St. John’s Wort is a Remedy for Over Eighty Diseases

St. John’s Wort has sedative, antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, vasodilator and healing properties. But the most popular therapeutic property of this plant is the antidepressant. Impressive amount of St. John’s worts are used annually for making medicines that treat the most common diseases worldwide: depression, heart disease, insomnia, hypertension, obesity and the tendency to gain weight. Herbalists in Europe, USA, China and Japan consider however, that both internally and externally, St. John’s wort possesses healing virtues for well over eighty conditions, from liver and the stomach diseases, to conditions of the respiratory system. St. John’s wort is a real pharmacy. The composition of the plant has over fifteen active compounds, such as valeric acid, saponins, choline, rutin, volatile oil, and galactose. These substances confer the plant many therapeutic qualities.
7lovejohnson-st-johns-wortSt. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a plant that grows spontaneously in temperate zones, from sub-mountain regions to plains. It is a perennial (its root hibernate in winter, and at spring a new plant is born from it), rising to a meter tall, but most commonly with a height of 40-50 centimeters. Its yellow flowers and reddish-rust pointed leaves make St. John’s wort is unmistakable. Its bloomed tips have the strongest therapeutic effects, as they contain several substances which, when macerated in water or alcohol, give these liquids a very characteristic reddish color.
Combats depression and sleep disorders
Treatments with St. John’s wort infusions and tinctures are effective in nervous system diseases due the antidepressant and sedative effect of the hyperforin, a substance present in the plant’s composition. Infusions (two cups per day consumed within two to three months) work very well on people with depression. The effects can be seen after the first three weeks of treatment.
St. John’s wort tincture combats fatigue, insomnia, restless sleep and sleepwalking. It is taken 15 drops per day, diluted in tea or water, three times daily. The treatment with St. John’s Wort tincture lasts a minimum of 21 days and works for four types of depression: reactive depression caused by unpleasant events, biological depression (sometimes inherited), mental depression caused by loss of contact with reality, and winter depression specific to cold seasons, when natural light is reduced in duration and intensity.
Prevents emotional weight gain
The therapy to combat emotional weight gain fund seeks losing the extra kilos accumulated due to unpleasant events or problems with a stressful career. In this case, it a combined infusion of St. John’s wort is recommended. It is prepared from a liter of water, in which in four tablespoons of plant are soaked. After eight hours, the preparation is filtered off and set aside. The plant left after the filtration is boiled in half a liter of water for five minutes and strained after cooled. Finally, the two extracts are mixed and a cup of the obtained infusion is consumed 30 minutes before the main meal. The treatment should be followed for four weeks, and repeated after a one month break.
It is the ally of the digestive system
The antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and astringent effects of the St. John’s wort infusion and tincture are also helpful in liver disease (acute and chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, ascites, hepatic cell degeneration, biliary dyskinesia). Take ten drops three times a day for 21 days. The tincture treatment must also include the every day consumption of St. John’s wort tea, an infusion foot bath in the evening and a general infusion bath weekly. St. John’s wort also combats hyperacidity gastritis, gastric and duodenal ulcers, stomach cramps, intestinal worms and the lack of appetite. In such conditions it is recommended drinking St. John’swort tea three times a day.
Treats cardiovascular diseases
St. John’s wort therapy has proven very effective in cardiovascular diseases (hypertension, heart and circulatory failure) and arthritis obliterans, varicose veins and varicose ulcers. Drink half a cup of St. John’swort tea three times a day, for one month.
It also has contraindications
The most important contraindication to the use of St. John’s wort preparations address patients using synthetic drugs for depression, insomnia, anxiety, epilepsy and against HIV. St. John’s wort allergy manifests as stomach pain and skin rash. At the beginning of a St. John’s wort therapy, these patients should only use a tenth of the normal dose and gradually increase the quantity, as recommended by a specialist. In addition, there are other side effects such as excessive sensitivity to sunlight. Therefore, individuals taking St. John’s wort should not be exposed to the sun. Prolonged exposure to the sun during or immediately after a treatment with St John’s wort is dangerous, as it can cause photoderma, manifested by redness, itching, skin swelling, and eyelids and lips swelling.
The recipe for St. John’s wort syrup, a tonic for the nervous system, and a cure for regulating bile secretion is prepared from the following: 250 ml of concentrated infusion (obtained from two tablespoons of flower left to macerate in 250 ml of boiling water for ten minutes) and sugar syrup (prepared from 400 g of sugar and 250 ml of water). The syrup is used for a week (a spoon four times a day).
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