||The mechanism of
SJW's antidepressant effects is only partially known. Some in vitro studies demonstrated
monoamine oxidase inhibition , but only at concentrations unattainable in vivo.
Furthermore SJW is used extensively (66 million doses in 1994 in Germany) without reported
side effects. Other reported application include: Tissue healer and anti inflammatory, the
red oil of St John's Wort has appreciable benefit for the local treatment of wounds and
burns. The herb although it has been seen as Anti –depressive, but the combination of
actions has many applications to individual case. Menopausal depressions, headaches the
type accompanying overwork or pressure perhaps at the end of the day or even, when the
tension is suddenly let up at weekends. The plant has several useful applications to
conditions of digestive system, the combination of relaxant, astringent, analgesic,
antiseptic and healing properties makes it a good remedy taken orally for inflammatory
events of the gut wall and the visceral spasm and pain that often accompanies them.
Gastritis, enteritis (and accompanying diarrhoea), peptic ulceration are all indications.
SJW's has the reputation of opening obstructions and dissolving tumours. (refer to slide 24).