I guess I am too likely to take people as they are without a second thought; an old friend announced one day that Father Yod (...don't ask) had told him to stop smoking reefer. It can be hard to tell from the inside. Although hypericin clearly is linked to photosensitivity reactions, pseudohypericin also may be involved. I started taking St John's Wort around two years ago for Perimenopausal symptoms and restless leg syndrome. St. John's Wort causes photosensitivity when ingested by livestock. Peggy sez to Jonathan Schempp CM, et al. (another anecdote not in NAPRALERT). Posted by Jay on June 02, 1999 at 08:40:48 My doctor prescribed Paxil for mild depression/anxiety. "Leaf-tying by tortricid larvae as an adaptation for feeding on phototoxic Hypericum perforatum." To say that you are studying Western modalities of health care is not very popular right now, but I am also convinced that herbs "used, known about, gathered, and dispensed locally" are, for environmental, spiritual, cultural, and economic reasons, the way to go. The student was using high quantities along with medication and the customer showed little more than passing and perhaps serendipitous symptoms, and I have had GALLONS of my Hypericum tincture and oil go through my grubbies over a couple of decades (usually used by folks going through a stretch of somato-psychic flakiness and often manifesting a peculiar, if temporary, lack of judgement regarding emotions, dosages, and self-monitoring). Drug interactions are reported among people who take Lamictal and St. john's wort. St John's wort may cause photosensitivity. Did you know that St John's wort can cause extreme photosensitivity in many people? I have donated time and artwork to a foundation in SF called the Planet Drum Foundation. Phase I studies of hypericin, the active compound in St. John’s wort, as an antiretroviral agent in HIV-infected adults. Dizziness 5. Hypericin levels in human serum and interstitial skin blister fluid after oral single-dose and steady-state administration of Hypericum perforatum extract (St. John’s wort). Those that are taking St. John’s Wort often suffer from an increased sensitivity to the sun, also known as a photosensitivity response, which can cause the skin to develop abnormal rashes. This appears to work just fine, producing extracts of wond'rous redfulness. from Berkeley in Bioregional Energy and Renewable Resource Policy. This most common side effect that worries people of St John’s wort is photosensitivity. I suspected that incidents of phototox could be found somewhere, just couldn't come up with them. St. John’s wort (both oral or topical) can also increase the sensitivity of your skin and eyes to sunlight. I have retailed and wholesaled herbs for 20 years and have taught and written about green stuff for 16 years (...and breathed and micturated for almost 54), and I have only run across 1 person to have shown signs of photosensitization from Hypericum. Hello! I consider Hypericum to be safe...this is based on personally observing hundreds of people who haved used quality Hypericum preparations (...mine). Although the most common use of St. John’s wort in North America is for the treatment of depression, the traditional use of this herb includes its topical use for superficial wounds, burns (including sunburn), and dermatitis. J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol 1994;7(Suppl 1):S47-S53. Is this something HE said? So I have begun taking 300 mg of St Johns Wort, 3 times a day -- along with some other supplements. In 1999, alarm spread regarding the association of St. John’s wort with the development of cataracts. St. John’s wort can increase the rapid breakdown of irinotecan (Camptosar) by the body and decrease the efficacy of irinotecan (Camptosar). Common interactions include antinuclear antibody positive among females and affective disorder among males. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed 2000;16:125-128. Hautarzt 1997;48:249-52. From mid-July to mid-August St. John's Wort blooms in dry sandy soil. Many people use St. John's wort to help treat depression, anxiety, and ADHD. But albino cows definately have a problem with St. John's Wort. Sender: Medicinal and Aromatic Plants discussion list In summer, many sheep suffered from inflammatory skin conditions around the ears, the eyes, and the bridge of the nose.1. This three-dimensional hologram of effects is what makes herbs superior to drugs... in a wholistic model...and makes drugs superior to herbs in a medical model. >But of interest to me was the notion that sunlight increased the Wort's anti-viral effects........that sun again......somehow..in some mysterious way linked to this plant and it's effects. So I have begun taking 300 mg of St Johns Wort, 3 times a day -- along with some other supplements. I use it as my only sunscreen (and I am outside a lot) and find it not only immediately effective in preventing and treating sunburn, but