ST. JOHN'S WORT (HYPERICUM PERFORATUM)Got the blues? St. John's Wort is an age-old remedy for depression and grief.
How Does This Ayurvedic Herb Supplement Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Got the blues? St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is an age-old remedy for depression and grief. It is also a strong liver stimulant and decongestant. For this reason, it is contraindicated when taking most pharmaceuticals, as it detoxes the pharmaceutical too quickly.
Hypericum is also a classic herb for bladder hypersensitivity.
Hypericin, an active ingredient in St John's Wort, is found concentrated in cancer cells 25-30 times that of other cells. The chemical makes cells photosensitive. Research is exploring the use of hypericin and UV light to selectively kill tumor cells.
SUGGESTED USE1 dropper full 2x/day or as directed by your practitioner.
How should I take my tincture?
Follow these guidelines
Biocharacteristics of St. John's Wort
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
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ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Bitter is disagreeable and stimulates rejection. It is a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine
people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
|Moves Energy: |Upward
Upward-moving substances (Urdvha Gati Marga) include anything stimulating or activating, or that move upward in the body.
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Mind Stress Sleep
Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of St. John's Wort
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Nerve Relaxant Grounding
Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.
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Herbs that help people suffering from anxiety or panic. They promote a state of calm and often improve sleep. Most anxiolytic herbs are also nervines.
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Balances the nervous system. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, and even chronic pain. Often they are aromatic in nature.
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A tonic herb restores function through strengthening tissue. This can happen through a combination of nourishing the tissue, and invigorating tissue metabolism. The tonic should not be withering, as in caffeine.
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An agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.
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Herbs that inhibit the development of viral infections. Antivirals also can be found in essential oils of some herbs, such as eucalyptus oil.
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An herb that literally calms the heart. These herbs are helpful in the treatment of anxiety, sadness, depression, or other emotional imbalances in the heart. Related to the Chinese Herbal Category 'calms spirit.'
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Herbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.
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Flavonoids are a colorful type of polyphenol. As all polyphenols, they have a strong antioxidant effect. Many flavonoids have an anti-inflammatory, and/or antiallergen effect.
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Foods with a Similar Nature to St. John's Wort
Chamomile has these Actions in Common
Analgesic, Blood-thinner, Vulnerary, Antispasmodic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Anxiolytic, Nervine
Garlic has these Actions in Common
Blood-thinner, Antiviral, Vulnerary, Antimicrobial, Anxiolytic, Antispasmodic
Rosemary has these Actions in Common
Antimicrobial, Brain-tonic, Antispasmodic, Nervine, Analgesic, Antiviral
Lavender has these Actions in Common
Analgesic, Nervine, Antispasmodic, Vulnerary, Anxiolytic
Poppy Seed has these Actions in Common
Analgesic, Calms-heart, Antispasmodic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Anxiolytic
Mint has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Nervine, Anxiolytic, Analgesic, Dopaminergic
Cloves has these Actions in Common
Antimicrobial, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Antispasmodic, Analgesic, Anxiolytic
Turmeric has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Analgesic, Blood-thinner, Antimicrobial, Vulnerary
Chocolate (Cacao) has these Actions in Common
Anxiolytic, Blood-thinner, Antispasmodic, Nervine
Hemp Seed has these Actions in Common
Analgesic, Tonic, Anxiolytic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding
Sorghum Flour has these Actions in Common
Antidepressant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Anxiolytic, Brain-tonic
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to St. John's Wort
Skullcap has these Actions in Common
Nerve-restorative, Analgesic, Nervine, Antidepressant, Tonic, Antispasmodic, Anxiolytic, Brain-tonic, Calms-heart, Nerve-relaxant-grounding
Motherwort has these Actions in Common
Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nervine, Vessel-tonic, Analgesic, Vulnerary, Antidepressant, Antispasmodic, Anxiolytic, Calms-heart, Dopaminergic
Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common
Tonic, Analgesic, Vulnerary, Antidepressant, Antispasmodic, Anxiolytic, Brain-tonic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nervine
Oats, Fresh Milky Seed
Oats, Fresh Milky Seed has these Actions in Common
Nerve-restorative, Nervine, Tonic, Vulnerary, Antispasmodic, Anxiolytic, Brain-tonic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding
Black Cohosh has these Actions in Common
Antidepressant, Antimicrobial, Antispasmodic, Anxiolytic, Dopaminergic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Tonic, Analgesic
Saraswatarishta- Nerve Tonic
Saraswatarishta- Nerve Tonic has these Actions in Common
Antidepressant, Anxiolytic, Brain-tonic, Calms-heart, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nervine, Tonic
Vata Shirodhara Oil
Vata Shirodhara Oil has these Actions in Common
Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nervine, Tonic, Analgesic, Antidepressant, Brain-tonic, Calms-heart
Lemon Balm has these Actions in Common
Brain-tonic, Dopaminergic, Nerve-restorative, Nervine, Antispasmodic, Antiviral, Anxiolytic
Bhringaraj has these Actions in Common
Antimicrobial, Calms-heart, Nervine, Tonic, Vessel-tonic, Vulnerary, Analgesic
Valerian has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Anxiolytic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nervine, Vulnerary, Analgesic
Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.
TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS
St. John's Wort may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any herb supplement for a condition is highly dependent on the individual.
Please see your doctor before using this herb supplement to treat a medical condition.
CONTRAINDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS
St. John's Wort may be harmful or contraindicated for these symptoms.
Please see your doctor before using this herb supplement to treat a medical condition.