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February 10, 2005

Herb 'as good as depression drug'

Topics: Health Issues

A German study has added weight to the argument that a herbal remedy is an effective treatment for depression.

Researchers compared the effectiveness of St John's wort to anti-depressant drug paroxetine in treating moderate and severe depression.


The team found half of those with the condition improved when given the herb, compared with a third using the drug, the British Medical Journal reported.

UK experts said the study of 244 people should be treated with caution.

The study also found patients on paroxetine - also known as Seroxat - suffered more side effects.

Posted by Hyscience at February 10, 2005 10:00 PM

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