Phytomedicines for Prevention and Treatment of Mental Health Disorders
New York Medical College, 40 Sunshine Cottage Road, Valhalla, NY 10595, USA. Electronic address: . The Psychiatric clinics of North America
(Impact Factor: 1.87).
03/2013; 36(1):37-47. DOI: 10.1016/j.psc.2012.12.004
Herbal medicines supported by evidence of safety and efficacy in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, cognitive enhancement, mental focus, and sexual function are useful as monotherapies, multiherb combinations, and as adjuncts to prescription psychotropics. Relevant mechanisms of action and clinical guidelines for herbs in common use can assist clinicians who want to enhance treatment outcomes by integrating phytomedicinals into their treatment regimens. Research is needed to strengthen the evidence base and to expand the range of disorders that can be treated with herbal extracts. Studies of herbal genomic effects may lead to more targeted and effective treatments.
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