Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

Hypericum perforatum

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Historically St. John’s Wort has been used to treat enuresis (involuntary discharge of urine), nervous tension, anxiety, PMS, shingles, sciatica, and fibrositis. From as early as the 400’s B.C., the distinguished ancient herbalists, including Hippocrates, Galen, Pliny, Dioscorides and Theophrastus, all employed St. John’s Wort. In the 1400’s Swiss herbalist Paracelsus employed the plant to treat psychiatric disorders. Eclectic physicians in the 19th century prescribed St. John’s Wort for depression and hysteria.
Today St. John’s Wort is listed in the national pharmacopoeias of France, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Russia and Romania. It is widely available in pharmacies worldwide. St. John's wort is an ingredient in the traditional Russian soft drink, Baikal.
An oil extract made with olive or sunflower oil is used to treat wounds, burns, insect bites and many other external conditions. Native Americans used Hypericum for several conditions that tannin would be appropriate for and as a tea to treat tuberculosis. Testing shows it may be effective against tuberculosis

Hyperforin, the acylphloroglucinol derivative of Hypericum perforatum, commonly known as St.John’s wort, has recently gained attention of researchers as a United States Patent has been filed by Chatterjee, et al for use of Hyperforin and Hyperforin based extracts in the treatment of dementia (16). Although standardised extracts of Hypericum perforatum are used in the treatment of mild to moderate depression, but Chatterjee, et al. have developed a method for stabilization of Hyperforin, as it is a highly unstable compound (17). An international patent has also been filed by Dr.Willmar Schwabe for the use of pure Hyperforin and Hyperforin containing salts for treatment of dementia.