- An estimated 18 million Americans suffer from depression at some point in their lives
- Studies show that St. John's wort is as effective as prescription antidepressants (50 to 80 percent of patients show improvement) -- but without their negative side effects
- In Germany, St. John's wort outsells Prozac by 4 to 1
Increasing numbers of people have been p ascribed antidepressant medications such as Prozac, yet these synthetic drugs, In addition to being costly, frequently have side effects that can make long-term use problematical. Now consumer's attentions are turning to St. John's wort, an he that scientists have confirmed as being quite effective in treating several types of depressive disorders. It has the advantages that it is available without a prescription, is less expensive, does not cause drowsiness, and does not prevent dreaming.
St. John's Wort: Nature's Blues Buster is a detailed and thorough yet highly readable presentation of the health benefits of St. John's wort. Dr. Hyla Cass presents historical research on the herb, real-life anecdotes from people have taken it, and her own clinical experience with it, and shows how St. John's wort works to provide relief for a variety of depressive conditions, to fight off disease, to cure insomnia, and even to treat PMS and menstrual cramps. Making a strong, persuasive argument in favor of St. John's wort, Dr. Cass covers the general topic of antidepressant medications, and gives specific practical details on the appropriate use of the herb, including Correct dosages and administration, referral with a physician, andgetting important feedback from others.
Dr. Cass also profiles the type of people who can benefit most from taking St. John's wort and describes other natural approaches to mental health, including tips or, nutrition and lifestyle that can increase the effectiveness of the herb.
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