You Should Know

January 2017 Issue

Update: St. John's Wort and Depression

This herb may help depression, but it can have potentially serious side effects.

The herb St. Johnís wort has a 2,000-year tradition of use for depression, pain, and insomnia. It started to become popular in the late 1990s, when studies showed the herb worked as well as antidepressants (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs) at treating mild-to-moderate depression. St. Johnís wort also had fewer of the typical side effects seen with SSRIs.

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