St John's Wort Flowers
From Natural WellBeing
St. John’s Wort Flowering Tops
St. John’s Wort flowering tops (Hypericum perforatum) may also be known as Tipton’s Weed or Klamath weed. It is native to temperate regions of the globe and can be found throughout parts of North America, Europe, Russia, India, Turkey and as well as in China. It is considered to be a perennial plant that has yellow green leaves with bright yellow colored flowers that have 5 petals in all. Traditional use of St. John’s Wort flowering tops is for the treatment of mild depression in children and in adolescents, and for treating major depression in adults as well.
History and Origin
St. John’s Wort has been used for many years as a treatment for acute and chronic mental disorders. Since the discovery of the effectiveness of St. John’s Wort as a treatment for depression in Germany, many have studied the effect of this plant for other psychiatric and neurotic illnesses. Towards modern times, St. John’s Wort were considered as a “noxious weed” growing uncontrollably in pastures and meadows poisoning grazing livestock in many countries.
St. John’s Wort flowering tops was widely accepted as the most effective antidepressant drug during ancient times. From treatment of depression, it was also used as a sedative for surgical procedures for diagnosis and treatment of diseases. St. John’s Wort flowering tops was also used as a treatment for malaria and extracts or poultice of the plant is used for wounds, burns and various insect bites.
Although studies about St. John’s Wort flowering tops were very limited during ancient times, the plant was highly regarded for its psychiatric illness use taking these medical breakthroughs up to the present.
St. John’s Wort flowering tops was used as an ingredient in teas, were made into tablet form and extracts were made as topical preparations or ointments for skin and wound treatment.
In modern times, St. John’s Wort flowering tops is still considered as a treatment for mild cases of depression. There have been extensive studies of the effects of this plant especially in the cure for major depression in adults and children but it is still unclear up to the present.
St. John’s Wort flowering tops may be more effective for the treatment of depression than a placebo but have been shown to be as effective as well known antidepressants for the short term treatment of mild and moderate depression in both children and adults.
There has been research and studies about the possibility of St. John’s Wort flowering tops to be used as treatment of the withdrawal symptoms of alcoholism and also antibacterial properties as well. Other experts are looking into the possible use of St. John’s Wort for people with Parkinson’s disease and for the treatment of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) in women.
St. John’s Wort flowering tops have a number of reactions when combined with other medications. It may retard the effect of antidepressants, birth control pills, arrhythmia medications, drugs for HIV infection, anti seizure drugs and anticoagulants. Some people who have tried using St. John’s Wort flowering tops reported increased sensitivity to sunlight, anxiety, gastrointestinal upset, headaches, fatigue and anxiety.
St. John’s Wort flowering tops must not replace other medication or treatment for depression. If you or any member of the family is suffering from depression, you should contact a medical professional at once to determine the ideal treatment.