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    St. John's Wort or 5-HTP?
    cammi70 posted:
    A doctor who practices traditional and alternative approaches prescribed her line of St. John's Wort for anxiety, depression, and to see if it would help IBS and muscle aches. It mostly helped by calming. Many people I mention it to ask if I've tried 5-HTP. So, now I'm considering switching to that. Part of it is that the SJW makes me kind of drowsy and out of it, fuzzy thinking such that sometimes I can't think of the right word to say. Also, I want something (5-HTP or SJW) that will help OCD. Any thoughts?
    Patricia Farrell, PhD responded:
    The herb that you've been taking, St. John's Wort, is not without some problems and side effects. If you go to the site, you can do a search for this and you will see what their concerns are. There appears to be possible problems with metabolism and the liver as well as sun exposure.

    As to your OCD, the usual method of treatment is to combine established medication regimes with cognitive behavioral therapy. Medication or herbs do not, I believe, address this anxiety disorder adequately. This is my professional opinion.

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