St John`s Wort, Hypericum perforatum
Parts used: Herb.
Constituents: Glycosides, Flavonoids, Volatile Oil, Tannins, Salicylate 30µg per mL.
Actions: Sedative, Anxiolytic, Antidepressant, Anti-inflammatory, Astringent, Antiviral (enveloped), Relaxant. Topically; Analgesic, Antiseptic.
Indications:
Depression, colds/flu, coughs, gastritis, peptic ulcer, diarrhoea, oesophagitis, anxiety, excitability, neuralgia including shingles, neuroses, sciatica, fibrositis, headaches, migraine, dysmenorrhoea, cold sores. Can be used for bedwetting, growth of H. pylori, depression +40 schisandra, 20 panax, 40 damiana.
Inhibits re-uptake of neurotransmitters ie serotonin and melatonin.
Topically: Wounds, burns, contusions, bruises, viral skin conditions, dermatitis, ulcers and bells palsy.
BHP specific, for depression associated with menopause (menopausal neurosis).
Herbal extract: 15-40mL per week.
Energetics: Cool, bitter, sweet, astringent, dry. Dosha: PK- V+.
Meridians: liver, lung, bladder.
Surgical concerns: Alters metabolism of other drugs such as cyclosporin (for transplant patients), warfarin, steroids, protease inhibitors; may interfere with many other drugs.
Recommendations: Discontinue at least 5 days before surgery.
Caution: May cause photosensitivity in some individuals, thus best to advise patients to stay out of the sun. Oral contraceptive and chemo drugs.