even more protective with continuing use over years." I would prefer to go a more natural route however, and have been researching St.John's wort as a natural alternative. This could damage the skin or the eyes when they are exposed to sunlight. And if your out collecting this wort and happen to come across a semi-stagnant pond.....look closely....at the edge between sunlight and shadow..in an evenly balanced amoebiotic soup....a sort of thick pond slime floating freely. St John's wort also decreases the levels of estrogens, such as estradiol, by accelerating its metabolism, and should not be taken by women on contraceptive pills. Two weeks ago, I spent the day at the beach and ended up with severe heat rash. AIDS patients started taking hypericum when is was found that the hypericin had an anti-HIV effect in mice. What is St. John’s Wort. Sensitivity to selective UVA light was increased slightly (approximately 20%) after the highest dose of hypericum. It’s understood that hypericin, the active ingredient in St John’s wort, is highly photoreactive by nature. The results suggested a trend toward increased photosensitivity that might become relevant in fair-skinned individuals, in diseased skin, or after extended sun exposure. This may be an example of assumptive jumping from mammalian lab results to humans. One of my teachers mentioned he was on Prozac...and I hadn't noticed...maybe that explains BOTH Orin Hatch and Dr. Kessler. Hypericin induced photo-polymerization of crystallins in the presence of light. St. John’s wort tea or tincture is a popular remedy for burns, sunburns, wounds, bruises, sores, insect bites, and cramps. Staffeldt B, et al. Photosensitivity and St.Johns wort Jay__0__0. Bernd et al attempted to estimate the potential risk of phototoxic skin damage with St. John’s wort by comparing the phototoxic agent psoralens to hypericin in cultivated human keratinocyte cultures.12 A concentration- and light-dependent decrease in DNA synthesis (determined by the incorporation rate of bromodeoxyuridine) was noted with very high hypericin concentrations (> 50 mcg/mL) combined with UVA or visible light (but not UVB) radiation. Schempp et al tested the immunomodulatory properties of topical preparations of hypericum and a synthesized constituent, hyperforin.16 They investigated the alloantigen function of human epidermal cells (EC) in vivo in a mixed EC lymphocyte reaction (MECLR). Would this be the cutting edge of herbal medicine through self experimentation (like those strange Northwestern Herbalists smoking Louseworts), or is ultrasound/herbal treatments a common practice amongst those folks at the conference? St John's Wort and photosensitivity (4 Posts) Add message | Report. at Berkeley around Bioregional solutions! Studies of sheep experimentally poisoned with Hypericum perforatum. By the way, she said the only thing that would help the severe pain was aloe vera gel. Phototoxic effects of hypericum extract in cultures of human keratinocytes compared with those of psoralen. However, with the more sensitive photometric measurement, an increase of the erythema index after treatment with hypericum oil could be detected. The association of St. John’s wort with cataracts is based on overinterpretation of an in vitro study; there is no human evidence of increased risk of cataracts. I don't think many would, but there you go. Internally using large amounts of hypericin, an isolated constituent of St. John’s wort, increases the likelihood of experiencing photosensitivity. One of the well-known side effects is photosensitivity. (Sandberg, SL, et al. St. John’s Wort Tea Side Effects. Rational Phytotherapy: A Physician’s Guide to Herbal Medicine. This has been demonstrated in a randomized, placebo-controlled trial in which fair-skinned subjects who burned easily were given metered doses of hypericum extract (LI 160) and were exposed to UVA and UVB irradiation.4 Hypericin and pseudohypericin plasma concentrations also were monitored. > She later worked in the direct sunlight, and soon had second degree burns, complete with blisters, whevever the sunlight fell on the gel-treated skin. Same folks also argue that the timber industry must be allowed to continue as usual (without acknowledging that much has been taken over by multi-nationals) because it is part of the bioregional "culture". Well....what good's an herbalist without patience :) ......Certainly they are rewarded with extract of unequaled value (not found in Cheapside). Well, the way I hear it, old Dr. Kent had retired to practice in Montana and one day this basque sheepherder came into his office...) I have always tried my best to keep track of potential side-effects of herbs. This mean, any cosmetic or skin product that contains St John’s wort is safe … See, for example: Mills, Stephanie. July 24,1999. [Reversible increase in photosensitivity to UV-B caused by St. John's wort extract]. Phototoxic effects were seen with 