St. John's Wort is a short, yellow-flowering, wild-growing plant. It has a 2,400 year history of safe and effective usage in folk, herbal, and ancient medicine. The plant blooms around June 24th in Germany, the traditional birthday of St. John. When rubbed, the plant releases a red pigment, containing the active ingredient HYPERICIN, which is said to symbolize the blood spilled by St. John the Baptist when he was beheaded. It is so popular in Germany that American researchers are finally taking notice.
Currently St. John's Wort is the most extensively researched and used antidepressant known. In Germany, more than fifty percent of depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders are treated with this herb, compared to only two percent with Prozac.
Because it is classified as a food product (dietary supplement) St. John's Wort is available without a prescription at a much lower price than prescription drugs. In a recent study involving 3,250 depressed patients, only 2.4 percent experienced side effects. Those included restlessness, gastrointestinal irritations and mild allergic reactions; compared to prescription antidepressants which have produced insomnia, weight loss and sexual disfunction.
More and more therapists are recommending this herb to treat mild depression. The recommended dose for mild to moderate depression is 300mg of extract containing 0.3 percent HYPERICIN, taken three times a day. I personally take one 300mg pill about an hour before bed. I could not tell you how much a child or adult should take for Night Terrors. Do not mix with other anti-depressants without consulting your doctor. Do not use if you are pregnant or lactating. May cause sensitivity to light.