Sometimes to get out of a dark period there may be alternatives to psychiatric drugs. In fact, it is possible to cure depression without drugs thanks to this powerful natural ally. Let’s see together how we can do to improve our mood without contraindications.
St. John’s wort in history and folklore
We are talking about hypericum, also called St. John’s wort. This name derives from the fact that it grows spontaneously at the end of June, more or less on the 24th, the night dedicated to the saint. Because of the connection with this figure in popular tradition it is also nicknamed “scacciadiavoli”. The ancients used hypericum for medicinal and superstitious purposes. It was in fact hung on holy icons and placed under the cushions of those who wanted protection. Its antiseptic properties are still recognized today.
Treat depression without drugs thanks to this powerful natural ally
For some time, however, scientists have recognized its use as an antidepressant. The British research of the Journal of Psychopharmacology has in fact taken a sample of people in analysis by giving them this natural solution for 7 days. At the end of the study they showed positive effects on the participants. It seems that taking this natural product has the same effect as some mild anti-depressants and can lead to an improvement in the case of mild mood disorders. In fact, in Italy the maximum dose of hypericin present in herbal products that can be purchased without a prescription is around 21 grams. These are too few to be able to give the effects described above.
Like many other natural elements, hypericum can lead to contraindications especially when associated with medicinal therapies. In fact, it induces photosensitivity especially in subjects who already have a clear complexion of them. It also has an enzyme that inhibits the functioning of many medicines, including contraceptives and antiepileptics. So before taking it, it is always better to discuss with a doctor explaining your medical history.
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