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Archive for the 'Inositol' Category

CAM treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Standard therapies are of limited value for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

Researchers at Swinburne University of Technology, in Australia, reviewed the value of CAM, self-help techniques, and lifestyle interventions. (more…)

Review: CAM for anxiety and related conditions

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Researchers at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, in Greenville, North Carolina tell us, “The number of people with psychiatric disorders who use CAM is on the rise,… estimates of CAM use range from 8% to 57%.” Most of this is to treat anxiety and depression.

Is it worth the effort? (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…)

Inositol to treat anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Several nutritional supplements are purported to treat anxiety. However, only inositol has evidence of superiority vs placebo and comparability with the SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) fluvoxamine (Luvox; not available in the US).

That’s the conclusion from Dr. Sy Atezaz Saeed and 2 coauthors from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. (more…)

Compiling the evidence for kava to treat anxiety

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

A review published in American Family Physician covers a broad range of herbal and dietary supplements for treating anxiety disorders.

I’ll focus on the best of the lot, kava (Piper methysticum). You can read the rest of the article here. (more…)

The health risks of panic attacks in postmenopausal women and CAM options

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

The Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study reports “Panic attacks are relatively common among postmenopausal women and appear to be an independent risk factor for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in older women.”

Let’s review the study and then the CAM connection. (more…)

Acute liver disease associated with taking aloe vera by mouth

Friday, September 21st, 2007

It has been reported in 3 people. (more…)