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Hi Cocoa,

Glad you checked in. Nice to meet you. And this is a good question.

I have talked to many people about herbal supplements like St. John's Wort and Valerian Root. I have heard a range of opinions. I have hear some positive reports and I have heard some negative ones. Some people I have talked with have found supplements to be somewhat helpful, others did not gain any benefit, or even had a negative experience. There supplements are not miracle cures, that's for sure.

What I have both heard and read is that supplements are not necessarily so innocent. For example, if you are taking medications for conditions like depression and anxiety, the supplements can interact with these medications in a negative way.

So I would encourage you to be very careful about using any kind of supplement. If you are on medications of any kind, including medications for mental illness, I definitely recommend you talk with your doctor before taking any kind of a supplement. Make sure there aren't any potential interactions. If you are not on medication, I would still recommend talking to your doctor before using a supplement. It's always a good idea to stay on the safe side.

Take good care of yourself! And keep me posted on how you're doing.

Gary

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