HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Physicians present most comprehensive clinical review of St. John's wort for treating depression

DURHAM, N.C. Post-holiday blues and a bitter winter season for much of the nation could send many people to the bottle this year the bottle of St. John's wort, that is.

Although this readily available and increasingly popular herbal supplement appears promising in treating depression, many questions remain about its safety and effectiveness, researchers say.

That is why physicians at Duke University Medical Center have compiled the most comprehensive analysis to date concerning the safety and efficacy of St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum). The updated findings appear in the January 2001 issue of Public Health Nutrition, and researchers say they are based upon a rigorous, systematic review of all previous studies of St. John's wort as a treatment for major depressive disorder. "Studies done in the past two years have produced a lot of new information about St. John's wort," says Dr. Murali Doraiswamy, director of psychiatry clinical trials at Duke and senior author of the review. "Our review provides one location in which to reference all findings to date, and includes recommendations that should prove useful to health care providers and the public." Overall, studies show St. John's wort to be a promising drug for treating depression. But Doraiswamy says research shows a need for caution, especially for patients on certain medications including tetracycline, cyclosporin, protease inhibitors, digoxin, warfarin, some oral birth control medications and those used for asthma. He says there is some evidence that St. John's wort may induce certain enzymes in the liver to process those types of medications faster than usual, resulting in lower effective doses of those drugs in the body.

A number of studies are currently under way to determine the long-term effectiveness of St. John's wort, including a large NIH-funded study at Duke. Results of that study are expected later this year.

"The herbal supplement St. John's wort appears to
'"/>

Contact: Tracey Koepke
koepk002@mc.duke.edu
919-684-4148
Duke University Medical Center
8-Jan-2001


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Physicians have seen a rise in the number of infants suffering from rickets
2. Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons receives $2.4 Million grant from Howard Hughes Medical Institute
3. Physicians who acknowledge abuse and confirm patients worth are most helpful
4. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Physicians And Scientists Present Findings At Annual Meeting Of The Pediatric Academic Societies
5. Wake Forest Physicians Demonstrate How Gene-Diet Interaction Affects Cholesterol Absorption
6. Womens Shame Stalls Abuse Disclosure To Physicians
7. Survey Shows Students Turning To Physicians Less As Drug Abuse Increases
8. Robots, Virtual Reality & Other "Smart" Tools Soon Will Help Physicians Heal Patients
9. DFG presents the 2004 MAK and BAT value lists
10. Presidential Recognition Awards presented at the 2004 AIUM Annual Convention
11. National study shows dog and cat allergens are universally present in U.S. homes

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:10/29/2019)... ... October 29, 2019 , ... ... for biopharmaceutical R&D, today announced that Octapharma, one of the world’s largest ... support the development and manufacturing of therapeutic proteins addressing severe diseases in ...
(Date:10/26/2019)... ... October 23, 2019 , ... Medrio is pleased to announce ... leadership team. , As a market leader in solutions for EDC, Direct Data ... to reduce timelines and improve quality with real-time data capture. In her ...
(Date:10/26/2019)... N.J. (PRWEB) , ... October ... ... global provider of advanced delivery technologies, development, and manufacturing solutions for drugs, ... two presentations during the “Manufacturing and Bioprocessing Track” at the forthcoming American ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/30/2019)... ... October 30, 2019 , ... ... showcase the many roles innovation and technology play in educating the next generation ... featured hands-on learning opportunities and presentations by WesternU administrators and representatives of companies ...
(Date:10/29/2019)... ... October 29, 2019 , ... ... skin*. Using Silios CMS-C multispectral imagers , researchers identified people by the ... identification based on retinal imaging, face recognition, fingerprints and vasculature. , The ...
(Date:10/22/2019)... SOMERSET, N.J. (PRWEB) , ... October 22, 2019 , ... ... Director, Clinical Supply Services and Drug Product Technologies Integration, will participate in a panel ... Logistics Conference (HPCLC), to be held at the Gwen Hotel, Chicago, on Oct. 28-30, ...
(Date:10/17/2019)... PARK, Kan. (PRWEB) , ... October 15, 2019 ... ... to 23andMe, a leader among services that offer DNA Testing for health and/or ... so popular. Everywhere you look, it seems that people want to know more ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: