St. John's Wort, Pro and Con

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The writer examines the opinions of St. John's Wort, a herb commonly used to treat depression, from the point of view of traditional medicine on the one hand, and alternative practitioners on the other. The writer reveals that several large clinical trials have been done in Europe where the herb is used frequently, but that such trials are only beginning in the U.S. The writer concludes that alternative practitioners have used the information available more effectively than traditional doctors. The paper is eight pages long and there are nine sources listed in the bibliography.