Also Known As:

St John's Wort


  • Mild to moderate depression
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Nerve pain eg. neuralgia, sciatica
  • Viral infections eg. shingles, cold sores


This herb is a traditional remedy for mild to moderate depression. It is commonly found in temperate countries and has been the subject of a large body of research.

How It Works

There is little doubt that Hypericum works by influencing the neurotransmitters in the brain. The substances responsible for this action are thought to be hypericin and hyperforin. However, it is widely accepted that the action of the herb cannot be assigned to a specific constituent but is rather the balanced effect of all the substances within the plant.
Hypericum has also been found to contain flavonoids which possess analgesic action in those suffering with nerve pain eg. neuralgia, shingles and sciatica.

Additional suggestion:

Please check with your Doctor or Pharmacist if you are taking any prescribed medicines as Hypericum (St John's Wort) may affect the way they work.