I watched yet another news blurb today about herbal remedies. I view them with mixed emotions, a lot of the time they are either totally inaccurate or taken out of context. This one was well done and says exactly what I have been saying. Some herbs require specialist knowledge to be safe, many herbs can interact with prescription medications and you should always discuss any supplements you might want to take with your doctor.
St. John’s Wort: This is a very useful herb, but not one to be taken without some consideration. Severe depression and those with bipolar should not use it, but rely on whatever your doctor prescribes. The other problem is that it can interact with a lot of other medications. While today’s news report just mentioned heart medications quite rightly there are other significant interactions. Sedatives, antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs and anything that can cause drowsiness will interact.
Ginkgo Biloba: Those with memory problems, particularly if it is caused by dementia may find some help from this herb. Students like it, because it may improve thinking thus improving studying and the results of test taking. PMS, glaucoma and some problems for diabetics may also be improved.