St John’s wort is a type of yellow flowered plant and herb in the species Hypericum perforatum that is native to the subtropic and temperate regions of the world including North America, Brazil, Europe, India, Russia, and Turkey. St John’s wort is sometimes used to produce various herbal dietary supplements, natural medicines, home remedies, alternative medicines, and homeopathic naturopathic medicines due to its potential health benefits. Other names for St John’s wort include Amber, Chasse-diable, Amber Touch-and-Heal, Goatweed, Saynt Johannes Worr, Tipon Weed, SJW, Hardhay, and Rosin Rose, Hypericum perforatum, Chase-Devil, and Lamath Weed.
Health Benefits of St John’s Wort
St John’s wort was traditionally used by the Greeks to treat mental illness as well as Nerve pain. Today, St John’s wort is most well-known as being a kind of natural medicine or home remedy for depression. In some countries in Europe such as Germany and Ireland St John’s wort is prescribed for depression. Studies show that St John’s wort is superior to a placebo in treating a wide range of mental problems associated with depressive disorder. Other studies suggest that St John’s wort had little or no effect beyond a placebo in treating major forms of depression.
St John’s wort has also been used by some as a herbal remedy or naturopathic medicine to treat maladies such as malaria, appetite loss, heart palpitations, ADHD, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and symptoms related to menopause such as moodiness.
Some people have used St John’s wort as a kind of natural medicine or home remedy to treat fibromyalgia, headaches and migraines, pain in the muscles and elsewhere, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), HIV/AIDS, nicotine addiction, hepatitis C, and even some types of cancers.
Some have used St John’s wort topically on the skin to treat scrapes, bruises, inflammation, burns, bites, wounds, and hemorrhoids.
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