10 mcg/mL psoralens. Sundown Naturals Standardized St. John’s Wort contains a pretty standard 300 mg dosage of the raw plant materials from St. John’s wort, with 0.9 mg of standardized hypericum content. Anxiety 3. The minimal erythema dose was determined by visual assessment, and skin erythema was evaluated photometrically. Misinformed press reports warned that people taking St. John’s wort on a regular basis could put themselves at risk if they were exposed to bright light.13 These reports arose as a result of work carried out by Schey et al.14 This was an vitro study in which alpha-crystallins isolated from calf lenses were incubated in 50 micromolar hypericin (approximately 1,000 times therapeutic plasma concentrations) in the presence and absence of light. According to the authors, St. John’s wort has been associated with side effects including gastrointestinal symptoms, dizziness, confusion, and tiredness. A few hours after sunbathing she developed symptoms on her arms and legs (again confined to sun-exposed skin). Intravenous administration of high-dose hypericin results in severe phototoxicity that precludes its clinical use. Tierarztl Prax 1989;17:257-261. St. John's wort has become popular as a herbal medicine for its antidepressant effects. Med J Aust. What is St. John’s Wort. Sort of like taking a lovely image and running it through Photoshop plugins until you only have some raggedy and stark black-and-white outlines that bear little resemblance to the source. It’s now May.   Animals will have blistering skin and white areas of the coat will easily sunburn. Pharmacopsychiatry 1997;30(Suppl 2): What about folks born the year Kennedy was assassinated...or the year John Lennon was killed...having spent MOST or ALL their lives in a subtle organochem soup? 14. Identifying St. John’s Wort Plants (Hypericum perforatum)The scientific name, Hypericum perforatum, actually gives a clue that’s really valuable for identifying the St. Johns Wort plant in the wild. But don't be mislead by symptoms...put the oil on the arm injury......not the numb finger. Ann Int Med 1999;130:510-514. "~ St. Joan’s/John's wort oil protects my skin from radiation damage. He too was Black Irish. I know it has some drug interactions, luckily I am not taking any drugs so I did not find this to be a problem. From: Howie Brounstein I have heard timberers insist that allowing further cutting in the Headwaters area is "bioregional" because the cutting of redwoods in the Pacific Northwest has historically been the base of a number of local economies. Is this a concern when using a light therapy unit such as the northern Light Technologies BOXelite OS or other models that filter out UV radiation? John’s wort is also associated with photosensitivity and skin rash. Perhaps one shouldn't focus on the oddities and quirks of nature and coincidence....but I think it's cool. Answer: Photosensitization is unusual when it comes to St. John’s Wort. Thank you, again. If you wish to pursue this depressing subject further, start with the excellent newsletter, RACHEL'S ENVIRONMENTAL & HEALTH WEEKLY, put out on the net weekly by the Environmental Research Foundation, available from , or , and the WWW site: . St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a plant with yellow flowers that grows in the wild, whose medicinal uses were first recorded in ancient Greece 2).The flowering tops of St. John’s wort are used to prepare teas, tablets, and capsules containing concentrated extracts. I liked the term bioregionalism...now I need to find another name. If you have a condition such as lupus or are taking medication that can cause photosensitivity (such as some acne medications), review the risks and benefits of taking St. John's wort with your doctor or pharmacist. 1-800-370-9210 The results demonstrated an inhibitory effect of both hypericum extract and hyperforin on the MECLR and on the proliferation of T lymphocytes. Without exposure to sunlight....the herbs anti-viral effect dropped markedly. Identifying St. John’s Wort Plants (Hypericum perforatum)The scientific name, Hypericum perforatum, actually gives a clue that’s really valuable for identifying the St. Johns Wort plant in the wild. There is really only one cause for St John’s wort poisoning and that cause is simply the ingestion of the plant by the horse. Alban Berg died in the late 30s before finishing "Lulu"...Steve Berg is a living NFL quarterback. References 1. View abstract. The species name “perforatum” refers to the fact that the leaves of the plant are “perforated” or appear to have tiny holes which can only be seen on close inspection. What a great post. First noted in animals that grazed in fields dotted with St. John’s wort, an early report was about a case of St. John’s wort poisoning in German Blackface sheep. I was born the year WWII began, and spent the first several decades in a world of fewer and less "ripened" eco-toxins and ate food with