Lana Farson, M.S., L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist

St. Johns Wort treats depression and more…

St. John’s Wort extract is effective as an anti-deprSt. John's Wortessant in the management of mood disorders.  The herb is called ‘Guan Ye Lian Qiao’ in Chinese.  However, because St. John’s has an important side effect of increased photosensitivity, it may be best to consider it as a winter time remedy.

See research on the treatment of depression with St. John’s here.

St. John’s Wort is also potentially effective against MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and other infections.  In addition to using western remedies, St. John’s Wort can be used externally as a skin soak at the location of the infection.   This is because St. John’s Wort works as an ‘anti-toxin’ remedy for infection.  For skin flares, I like to make a tea with St. John’s Wort and soak the area in the liquid and/or make a compress with herbs.  If the infection is not broken open, I like to use St. John’s Wort Oil externally on the skin.  For links to research on the ability of these herb to treat MRSA, see related post here.

Note of Caution:

Internal use of St. John’s Wort can alter the metabolism of pharmaceuticals (like the BCP) that you might be taking concurrently, so in that regard it is safer to use externally rather than consuming it internally.  Speak with your acupuncturist, herbalist or other health care practitioner before beginning internal use of St. John’s Wort to be certain it is right for you.


  1. […] Of the great many herbal botanicals that act like antibiotics, two herbs in particular currently show a promising ability to treat antibiotic resistant staph infections like MRSA.  These two herbs are Tumeric (Curcuma) and St. John’s Wort (Hypericum).   These medicinals can be used internally or externally as a skin soak.  Tumeric, a common cooking ingredient especially in Indian food, stains the skin bright orange and is probably best used internally.  St. John’s Wort is very well known for its ability to treat depression.  See related post here. […]

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