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Phytomedicine. 2009 Apr;16(4):284-6. doi: 10.1016/j.phymed.2008.10.006. Epub 2008 Dec 20.

Observational study: Matricaria chamomilla may improve some symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Regional Hospital Bozen, Via Guncina 54/A, 39100 Bolzano, Italy. helmutniederhofer@yahoo.de

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Noradrenaline and serotonin reuptake inhibitors have been proven to be effective in some cases of ADHD. In this open trial, Matricaria chamomilla, a serotonin and noradrealine reuptake inhibitor, actually used as an antidepressant, has been checked for this indication.

METHOD:

Three 14-16-year-old male psychiatric outpatients, diagnosed with attention-deficit disorder (ADHD) have been rated at baseline and while taking Matricaria chamomilla to determine its efficacy as a treatment for ADHD. Improvement was valuated using comparisons of Conners' parent ratings.

RESULTS:

Patients' mean scores improved for Conners' hyperactivity, inattention and immaturity factors.

CONCLUSIONS:

Although the sample size is very small and therefore generalization is very difficult, this observation indicates that Matricaria chamomilla might be a slightly effective treatment also for ADHD.

PMID:
19097772
DOI:
10.1016/j.phymed.2008.10.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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