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ALPHABETICAL LIST OF COMMON PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTURBANCES

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some common herbal medications

 

Kava: an alternative to prescription anxiety medications but without the associated sedative, hypnotic, or withdrawal symptoms. A study in '93 showed it to be as effective as some benzodiazapines (a class of anxiety medications) in reducing anxiety. Recommended daily dose is 65 - 85mg of kava lactones 3 times a day. Look for results beginning within 2 days. Side effects are minimal, consisting mostly of mild stomach upset. Kava should not be used with other central nervous system depressant drugs, alcohol, prescription anxiolytics, or St. John's Wort. Its use is contraindicated in pregnancy and lactation.

Ginkgo biloba: has been shown to provide significant cognitive benefit in patients with Alzheimer's and multi-infarct dementia at a dose of 240mg/day. Ginkgo is also indicated for intermittent claudication and tinnitus at 120mg/day. The most common side effect, mild upset stomach, occurred in less than 1%of patients studied. Concomitant use of anticoagulants should be closely monitored, as ginkgo can increase their effects.

Saw Palmetto: Used to treat benign prostatic hypertrophy. As effective as prescription medication, without effecting sexual function. Standard dose is 320mg/day (may be divided into two doses) of liposterolic extract.

Valerian root: Used for insomnia at a dose of 450mg of valerian at bedtime. Sometimes used for mild to moderate anxiety. As effective as prescription sleep medications, but without the daytime sedation and impaired concentration. It is very safe, with no known contraindications. May be used in pregnancy and lactation. Do not use in combination with Kava or prescription medications.

Feverfew: Used for migraine prophalaxis, hot flashes. Has been proven to reduce frequency and intensity of attacks. Dosage should be based on concentration of parthenolide, the active constituent. The goal is to take more than 250mcg/day of parthenolide.

St. John's wort: for mild to moderate depression. May take 4 to 6 weeks to show effects, like most prescription antidepressants. Dose is 100mg three times a day. Do not take with prescription antidepressants or anxiety medications.

Black Cohosh: for menopausal symptoms and hot flashes. Works by suppressing the production of LH. Found to be as effective as estrogen in some women for treating the symptoms of menopause. May take up to 4 weeks to produce maximum effect. Dose is 40mg daily. Do not take with prescription medications or Vitex.

from: http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/Villa/2617/herbal.htm