St John's wort background
St John's wort has been known to be an effective treatment for mild depression, for quite some time. However, individuals and their doctors should carefully discuss any potential side effects that are associated with the consumption of St John's wort. Conversely, the side effects of prescription anti-depressant medications are generally much more severe than those associated with St John's wort. However, those with allergies could have a life threatening allergic reaction to St John's wort.
St John's wort for depression
St John's wort has effectively been used to treat mild depression, especially in children. In fact, many doctors attempt to prescribe a low dose of St John's wort to children, after they have eliminated the possibility of an allergic reaction. This is done for several reasons. The side effects of perspiration drugs can be severe, especially in children. In addition, the cost of S John's wort is significantly less than the cost of most prescription medications.