St. John’s Wort: Wilting in America
The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Volume 1, Number 1, January 2003
Daniel Carlat, MD
Dr. Carlat has disclosed that he has no significant relationships with or financial interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
America has not been kind to St. John’s Wort. In Europe, this flowering bush that blooms around June 24 (St. John’s Day), has been all the rage for about 2000 years. It was first mentioned by the Roman Pliny the Elder in the first century, and over the past two millennia it has been used for a variety of ills, including diarrhea, urinary problems, demonic exorcism, and more recently, for melancholia.