June 1998

Investigating a Natural Remedy for Depression

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HOST: Dawna Friesen

GUEST: Dr. Jacques Bradwejn, Psychiatrist

FRIESEN: It's called St. John's Wort and it's received a lot of attention lately as an alternative medicine used to treat depression. European studies seem to support the claim that the herbal remedy can relieve mild depression. But now a US health agency is launching a study to find out if the herb will treat moderate to severe depression and if it will stand up to modern prescriptions like Prozac. To talk about the study we're joined by Dr. Jacques Bradwejn. He is in Ottawa and he will have a hand in this new study.