St. John’s Wort | Health Benefits

St. John’s Wort

Anxiety, Depression, and Mood Swings
Studies suggest that St. John’s Wort has significant amounts of hyperforin and hypericin which may raise the release of neurotransmitters (dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin) that modulate brain signals between cells and play an important role in the optimal functionality of our nervous system. Hypericin in St. John’s Wort may also be capable of inhibiting a bodily chemical, monoamine oxidase, which is associated with anxiety and depression.
Sleep Regulation
Studies suggest that St. John’s Wort may be effective in treating numerous sleep disturbances including insomnia and hypersomnia.
Hangovers and Alcoholism
Researchers believe that the potent component of St. John’s Wort, hyperforin, may help treat hangovers and alcoholism.
Parkinson’s Disease
It is believed that a dopamine dysfunction is one of the causes of Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia. Some studies suggest that St. John’s Wort may raise the levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Studies also suggest that antioxidant activity of the herb may help with neural degeneration associated with the onset of Parkinson’s disease.
Sinus Congestion and Chronic Coughing
St. John’s Wort has antibiotic and antiviral activity that may help relieve phlegm congestion, sinus infection, flu and bronchitis symptoms.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Early studies suggest that St. John’s wort might help SAD. It appears to improve symptoms of anxiety, decreased sex drive, and sleep disturbances associated with SAD.