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Initial post: May 23, 2010 3:12:18 PM PDT
E. Dunn says:
Has anyone tried St. John's Wort for depression? I have been on I think just about prescription drug over the last 35 years . I want to try something more natural? I need help. Thank you for reading this.

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2010 5:30:04 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 26, 2010 5:31:31 PM PDT
OldAmazonian says:
Never tried it. Read it is popular in Germany. Also read it has been correlated with chromosomal abnormality in some studies. It is a very hardy spreading plant, widely grown as ground cover in Oregon.

Posted on May 27, 2010 1:14:09 AM PDT
Depression is a very individual thing, but if you want to raise serotonin levels, L-tryptophan becomes 5-HTP which becomes serotonin, so either of those supplements will do it as well as the meds, with lower side-effects.

I haven't researched St John's wort recently, but I remember there are studies which show it's as effective as the SSRIs with fewer side-effects. Personally I prefer the tryptophan or 5-HTP.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2010 10:29:46 PM PDT
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OldAmazonian says:
Almost anything would be "more natural" than prescription antidepressants. What you probably mean is you want to try something with fewer negative side-effects.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2010 9:32:35 PM PDT
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OldAmazonian says:
Some claim good results from Rhodiola rosea. It is said to work like the SSRI class of prescription drugs. People I know who've tried it (GNC brand) can not say for sure that it has any therapeutic effect whatsoever, but have not noticed any side-effects either. That may be owing to the quality of the product they've tried.

Posted on Aug 2, 2010 1:49:23 PM PDT
I've been taking ST. Johns Wart for years. It really helped take the "edge" off without feeling all full of drugs. I have almost no side effects and it's cheap, too.
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2010 11:22:01 PM PDT
blue says:
Hi E. Dunn,

I just started taking it today and will report back when I know more. Have you tried it since you posted? What did you find?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2010 2:45:25 PM PDT
E. Dunn says:
I haven't tried it myself. I tried Sam-E for awhile, made no difference. I was desperate, went to my Doctor, put me on Effexor. I has worked in the past , so I am trying it again. So far , so good.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2010 3:03:58 AM PDT
P.C. says:
I took St. John's wort for over a year. Whether it was coincidence or not, but within a week I felt better. They say it can take up to eight weeks. After a year I switched to L-theanine just because I don't like to take anything long term just in case there are effects they're not yet aware of.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2010 7:12:37 AM PDT
blue says:
I've been taking it all week after a particularly bad weekend, and so far I have been doing better. I'll report back later

Posted on Dec 4, 2010 2:15:05 AM PST
Ms. K. M. says:
I am going to try it too

Posted on Feb 8, 2011 10:53:58 PM PST
I tried but it created side-effects.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 6:56:01 PM PDT
saag2003 says:
I gave St. John's Wort a try a couple of years ago and unfortunately it didn't work for me. Now I am taking 4 Stress Anxiety Formula capsules and 4 - 500 mg. of magnesium a day. It's too early to know for sure if this will work but it's been a week and I'm feeling pretty good. I wanted to try something natural before going back to zoloft. good luck.
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