Seasonal changes, especially the transition from summer to fall and the fall to winter, can alter several functions of the organism.
This state of ill-being affects, to varying degrees, the quality of work life and social and family relationships in the people who suffer. A great state of fatigue, daytime sleepiness, sadness, lack of concentration, the taste of isolation, decreased libido, cravings for sweet foods which is difficult to control are the most commonly observed symptoms. Everything becomes gray, and the brain switches to “night”.
Why St. John’s Wort help against depression?
Melatonin, a hormone naturally produced by the pineal gland, promotes sleep and is involved in regulation of sleep. Melatonin secretion is decreased by light during the day and is increased by darkness at night.
Serotonin, dubbed as the hormone of happiness, is in turn affected by the decline. This hormone plays an important role in regulating mood, appetite (especially for sweets), and sleep.
The effects of Hypericum appear gradually. It takes three or four weeks to feel any visible effects.
The blues of fall are not due to biological reasons but due to psychological changes.
No Question of Falling Into Depression This Fall
St. John’s Wort is called the “plant of good mood” and is an effective antidepressant. Hypericin, hyperforin and adhyperforine are the active principles responsible for its modulatory action on serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine.
In many clinical studies, the researchers compared the efficacy of Hypericum to that of various synthetic antidepressants (Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil). The results confirm equivalent efficacy in treating mild to moderate depression, anxiety and nervous restlessness. Regarding the safety, St. John’s Wort is superior to synthetic drugs on the total incidence of side effects (it causes up to 71% less).
All medicines and medicinal plants contain contradictions and possible interactions. Before taking St. John’s Wort, make sure you check with your health care provider or your naturopath to see if the product is suitable for you and what is the recommended dosage for you.
Properly used, this herb can help you get through a season in full color rather in a dull mood.
In the end, it is advised that you avoid the sun if you take St. John’s Wort. Do not worry about photosensitization because the Wort is nonexistent as the doses are recommended in moderation for consumption.