ERIC Number: EJ717256
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct-1
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Chemistry of St. John's Wort: Hypericin and Hyperforin
Vollmer, John J.; Rosenson, Jon
Journal of Chemical Education, v81 n10 p1450 Oct 2004
The appeal as natural antidepressant is the major selling point of St. John's Wort, which is referred to as "Prozac from the plant kingdom". Hypericin and hyperforin, two major constituents with significant biological activity of St. John's Wort and which are complex molecules with unusual features, are examined.
Descriptors: Chemistry, Plants (Botany), Biochemistry, Depression (Psychology), Drug Therapy, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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