Getting down - Saint John’s Wort and depression
Several studies look at the effectiveness of Saint John’s Wort and depression. Depression can include feelings of sadness, guilt, loss of energy, interest, pleasure￼ or concentration.
Depression is likely caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors.
It can also coincide with other serious illnesses including diabetes, Parkinson’s, cancer and heart disease.
It’s also possible that medications used to treat these other diseases may cause side effects that contribute to symptoms of depression.
But what does the research and it’s evidence show about the effectiveness of St. John’s wort and depression? The results are mixed…
Overall, when it comes to treating depression, St. John’s wort is better than placebo and has fewer reported side effects than certain synthetic anti depressant medications.
But synthetic anti-depressant medication may be more effective. Caution must be used when using St. John’s Wort with other medications.