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Hiperic tea against depression

by Dianna Leon

Although humanity is afflicted by many ailments, scientists, doctors and the popular are almost unanimous in affirming that the evil of the century is depression. Never before in history have so many people been unhappy with their lives and with the perspective of the world, with the direction of society and in addition to such high rates of suicide attempts – and those that actually happened. One should not generalize and apply a single cause for everyone’s depression, as each human being is unique and has its strengths and weaknesses, but a way can be found to help treat depression and alleviate symptoms, together with pharmaceutical drugs and psychiatric monitoring. Natural medicine is an excellent option in this case, as its side effects and contraindications are usually minimal. In addition to being used in the creation of homeopathic remedies and being indicated as a herbal medicine, in Germany hypericity is usually between eight and ten times more prescribed for the treatment of depression and mild or moderate dysthymia than Prozac (the most widely used pharmaceutical antidepressant worldwide) . Nationally, in some regions the plant is popularly known as St. John’s Wort, although other plants are also known by that name, which often generates some misunderstanding.

Benefits and indications

Hypericum is considered an anxiolytic, so it acts on melatonin and, consequently, improves sleep, being indicated for people who suffer from insomnia or restless sleep. Relieves and reduces anxiety, fatigue and stress, in addition to improving libido, increasing sexual desire. With so many benefits, the depressed person gains quality of life and confidence, treating their illness in the long term and significantly reducing their symptoms.

In addition, Hiperico is indicated to assist in the treatment of ulcers, infections and diseases caused by wide-range bacteria and viruses. It also acts as an accelerator of healing processes, being prescribed for inflammation and wounds.


The best known and most important properties of Hypericum are: antidepressant; antimicrobial; antiviral; antiulcerogenic; healing and soothing.

side effects

Because it is prescribed in small doses, reports of side effects are minimal. Erythema (the appearance of red spots) may occur in very light-skinned people who are exposed to the sun at times of higher incidence of ultraviolet rays – between 10 am and 4 pm.

What to expect?

It is a mistake to imagine that, by ingesting the hyperic, instantly all symptoms of depression or other illnesses will disappear or be cured. As with pharmaceutical and chemical medications, the results should start to appear around two weeks after the start of treatment, as this is the minimum period that the brain takes to assimilate the substances that try to impregnate it.

How to prepare?

Only a doctor responsible for your brain health should prescribe hypericum, regardless of your dose. Remember that even though it is natural, the treatment is medicated and requires follow-up and medical advice. After obtaining the medical prescription, heat half a liter of water together with a teaspoon of hypericum. Bring to a boil, then smother and wait until the temperature is pleasant for consumption. Strain and drink between one and two cups a day, as directed by your doctor.

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