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St John’s Wort not effective in treating ADHD

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has found that St. John’s Wort was not effective in treating childhood ADHD.  Participants in the study either received St. John’s Wort or a placebo.  There was no decrease in ADHD behaviors in either group.

I always ad a caveat that in the United States “nutraceuticals” or “natural supplements” are not regulated by the FDA.  This means that if you are going to take a nutraceutical, you need to make sure the manufacturer has very strict quality control.  And always tell your doctor when you are considering taking a nutraceutical, especially if you are already taking psychotropic medication.  St. John’s Wort and some other nutraceuticals affect the central nervous system. 

Here’s a link to an article on the ADHD/St. John’s Wort research:


By |2016-10-05T06:46:13+00:00June 12th, 2008|Categories: ADHD, Medication, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on St John’s Wort not effective in treating ADHD

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Dr. Stephanie Sarkis is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and AMHCA Diplomate and Clinical Specialist in Child and Adolescent Counseling based in Tampa Bay, Florida, where she specializes in the treatment of ADD/ADHD. Dr. Sarkis conducts evaluations, testing, diagnosis, and counseling services. She also is a public speaker, consultant, coach, and is a facilitator in collaborative law.