St. John’s Wort as a tincture

Today is Day 13 on St. John’s Wort and, guess what?, I forgot to take it yesterday. Does that mean I should take two today? Hmmm …. maybe Dr. Eric could consult here. I remember a while ago when Eric was skeptical about “syndromes” (when I blogged about DHEA), so I imagine an herbal remedy won’t gibe with his western medicine sensibilities (though Seattle is geographically closer to Eastern medicine than we are here in Chapel Hill).
Anyway, I think I’ll just get back on schedule with one 300mg capsule at lunch. When friends have asked me how my experiment is going, I can only note feeling much better on all my runs. I haven’t felt that sluggish, slammed feeling in … let’s see now … about 13 days. Perhaps St. John’s Wort is restorative for muscles as well as the brain.
A quick google search revealed this for “st. john’s wort/restorative muscles:”

St. John’s Wort is also useful for other conditions. Many times with great success I have recommended St. John’s Wort oil or tincture for bed wetting, stiff arthritic joints, Bell’s palsy, and shingles and as a restorative for exhausted nervous systems. One man with painful muscles and joints applies the oil topically along his spine. Shortly thereafter, the pain is relieved and he is able to sleep. Another person has difficulty sleeping through the night. She takes St. John’s Wort tincture internally in conjunction with some other herbs. She now sleeps more soundly. Another elderly woman came to see me with such stiff hands that she could no longer play the piano. She massaged St. John’s Wort oil into her hands three times a day as well as taking another herb internally and within a short time she was playing the piano again.

I have been playing the piano again; a coincidence or side effect? :)

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3 thoughts on “St. John’s Wort as a tincture

  1. Eric

    Oh my goodness — I think this is how Dr Phil got started (. . . which puts you in the Oprah role).

    I think I’ve grown accustomed to the edges and limits of my point of view. I think “syndromes” are very useful and often legitimate, but I find it intellectually useful to recognize them as man-made constructs which have some limits. For example, essentially all psychiatric diagnoses in DSM IV are syndromic, but they are accepted (no one really thinks schizophrenia or bipolar disorder are non-real). Yet the specific definitions and criteria will change if the committee that writes it changes its mind for DSM V or VI. That is why it was news some decades ago when the authors decided to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders.

    I don’t have much of a problem with herbal and naturopathic and homeopathic approaches. But I try to be careful about telling people I can’t endorse something unless it has good (western scientific) data and/or FDA approval — because they pay me for expertise in western scientific medicine. But I tell folks I won’t hunt them down and beat them with a stick if they are taking herbals. I might do the same under some circumstances. My opinions get a little more edgy if someone tries to drop an important treatment that works (e.g. their insulin) in favor of something unproven.

    I think you “sound” wonderful, especially given it is January and it is hard to really be bubbly this time of year. Piano is therapeutic. Keep playing. I’ll eat a (few hundred) M&M’s and think of y’all. Yours, E

  2. Eric

    Wow — you’re good. But I maybe I should go find some ginseng or something for myself . . . I’ve got a cold (hence I am wearing a sweater and checking the web instead of running the trail ultra I was supposed to be running.)

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