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By khimegirl On 04/07/04  

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By wingnut1 On 04/07/04  

I've been doing a little reading on SamE - it's supposed to be more effective than St. John's Wort but I think can get pricey. STW can be really effective in some people.
good luck!



By khimegirl On 04/07/04  

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By misshawklet On 04/07/04  

is there a health food store, small independent vitamin shop, etc. you can ask? they would help, I bet.
also, has he thought of meditation or any other relaxation excercises? or exercise in general? that helps in a big way.



By schnitzle On 04/07/04  

I haven't taken SJW long enough for it to make a difference, but wanted to chime in that I have also heard good things about Sam-E.

Sam-E (S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine) is a naturally-occurring substance which is a major source of methyl groups in the brain. I think the research has been limited, but those that have been done showed that Sam-E did make a difference in depression compared to a placebo. It can be found at health food or suppliment stores.

Another thing I have just started using is GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid. It is the major inhibitory neurotransmitter of the nervous system). Here's a tidbit I gleaned off the Net:
GABA participates in promoting relaxation, which explains why many well-known anxiety medications - Valium among them - target GABA receptors in the brain. But unlike many prescription tranquilizers, GABA is not habit-forming. GABA itself does not cause drowsiness. Instead,it eases anxiety.

I have taken GABA (especially during PMS) and found it helpful. I didn't feel weird or "out of it" at all.

It might be worth seeing a naturalpath or some physician who is familiar with SJW or other treatments than the traditional meds.

-Leah



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