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St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Definition:
Used for wound healing during the Crusades, this herb has the ability to cleanse tissue and reduce inflammation, and has recently emerged as an effective antidepressant.

Applications:
AIDS, after-birth pains, cancer, menstrual cramps, depression, viral infections, bacterial infections, sleep disorders and wounds.

Scientific Updates:
In 1942, a compound called hypericin was isolated from St. John's wort and used as a natural antidepressant. It can also relieve pain and cause a mild sedating effect. It has been shown to be a more powerful antidepressant than placebo and many standard antidepressants.

Complementary Agents:
Capsicum, thyme, vitamin B-complex, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, (sublingual), folic acid, calcium/magnesium, wild yam, phenylalanine, tyrosine and taurine.

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