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What is St. John's Wort?


St. John's wort has been used in alternative medicine as a likely effective aid in treating mild to moderate depression and related symptoms such as anxiety or insomnia.


St. John's wort has been used in alternative medicine as a possibly effective aid in treating somatization disorder, or hot flashes caused by menopause. Topical forms of St. John's wort have been possibly effective in healing skin wounds, or treating skin irritation caused by psoriasis.


Many drugs can interact with St. John's wort, and serious drug interactions can occur when certain medicines are used at the same time. Do not take St. John's wort without medical advice if you regularly use other medicines. Avoid exposure to sunlight while taking St. John's wort. This product can make you sunburn more easily.


It is not certain whether St. John's wort is effective in treating any medical condition. Medicinal use of this product has not been approved by the FDA. St. John's wort should not be used in place of medication prescribed for you by your doctor. Always ask your doctor before taking St John's Wort! Can cause harm to unborn child and could affect fertility. It also passes through breast milk while nursing. It is possibly safe for children from ages 6 to 17 when taken for up to 8 weeks. Please contact your doctor at first sign of any reaction.

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