St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Definition:Used for wound healing during the Crusades, this herb has the ability to cleanse tissue and reduce inflammation, and has recently emerged as an effective antidepressant.
Applications:AIDS, after-birth pains, cancer, menstrual cramps, depression, viral infections, bacterial infections, sleep disorders and wounds.
Scientific Updates: In 1942, a compound called hypericin was isolated from St. John's wort and used as a natural antidepressant. It can also relieve pain and cause a mild sedating effect. It has been shown to be a more powerful antidepressant than placebo and many standard antidepressants.

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