Thursday, July 24, 2008

Herbal Remedy No Better Than Placebo in Treating ADHD

Parents of children and adolescents with ADHD should give their offspring physician-prescribed treatments rather than herbal remedies, according to the results of a new placebo-controlled trial.

One popular botanical compound is no more effective than placebo for treating symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents, according to a report in the June 11 Journal of the American Medical Association.

Some parents have attempted to treat their children and adolescents with the herbal remedy because of the side effects associated with stimulant medications or because stimulants have not been effective in reducing the symptoms associated with ADHD in their offspring, stated the report.


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