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St John's wort

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St John's Wort - BluePages

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St John’s wort as a depression treatment

St John’s wort (hypericum perforatum) is a perennial herb with a yellow flower that has been used to treat nervous conditions since ancient Greek times.

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Herbal and dietary supplements

The use of herbal medicines is common. Herbal medicine is defined as a plant-derived product used for medicinal and health purposes; commonly used herbal supplements include echinacea, garlic, ginseng, ginkgo biloba, St John’s wort and valerian.

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Complementary Therapies and mental illness.

What are complementary therapies? These are ways of helping yourself stay healthy which complement medical treatment. While these can be useful, care needs to be taken, especially when you have a mental illness. Some people use them instead of medical treatment or without consulting their doctor – this can be dangerous as substances used in ‘natural’ therapy are not required to undergo the same rigorous tests for safety as prescribed medications. The term ‘natural’ is also misleading, as most prescribed medications are actually derived from natural substances too.

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Natural therapies and supplements | Jean Hailes

What is natural therapy, complementary therapy, complementary medicine and alternative therapy? Do they mean the same thing? Every culture throughout the world has at some point used healing plants as the basis for its medicines and many have used

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Treatments for depression

A large number of different treatments are available for depression and new treatments (particularly medications) regularly appear.

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