June 2001 Issue
St. Johns Wort Disappoints, But Hope Lives
Can the popular herb St. Johnís wort (hypericum perforatum) ease symptoms of depression? Not according to a major new study. In this most recent study, reported in the April 18 Journal of the American Medical Association, investigators followed 167 adults diagnosed with a "moderate" level of the condition known as major depressive disorder that had lasted at least four weeks. Half the participants took 900 milligrams daily (divided into three doses) of standardized SJW. If symptoms did not improve after
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