relax.
Help please.....

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Old 12-28-2006, 11:29 AM   #2
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Re: St. John's Wort???

I tried Kava Kava but didn't feel any better. Since then, it was in the news being linked with liver toxicity. I think it was pulled off the market in some countries.

Old 01-08-2007, 07:19 PM   #3
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Re: St. John's Wort???

im on now and its not working.i often wonder does anthing work?

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Re: St. John's Wort???

Check out the following review:

Comparison of Hypericum extract WS 5570 and paroxetine in ongoing treatment after recovery from an episode of moderate to severe depression: results from a randomized multicenter study.
Pharmacopsychiatry. 2006 Nov;39(6):213-9.

In this study, SJW was as effective as Paxil. It's important to get the correct extract of SJW and use the correct dose for an effect.


Old 01-10-2007, 06:19 PM   #5
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Re: St. John's Wort???

i tryed St. John's Wort to years ago it did nothing.if i were you i would go talk to a doc and get on some meds im sure it will work alot better.hope you feel better.

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Re: St. John's Wort???

Originally Posted by boggins
yes scotsman i am now wondering if the sjw i'm now taking is the real deal.
do you or anyone else know of a reputable brand?

From the following article:

Acute treatment of moderate to severe depression with hypericum extract WS 5570 (St John's wort): randomised controlled double blind non-inferiority trial versus paroxetine.
BMJ. 2005 Mar 5;330(7490).

We used hypericum extract WS 5570 (Dr Willmar Schwabe Pharmaceuticals, Karlsruhe, Germany), a hydroalcoholic extract from herba hyperici (drug to extract ratio 3-7:1) with standardised contents of 3-6% hyperforin and 0.12-0.28% hypericin. The coated tablets contained 300 mg or 600 mg of the extract....

Conclusions: In the treatment of moderate to severe major depression, hypericum extract WS 5570 is at least as effective as paroxetine and is better tolerated.


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