What is St. John's Wort?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: St John's Wort 2700 Homeolab Arnica Plus Muscle and Joint Pain Symptom Relief Rebalance St. John's Wort

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St. John's wort, hypericum perforatum, is generally is used for depression, seasonal affective disorder, and anxiety. Products currently are standardized based on hypericin content, although the hyperforin and bioflavonoid contents are also believed responsible for activity.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Depressed mood 62 53
Anxious mood 18 9
General health 13 7
Major depressive disorder 6 6
Support mental / emotional health 4 4

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 3
Moderate 6
Mild 16
None 63

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with St. John's Wort

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dizziness 2
Nausea 2
Brain fog 1
Diarrhea 1
Difficulty staying asleep 1
Elevated blood pressure 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking St. John's Wort

Dosage Patients Percentage
300 mg daily 1
twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking St. John's Wort

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 25
Other 20
Doctor's advice 17
Personal research 12
Side effects too severe 8
Course of treatment ended 5
Expense 2
See all 66 patients who've stopped taking St. John's Wort

Duration

Currently taking St. John's Wort

Duration Patients Percentage
5 - 10 years 2

Stopped taking St. John's Wort

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 14
1 - 6 months 20
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 59
Usually 21
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 18
Not at all hard to take 62
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 4
< $25 48
Not specified 35
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10 patient evaluations for St. John's Wort

Jul 1, 2014 (Started Mar 10, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Support mental / emotional health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 15, 2013 (Started Jan 14, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I think this treatment may work, I can never tell anymore. I recommend giving it a try.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 31, 2012 (Started Mar 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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