traditionally used as a muscle relaxant to relieve menstrual problems, as a mild tranquilizer and as a treatment for depression and insomnia.
A bushy perennial plant with yellow flowers. It is native to many parts of the world, including Europe and the United States. Over 50 ingredients have been identified in St. John's wort, but the most prominent components are hypericin and pseudohypericin. St. John's wort provides dietary support for positive mood balance and may help support general well being.
An herb (Hypericum perforatum). St. John's Wort is an aromatic perennial herb which has been used for centuries for a wide variety of conditions. The plant's active compound, hypericin, has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory activity. Hypericin has also been shown to have monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibiting activity, mimicking the action of antidepressant agents.