FAA Medical Certification | Saint Johns Wort
This herb is not regulated by the FDA in the U.S. and,
on a case by case basis, may be
allowed by the FAA provided you do not have a disqualifying psychiatric
condition. Keep in mind it is the condition, not the treatment which
establishes eligibility for FAA medical certification.
European studies indicate Saint Johns Wort (Hypercicin
effective in treating MILD depression and anxiety. General precautions:
- Discontinue other
mood ameliorating medication for at least 3 weeks
- Most agree dosage should be 300mg, three times per day
- Use Standardized extract containing at least .125% Hypericin
- WAIT TWO MONTHS FOR FULL BENEFIT TO BE REALIZED
- Some studies indicate photosensitivity so avoid prolonged exposure to the sun
- Use only as directed by your
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Psychopharmacol Bull. 1995;31:745-751.
3-De Smet PA, Nolen WA. St. John's wort as an antidepressant. BMJ. 1996;313:241-247.
4-Linde K, Ramirez G, Mulrow CD, et al. St. John's wort for depression: an overview and
meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials. BMJ. 1996;313:253-258.
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