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The Natural Prozac Program: How to Use St. John's Wort, the Anti-Depressant Herb Paperback – June 24, 1997


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The herb St. John's Wort, or Hypericum perforatum, has received a huge amount of press coverage for reportedly being a pick-me-up with few side effects, leading thousands of people who suspect they may be depressed to take it and see what happens. There are several problems with this approach: Some of these people may have serious mood disorders that require treatment by a mental-health professional, while others may be depressed due to underlying psychological distress that could be better treated with therapy. Still others may use the herb incorrectly, since "natural" products such as this come in a variety of potencies and with differing package instructions. So while you should see a physician, psychologist, or qualified herbalist before taking St. John's Wort, if you don't, you should at least consult an informative book, of which The Natural Prozac Program is a perfect example. Zuess is a full-blown advocate of the herb, touting it as a treatment for everything from insomnia and anxiety to influenza. But he also provides important advice on such topics as when not to take St. John's Wort; how some foods, medications, and nutritional supplements may interact with the herb; what to look for when purchasing it; and how to take it so it's most effective. In keeping with his holistic approach, he even describes how to grow your own.

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"This little book not only offers an elegant therapeutic tool for a common problem, it also serves as a prototype for a more humane and enlightened way of dealing with health and illness that is both new and ancient. "
Rudolph Ballentine, M.D.,
author of Diet and Nutrition: A Holistic Approach

Mild and moderate depression affects millions of Americans. If you suffer from depression yet feel uneasy about taking prescription drugs, or if you are currently taking one like Prozac, you should know about St. John's wort, the natural alternative. This book details how to use this powerful yet gentle herb, which has been proven in clinical tests to relieve mild and moderate depression with fewer side effects (and at a lesser cost) than any prescription antidepressant. St. John's wort does not cause drowsiness, interact with alcohol, or interfere with one's ability to concentrate or dream, as do some prescription drugs. In fact, St. John's wort has been shown to enhance the brain's problem-solving capabilities. Nature's medicine, St. John's wort nurtures the mind-body's own healing response instead of suppressing it, as do the harsher drugs made in laboratories.

Known to traditional herbalists for centuries, St. John's wort is currently prescribed to millions of Europeans and has been the subject of numerous clinical trials in Great Britain. Americans are just beginning to realize the efficacy of this natural antidepressant, which is widely available at health food stores and by mail order. With simple instructions on dosages and who should and should not take the herb, this book tells you everything you need to know about St. John's wort in order to use it safely and effectively.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (June 24, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 060980152X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609801529
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,360,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By EMA on March 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is a tell-all of St. John's wort. It gives you all you ever wanted to know (and even more) about this fabulous herb. If you're looking for a comprehensive tome about St. John's wort, look no further.

The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is because, in the year 2008, it is somewhat outdated, having been released in '97. I haven't done any further reading about this herb, but I can only imagine that some new discoveries have been made since the publishing of this book.
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11 of 18 people found the following review helpful By jhayno@worldnet.att.net on March 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
st, johnswort has been around for a very long time. but is has been used in europe more frequesntly than in th us .however it should be used with caution and the prescribed use should be by a homepathic doctor. other than that it's the safe alternative to prozac with much less if not no side effects.
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7 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 1998
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St Johns wart is an effective natural replacement for prozac and other anti depressive drugs having few side effects due to one's using the whole plant and not just the possibly dangerous raw chemicals contained in western medicine.
This book is an excellent resource regarding all facets of this marvelous plant.
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12 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Paul Spengler (pspengle@wp.bsu.edu) on October 2, 1998
Format: Paperback
While this book is informative, conclusions that "natural" is "better" after reading this book may cause harm to some people. I am a licensed psychologist trained in the treatment of depression and concomttant problems. My reservation with this book is that there has been insufficient study of the use of this drug (yes - St. John's Wart is a drug), so books about this "natural" drug may cause more harm than good to the public.
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