But aesthetic, spiritual and medicinal considerations did not prevent the sun-gilded stands of St John's Wort
beingcruelly crushed by the mechanised Grim Reaper.
Woehling et al., "Effect of St John's wort
dose and preparations on the pharmacokinetics of digoxin," Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, vol.
"Overall, the St John's Wort
extracts tested in the trials were superior to placebo, similarly effective as standard antidepressants, and had fewer side effects than standard antidepressants," the researchers led by Dr Klaus Linde, of Germany, reported.
The effects of St John's wort
extract on heart rate variability, cognitive function and quantitative EEG: a comparison with amitriptyline and placebo in healthy men.
Adverse reactions to St John's Wort
. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry Revue Canadienne de Psychiatre, 46, 77-79.
At the end of the trial half of those taking St John's wort
- 61 out of 122 - found that there depressive symptoms were in decline.
The pharmaceutical regulator has previously issued warnings saying that natural remedies containing St John's Wort
may have an effect on several drugs, including hormone-based contraceptives, HIV medicines, blood-thickening drugs and cyclosporine, a drug used to prevent rejection of organ transplants.
Joanne Barnes, a research fellow at the University of London, said: "The evidence so far is not overwhelming, but it would be premature to dismiss St John's Wort
on the basis of one uncontrolled study."
3 Healthspan St John's Wort
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St John's wort
has a history of use as a herbal remedy for a variety of ailments and has become a mainstream alternative treatment for depression due to its association with low adverse effects compared with prescription antidepressants.
Our goal was to evaluate the usefulness of St John's wort
in treating IBS," Saito added.
Depending on any medication your husband is taking, both Gingko and St John's Wort