The most common adverse effects are gastrointestinal symptoms, dizziness/confusion, and tiredness/sedation. If you have a condition such as lupus or are taking medication that can cause photosensitivity (such as some acne medications), review the risks and benefits of taking St. John's wort with your doctor or pharmacist. Well, the way I hear it, old Dr. Kent had retired to practice in Montana and one day this basque sheepherder came into his office...) I have always tried my best to keep track of potential side-effects of herbs. It can be hard to tell from the inside. Schempp et al tested the immunomodulatory properties of topical preparations of hypericum and a synthesized constituent, hyperforin.16 They investigated the alloantigen function of human epidermal cells (EC) in vivo in a mixed EC lymphocyte reaction (MECLR). From what I've heard so far SSRI's have a lot of complicated side effects and can … Hello! While most photosensitizing meds react to UV (and sometimes also to blue light), St. John’s Wort — hypericum — photosensitizes to green light, right in the middle of the visual spectrum. I started taking St John's Wort around two years ago for Perimenopausal symptoms and restless leg syndrome. High altitude Intravenous administration of high-dose hypericin results in severe phototoxicity that precludes its clinical use. Tierarztl Prax 1989;17:257-261. It also helps cuts and external physical injuries in general. Low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) 13. Now I'm not one to believe new herbal scientific data until I see the experiment reproduced by other researchers (especially if they have different sources of funding). Some scientists became concerned, however, about an under-appreciated side effect of St. John’s wort. Photosensitivity and St.Johns wort Jay__0__0. Studies of sheep experimentally poisoned with Hypericum perforatum. "Leaf-tying by tortricid larvae as an adaptation for feeding on phototoxic Hypericum perforatum." To date, no reports on the photosensitizing capacity of topical application of St. John's wort are available. Photosensitivity rarely is reported in St. John’s wort clinical trials; however, pale patients who burn easily may not realize they burn more easily. 17. Well....what good's an herbalist without patience :) ......Certainly they are rewarded with extract of unequaled value (not found in Cheapside). 1. I figure the photosensitivity resulted from Two case reports of photoactivated toxicity with St. John’s wort have been reported. The founder is Peter Berg. From: Howie Brounstein do-WOP! Bernd et al attempted to estimate the potential risk of phototoxic skin damage with St. John’s wort by comparing the phototoxic agent psoralens to hypericin in cultivated human keratinocyte cultures.12 A concentration- and light-dependent decrease in DNA synthesis (determined by the incorporation rate of bromodeoxyuridine) was noted with very high hypericin concentrations (> 50 mcg/mL) combined with UVA or visible light (but not UVB) radiation. (540-610 nm). > Photoxicity of Hypericum in a small proportion of the (blonde) population has been clinically noted especially with topical application whether published or not. Antihistamines and antiinflammorty drugs may help in early cases. Rational Phytotherapy: A Physician’s Guide to Herbal Medicine. The medications omeprazole (Prilosec) and lansoprazole (Prevacid) may also increase the tendency of St. John's wort to cause photosensitivity. Staffeldt B, et al. > But in my eyes it seems to have an affinity for the nerves. Golsch S, et al. St. John's wort has become popular as a herbal medicine for its antidepressant effects. John’s wort is also associated with photosensitivity and skin rash. Many people use St. John's wort to help treat depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Based on animal and human experimental studies, Schulz et al estimates that it would take approximately 30-50 times the recommended dose of 900 mg/d of the standardized extract to produce severe phototoxic effects in humans.9 However, the Schulz book misstates the hypericin plasma level to be 50 mcg/mL rather than 50 ng/mL. Did you know that St John's wort can cause extreme photosensitivity in many people? JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL ECOLOGY, 1989 15(3):875-886.). Phase I studies of hypericin, the active compound in St. John’s wort, as an antiretroviral agent in HIV-infected adults. In the St. John’s wort group, there was a slight increase in SSI sensitivity (approximately 9%) and a larger increase to UVA light (approximately 21%). Thank you for the reply. He had been bombed every day for a decade and I hadn't noticed. Photosensitive reactions vary among individuals using St. John’s wort and are typically seen when large internal doses of the plant are used; however, it is generally suggested that anyone using St. John’s wort use caution in the sun (Hoffmann, 2003). Regular internal use of St. John’s wort in whole-plant form (tea or tincture) does not appear to cause photosensitivity. Interesting idea though...to increase effectiveness I presume. Stomach discomfort 15. I've also been experiencing excessive thirst no matter how much water I drink for the past 3 days. Photochem Photobiol 1999;69: This has been demonstrated in a randomized, placebo-controlled trial in which fair-skinned subjects who burned easily were given metered doses of hypericum extract (LI 160) and were exposed to UVA and UVB irradiation.4 Hypericin and pseudohypericin plasma concentrations also were monitored. Fatigue 8. He had had sun reactions before, so it is hard to speculate further. St. John's wort may affect fertility (your ability to have children). Michael, don't despair. By releasing bugs from afar, they strive to rid our pasture of this scourage from the old country. She later worked in the direct sunlight, and soon had second degree burns, complete with blisters, whevever the sunlight fell on the gel-treated skin. Did you know that St John's wort can cause extreme photosensitivity in many people? D. (he was a Pisces) St. John’s wort can also be used externally to help skin problems. But albino cows definately have a problem with St. John's Wort. Schempp et al reported the high-performance liquid chromatographic detection of hypericin and pseudohypericin in human serum after oral administration of the hypericum extract LI 160 in 12 healthy volunteers.11 After single-dose administration of 1,800 mg hypericum, the mean serum level of total hypericins was 43 mcg/mL. Minimal erythema dose was determined five, 20, and 68 hours after irradiation. Sometimes folks break into mimicking the words, "social, historical, ecological, and economic," just as I now see people mimick, "body, mind, spirit," and "physical, mental, psychological, spiritual, and social." Although it seems to be well-tolerated when taken alone, St. John's wort has been shown to cause important drug interactions with several medications by interfering with drug metabolism pathways. One doctor at the conference who treats a lot of AIDs patients said she had seen frequent cases of phototoxocity in dark skinned Puerto Ricans, especially with higher doses and long term administration. Cattle can eat some St. John’s Wort, but large amounts can cause photosensitivity and “hypericism,” a condition that could cause dehydration and death in the worst case, although weight loss (and thus lower market value) are more common. 40-43/56. Alternatively, an infusion in olive oil can also be used. Have someone who can help you gauge your illness objectively (ha) or at least tell you if you've fallen off the fence. New Scientist. I absolutely agree with you on the environmental impacts (and reduction in quality) that results from exotic and complicated herbal formulas. And if your out collecting this wort and happen to come across a semi-stagnant pond.....look closely....at the edge between sunlight and shadow..in an evenly balanced amoebiotic soup....a sort of thick pond slime floating freely. Burning or prickling sensation 4. St John's wort does appear to have a more favourable short‐term safety profile than do standard antidepressants, a factor that is likely to be important in patients continuing to take medication. St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a plant with yellow flowers that grows in the wild, whose medicinal uses were first recorded in ancient Greece 2).The flowering tops of St. John’s wort are used to prepare teas, tablets, and capsules containing concentrated extracts. However, with the more sensitive photometric measurement, an increase of the erythema index after treatment with hypericum oil could be detected. (I even, being from the Mission district in San Francisco, include in my mailing address-Isley Creek, Shasta Bioregion, USA.) Alternatively, an infusion in olive oil can also be used. I have heard timberers insist that allowing further cutting in the Headwaters area is "bioregional" because the cutting of redwoods in the Pacific Northwest has historically been the base of a number of local economies. 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