Updated for its Second Edition, this book is the only reference to focus exclusively on natural medications in psychiatry. Eminent psychiatrists from the Massachusetts General Hospital and other leading institutions examine current scientific and clinical data on the applications, effectiveness, and safety of natural psychotropics and acupuncture. Quick-reference tabular appendices list indications, contraindications, dosages, combinations, and drug-drug interactions for each remedy. This edition includes brand-new chapters on acupuncture, homeopathy, and therapies for substance dependence and weight management. The chapter on polypharmacy and side effect management addresses the growing issue of drug-drug interactions. New introductory chapters discuss complementary and alternative medicine in society and examine research limitations and quality assurance issues.
GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS ABOUT COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Society: An Introduction David Mischoulon and Jerrold F. Rosenbaum Evaluating the Data: Limitations of Research and Quality Assurance Issues Regarding Natural Remedies Maurizio Fava and David Mischoulon TREATMENT OF MOOD DISORDERS St. John's Wort: A Critical Evaluation of the Evidence for Antidepressant Effects Andrew A. Nierenberg, Hannah G. Lund, and David Mischoulon Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Mood Disorders: A Review of Neurobiological and Clinical Actions Andrew L. Stoll One-Carbon Metabolism and the Treatment of Depression: Roles of S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine and Folate Jonathan E. Alpert, George I. Papakostas, and David Mischoulon Dehydroepiandrosterone in the Treatment of Neuropsychiatric Conditions Owen M. Wolkowitz, Victor I. Reus, Nicole Maninger, and Synthia Mellon Inositol in the Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders Robert H. Belmaker and Joseph Levine TREATMENT OF ANXIETY AND SLEEP DISORDERS Herbal Remedies for Anxiety and Insomnia: Kava and Valerian David Mischoulon Therapeutic Potential of Melatonin in Sleep and Circadian Disorders Irina V. Zhdanova and Leah Friedman TREATMENT OF OTHER DISORDERS Ginkgo Biloba Extract (EGb 761) in Cognitive Disorders Hakima Amri, Mones Abu-Asab, Pierre Le Bars, and Janet Kastelan Black Cohosh for Relief of Climacteric Symptoms Daniel S. Fabricant, Steven Dentali, Elizabeth C. Krause, and Norman R. Farnsworth Chaste Tree Fruit and Premenstrual Syndrome Donna E. Webster, Steven Dentali, Norman R. Farnsworth, and Z. Jim Wang Natural Products with Anti-Addictive Activities David Y-W. Lee Alternative Therapies for Weight Loss Anne Becker and Lee Kaplan MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS Acupuncture for the Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders Albert Yeung, Rosa Schnyer, