Tip of The Week

ST JOHN’S WORT ( HYPERICUM PERFORATUM )

I often use herbal medication instead of conventional, because I have found there are less side affects.

Three years ago I contracted shingles it was vast from my back under my arm and across my chest. The pain was intense I had the antibiotics etc from the Doctor but 8 weeks after I was still in a lot of pain which the described as postherpetic neuralgia, in other words nerve pain. I was given pain killers which did not work, then anti convulsive drugs which made no difference then they prescribed anti depressants which made me feel spaced out but did help with the pain. I only took them for 5 or 6 days because I was really frightened I would become addicted. I decided I would look for some natural remedy so tried homeopathic medication but it did not work either, then I came across St John’s Wort which is herbal and often used for depression, I started taking 400g twice a day and after a few months cut it down to 400g which I took for a year, it made a big difference the pain was at least bearable. Even today I still have pain but it is not debilitating.

Like all herbal medication be careful if you are taking other meds.

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