Latin name: Hypericum perforatum L.
Other names: Hypericum perforatum, Klamathweed
This plant has been used as an herbal remedy for its anti-inflammatory and healing properties since the Middle Ages. The plant has been used in traditional medicine as as a means of improving mood and diuretic, and for the treatment of stomach inflammation and insomnia. St. John’s wort also has been used to treat muscular spasms, cramps, and tension that results in muscular spasms.
Currently, this plant is also used in many ailments. St. John’s wort can help for treatment of mild to moderate depression. It’s about as effective as some prescription drugs.
The plant, especially its tiny yellow flowers, is high in hypericin (acts as an antidepressant and sedative) and other flavonoid compounds. Flavonoids, in general, serve to reduce vascular fragility and inflammation. Since flavonoids improve venous-wall integrity, St. John’s wort is useful in treating swollen veins.
St. John’s Wort is also used for other ailments: premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menopause, eczema, wounds, minor burns, haemorrhoids.
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Repair of blood vassels