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Archive for the 'SAMe' Category

Adding tai chi improves antidepressant drug therapy

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

During the New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit Meeting, researchers at David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, reported that adding tai chi to escitalopram (Lexapro, Cipralex, Seroplex) treatment further reduced the severity of depression. (more…)

CAM for major depressive therapy

Friday, April 15th, 2011

The American Psychiatric Association’s Task Force on Complementary and Alternative Medicine reviewed the evidence and report their findings.

Here are their findings. (more…)

CAM (not St John’s wort) to treat depression

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Researchers at Goulds Naturopathica, in Hobart TAS, Australia, reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Review of CAM for behavioral health

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Evidence for CAM to treat depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been reviewed by researchers at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, in Kenner.

Here’s what we know. (more…)

Review: CAM for fibromyalgia

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Prof. Ernst and colleagues from the UK reviewed of the evidence (more…)

Should we add CAM to Rx treatments?

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

 Researchers from the University of Queensland, in Australia evaluated the evidence for adding nutritional and herbal medicines to antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and benzodiazepines. (more…)

Treating ADHD with supplements

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Researchers from the University of Canterbury, at Christchurch, New Zealand reviewed the evidence supporting the use of nutritional and herbal supplements to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). (more…)

Augmentation therapy for resistant depression

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

When a second antidepressant drug is added to an existing antidepressant, it’s called “combination pharmacotherapy.”

When a non-antidepressant agent is added, it’s “augmentation treatment.”

Examples of augmentation therapy… (more…)

CAM to augment anti-depressant drug effects

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

A study published in the journal, eCAM, and summarized in an earlier post, reported a remission rate of 65% when Iyengar yoga was used to augment the effects of anti-depressant drugs in 20 adults with unipolar major depression in partial remission.

How do other forms of CAM compare when used to improve a less than complete response to pharmacologic treatment of depression? (more…)

CAM for perinatal depression

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Further research is needed, but Dr. Marlene Freeman from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas brings us up to date. (more…)

The NCCAM view of CAM for fibromyalgia

Friday, July 11th, 2008

The National Center for CAM (NCCAM) has summarized the state of the science. (more…)

Another review of CAM options for bipolar disorder

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) and S-adenosyl-l-methionine (SAMe) top the list, according to this review from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania. (more…)