St John’s wort blights contraceptive

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Kevin Friery‘s insight:

Although the article says St John’s Wort is taken by some as a herbal medicine for anxiety, it is actually far more frequently used as a self-medication for depression.  The idea that it might interfere with contraception in people who are already feeling depressed is worrying – and this is by no means the first evidence that St John’s Wort is not a safe compound. Again – the idea that something is ‘Natural’ so it must be ‘good’ needs challenging; there are any number of natural substances that are lethal, and most of the ones that are curative are called "Medicine".  If in doubt, ask your doctor or a pharmacist.

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