fewer chemicals and fewer "recombinants". Here is an extract from a report from this years' Convention of Naturopathic Physicians in the US which adds some interesting information about the incidence of Phototoxicity in Puerto Rican AIDS sufferers. Increased sensitivity to sunlight (photosensitivity) 10. Intravenous administration of high-dose hypericin results in severe phototoxicity that precludes its clinical use. 12. Fatigue 8. You must have JavaScript enabled to enjoy a limited number of articles over the next 360 days. There are three sorts of photosensitisation. A calming herb that grows all over disturbed areas...hmmmmm. But of interest to me was the notion that sunlight increased the Wort's anti-viral effects........that sun again......somehow..in some mysterious way linked to this plant and it's effects. It is known that hypericin may cause a severe photodermatitis called hypericism when higher amounts of St. John's wort are ingested orally. I use herbs constitutionally, and any synergy or contraindication I encounter helps me to understand the secondary effects of a remedy so I can try to fit herbs and people together more reliably. The inflammation is gone and I can bend the wrist backwards again. Kumper H. [Hypericum poisoning in sheep]. Burning or prickling sensation 4. Examination was consistent with allodynia; St. John’s wort was withdrawn and symptoms began to improve in two weeks and disappeared over two months. Insomnia 11. In the St. John’s wort group, there was a slight increase in SSI sensitivity (approximately 9%) and a larger increase to UVA light (approximately 21%). I am shocked and alarmed...I spend many waking hours trying to find any new age cliches in my psychic body and gouging them out with a rusty Democles' sword. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, or you are taking oral contraceptives, it's important to talk with your doctor before taking St. John's wort. Photosensitive reactions vary among individuals using St. John’s wort and are typically seen when large internal doses of the plant are used; however, it is generally suggested that anyone using St. John’s wort use caution in the sun (Hoffmann, 2003). At baseline and then four hours after drug intake, subjects were exposed on small areas of their back to increasing doses of solar simulated irradiation (SSI, containing both UVA and UVB); another part was exposed to selective UVA irradiation. Peter wrote a book in 1978 called REINHABITING A SEPARATE COUNTRY: A BIOREGIONAL ANTHOLOGY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA (Planet Drum Foundation Publishers). 2. > But in my eyes it seems to have an affinity for the nerves. Greetings Howie! Some sysop accidentally sent me posts from alt.flame.mushroom.mushroom.mushroom for the last few days instead of the Herb List! I have found that they have really helped, not so anxious, no panic attacks, feel brighter and my RLS is only a few days a month now. These folks do Bioregional Congresses, a newsletter called *Raise the Stakes*, creative performances, research, bioregional and deep ecology workshops, etc. Brockmoller J, et al. Do not use this product without medical advice … Risk of hypomania and mania: The literature multiple case reports of hypomania and hypomania in individuals with bipolar disorder treated with Saint John’s wort. From: moon2peg.NATURE.BERKELEY.EDU 9. Lots of research on the effects of hypericin on cattle and insects, but humans? I've also been experiencing excessive thirst no matter how much water I drink for the past 3 days. Two case reports of photoactivated toxicity with St. John’s wort have been reported. Glad to be back. An in vitro test in which a large concentration of hypericin (inconsistent with achievable serum levels), in the absence of any antioxidants normally present in sera, is applied directly on an avascular lens preparation is of questionable clinical significance. The most commonly reported adverse effects from St. John's wort include gastrointestinal symptoms, allergic reactions, dizziness, confusion, drowsiness, photosensitivity, and dry mouth. JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL ECOLOGY, 1989 15(3):875-886.). Direct photosensitisation occurs when the chemical comes from a defect in the animals metabolism of its red blood cells, or, more commonly, from plants such as St. John’s wort. No change was apparent in visual erythema score after application of either hypericum oil or ointment. Kasper and Schulz reviewed efficacy and safety from 20 controlled clinical trials (a total of 1,787 patients) of the standardized hypericum extract approved for the treatment of depression in Austria and Germany.8 The authors concluded that the effective dosage of the currently used extract is 600-900 mg/d, and that the risk of photosensitization was without clinical relevance at the recommended dosages. The spectral distribution of biologically active solar radiation at