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This place is about St. John's Wort and other natural supplements. It was started by Kelly in 1997 and has been running for 21 years with the help and generosity of many kind people from around the world. is not-for-profit, there is no advertising and there are no official products being promoted. The forum helps people from around the world share their experiences and interact with the community. For many people, St. John's Wort is the best treatment for depression available. It works for millions of people but unfortunately not everyone, which is why we talk about other natural treatments for depression and anxiety that are available too.

St. John's Wort (SJW) is often as effective as prescription meds -- but with fewer side effects. And it's available over the counter. That's often enough for people to give it a try.


I started this website in 1997, back when there was little information about St. John's Wort (SJW). I'd come off Paxil suddenly due to its side effects and almost hit rock bottom. I read an article in a natural heath magazine about SJW. Out of desperation, I just started taking it back then without knowing much about it. I was my own guinea pig, which was not a good idea. But I was very lucky to have found a real (and safe) treatment for depression. So I started these pages to tell the world! Fast-forward to today. A number of major scientific studies now prove that St. John's Wort (SJW) is just as effective as many prescription anti-depressants, but it can be bought over-the-counter without a prescription. And it's a natural herb.

I can't tell you how many people have written to me, saying St. John's Wort saved their life. I am very humbled by this thought and I know my site has played some small part in helping people out there. I have collected literally thousands of other people's experiences on this website since 1997. Personally, I wouldn't claim to fully understand depression, but I'm a lot wiser about it now. St. John's Wort changed my life at a time when I needed it most, and maybe with a little luck it can work for you too.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor. I can't give medical advice and if you're taking other medications today you should probably talk to your doctor. However I do know a little something about St. John's Wort now and have taken it longer than most people. It's available over-the-counter at pharmacies and chemists in most countries around the world without a prescription. And it's a powerful antidepressant.

Do some research

I believe you should do as much research as possible. Depression is a debilitating disease. Read as much as you can and learn from others. Then share your experiences, and help someone just as you found help. We all experience depression differently, but in this online community we all have something in common. Our collective experiences and shared support can make a world of a difference.

The only thing I ask is that you please read through the information here before posting questions in the forum. Don't click around too much, sit back and just start reading. So let's get started.

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