St Johns Wort

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Some people may use St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) to treat depression or other problems. This naturally occurring substance is thought to treat symptoms of depression and other conditions by increasing the amount of serotonin in the brain (which is also how antidepressant medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors -- SSRIs -- work). More research is necessary to definitively confirm the effectiveness of St. John's wort for depression and other conditions. The supplement may not be right for everyone, such as people who have Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, or women who are pregnant or nursing. Although St. John's wort is a natural product, side effects are possible and may include diarrhea, insomnia, and nausea.
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