St John's wort as good as antidepressant

FOR people with severe depression, taking an extract of St John’s wort is at least as effective as the prescription drug paroxetine, according to Meinhard Kieser’s team at Dr Willmar Schwabe Pharmaceuticals in Karlsruhe, Germany. Past studies have suggested the herb is no better than a placebo for severe depression. Kieser’s team took a different approach, excluding people who responded to a placebo after a few days. The remaining 251 volunteers took either an extract of St John’s wort or paroxetine for six weeks (British Medical Journal, DOI:
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