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Hypericum perf. St John's Wort

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Hypericum perf. St John's Wort

Relief of restlessness, agitation

A.Vogel Hypericum perf. St John's Wort tincture’s advantage is its faster absorption into the body. It is a sedative used to treat symptoms of sleep disorders and to relieve agitation.

Benefits and features

  • As a sedative for the relief of restlessness and nervousness
  • To help treat symptoms of sleep disorders.
  • Sugar-, gluten- and lactose-free
  • Extracted from freshly harvested Hypericum perforatum
  • Organically grown
  • Fresh herb tincture

Alfred Vogel loved this herb. In line with his principles of ensuring a thriving, sustainable source, our gardeners’ painstaking research and organic cultivation identified a species of Hypericum rich in active agents and resistant to disease (such as the St. John’s Wort wilt) and so helped create the glorious fresh flower heads used to make our Hypericum tincture.

Ingredients

Tincture of organically grown fresh flower heads of St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum), extracted in alcohol (66% v/v).

Directions for use

Adults: 15 drops in a little water twice daily.

Chidren: This product is not recommended for children.

Before taking this product:

Please check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any prescribed medicines as Hypericum may affect the way they work.

Historical overview

Traditionally, St. John’s Wort was known as a panacea. In the Middle Ages, it was used to drive evil spirits away, to ward off witchcraft, as well as to heal sword wounds. Its antidepressant (see the information sheet on Hyperiforce®), antiviral, antibacterial and even antifungal virtues are well known. However, St. John’s Wort is also considered by many herbalists as a diuretic, anti-inflammatory (especially for neuralgia) and vulnerary. The herbalist David Hoffmann considers St. John’s Wort as a vulnerary for damaged nerves and recommends its internal use for anything related to the nervous system, from neuralgia to depression. The herbalist Nicolas Culpeper (17th Century) recommends St. John’s Wort for its aperitive, cleansing and diuretic properties. He suggests the use of a tincture of the flowers in spirit of wine against melancholy and madness.


Actions and pharmacology

The advantage of St. John’s Wort’s tincture, compared to the other preparations, is its easier dosage modulation and its faster absorption. Alcohol, a better solvent than water, allows for a more concentrated and more stable product.

The German Commission E acknowledges its benefits in cases of: psychovegetative disturbances, depressive moods, anxiety and nervous unrest. (3) (See the information sheet on Hyperiforce®)

Precautions, contraindications and interactions

Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Avoid taking in case of allergy to any of the ingredients in the product.

Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight, UV-light or UV-therapy.

Consult a healthcare practitioner if you experience sleep disturbances or if you are taking conventional medication, such as contraceptives, HIV-protease inhibitors, non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, immunosuppressants, anticoagulants, digoxin, theophylline, serotonergic antidepressants, migraine therapies, SSRIs and/or anti-epilepsy drugs.

If symptoms persist, consult a healthcare practitioner.

Do not use if security cap is broken. Keep out of the reach of children.


References

  1. Hoffmann D. The herbalist CD-Rom. Hopkins technology 1995. Hopkins, Minnesota USA.
  2. Culpeper N. The Complete Herbal. W. Foulsham & co. London, UK.
  3. The Complete German Commission E Monographs, Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Blumenthal M et al 1998. American Botanical Council, 6200 Manor Rd, Austin, Texas, 78723.
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