It is a strong antidepressant and may elevate mood in individuals with mild to moderate depression.
St. John's wort also has strong antiviral activity that may also promote healing and repair of wounds.
The flowers are used to make liquid extracts, pills, and teas. The popular herbal therapy is often used to ease symptoms of depression. People have been using St. John’s wort for centuries.
A Cochrane systematic review found that St. John’s wort can be effective in treating major depression.
A 2016 review of 35 studies concluded that St. John’s wort reduced symptoms of mild to moderate depression more than a placebo and similar to prescription antidepressants.
A 2017 analysis of 27 studies determined that St. John’s wort had similar effects on mild to moderate depression as antidepressants. Those researchers also noted that fewer people stopped taking St. John’s wort, compared to antidepressants.
Another study indicated St. John’s wort can be effective in treating wounds, bruises, burns, and sores.
St. John's wort is not recommended for individuals with severe depression
Suggested Use: 1 capsule taken 1 to 3 times daily preferably with meals or as directed by a healthcare professional.
Do not exceed the recommended dose. This product is not intended for pregnant or nursing mothers or children under the age of 18. St. John’s Wort may contribute to photosensitivity resulting in skin irritation and redness in persons exposed to strong sunlight or tanning booths. If you are taking anti-depressant medications or have questions about the advisability of taking this product, consult your physician prior to use. This product is manufactured and packaged in a facility which may also process milk, soy, wheat, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and crustacean shellfish.
Those patients with identified health conditions should be aware that current prescription medication may interact with dietary supplements, and they should consult their doctor before start using the product.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drugs Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.