Explore the health and wellbeing issues concerning St John's wort and surgery.
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Learn about St Johns Wort and Surgery Host: The cherry bright yellow flowers of St. Johns Wort have been used in folk medicine for centuries as a treatment for depression. Extracts of hypericum perforatum are now used in mainstream remedies to help people overcome the blues as an alternative to chemical anti-depressants. Seen as a noxious weed by some because of its toxic effect on life stock, care must taken when consuming this herb. In some countries you even made a prescription. Female: I stopped one day to get an herbal drink and I’ve drunk it and I felt a bit noxious after I had it. And I realized that it had dinky blueberry in it and there was another one there that has Johns Wort in it and I felt as I said felt noxious after having it and I though that it could be reacting with my medication that I was on. So I asked pharmacist friend and she said that’s possible. Host: It’s best not to take any other medications along with St Johns Wort because it interacts unfavorable with a lot of them. Immune suppressants, opiods and even oral contraceptives can all have negative effects when mixed with St Johns. Be sure to ask a doctor first. Female: Well, the catastrophic reaction hand reported lately have been St Johns Wort, a lot of people know now that St John Wort can interact with anti-age medicines, like anti-transplant drugs and the pills, so people will have reported that they’ve got break through bleeding when they commence St John Wort and they’re already taking it contraceptive pills. So as my medicines can interact with St Johns Wort and of course of the anti-depressants. St Johns Wort is still a drug and it works just like a prescription drugs do, so if you take St Johns Wort with another anti depressant, they will just double each other up and get a thing called serotonin syndrome and that’s very dangerous. Host: St Johns Wort is a potent herb that may yet have applications in managing ADHD and alcoholism. Be sure to look at the label on the pocket next time you reach for a drink or a snack. St. John Wort is fast becoming the flavor of the month but at what cost to the consumer. Female: I can see big problems with St Johns Wort work into foods now. You can find St Johns Wort gingko, red clover, in breakfast cereal and soft drinks that you can buy from the corner shop. I think if they were anti-depressants like Prozac in your breakfast cereal, people will be pretty upset but when St Johns Wort some of the people think that that’s okay. And in fact, they get a bit romantic about it. That’s an enormous double standard. We need to get people to take deep breath and stand back and trade these drugs like any other drug. Host: If you're suffering depression and think you need medication, go to the natural path to get the load down on St Johns Wort and how it should be taken. And remember, don’t mix your meds, St Johns may look like a pretty yellow flower but it’s actually a potent herbal drug. Being told, you need to be operated on can cause the heart to skip a beat but as medicine advances, most surgeries can be done with you only seeing the inside of the hospital for 24 hour period, so that you can rest and recover in the comfort of your own home. Even major transplant patients are in and out of hospital in a week with the advent of laparoscopic or keyhole surgery which reduces the invasive procedure to a few five centimeter holes rather than those old fashioned 30 centimeter gashes. Your recovery time is set to be a lot quicker and a lot less painful than it would have been in the past. Be sure to take your doctor’s advice leading up to the big day. You may not be allowed to eat or drink anything in the 12 hours before your surgery. If you ignore this advice, you maybe turned away and have to rebook. If you have fair warning before going under, try to get as fit as you can. There are risks involved in operating on overweight unfit people. And if you're a smoker, you maybe put to the back of the waiting list as doctor pri