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Has anyone ever taken "St John's Wort" or any other type of herbal/alternative remedy for depression?
October 30, 2006
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This is an extension of my previous thread about any "new" prescription meds.

Has anyone experienced any positive effects from non-prescription medications - like St. John's Wort - or maybe Vitamin B tablets?

Thanks in advance.

October 30, 2006
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Checked into the other thread and came here. I'd taken St. John's Wart for about a year and didn't feel better. I've been taking and are still taking a B complex everyday for at least 2 years and it hasn't helped either. That's why I'm going to the doctor for something better. But, it couldn't hurt to try it, everyone is different.

Good luck.
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October 30, 2006
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OH MY GOSH!!!! BE SO CAREFUL WITH ST. JOHNS WART IF YOU YOU ARE A WOMAN!!! YOU WILL GET PREGNANT CAUSE IT CAUSES BIRTH CONTROL TO NOT WORK!

October 30, 2006
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5HTP is the way to go

October 30, 2006
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I tried once for sometime St. John's Wort for depression and it did help. However, about 2 years ago, I saw on the news that they found out it had some side effects. So use your common sense.

Some fruits and vegetables are good as well.

~Ras~

October 31, 2006
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my x said that st john's wort actually made me worse...

I heard a ton of good about B-viti's but they didn't do me any good either...

Sigh...unfrotunately it is looking like most of the herbal stuff is crap...

then again, they are not regulated by the FDA so the manufactures don't even have to be truthful about the contents of the pills...

Go to a real doctor... Herbal "Medicine" is all about brainwashing and profit.

November 1, 2006
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Really go to a real doctor.

November 1, 2006
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I think you should use your own good judgment here, but, no, I do not agree that "most of the herbal stuff is crap", as mentioned above.

Herbs have been around for centuries, so have vitamins. prescription drugs have not, but there's a lot of money to be made by the drug companies. There is a whole movement going on in this society, in this world, that is anti-herbs, etc. and all these so-called scientific studies fueled often by the drug industry to discredit herbs. Please, view those studies with a touch of skepticism. It you look at many European drug products, many of them are herbs anyway and have been successfully used for decades. Side effects are less as well. Many herbs are very valuable and helpful, and I use them with success.

November 1, 2006
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St John's Wort also interacts w/ some high blood pressure meds. It put my mom in the hospital a few years ago.

November 1, 2006
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MoodPlus with SAM-e is something that works well for some people.

November 1, 2006
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St John's Wort is supposed to behave like a specific class of antidepressants. The thing is that there are a few classes of antidepressants and finding the right one is always trial and error.

I would try making dietary changes- tryptophan, omega 3s, and 5-HTP are all reported tohelp simply because they are all integral components in the actual manufacture of serotonin. If that doesn't help, you can go for the ST John's Wort.

I guess what you want to try depends on your personal values (as far as prescription meds etc) as well as how long you are willing to try to find relief.

November 1, 2006
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I have found relief from St. John's Wort. I take it in tea form for depression that is more the "sad, weepy, crying" kind rather than the "low energy can't get out of bed" kind.

Also, I have used some flower essences with success, depending on the situation. Many times, my "can't get out of bed" depression has to do with me feeling overwhelmed by responsibility... for that I take Elm (Bach flower essence) and for extreme grief Evening Primrose flower essence. Sometimes for feelings of low-self esteem/unworthiness I take crab apple essence.

I have not taken anything regularly... just to get me through the "rough spots"- so maybe this means my depression isn't "chronic?"

I have also taken kava kava for anxiety/anger (usually happens during PMS for me) with much relief as well.

good luck... i hope you find a program that works for you:)

November 1, 2006
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I have found the combination of calcium magnesium makes a difference in my anxiety levels... I can always tell if I forgot to take them... I am not a seller for rainbow light, but have done extensive searches on what brands are better than others... I can tell you the Rainbow Light Food Based Calcium has The calcium I need, the magnesium I need the D vitamin, and some mineral rich botanicals and it is easy on the stomach...

Always remember whatever suppliments you take must be eaten with food in order for it to digest... I do not use Rainbow Light for all my suppliments, but for my anxiety that is the brand that has most helped me.

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