Benefits and Side Effects
St John's Wort can be a beneficial treatment for people with Asperger's syndrome who are suffering from:
--a general state of mild to moderate depression, which commonly stems from an inability to form friendships with peers, frustration as a result of feeling "different" from others, exposure to bullying, or loneliness.
--anxiety, which may occur when routines are abruptly changed, social situations are difficult to navigate, or sensory issues lead to overstimulation and frustration.
--everyday nervousness, stress, or mood changes brought about by the challenges of living with a neurological impairment. (3)
As is the case with most herbal supplements, St John's Wort may cause some people to experience unwanted side effects. These may include:
--drowsiness, a symptom that may be more pronounced in those who take St John's Wort in addition to prescribed medications for depression and anxiety.
--headaches and dizziness.
--gastrointestinal discomfort (nausea, cramping, stomach pains).
--sensitivity to ultra-violet light.
--elevated blood pressure.
--fatigue (most common in long-term users). (4)