HYPERICUM PERFORATUM Hypericaceae, balsam, St. John’s wort.
The word Perforatum comes from Latin, which translates the Greek “perforated”. The leaves are bright yellow-orange. The petals, usually yellow. When they turn to the light, they reveal translucent moments that give the impression of being perforated. These dots are not holes, but colored ethereal oils and resins. It contains hypericin and pseudo-hypericin, flavonoids (16% in leaves), xanthones, phenolic acids, ethylene oils (0.13% throughout the plant).
The walnut paper has occupied the therapeutics since antiquity. Galenos and Dioscurides report it as diuretic, healing, menstrual, haemostatic. Outdoors is used as an excellent healing agent for wounds and first degree burns. Hypericum, according to some assumptions, may be useful in the treatment of herpes simplex and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Dosage: in capsule form, a typical dosage is 300mg 3 times a day for titrated products in 0.3% hypericin. As a tincture (containing 0.2-0.3% hypericin), half a teaspoon of some water, to be drunk slowly over 10-15 minutes. Precautions: Hypericum may affect the liver by causing sensitivity to light. In some skins, it may cause a photosensitivity reaction and photodermatitis, which is manifested by skin irritations, including the mouth, nose and ears. It should not be exposed to light after use.
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