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 7 6
Support mental / emotional health 4 4
Mood swings 3 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
Severe 3
Moderate 5
Mild 16
None 64

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

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 2
Nausea 2
Brain fog 1
Difficulty sleeping through night 1
Dizziness and feeling faint 1
Drug interactions 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking St. John's Wort

Dosage Patients
twice daily 2
900 mg daily 1
450 mg three times daily 1
18,000 mg daily 1
daily 1
three times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking St. John's Wort

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 24
Other 20
Doctor's advice 16
Personal research 12
Side effects too severe 7
Course of treatment ended 5
Expense 2
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Duration

Currently taking St. John's Wort

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 4
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking St. John's Wort

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 13
1 - 6 months 18
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 60
Usually 20
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 6
A little hard to take 18
Not at all hard to take 63
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 4
< $25 49
Not specified 34
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10 patient evaluations for St. John's Wort

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lazaras
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lazaras
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: All
function: Some
external_stress: Little
Stickman: most
Description:M53y
FM:10y Dx
CFS:8y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See lazaras's full St. John's Wort history

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
ITalkToTheWind
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ITalkToTheWind
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 0
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Moderate
25 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
Borderline Personality

See ITalkToTheWind's full St. John's Wort history

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
Koendv
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Koendv
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: none
Arms: severe
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
PMA

See Koendv's full St. John's Wort history

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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