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Dietary supplements and natural products as psychotherapeutic agents.
Psychosom Med 1999 Sep-Oct; 61(5):712-28PM

Abstract

Alternative therapies are widely used by consumers. A number of herbs and dietary supplements have demonstrable effects on mood, memory, and insomnia. There is a significant amount of evidence supporting the use of Hypericum perforatum (St. John's wort) for depression and Ginkgo biloba for dementia. Results of randomized, controlled trials also support the use of kava for anxiety and valerian for insomnia. Although evidence for the use of vitamins and amino acids as sole agents for psychiatric symptoms is not strong, there is intriguing preliminary evidence for the use of folate, tryptophan, and phenylalanine as adjuncts to enhance the effectiveness of conventional antidepressants. S-adenosylmethionine seems to have antidepressant effects, and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, particularly docosahexaenoic acid, may have mood-stabilizing effects. More research should be conducted on these and other natural products for the prevention and treatment of various psychiatric disorders.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Health Care Sciences, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC, USA.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

10511018

Citation

Fugh-Berman, A, and J M. Cott. "Dietary Supplements and Natural Products as Psychotherapeutic Agents." Psychosomatic Medicine, vol. 61, no. 5, 1999, pp. 712-28.
Fugh-Berman A, Cott JM. Dietary supplements and natural products as psychotherapeutic agents. Psychosom Med. 1999;61(5):712-28.
Fugh-Berman, A., & Cott, J. M. (1999). Dietary supplements and natural products as psychotherapeutic agents. Psychosomatic Medicine, 61(5), pp. 712-28.
Fugh-Berman A, Cott JM. Dietary Supplements and Natural Products as Psychotherapeutic Agents. Psychosom Med. 1999;61(5):712-28. PubMed PMID: 10511018.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Dietary supplements and natural products as psychotherapeutic agents. AU - Fugh-Berman,A, AU - Cott,J M, PY - 1999/10/8/pubmed PY - 1999/10/8/medline PY - 1999/10/8/entrez SP - 712 EP - 28 JF - Psychosomatic medicine JO - Psychosom Med VL - 61 IS - 5 N2 - Alternative therapies are widely used by consumers. A number of herbs and dietary supplements have demonstrable effects on mood, memory, and insomnia. There is a significant amount of evidence supporting the use of Hypericum perforatum (St. John's wort) for depression and Ginkgo biloba for dementia. Results of randomized, controlled trials also support the use of kava for anxiety and valerian for insomnia. Although evidence for the use of vitamins and amino acids as sole agents for psychiatric symptoms is not strong, there is intriguing preliminary evidence for the use of folate, tryptophan, and phenylalanine as adjuncts to enhance the effectiveness of conventional antidepressants. S-adenosylmethionine seems to have antidepressant effects, and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, particularly docosahexaenoic acid, may have mood-stabilizing effects. More research should be conducted on these and other natural products for the prevention and treatment of various psychiatric disorders. SN - 0033-3174 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/10511018/Dietary_supplements_and_natural_products_as_psychotherapeutic_agents_ L2 - http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/00006842-199909000-00012 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -