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Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2013 Mar;36(1):37-47. doi: 10.1016/j.psc.2012.12.004.

Phytomedicines for prevention and treatment of mental health disorders.

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New York Medical College, 40 Sunshine Cottage Road, Valhalla, NY 10595, USA. PGerbarg@aol.com

Abstract

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.

PMID:
23538075
DOI:
10.1016/j.psc.2012.12.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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