St John’s Wort and the blues

Christmas is over but winter is not. Like the weather, many people’s mood is dull. And like New Year debts, many people’s anxiety levels are high.

Depression and anxiety levels rise once the Christmas decorations come down. And the short days, dark mornings and afternoons and cold, damp weather compound these feelings. It’s even said that January 24th is the most depressing day of the year, thanks to the combined effects of poor weather, debts, time since Christmas and failed New Year resolutions.

Help is at hand however, with a natural supplement that addresses both anxiety and depression. St John’s Wort with Passion Flower combines the well-known and documented effective natural
anti-depressant with the calming properties of Passion Flower to relieve mild to moderate depression, anxiety and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) without the side-effects so often associated with prescription drugs.

A Winning Combination
It is thought that the synergistic behaviour of these two herbs in one supplement is more effective than if each was taken separately. The two key aspects that each treats mild depression and anxiety are interrelated: if you are mildly depressed you feel anxious and if you are anxious this can lead to mild depression. Conversely, if you manage your anxiety you will be less depressed and if you are less depressed your anxiety levels will fall. As mild depression and anxiety co-exist
in people, so do the herbs that can help in this St John’s Wort with Passion Flower supplement.

St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) has been recognised for some time to relieve the symptoms of depression and SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) by increasing the brain’s take up of serotonin and dopamine which are lacking in a depressed person. There are several studies that have shown that extract of St John’s Wort increases the uptake of serotonin, noradrenalin and dopamine in the cells of the brain. It is effective in treating mild to moderate depression and SAD symptoms.

Passion Flower is an herbal remedy from the Native American Passiflora incarnata L. plant. It works on physical and mental symptoms of stress, relaxes muscles and anxiety and is a safe natural
tranquilliser that is non-addictive.

“St John’s Wort has long been recognised to help counter depression but the emergence of this supplement with Passion Flower that simultaneously addresses anxiety is proving to be very effective,” says Jayney Goddard, President of The Complementary Medical Association who has a number of patients that have responded very well to this combined herbal supplement.

How Do I Take St Johns Wort with Passion Flower?
Take one tablet twice a day with a glass of water, cutting down to a maintenance dose of one a day when symptoms improve. People with a sensitive stomach are advised to take the tablet(s) with meals.

St John’s Wort with Passion Flower should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women. Anyone on prescription drugs should also check with their doctor before taking St John’s Wort with Passion Flower as it has some contraindications with certain drugs.

Clinical studies and further detailed information to support this release are available.

See also GoodnessDirect – St John’s Wort supplements

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