St. John’s Wort (Hypericum Perforatum)



St. John’s Wort Herbal Extract (Hypercin perforatum)

Herbal Sedative

Hypericum perforatium is an aromatic perennial herb and belongs to the family hypericaceae. It is native to Europe, but is found worldwide. It has golden yellow flowers from which the extract is prepared.

St. John’s Wort is the most popular herbal remedy for depression. Other possible benefits of St. John’s Wort are relief from menstrual cramps and promotion of wound healing.

St. John’s Wort comprises of a number of active ingredients namely hypericin ,xanthones and flavonoids and these have been shown to have mono-amine oxidase (MAO) inhibiting property. In depression, MAO inhibitors are used to reduce the breakdown of neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine and serotonin and thereby increasing their concentration in the central nervous system.

Supportive in:

  • Depression and mood disorders;
  • Anxiety;
  • Eating disorders;
  • Use as an Antiviral agent – reported to inhibit growth of the AIDS virus etc.;
  • Use as an Antibacterial agent;
  • Bed wetting and childhood night terrors;
  • Gastritis;
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disorder;
  • Menstrual cramps.

Active Ingredients: St John’s Wort Extract (Hypericum perforatum) 300mg 0.3% Hypericum.

Directions: Take one capsule three times daily, or as directed by your physician/health care professional.

Caution: DO NOT use during pregnancy or while nursing unless directed by your health care professional

Prolonged and high dose (1800 mg. per day) consumption of hypericum may render the skin photosensitive especially in individuals who are already sensitive to sunlight. Therefore persons taking St. John’s Wort should avoid excessive exposure to sunlight, tanning lights or UV sources.

Also anyone on any prescribed psychoactive medication should consult with his or her physician before combining it with St. John’s Wort.


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