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Pediatr Clin North Am. 2011 Feb;58(1):33-54, x. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2010.10.006.

Herbal medicines in pediatric neuropsychiatry.

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Borgess Ambulatory Care, Kalamazoo, MI 49048, USA.


An increasing number of studies have evaluated the role of herbal supplements in pediatric disorders, but they have numerous limitations. This review provides an overview of herbal components, regulation of supplements, and importance of product quality assurance. Use of herbal supplements is discussed with reference to factors that influence use in the pediatric population. The remainder of the article discusses the use of St John's wort, melatonin, kava, valerian, eicosapentaenoic acid, and docosahexaenoic acid, focusing on indications, adverse effects, and drug interactions, and providing a limited efficacy review. Herbal supplements used for weight loss are also briefly discussed.

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