herbal Rx

If the waning days of summer dim your mood, consider St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) to maintain sunny spirits through the fall and winter.

This herb lifts the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder--depression, sleep disruption, weight gain, and low libido--caused by shorter days and less sun. It takes 4 to 6 weeks to work. Dose Two 500-mg tablets three times daily. (It's smart to check with your doctor first.)

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By Sara Altshul

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