St. John's Wort Indications
I have taken a multi vitamin along with st john's wort for about a month. I started to feel better and contain my anxiety and OCD thoughts within 3 weeks. I attribute much of that to prayer as well and therapy, although I don't discount this either. I opted for a natural remedy rather than traditional meds prescribed by my doctor. When I read the brochure of possible side effects I said nevermind I'll find another option. My question is how long can (or should) you take st john's wort? I have been taking it as prescribed, once/three times a day. Thanks in advance for your answer.
Reply from Sound-Mind.org
Thank you for your inquiry on St. John's Wort. According to Dr. Hyla Cass, the average dose is 300mg two/three times a day. According to her indications, you must allow one to several weeks for the full effects of this herb to occur. How long you should actually be on this dose, I would assume depends on you and how much progress you are making with your therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or even psychotherapy with your therapist. It's important to remember that these supplements are meant to help boost your brain chemicals and it's your job to maintain them through proper cognitive-behavioral methods.
I would highly encourage you to keep up with your self-help methods, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and to discontinue the St. John's Wort when you feel you will be able to maintain a healthy mindset. As with medication, and herbs, they can only help so much. If you don't do the work to get better (such as therapy), then you are most likely to relapse once you come off the St. John's Wort. I would definately recommend working with a therapist or with your doctor as to how long would be right for you. Below are some great articles - I hope they provide you with a better understanding about what you should personally do for yourself.
St. John's Wort Indications by Dr. Hyla Cass
St. John's Wort: Nature's Blues Buster
Excellent Article: St John’s Wort for Depression - A Systematic Review by Barak Gaster, MD; John Holroyd, MD
St Johns Wort for Depression and Anxiety
I hope this helps! Please continue to keep us advised to your success. It is encouraging for others to hear about your experience. Thanks again for posting!