St John’s Wort – A Natural Remedy To Help With Anxiety

It is not unusual to feel anxious at some time in our lives.  However, if you suffer from more prolonged bouts of anxiety, or an anxiety disorder, it can lead to unpleasant side effects that can come and go without warning.

Recognising that anxiety is normal, but acknowledging that it can make you feel low and often physically unwell, is an important part of being able to move forward and take control of the common symptoms associated with feeling anxious.

Everyone experiences anxiety differently, but symptoms could include:

  • An increased heart rate
  • Tension in your muscles
  • Tingling in your hands and feet
  • Hyperventilating
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Feeling nauseous
  • Feeling like there is a tight band across your chest
  • Tension headaches
  • Hot flushes
  • Increased perspiration
  • Dry mouth
  • Shaking
  • Choking sensations
  • Palpitations

Many people don’t want to take prescription anti-anxiety medications as they worry about possible side-effects. Depending on a wide range of factors, prescription drugs could include anti-depressants such as SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) or tricyclic antidepressants; antiseizure drugs; beta-blockers, which are used to treat the physical symptoms of anxiety such as a rapid heartbeat or palpitations or tranquilisers, which tend to be prescribed for severe anxiety or depression.

Natural remedies for anxiety containing extracts from natural herbs such as St John’s Wort can help relieve symptoms of mild anxiety or depression, without resorting to prescribed drugs.

What Is St John’s Wort?

St John’s Wort is a herbal remedy for anxiety that has been used for hundreds of years to treat mental health problems such as stress and anxiety.  Many people find it useful an alternative to prescription medications, to help treat the symptoms of low to moderate depression, anxiety and associated sleep problems.

Hypericum Perforatum – to give St John’s Wort its correct botanical name – is a wild, yellow flower that is prolific in parts of North America.  It contains the ingredients hypericin and hyperforin, that have been used for centuries for their antidepressant properties.

How Can St John’s Wort Help With Mild Anxiety?

If you suffer from anxiety, tablets containing St John’s Wort offer a traditional herbal medicinal product that is used to relieve the symptoms of slightly low mood and mild anxiety. Research suggests that the herb increases the activity of brain chemicals such as serotonin and noradrenaline that are thought to play an important part in the regulation of moods.

A number of studies have proven that it can help individuals suffering from mild symptoms of depression or anxiety. When taken in accordance with the advice in the patient information leaflet found with every licensed product.

Should I Take St John’s Wort For My Anxiety Disorder?

Many people say they find St John’s wort useful in helping to manage the feelings of anxiety that can so quickly take over our lives.  In addition to helping people feel an improvement in their mood, many people feel that it can help them feel calmer and better able to cope with stressful situations such as a change of job or personal problems.

It typically takes 4 – 6 weeks or users to notice a difference, although some people report feeling a difference more quickly.

Diagnoses of mental health conditions are very common, approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.

If you feel that you are anxious on a regular basis, or if you have been diagnosed with severe depression or anxiety, you should consult your GP before taking St John’s Wort.

HRI Good Mood™ is a UK licensed THR herbal medicine (Licence Number THR 02231/0002) and is safe to take at the recommended dose providing the listed contraindications do not apply to you.  Always read the patient information leaflet to check for possible contraindications with any medication you are already taking. NB St John’s Wort is not recommended if you are taking the contraceptive pill or HRT as it can stop them working.

For many people, anxiety is transient and will pass as life improves, but exploring options of natural remedies that can help along the way could help you cope better.

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