- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Avery; Softcover Ed edition (1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0895298341
- ISBN-13: 978-0895298348
- ASIN: B000KVACOI
- Package Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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St. John's Wort, Nature's Blues Buster Paperback – 1998
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"A fascinating portrait of a single sensibility, a born noticer, someone on whom nothing is lost, observing birth and death, the landscape, and his own heritage." ―Colm Tóibín, author of "Brooklyn" Learn more
Dr. Hyla Cass, a psychiatry professor at UCLA, tells readers how this herb can ease depression and work as well as synthetic antidepressants
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It lists all of the applications that St John's Wort is used for. There is huge body of evidence for these applications
since it is widely used in Germany. I appreciated the comparison to melatonin for sleep. It is used in conjunction
with a few other homeopathic remedies for this specific purpose. I hadn't realized that it took a while to kick in.
I only tried it briefly and figured that it did not do anything. She discusses the ramifications of discontinuing prescriptions and switching over
to it as well as side effects, reasons for it not being as widely used in the U.S., etc.
St John's Wort (hypericum) offers a gentle way of treating depression and other nervous disorders. Cass discusses the scientific proof of the efficacy of this herb as measured against synthetic antidepressants. The research is indeed encouraging and the plant's mild side effects provide a great advantage over the synthetic medicines.
The author explores the correct dosage for various problems like sleep and seasonal affective disorders (SADs) whilst pointing out the herb's anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and immune enhancing properties. Besides the well-known hypericin, St John's Wort also contains a host of other phytochemicals that play vital roles in protecting cells from damage, in repairing damage and in regeneration.
These ingredients include GABA, carotenoids, flavonoids, hyperforin, limonene, lutein, phytosterols, quercetin, quercetrin, rutin and xanthones. All parts of the plant, the flowers, leaves, stem and the oil are used in healing. One of the possible side effects of taking St John's Wort is sensitivity to the sun in certain people.
The book includes a bibliography, a natural medicine resources list, a protocol for switching a patient from an anti-depressant to St John's Wort and the regulatory status of St John's Wort in various countries. It concludes with an index. I also recommend Mind Boosters by Ray Sahelian and The A to Z Guide to Supplements by Phyllis A Balch for further information on herbal medicines.
(Two other recommendations on depression: Richard O'Connor's "Undoing Depression" and John and Andrea Nelson's "Sacred Sorrows.")
If you're looking for an easy-to-understand and well-researched book on a natural approach to dealing with depression, then this is the book for you. Dr. Cass shares case histories many might identify with and she has done her homework in deftly explaining the important factors one must understand to deal effectively with depression. She also provides great tips on nutritional steps and lifestyle changes that must go hand-in-hand if one is serious about defeating depression. This wonderful book CAN offer help to those struggling to get a handle on dealing with depression naturally.