Hypericum in Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Hypericumwort has long been used in folk medicine, but recently doctors have begun to talk about its possible harm, in particular, about his interaction with some medicines. For example, it was identified by its interaction with indinavir, a protease inhibitor used for the treatment of patients with HIV infection. While the use of this medication and Hypericumwort, the concentration of indinavir plasma in the blood gradually decreases.

In addition, Hypericumwort can reduce the effectiveness of medications used to treat heart disease, depression, seizures, and some cancers, as well as to prevent rejection of transplants. In the same way Hypericumwort may interact with oral contraceptives.

If you are taking any other medications, always consult your doctor before using Hypericumwort.

About Hypericum

The herb Hypericumwort is one of the most famous medicinal plants used in the present time. It is a perennial plant that blooms bright yellow flowers in English-speaking countries is called the herb of St. John, because Hypericumwort blooms around June 24 – the day on which, presumably, was born John the Baptist.

In folk medicine Hypericumwort has long been used to treat mental disorders. Previously it was thought that he banishes from human evil spirits, today it is known that it acts on the Central nervous system. Hypericumwort is also used to treat wounds, skin diseases, and other disorders.

There are many misconceptions with respect to active substances contained in the Hypericumwort. Because of standardized extracts of Hypericumwort contains mainly hypericin, it is widely believed that this is the only active component of Hypericumwort. However, in plants there is another substance – hyperforin, which, like hypericin is an antidepressant. Many experts believe that the effectiveness of Hypericum in the treatment of various psychological disorders can be explained by a high concentration of hyperforin. Recent studies have shown that Hypericumwort also contains flavonoids and tannins – they also have healing properties. To better study the properties of Hypericum, further studies are needed.

Hypericumwort can be taken in the form of capsules, extract, tablets; it is made from oil, which is found in some medicinal ointments and lotions. Johns wort you can simply brew the tea. Modern standard preparations with Hypericumwort typically contain 0.3% hypericin and 2-5% hyperforin.

Why use Hypericum

Hypericum wort can be used in the treatment of the following disorders:

Depression. Numerous studies have shown that the effectiveness of Hypericum wort in the short-term treatment (1-3 months) of mild to moderate forms of depression comparable efficacy of tricyclic antidepressants. It causes fewer side effects than most antidepressants, and this is one of the reasons of its popularity. It is unclear how useful Hypericum wort in the treatment of severe depression, so if such violations cannot be used instead of antidepressants.
Anxiety. Some people who took Hypericum wort, the studies of its effectiveness in the treatment of depression, the observed decrease in the level of anxiety. However, the effect of Hypericum wort in people suffering from anxiety disorders of personality, yet not well understood.
Obessive-compulsive disorder. As for treating this disorder used the same drugs used to treat depression, it is assumed that patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder may be helpful Hypericum wort. However, the scientific data that is not yet confirmed.
Damage to the skin. Hypericum wort oil-containing ointment used to treat burns, minor wounds, and hemorrhoids. It is believed that the hypericin and hyperforin have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Tannins eliminate skin irritation that is often caused by cuts or scratches.
Ear infections. Some naturopaths recommend the use Hypericum wort for the treatment of ear infections, particularly otitis media. The study, which was attended by over 100 children, it was found that ear drops, which included Hypericum wort, garlic and calendula are also effective as ear drops pharmacy.
Other violations. There is evidence that Hypericum wort may be useful for insomnia, premenstrual syndrome, attention deficit disorder and some other health problems.

It’s a rare reaction that occurs when people take Hypericum wort in large doses over long periods of time. Particularly prone to light sensitivity, people with fair skin, but it can develop even in people with dark skin. Under large doses usually should understand the reception of Hypericum wort tincture in an amount significantly higher than recommended.

Sometimes Hypericum wort can make people more susceptible to the development of cataracts. Hypericum wort should not be used those who undergo phototherapy of seasonal affective disorders.

Hypericum wort and prescription antidepressants

Sometimes Hypericum wort is recommended to start taking after the end of treatment with drugs such as Prozac, zoloft, Effexor and other MAO inhibitors. They are excreted in approximately 5 weeks, and about the same amount of time passes before starting to operate the Hypericum wort. It is believed that in this way the patient to complete a course of antidepressant treatment – refusal of them happens much more gently than usual, and the risk of recurrence of depression will be quite low.


Drugs with Hypericum wort is widely advertised as a nearly miraculous remedy for many diseases – in the end, manufacturers are more interested in their profits. The quality of OTC supplements, unfortunately, not followed as strictly as for the quality of medicines. Studies of the effectiveness of these drugs give very inconsistent results, so it is not recommended to decide to undergo treatment with St John’s wort. Talk to your doctor to help you choose a drug that really works. Even if you’re just going to drink tea from Hypericum wort, you need to consult with a specialist. Be sure to follow the doctor’s instructions, taking St John’s wort.

The above should not scare you, but only to urge caution. Herbs have long been not considered completely safe light means, which can be taken in unlimited quantities. Same and Hypericum wort – a great and powerful natural medicine that will help you, but only if you use it correctly.

Side effects

The most common side effects of Hypericum wort are upset stomach, allergic reactions, lethargy, erectile dysfunction, decreased libido, dizziness, dry mouth, headaches. When applied to the skin Hypericum wort may cause skin rash. In addition, both oral and external use Hypericum make eyes and skin more sensitive to sunlight. Usually these side effects disappear shortly after the person stops taking Hypericum wort.

In rare cases Hypericum wort can cause serotonin syndrome – a rare disorder that is the result of effects on the Central nervous system of excessive quantities of serotonin. Among the symptoms of this condition confusion, fever, hallucinations, nausea, incoordination, sweating, tremor. The most common side effect observed in patients who concurrently with Hypericum wort was on anti-depressants, usually selective inhibitors of serotonin reuptake. If you have symptoms of serotonin syndrome should immediately seek medical help.

Additional information

Hypericum wort can worsen the condition of people with Alzheimer’s disease, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and some other mental illnesses.
If you suspect depression, it is impossible to self-medicate and take Hypericum wort without first consulting with your doctor.
Pregnant and lactating women, as well as those who in the near future plans to become pregnant, take Hypericum wort is not recommended.
Hypericum wort do not use in patients who undergo organ transplant, as it may provoke their rejection.
Those who take any prescription medications before taking Hypericum wort it is important to consult with your doctor.