St Johns wort

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Has anyone tried St JW for menopause symptoms?

Any good?

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    I tried it several years back to see if it would help lift my moods, wish it had done something but after a few months with no results, I stopped taking it. Doesn't mean it may not work for you, everyone is different. Worth a try.

     

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    Hi , I used a black cohosh & st John's worth combination from a high street health food store. But after a few months I had extreme pain on my abdomen and all sorts of problems. Ended up in A&E. I am not saying the pill caused it. But I stopped it immediately after reading the side effects inside the pill while I was wondering what has given me so much pain and I ended up in A&E first time in my life. I am.not sure if it is coincident but i feel better now. I feel one should be very careful using these so called herbal remedies. It may work for some and make others worse. I would suggest think twice even before taking any vitamins. All these have side effects if they are used when body does not really need it. I feel sad that we do not get enough support and advice from GPs that we end up trying all sort of things ourselves. Good luck everyone.

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    Hi there,  I have never taken it, I have heard it helps with depression and anxiety.  What I did that really helped me, was talked to a natral practioner.  She ordered blood work on me to find that I was low in B12, iron, progestrone and estrogen....all these things can make moods wonky.  I started taking the vitamins and that helped get rid of some symptoms, after I got that on track I am now doing a progestrone cream 15 day in cycle and that helps as well.  I am getting acupunture done all these things have helped me.  I wish it was as simple as taking one thing, but in perimenopause and menopause there are more than one symptom it seems.  I agree you should not take vitamins if you are not low or defcient in them, and the only way you will know that is to get blood taken.
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      I absolutely agree. That's what I exactly meant to say to all ladies. If possible get professional or expert advise before taking anything. Having said that I am taking B complex, magnesium, omega since I feel helpless & hopeless with my GP.

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    Yes, I took it, and it worked wonders on me to get back to work. It took away my palpitations and my anxiety. However, I only took it when I felt I needed it, not as an ongoing thing. I would take it for 2-3 days at a time until my symptoms would subside and no they didn't come back. It gave me energy and helped balance my focus such that I was able to go back to work. If you are on high blood pressure medicine you cannot take SJW. I was told by a nurse of DIM is good for balancing hormones, but I also tried Maca which is excellent for hot flushes. 

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    Thank you for all your comments.  I'm struggling with feeling low at the moment and with low energy.  Apart from the menopause I am struggling with a stressful situtation in my life.  I don't know if the menopause is making me less able to cope with my stress or it's the stress that is making me less able to cope with menopause!

    I did take STW many years ago for a short while and I think it did help then but my stomach is SO sensitive to everything.  Ive always had a delicate digestion so I'm so cautious about taking ANYTHING.  Maybe I will try just taking is as and when as you suggest Sochima.

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