Can St John’s Wort Really Cure Depression?

man sitting with his head low, in a dark room(BlackDoctor.org) — St John’s wort is a plant with yellow flowers that are used to make teas, tablets, and capsules that contain the concentrated extract. It is available over the counter and widely used by people to help treat depression, anxiety and sleep disorders.

Can I Use It To Treat My Depression?

I’ve had many patients ask me if they can stop taking their prescribed antidepressant medication and just start taking St Johns Wort instead?

My answer? No.

It’s important to remember that St John’s wort is not a proven therapy for depression – there is no concrete evidence that it is an effective treatment for major or severe depression. It’s important to keep in mind that if depression is not adequately treated, it can become severe.