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Re: prozac,xanax and St.John'Wort

Posted by saint james on October 29, 1999, at 23:07:44

In reply to Re: prozac,xanax and St.John'Wort, posted by JohnL on October 29, 1999, at 19:28:43

Kira is the USA brand of LI160, the formula used in those studies, and manufactured by the very company. I requested email info from them a month ago. Their response was in line with what we've already discussed. That St Johns has many active components. Many of them still unknown. They confirmed that hyperforin is a major player, but that it alone is questionable without all the other components of LI160 working in synergy.
> After reading your last post it reminded me of something I forgot. That most of the MAOI in St Johns is in the raw herb. Thus the possible cheese reaction when using any of the brands other than LI160. Especially the ones that have raw herb mixed in with the extract.

James here...

My thoughts exactually. German doc's have been perscribing standardized hyperforin for a long time with no reported problems at all (cheeze reaction) The few (2) reports I saw about a cheeze recction were in the states, probably whole herb product. There is a huge amount of research, most of which has not been translated
from German.

The whole issue of synergy is well documented in biology. Mother nature doesn't produce one agent,
many things work in harmony. A good example of this is Marinol (delta-9 THC). Delta-9 THC is the major, most studied, active canibinoid in pot, but there are ~25 other canibinoids. I friend w/ AIDS tried it and found all it did was knock him on his ass. Could not get out of bed and did not have much of the anti-nausea effects (the reason he was taking it) Smoking the whole herb was clearly very different and produced the desired effect (able to leave the bathroom, house and be involved in life)





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