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Rikki Norton Introduction to Nutrition November 17, 2010 St. John’s Wort Summary and Personal Conclusion: St. John’s Wort was first used for medicinal purposes in ancient Greece; it has yellow  flowers which are used to make teas, tablets, and capsules. The main claims St. John’s Wort  has it that it treats mental disorders, nerve pain, treatment or sedative for malaria, it heals  wounds, depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders. The conditions for which it is mostly used  today are depression, anxiety, tiredness, loss of appetite, and sleeplessness. St. John’s Wort  has some other common names which include: hypericum, Klamath weed, and goatweed. The  key ingredient that helps with depression that is located within the St. John’s Wort plant is the  chemical Hyperforin.  The scientific evidence behind St. John’s Wort has proved to be a short term treatment  for mild to moderate depression however; it very rarely affects severe depression. Early studies  show that it actually helped with nerve pain, however to prove the face more research would 
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