24. Natural highs
Poised to pop a herbal helper? What makes a herb Nature’s Prozac rather than a noxious plant? This idea may be hard to swallow but it might just save your life.
Lavender, borage and ginkgo biloba have been plugged as herbal cures for depression. Some so-called natural remedies deliver everything they promise on the label. Others are ineffective impostors or even a toxic rip-off.
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Good scientific evidence that herbal treatment works is pretty scant. So it was a welcome surprise when a little yellow shrub named after a saint caused a stir in the British Medical Journal. Researchers showed it to be effective in treating people with mild or moderate depression.
What was the magic weed? Hypericum perforatum. Sounds ...