Because Hypericum Perforatum, an aromatic perennial herb belonging
to the family Hypericaceae, produces golden yellow flowers that seem
to be particularly abundant on June 24, the day traditionally celebrated
as the birthday of John the Baptist, the plant is commonly known as St.
John's wort. The plant is native to Europe but is found throughout the
United States.21 When its flowers are crushed, they turn a deep blood
St. John's wort was known to such ancient authorities on medicinal plants as Dioscorides and Hippocrates. It is described and recommended as a useful remedy in all of the herbals down through the Middle Ages.21
It is a bittersweet herb that has cooling and astringent properties, mostly used to calm the nerves, reduce inflammation and promote healing. It is used in homeopathy for pain relief and to combat inflammation caused by nerve damage. It is used locally for its antiseptic and analgesic effect on burns, bruises, sores and deep wounds with nerve damage.23 Its anti-inflammatory agents decrease inflammation by inhibiting the immune cells that stimulate the hallmark redness and swelling.24
It is a wonderful remedy for the nervous system, relaxing tension and anxiety and lifting the spirits. Its antiviral, anti-inflammatory and healing powers work just as well within the body as externally.21 St. John's Wort will help to repair collapsed veins and will heal the nerves. It is best used in conjunction with a circulation boosting herb like cayenne.22
The chemicals present in the Hypericum extract that are active in its effect are the lipophilic compound hyperforin and the photosensitizing compound hypericin. The potency of hypericin determines how current supplements are measured for sale, though it is directly related to the potency of hyperforin.24
The effectiveness of St. John's Wort is backed by pharmacological studies and has been the subject of a number of double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical studies.25 It is a natural, safer alternative to some of the harsher treatments.26
SUMMARY: St. John's Wort will help to heal the inflammation that is causing your restless legs. The "bristling" in your legs (arms, feet etc.) is caused by the energy moving through your body and irritating the inflamed cells. As the inflammation lesses, your RLS will lessen. St. John's Wort will also help to heal the frayed nerves that are a result of your prolonged period of inflammation.
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