Hypericum Handbook: Nature's Antidepressant / Edition 1

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Overview

For more than 2,000 years, depressed patients have turned to a rangy yellow weed known as Hypericum, or St. John’s wort, to treat symptoms of unrelenting sadness. Ancient healers believed the herb to be so powerful that it not only vanquished depression but also could banish evil spirits forever.

Today, more and more people believe that the herb carries significant power—at least when it come to depression. Nature’s answer to Prozac has been attracting supporters around the globe as more and more scientists are finding that it works as well as certain antidepressants without the harmful side effects or the high cost.

This handbook provides essential guidance to navigating the uses of St. John’s wort. Within you will find the findings from both U.S. and British studies that support its efficacy treating depression, the different forms you can buy St. John’s wort in and their varying potencies, How to use St. John’s wort, how to deal with potential side-effects or drug interactions, how to grow your own, and other possible uses of St. John’s wort. This comprehensive handbook will provide you with all you need to make an educated decision regarding the alternative, natural treatment of your depression.

"...a text dedicated solely to `nature's antidepressant,' a subject that has been debated in the news lately...provides descriptive information on its functions and side effects, along with tips on how to grow it."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871318572
  • Publisher: M. Evans & Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: TRADE PBK.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 126
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol A. Turkington is the author of 25 books and scores of magazine articles on a range of health and psychological topics. She has worked as an editorial consultant to such clients as the American Red Cross. She is a former medical writer and editor for Duke University Medical Center.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1.Depression
2.What Is St. John’s Wort?
3.Can St. John’s Wort Help You?
4.Where to Buy St. John’s Wort
5.How to Use St. John’s Wort
6.Side Effects
7.Growing Your Own
8.Other Uses for St. John’s Wort
9.Finding an Alternative Health Care Provider
Appendices
1.Where to Buy Hypericum Extract
2.Seed Suppliers
3.Herbal Associations
4.Helpful Publications
5.Quiz: Are Your Depressed?
6.Drugs That Can Cause Depression
7.Recipes for St. John’s Wort Oil, Tea, and Tincture
8.Glossary
9.References

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