Miami, Florida, USA. St. John's wort is a herb containing hypericin, which seems to give it antibacterial and antiviral properties. J Photochem Photobiol B 1998;45:87-94. By cliche, I meant that the word is now used by those who use the term haphazardly, without thinking of the fullness of such a concept. Pp. Pharmacokinetics of hypericin and pseudohypericin after oral intake of the Hypericum perforatum extract LI 160 in healthy volunteers. http://www.henriettes-herb.com - Copyright 1995–2020 Henriette Kress. In the multiple dose segment, 50 volunteers received 600 mg hypericum extract tid (twice the normal recommended dose) with a daily dose of 5.6 mg of total hypericin. While most photosensitizing meds react to UV (and sometimes also to blue light), St. John’s Wort — hypericum — photosensitizes to green light, right in the middle of the visual spectrum. He was a student of mine in an 8-month program a few years ago. It appears to cause less side effects than Paxil. The popular herbal therapy is often used to ease symptoms of depression. From: moon2peg.NATURE.BERKELEY.EDU That is, until the Sierra Club got a hold of it and created totally new bioregions nationwide without any concern for the social, historical, and economic aspects. St. John’s Wort Scientific Name: Hypericum perforatum Other Names: Johnswort, St. John’s Grass, Klamath Weed, Hypericum, Zveroboi (Russia), Touch and Heal, Amber, Rosin Rose, Witches’ Herb, Terrestrial Sun, Goatweed Description: St. John’s Wort is an upright, perennial herb that has a woody stem. Bove GM. No eye problems have been reported in any of the many trials involving St. John’s wort. As opposed to the muscle relaxing tranquilizing effects of Valerian, Skullcap, Pedicularis, and such. I think this belief is mainly due to cases of livestock ingesting quite a lot of it, then having some photosensitivity problems. From: Howie Brounstein . Topical St. John’s wort preparations appear to have low potential for photosensitization. A. Cattle can eat some St. John’s Wort, but large amounts can cause photosensitivity and “hypericism,” a condition that could cause dehydration and death in the worst case, although weight loss (and thus lower market value) are more common. Yes indeed, somewhere in my the recesses of my mind I remember hearing these tales, Jon........if forgotton for the moment. >And so the authorities that be in charge (of cows and bugs, anyway) in Northern California has waged a war against the poor St. John, hapless victim of human transport from Europe. One doctor at the conference who treats a lot of AIDs patients said she had seen frequent cases of phototoxocity in dark skinned Puerto Ricans, especially with higher doses and long term administration. The wholistic models hold more long-term value. Oral ingestion of high doses of St. John’s wort is associated with a significant increase in UV-induced erythema in fair-skinned individuals and rarely is associated with phototoxic photosensitivity reactions. Photosensitivity and St.Johns wort Jay__0__0. (540-610 nm). 8. Lancet 1998;352: I'll avoid ultrasound/hypericum treatments. Minimal erythema dose was determined five, 20, and 68 hours after irradiation. Topical application of St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum L.) and of its metabolite hyperforin inhibits the allostimulatory capacity of epidermal cells. He had had sun reactions before, so it is hard to speculate further. Schulz V, et al. 1121-1122. Disturbing, but true. I only warn that, in my experience, I have heard the word denuded of its original meaning to the point that it is used as justification for slicing down our redwood kin. Risk of hypomania and mania: The literature multiple case reports of hypomania and hypomania in individuals with bipolar disorder treated with Saint John’s wort. Schempp CM, et al. > As to Hypericum perforatum (St. John's Wort) causing photosensitivity in. St. John's Wort may cause sensitivity to light, although I have never actually heard of this happening or know about any actual incidences. Vandenbogaerde AL, et al. Answer: Photosensitization is unusual when it comes to St. John’s Wort. Because hypericin has demonstrated significant antiviral activity in vitro, a Phase I safety study using intravenous synthetic hypericin was performed in 30 HIV-infected adults.7 All patients receiving multiple intravenous. > Photoxicity of Hypericum in a small proportion of the (blonde) population has been clinically noted especially with topical application whether published or not. Some individuals taking the medication develop intense photophobia ands burning sensation in the skin when they are exposed to sunlight. Photosensitivity Associated With Herbal Preparations of St John's Wort (Hypericum Perforatum) Med J Aust. This is not an idle statement. The chemical alternatives have their dangers, too, including photosensitivity. Photooxidation of lens alpha-crystallin by hypericin. It is known that hypericin may cause a severe photoderma … Subject: Hypericum and Sunlight. I don't know of any, Peggy. 