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Dry extract of hypericum
Considered since ancient times so powerful as to be able to drive away evil spirits, hypericum is still today a medicinal plant with incomparable qualities. Its beneficial impact on health is so strong that it has earned the nickname "mashers", precisely to indicate its ability to ward off negativity and to protect itself from evil spells. In this brief guide, you will discover all the qualities of the dry extract of hypericum, which, from century to century, has always taken care of men.
The Hypericum is a perennial herbaceous plant widespread in Italy. It arises spontaneously in both arid and green areas, both in mountain and lowland landscapes, both along roads and in the countryside. It can reach 70 cm in height and live even at merciless temperatures. Its name has a Greek etymology (hyper-eikon) and two meanings are attributed to it: traditionally it would mean "plant growing on ancient statues", while for Hippocratic doctors its name would indicate "plant above the world of "underworld. Instead, the scientific name given to it is Hyperium perforatum and belongs to the Hypericaceae family. The plant gives flowers formed by five petals with an intense yellow color.
The dry extract of hypericum derives from the use and processing of the flowering tops of the plant and contains tannin, catechin and flavonic glycosides, very useful substances in the treatment of depression. The drying must be carried out in a particular habitat: it is essential that the temperature is not too high (it must not exceed 40 degrees), that there is no direct contact of the plant with sunlight and that there is moderate wind.
The dry extract of hypericum is widely used by pharmaceutical causes for its numerous and well-known beneficial effects. Its properties allow a strong action against mild and moderate depression, seasonal depression and depression due to the takeover of menopause, with an efficacy comparable to that of traditional antidepressants. It is also used in the treatment of herpes simplex, influenza and vesicular stomatitis.
Even in the event of a panic attack, hypericum dry extract helps to calm the individual. Even in paediatrics, its use is essential for treating phobias and enuresis (the inability to control the urinary tract during sleep) in children.
For some years now, on an experimental basis, the dry extract of hypericum has also made its way into the world for the treatment of AIDS.
HOW IT ASSUMES
Its intake is very simple as it is sold in the form of tablets to be ingested orally, which facilitates its use in a constant and (therefore) profitable way by the patient.
The study Committe on Safety of Medicines, conducted in Great Britain, has brought to light some consequences that can occur if hypericum is associated with other drugs:
1) Reduces the effectiveness of theophylline and digoxin;
2) Limit the effect of oral contraceptives;
3) It can produce, if used with dosages 30-50 times higher than those prescribed, skin rashes after exposure to ultraviolet rays;
4) Strengthens the antidepressant action of Sertretaline, Fluoxetine and Paroxetine
5) Can lower blood levels of Ciclosporina,
6) Moderate the anticoagulant effect of Warfarin,
As described in the last two points, the hyperium can be the cause of the reduction of the therapeutic efficacy of the adjuvant drugs, therefore its use is forbidden for about five days before the surgical operation. On the other hand, the cessation of its use could make the level of concentration of the adjuvant drug in the blood so high that it becomes toxic.
RECIPE OF TISANA TO IMPROVE YOUR HUMOR
40 grams of dry hypericum extract
30 grams of lemon balm
15 gr of hawthorn
15 gr of hyssop
mountain honey to taste
The infusion should be left in boiling water for about ten minutes and drunk while still hot. It is recommended to take it away from meals. It will help to lift morale and calm anxiety.
RECIPE FOR INFUSION AGAINST INFLUENCE
30 gr of Hypericum dry extract,
30 gr of hyssop,
30 gr of Timo
Mountain honey to taste
Helps to calm the cough and clear the mucus.
The dry extract of hypericum is found both in pharmacies and in herbalist's shops, which in Italian supermarkets almost always in packs of about 300-400mg and can be purchased with or without a prescription.
The price, based on the quantity, is decidedly moderate and can range from ten to twenty euros, (therefore they are saved.
- Another name given to hypericum is "St. John's wort". This name derives from the fact that its yellow flowers reach their maximum flowering around June 24 (day of the feast of the saint in question) On the eve of this Christian anniversary, together with garlic, rue and artemisia, on the road it was necessary to bring with you a seedling of St. John's Wort, on pain of lack of protection against the witch's evil spells. At home, on the other hand, dances were performed around the fire with leaves of hypericum on the head that were placed on the roofs of the houses to protect them from lightning at the end of the ceremony.
- The first appearance of hypericum in the medical field dates back to the "Natural History" of Pliny the Elder and concerns its beneficial properties in case of moderate and severe burns.