St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Hypericum perforatum

Traditionally, St John’s wort was used primarily to treat the nervous system including anxiety and depression, disorders of the spine such as neuralgia, sciatica and wounds where nerves are involved. It has been extensively clinically trialled and found to be more efficacious than placebo in the treatment of mild to moderate depression.


  • Nervine and Nervous System trophorestorative
  • Antidepressant
  • Thymoleptic
  • Sedative
  • Antiviral
  • Healing and vulnerary externally


  • Somatoform disorders
  • Depression
  • Seasonal affective disorder
  • Generalised anxiety disorder, anxiety, stress
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Premenstrual tension (PMS)
  • Herpes (orofacial and genital), shingles, glandular fever, chicken pox, cytomegalovirus, Epstein-Barr virus infections.
  • Mood enhancer

Caution should be taken and advice your naturopath or herbalist before taking St John’s wort since it interacts with orthodox medication including the oral contraceptive pill.

Hypericum comes from the Greek word “hyperikon” which is broken down into hyper (υπέρ), meaning “over” and eikon (εικόνα, εμφάνιση), meaning “image” or “apparition” a reference to the belief that Hypericum disseminates evil spirits.

The early Christians named St John’s wort after John the Baptist because the herb will usually flower on or before the 24th of June which is his name day. Another spiritual significance is that St John’s day is when daylight is the longest in Europe, St John is the bringer of Light and St John’s wort treats depression if we consider depression as black.


About Naturopathy by Savvas Ioannides
Savvas Ioannides is a Naturopathic, Herbal and GAPS Diet practitioner who studied at Nature Care College in Sydney. Savvas uses holistic and natural therapies including Herbal remedies and Nutrition to boost your vitality and help you achieve optimum levels of health.

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