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crustacean shellfish (lobster, crab, shrimp), soybeans, tree nuts,
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St. Johns Wort Does Not Cause Serious Side Effects, Study States
A recent study indicates that St. Johns
Wort, a herb commonly used to support mental health, does not cause side effects
as seen with amitriptyline.
Researchers randomly divided 12 healthy, adult males into three groups in a double-blind, crossover study.
One group received 25 mg of amitriptyline, another group received 255-285 mg of St. Johns wort extract that had 900 mcg of hypericin and a third group received a placebo three times daily for 14 days.
For the next 14 days, study participants received no treatments in order to clear their systems.
Next, subjects were switched into another treatment group until each subject had received each
treatment of amitriptyline, St. Johns Wort, and placebo.
When the patients took amitriptyline, they experienced side effects of increased heart rate.
This increase was not noted when they took St. Johns wart. Amitriptyline also decreased self-rated activity while St. Johns wort did not
... meaning the patients felt as if they were more sedated and less active when on the drug
Siepmann M, Krause S, Joraschky P, Muck-Weymann M, Kirch W. The effects of St. Johns
Wort extract on heart rate variability and quantitative EEG: a comparison with amitriptyline and placebo in healthy men. Br J Clin
Pharmacol. 2002 Sep;54(3):277-82.
Hyla Cass, MD
"In my own practice, and in the many e-mails I have received from now-happy users of
St. Johns Wort (SJW), I have to conclude that while SJW may not be the magic bullet for everyone, it certainly
plays a significant role.
For those taking or considering taking SJW, you have nothing to worry about.
The study in JAMA (Editors note: one media generated negative study) does not negate the many fine studies published in other journals that have shown SJW to be just as good as the more expensive prescription
drugs in treating "the blues."
Hyla Cass is a psychiatrist and renowned expert in nutrition and mental health.
She is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA Medical School and has written best-selling books on natural treatments including:
All About Herbs (Avery, 1999)
All About St. Johns Wort (Avery,1999)
Kava: Natures Answer to Stress, Anxiety, and Sleep Issues
St. Johns Wort: Natures Blues Buster (Avery, 1998)
Recommended Dosage for St. Johns Wort
recommends 300 mg of hypericum extract (containing 0.3% standardized hypericin) three
times a day. The adult dosage may be taken by adolescents virtually
side effects free.
St. Johns Wart has been known to increase photosensitivity
in animals and may cause this same reaction in some people (although there
has never been a reported case in humans). Nevertheless, we recommend that
strong sunlight and other sources of ultraviolet light (like tanning booths)
be avoided when taking St. Johns Wort.
For dietary supplement use only,
Keep out of reach of children,
Do not exceed recommended dosage,
If you have a bad reaction
or side effects, discontinue use immediately,
When using, please inform your
If you are pregnant, lactating
or have a medical condition, consult your health care
professional before using this or any other nutritional
reaction or side effects occur, discontinue St. Johns Wart supplements immediately.
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