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ST JOHN’S WORT

SINT JANSKRUID, HERTSHOOI, Hypericum perforatum
Parts used: Herb
Constituents: Glycosides, Flavonoids, Volatile Oil, Tannins, Salicylate 30 mcg. per mL.
 
Actions Indications
Sedative
Anxiolytic
Antidepressant
Relaxant
Anti-inflammatory

Antiviral (enveloped)
Antiseptic
Astringent
Analgesic
Depression, +40 Schisandra, 20 Panax, 40 Damiana.
Anxiety, excitability. Inhibits re-uptake of neurotransmitters ie serotonin and melatonin
BHP specific, for depression associated with menopause (menopausal neurosis)

Colds/flu, coughs, gastritis, peptic ulcer, diarrhoea, oesophagitis, neuralgia including shingles, neuroses, sciatica, fibrositis, headaches, migraine, dysmenorrhoea
Cold sores, decreases growth of H. pylori

Can be used for bedwetting

Topically: Wounds, burns, contusions, bruises, viral skin conditions, dermatitis, ulcers and bells palsy
 
Herbal extract, 15-40mL per week
Energetics: Cool, bitter, sweet, astringent, dry. Dosha: PK-V+
Meridians: liver, lung, bladder
Contraindications: Anti-depressant drugs. May cause photosensitivity in some individuals, thus best to advise patients to stay out of the sun. Oral contraceptive and chemo therapy drugs
Surgical concerns: Alters metabolism of other drugs such as cyclosporin (for transplant patients), warfarin, steroids, protease inhibitors; may interfere with many other drugs Recommendations: Discontinue at least 5 days before surgery
 
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