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Anyone ever take Ginko Biloba or Saint Johns Wort?

Posted by on Sep. 7, 2009 at 3:39 PM
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I am pretty sure I have a mild case of depression. I wanted to try a natural remedy first and both of the above are listed as natural remedies for mild cases. Any info is appreciated no matter what reason you took it for.

 




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by on Sep. 7, 2009 at 3:57 PM


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by on Sep. 7, 2009 at 5:08 PM

 ha. thats funny bc i just started taking both recently!! The saint johns wort has seemed to help my depression. ive suffered for 10 years now and have a big problem with perscription drugs so i finally decided to give it a try. Seems to work!!

Ive never knew the Ginko Biloba helped depression as well. I started taking it for sexual problems and poor circulation...havent taken it long enough to know if its going to help.

I would say try them out. Good Luck mama.

Kim139
by on Sep. 7, 2009 at 5:19 PM

wow, I didnt know that ginko biloba helps with depression and sexual problems, I will have to check that out, thanks... I thought the ginko was only for memory. Thanks again for mentioning it!

momto2boys973
by Member on Sep. 7, 2009 at 5:49 PM

Although I'm all for natural remedies, don't think that they are safer than medication. Many people have this misconception, but remember two important things. First, natural doesn't mean harmless. Many of the compounds that are dangerous to us come from nature, many poisons are 100% natural. Second, medicines that are sold as "natural" don't go through FDA approval. Some people may actually think this is better, but the reality is that they haven't been tested to see their side effects, and their toxicity levels.

Having said that, St. John's Wort can have severe interactions with other drugs and herbal supplements. It's really a MAOI (monoamine oxidase inhibitor) which is a group of anti-depressants that are actually not commonly used today because of the severe and many interactions they have with other medicines and even certain foods. It can also raise blood pressure. As I said, being natural doesn't make it safe. So if you're gonna start using it, you still have to consult a doctor on the dosage and all the medications and herbal remedies you're taking. St. John's worth interacts with hormonal contraceptives and certain anti-acid meds like Omeprazol (Losec or Prilosec), for example.

Sharon

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by on Sep. 7, 2009 at 8:57 PM


Quoting momto2boys973:

Although I'm all for natural remedies, don't think that they are safer than medication. Many people have this misconception, but remember two important things. First, natural doesn't mean harmless. Many of the compounds that are dangerous to us come from nature, many poisons are 100% natural. Second, medicines that are sold as "natural" don't go through FDA approval. Some people may actually think this is better, but the reality is that they haven't been tested to see their side effects, and their toxicity levels.

Having said that, St. John's Wort can have severe interactions with other drugs and herbal supplements. It's really a MAOI (monoamine oxidase inhibitor) which is a group of anti-depressants that are actually not commonly used today because of the severe and many interactions they have with other medicines and even certain foods. It can also raise blood pressure. As I said, being natural doesn't make it safe. So if you're gonna start using it, you still have to consult a doctor on the dosage and all the medications and herbal remedies you're taking. St. John's worth interacts with hormonal contraceptives and certain anti-acid meds like Omeprazol (Losec or Prilosec), for example.

Sharon


Thanks for the info. I am not taking any BC or medications and as far as I know, my health is fine. I'll see what else I can find b/c I'm not big into taking medication anyways.

 




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momto2boys973
by Member on Sep. 7, 2009 at 9:10 PM

Not to sound a little Tom-cruisy but have you tried exercising? It does perk you up a bit and if your case is mild it may help snap you out. I've suffered depressions before- but MAJOR ones so I did medication- and to an extent exercising helped. It's hard to start and get going because of the depression itself but once you do it, it helps.

Sharon

farout
by on Sep. 7, 2009 at 10:06 PM

Hi  I take st john wort.6yrs ageo I was diagnosed with borderline bipolar went on med by doctor, then after awhile couldnt afford them so I turned to st johns worts seemed to help than after a yr I stoped, now as of lately I started them again b/c of the bipolar symtoms are back and strong. so I wanted to try them again before going back to a doctor. It is helping a great deal.

rayzensun
by on Sep. 7, 2009 at 10:08 PM

they are good, but nothing compared to the pharmaceutical grade meds...


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