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Herbs for the MindReview - Herbs for the Mind
What Science Tells Us About Nature's Remedies for Depression, Stress, Memory Loss, and Insomnia
by Jonathan R. T. Davidson and Kathryn M. Connor
Guilford Press, 2000
Review by Dianne Rockenstein, M.A.
Oct 19th 2000 (Volume 4, Issue 42)

Anything with the potential to do good, also has the potential to do harm. This is one reason why Herbs for the Mind written by two Duke University psychiatrists is highly recommended reading.

American consumers today are highly interested in herbal alternative treatments to expensive prescription medications which may cause intolerable side effects or even harmful adverse reactions. Unfortunately, most American physicians are not versed in the use of herbal remedies. The FDA does not currently regulate these herbs which are now sold as dietary supplements. Information today on different brands of herbal preparations can be misleading or confusing. Consumers want to know more about the effectiveness of these herbal remedies. What dosages are effective and safe? Are they safe to mix with other nonprescription or prescription medications? These are just a few questions that this guide answers.

This book focuses on four popular herbs: St. John's Wort, Kava, Ginkgo and Valerian. These herbs' extracts are alternative treatments for depression, stress, memory loss and insomnia. Many consumers today may be dismayed by the cost, side effects and adverse reactions of traditional prescription psychoactive drugs.

Herbs for the Mind is an intelligent insightful look at the practical use of these four popular herbs. It informs physicians, mental health professionals and inquiring consumers concerning the uses, effectiveness, dosages and side effects to expect when using these herbal preparations. It cites research done and clinical studies, especially in Europe where these herbs are very widely used and accepted. Cover to cover, this guide is filled with detailed facts and case studies to help professionals and consumers who want to be informed regarding the uses of these four psychoactive herbs.

This invaluable guide should be included on the book shelf of every physician, mental health professional and informed consumer. This information is needed for consumers who have the right of choices in regard to maintaining their health.

Dianne is a widow living with her two daughters, two dogs, four cats and two lovebirds in western PA. She formerly worked in nursing at the VA Hospital. After she lost her husband to suicide, she chose to go back to college to study Psychology. She earned her B.S. in Psychology in 1990 and M.A. in Counseling Psychology in 1993. Dianne has worked as a therapist, and has also taught college level Psychology. She enjoys photography, drawing and painting. She is an avid animal lover who enjoys horseback riding.


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