My 10 year old son (Type 1 for 3 years) has been depressed recently. We are considering giving him St. John's wort to help with this but can't find any information on how it might effect his diabetes or interact with the insulin (R and NPH). He is currently receiving counseling but it, by itself, does not seem to be enough.
St John's Wort is one of the most popular remedies in Europe for depression. It is usually given as a tea made from the leaves and flowering tops. The main active principal is the compound hypericin. There have been some questions regarding cytotoxicity; but the German Federal Health Agency has said that there is no cause for concern. The leaves may also be given orally or applied locally as an olive oil extract.
There is no evidence that it would be harmful in Type 1 Diabetes.
Original posting 1 Dec 97
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