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Herb 'as effective as antidepressants'

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  • Ian Pitchford
    BBC NEWS ONLINE Thursday, 31 August, 2000, 23:54 GMT 00:54 UK Herb as effective as antidepressants The herb St John s wort is as effective as standard
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 1, 2000
      BBC NEWS ONLINE
      Thursday, 31 August, 2000, 23:54 GMT 00:54 UK
      Herb 'as effective as antidepressants'

      The herb St John's wort is as effective as standard antidepressant therapy,
      according to a major research trial.
      They found that an extract of the herb, known technically as Hypericum
      perforatum, was as effective at easing the symptoms of depression as the
      commonly used drug imipramine.

      Scientists from the University of Giessen in Germany, are recommending that the
      herb should be considered as a first line treatment for patients with mild to
      moderate depression.

      Britons spend around £5m a year on St John's wort and an estimated two million
      people have tried it.

      However, the use of the herb to treat depression has been controversial.

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