2. St. John’s wort for depression-like symptoms
St. John’s wort comes from the hypericum perforatum plant. While indigenous to portions of Asia and Europe, it grows in all temperate regions today. In certain areas, it is regarded as a weed. Its track record in the world of natural medicine dates back to ancient Greece.
St. John’s Wort contains hypericin and hyperforin. When people speak about St. John’s wort, they usually do so in the context of its anti-depressant properties. Hypericin is known to treat depression by affecting the levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin in the body. This is what an antidepressant does. Often, St. John’s wort is prescribed as a mild antidepressant in lieu of conventional drugs.
Some of the symptoms of menopause are similar to those of depression: Insomnia, loss of appetite, mood swings and irritability characterize both conditions. That is why St. John’s wort can be effective in treating menopausal symptoms.
Consult your doctor before using St. John’s wort, as it does have side effects such as dizziness, nausea, anxiety and aggression. It can also interact negatively with other medications, especially pharmaceutical antidepressants and anxiety treatments.