Natural Medications


Acupuncture in a Psychiatric Practice

Is acupuncture a useful alternative therapy for your patients? Perhaps. In 2007, the National Health Interview Survey noted that more than three million American adults were using acupuncture each year to ease chronic pain, a number that is likely to have risen in the past five years.

Nootropics and Antioxidants: The Next Big Things in Psychiatry?

With an ongoing desire for “natural” products, and disappointment with the cost and efficacy of current prescription medications, more patients have turned to supplements. As a psychiatrist, the more you know about these supplements, the better you can have a conversation about their known risks and benefits.

Research Update

St. John’s Wort or Celexa for Minor Depression?

Whether minor depression responds to antidepressant medication is up for debate, with few studies yielding mixed results.

B Vitamins May Slow Brain Atrophy

Given that taking B vitamins can lower plasma homocysteine levels, a group of researchers recently examined whether supplemental B vitamins could low the rate of brain atrophy in elderly people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

Expert QA

Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Mood Disorders

Defining CAM is challenging. One of the things that makes it so hard to have a concrete discussion on CAM is that it means different things to different people.

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OTC Agents for Depression, Anxiety, and Insomnia [Free Article]

Natural and Alternative Treatments in Psychiatry, The Carlat Psychiatry Report

More than 38% of Americans use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) yearly, with 12.7% using so-called “natural products." More than a third of people over age 50 report use of supplements, yet only about half have discussed this with their doctors.