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Your experiences of St John's Wort

(11 Posts)
humptydumptytumpty Tue 18-Sep-07 12:55:19

Just starting taking it for PMT - did it work for you? Thank you, Humpty

Hurlyburly Tue 18-Sep-07 13:02:58

Bumping for you - interested to know - it made me worse

humptydumptytumpty Tue 18-Sep-07 14:03:02

really? how long did you try it for, hurlyburyyl?

paolosgirl Tue 18-Sep-07 14:07:40

I thought it was for mild depression? I used it for that, and found it helped. Not sure about PMT, though.

humptydumptytumpty Tue 18-Sep-07 14:16:21

well suppose am using it for both PmT and depression, if am honest

Sidge Tue 18-Sep-07 14:23:02

Remember you shouldn't take SJW if you are using the contraceptive pill as it can reduce the efficiency of the pill.

Otherwise I have heard good reports of SJW for mild depression, PMT and menopausal symptoms.

ScottishMummy Tue 18-Sep-07 14:24:01

BMJ and other research found it can exacerbate depression symptoms and decrease the potency of prescribed medications. takeadvice from your GP before self medicating imo

paolosgirl Tue 18-Sep-07 14:26:21

SJW is used medically in number of countries, and is recognised to be effective in controlling mild depression - which is why you shouldn't use it with other anti-depressants.

humptydumptytumpty Tue 18-Sep-07 14:30:28

I'm not on any other medication at all - think it is OK to take without consulting GP? really want to avoid seeing gp atm if I can...

paolosgirl Tue 18-Sep-07 14:33:06

I did - you can buy it at the health food store. Try it for 3 months, and see if it works, but make sure you mention it if you're ever asked if you're taking any medication, just to be on the safe side.

ScottishMummy Tue 18-Sep-07 14:36:29

humptydumptytumpty - only you can honestly answer whether you need to see a GP but you say you are xperiencing "depression" SJW may become an over the counter crutch, to supress the actual experience you are having - so that imo is a bit avoidant

anti-depressants are rigorously tested, documemnted efficacy in most cases, and again for most people work

but good luck whatever you chose to do

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