Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for September 21, 2006

Went to my doctor today for another riboflavin injection. I mentioned the magnesium injection again and he is still reluctant but we have a good discussion. I explain how I thought I was hanging on with the vitamins and that the riboflavin is only one of the symptoms and not the root cause.

He wants me to try St. Johns Wort. I’ve always heard of it but I have no clue what it does so I ask him. He says he doesn’t want to interfere with the results and wants me to try it and tell him if it has any effect so I agree to get some. I push for the magnesium injection again and says he has no problem doing it if I can find it (haha) but wants me to use St. Johns Wort for three weeks slowing increasing the dosage weekly until I see him again in three weeks.

I don’t have a problem trying St. Johns Wort but it’s still not dealing with the root cause. I’m hardly deficient in St. Johns Wort? I pick some up on my way home and I take one capsule with my lunch.

When I get home I use doctor google to find out more:

Medically Valid Uses:

St. John’s wort has been used successfully to treat mild to moderate depression. Several studies have indicated that it is as effective as many prescription antidepressants when used to treat mild or moderate depression. St. John’s wort is not useful for treating major or severe depression.

Externally, oily hypericum preparations have been used in the treatment of injuries, muscle pain and first-degree burns.

Unsubstantiated Claims:

Please note that this section reports on claims that have NOT yet been substantiated through scientific studies.

Traditionally, St. John’s wort has been used as a muscle relaxant to relieve menstrual cramps and as a mild tranquilizer.

Although without scientific confirmation, it is also claimed to function as a nerve tonic (has a beneficial effect on the nervous system), as an anti-inflammatory (decreases swelling), as an astringent (contracts the tissues or canals of the body), as a vulnerary (brings about healing in wounds and inflammation), as a antineoplastic (cancer fighting) and as an antiviral. For instance, it is claimed that it may possibly help inhibit viral infections, including herpes and HIV.

St. John’s wort has also been claimed to be good for nerve pain (neuralgia), anxiety, tension, nervous debility, stress, irritability and insomnia. It is also claimed to ease the pain associated with fibrositis, sciatica, rheumatoid arthritis, menstruation, itching and burning of hemorrhoids, and itching and irritation caused by vaginitis.

When used externally, St. John’s wort has been claimed to possibly speed the healing of bruises, wounds, varicose veins, mild burns and sunburns.

St. John’s wort can interfere with the absorption of iron and other minerals.

Okay, so he wants me to take St. John’s wort for anxiety and for general nervousness. But it can interfere with the absorption of minerals??!!!! You’ve got to be kidding…


September 22, 2006 - Posted by | Health | , , ,

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