2.4.1 St. John's Wort (Hypericum) and photosensitivity Here's the question (on the herblist (see 8.1.1 below) in November 1994): >As to Hypericum perforatum (St. John's Wort) causing photosensitivity in humans, I have been unable to find a single study that verifies this in vivo. [Reversible increase in photosensitivity to UV-B caused by St. John’s wort extract]. 2000 Mar 20;172(6):302. Gulick RM, et al. St. John’s wort can also be used externally to help skin problems. I used a Hypericum perforatum ointment that I made with lanolin and olive oil on a ganglian cyst (regularly for two weeks). Subject: HYPERICUM AND PHOTOSENSITIVITY. Hautartz 1997;48:249-262. Effect of topical application of Hypericum perforatum extract (St. John’s wort) on skin sensitivity to solar simulated radiation. As to Hypericum perforatum (St. John's Wort) causing photosensitivity in humans, I have been unable to find a single study that verifies this in vivo. Without exposure to sunlight....the herbs anti-viral effect dropped markedly. Sometimes folks break into mimicking the words, "social, historical, ecological, and economic," just as I now see people mimick, "body, mind, spirit," and "physical, mental, psychological, spiritual, and social." This is a state of increased sensitivity to sunlight in unpigmented skin following ingestion of large amounts. Photosensitivity reactions: Three cases of photosensitivity reactions occurred in individuals who used topical and/or oral St. John’s wort preparations prior to sun exposure or undergoing phototherapy . Kasper S, Schulz V. [High dose St. John’s wort extract as a phytogenic antidepressant]. St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a plant with yellow flowers that grows in the wild, whose medicinal uses were first recorded in ancient Greece 2).The flowering tops of St. John’s wort are used to prepare teas, tablets, and capsules containing concentrated extracts. Int J Biometeorol 1991;35:48-54. St. John’s Wort (Hypericum Perforatum) interacts with Irinotecan (Camptosar) To treat cancer, Irinotecan (Camptosar) is used. 11. And it even works as a muscle relaxant in some people. From this experience I learned that lesson that we seem to learn over and over again-that the land "lords" will take our very own words, concepts, and ideas and turn them into their own rhetoric. Photosensitization after exposure to st. john’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) may develop in fair-skinned people. Now I'm not one to believe new herbal scientific data until I see the experiment reproduced by other researchers (especially if they have different sources of funding). 1. St John’s wort has been shown to have very low toxicity but a photosensitivity condition called hypericism has been recorded in animals. Golsch S, Vocks E, Rakoski J, et al. (I even, being from the Mission district in San Francisco, include in my mailing address-Isley Creek, Shasta Bioregion, USA.) Posted by Jay on June 02, 1999 at 08:40:48 My doctor prescribed Paxil for mild depression/anxiety. In order to avoid this, it is important that patients avoid direct sun exposure when possible. There was scarring from the blisters. Phototoxic photosensitivity from hypericum preparations appears to be due to the naphthodianthrones, hypericin, and pseudohypericin. C. VERY high dosage The ultrasound drives the contents of the gel directly into the tissues. E. Synergy with antidepressant meds (that he declined to identify). In fact, I fashioned my entire B.S. Headache 9. 9 Finally, a report suggests that regular use of St. John's wort might also increase the risk of sun-induced cataracts. Photosensitivity associated with herbal preparations of St John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) Lane-Brown MM. Hypericum is well tolerated with an incidence of adverse reactions similar to placebo. This can lead to visual sensitivity to visible and ultraviolet light and to sunburns in situations that would not normally cause them. I started taking St. Johns wort for depression over the winter. Recently I saw an article (was it Medical Herbalism?) In a single-dose segment, 13 volunteers received placebo or a standardized hypericum extract (900, 1,800 or 3,600 mg, containing 0, 2.8, 5.6, and 11.3 mg of total hypericins [sum of hypericin and pseudohypericin]) in a double-blind, crossover design. 2 years ago. But those who wish for an herbal nectar of delight of greater strength...they sit for hours collecting just flower petals in some zen like quest. I have to say, this herb helps me a lot, I can feel it working. This could be through prescribed or over the counter medication or teas. Maximum total hypericin plasma concentrations were observed about four hours after drug administration, and were 0, 28, 61, and 159 mcg/mL, respectively. 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