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Learn about complementary, alternative, and integrative health! View a short video about some of the myths about alternative medicine. There are 2 articles that provide more in depth information. The article in Nursing Clinics of North America is a "review" article. A "review" article is similar to reading a chapter in a book; it gives a broad overview of a topic. This article provides an overview of how different herbal therapies may interact with different psychotropic medications. The 2nd article in the Journal of AOAC International has some interesting information about the use of herbs and spices for medicinal purposes. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health is part of the National Institutes of Health.
Video: Myths about Alternative Medicine You Should Know
Mayo Clinic. (2020, January 28). Myths about alternative medicine you should know. (Video: 1.47 minutes)
Mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, and insomnia, are leading causes of hospitalization and disability for young and middle-aged adults. Approximately one-half of Americans will be diagnosed with a mental illness during their lifetime. Plants and roots have been used as medicinal agents since the beginning of recorded time. Complementary and alternative medicine or complementary integrative medicine use has been increasing throughout most socioeconomic classes, cultures, and age categories. This article reviews herbal and alternative therapies used to treat anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Indications for use, patient education, and possible interactions with conventional prescribed psychotropic medications are analyzed.
From the abstract: Spices and herbs have been in use for centuries both for culinary and medicinal purposes. Spices not only enhance the flavor, aroma, and color of food and beverages, but they can also protect from acute and chronic diseases. More Americans are considering the use of spices and herbs for medicinal and therapeutic/remedy use, especially for various chronic conditions. There is now ample evidence that spices and herbs possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antitumorigenic, anticarcinogenic, and glucose- and cholesterol-lowering activities as well as properties that affect cognition and mood.
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health