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St John's Wort is sometimes known as a miracle herb because it is used for so many afflictions. Traditional Chinese medical practitioners have used St John's Wort for over 4000 years. It has more recently come into its own in the West as a treatment for mild to moderate depression. Some people take St John's Wort as a natural alternative to Prozac, and in Germany, where St John's Wort is an approved treatment, it outsells Prozac by about 10:1. Until recently it was thought that the hypericin content of St John's Wort was responsible for its antidepressant effect. However, more recent studies are inconclusive, and it is not known exactly how the herb works in alleviating depression. What is certain is that there are millions of people, all over the world who are taking St John's Wort and reaping benefits. Because of the herbs popularity, research studies are widely available, and excellent books have been written with up to date information. Researchers continue their endeavours to discover the secret of St John's Wort, but to its many beneficiaries, why it works is not as important as that it does work! Moreover, it seems that although its therapeutic effects are best known in the West for treating depression, it is useful for many other conditions. Herbal healers have used St John's Wort to heal the body from ancient times until the present day, noting its anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties. Preparations for internal use include tinctures, infusions and most popularly, capsules. Ointments, creams and oils are available for external use. Just because a product is natural does not necessarily mean that it is good for you. Even if it is it may not be good for everybody. Light skinned people, in particular should be aware that St John's Wort may react with sunlight to affect skin and eye problems. It has also been suggested that St John's Wort, as with some other preparations, can react with prescription and over the counter medicines. Therefore, if you are taking any other medicines, or have any doubt whatsoever about taking St John's Wort; consult your doctor, herbalist, or pharmacist beforehand.

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