St. John's Wort as Effective as Proza...

St. John's Wort as Effective as Prozac, Study Says

There are 19 comments on the findingDulcinea story from Oct 10, 2008, titled St. John's Wort as Effective as Prozac, Study Says. In it, findingDulcinea reports that:

Scientists say they have confirmed that the herbal extract is a viable alternative to prescription drugs in treating depression.

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Lenni, PA

#1 Oct 10, 2008
Amazing. For so long people have said SJW does nothing. But Prozac also does nothing. So which one does slightly more than nothing?

I took SJW for a few weeks about 5 years ago. All I remember is that it gave me nightmares the first couple of nights (says it might on the label) and was very expensive.

But if I ever get down again I might try it!

“God loves to heal people”

Since: Nov 07

Harrogate, UK

#2 Oct 10, 2008
It cost me one pound from Nettos.

Lenni, PA

#3 Oct 10, 2008
Insane. Won't believe it til there are a few more studies though. So many have said it does nothing
Careful observer

Lenni, PA

#4 Oct 10, 2008
If you're depressed, I really hope you get professional help before embarking on any sort of herbal blitz that could toy with your mind even more.

Lenni, PA

#5 Oct 10, 2008
Of course doctors said that St. John's Wort doesn't work or has "varying" results, they are in a business just like everyone else. If they say it works they lose millions of dollars, if I could pay ten dollars for SJW from my health food store, why would I pay 100 a month for medication that dopes me up?

Houston, TX

#6 Oct 10, 2008
does anyone know the history of sjw? does it have a reputation for treating depression in other cultures?

Lenni, PA

#7 Oct 10, 2008
Maybe there is a difference in the genetic make-up of Germans and Americans, so it works there but not here ?
Laffy Lipton

Lenni, PA

#8 Oct 10, 2008
This is just another example where science has confirmed what many people have suspected all along--that herbal and other folk remedies can be just as effective as modern medicines. Furthermore, I've always been suspicious of "Big Pharma" and often find that prescribed medicines do nothing for me, or have adverse effects.

Lenni, PA

#9 Oct 10, 2008
I've of people having really terrible side effects from St. John's. Anyone know anything about this? I also know two people who have become SERIOUSLY ill from herbal menopause medication. Who's monitoring this?

Lenni, PA

#10 Oct 10, 2008
I wonder why it is called wort?
Bob Boberson

Lenni, PA

#11 Oct 10, 2008
can someone please explain what a Wort is!!! And why do we want it?
St John

Lenni, PA

#12 Oct 10, 2008
Yet another reason why we should be skeptical about any name-brand drug. Too many people have too much riding on us all taking Prozac for most research, or even prescriptions, to be truly objective.

Laramie, WY

#13 Oct 10, 2008
Like medicines, I think herbal supplements should be used carefully. If St. John's Wort works for some people, that's great.

Lenni, PA

#14 Oct 10, 2008
I don't know about the side effects, but it seems that if people pursue herbal alternatives, it's far off better than prescription medication.

Lenni, PA

#15 Oct 10, 2008
I hope people who hear about how great SJW is will remember to talk to their doctors. It sounds like it has the potential to cause a lot of problems with other medications.

Lenni, PA

#16 Oct 10, 2008
The fact that Germans love David Hasselhoff means they are already a little off balance to begin with. Maybe that is why their results differ.
Jo Thomson

Wellington, New Zealand

#17 Oct 10, 2008
I have taken st johns wort tabs for many years now. It is totally effective to my needs. Without St Johns wort I would be more down then up. On it I remain even tempered and much calmer in day to day life.

West Linn, OR

#18 Oct 10, 2008
Pharmaceutical companies don't want you to see this. I bet there'll be a backlash of studies to discount this one.

Philadelphia, PA

#19 Oct 10, 2008
If FDA regulated supplements and required them to be approved like pharmaceuticals are now, I bet (a) St. John's Wort wouldn't be so inexpensive and (b) there'd be commercials about it all over tv.

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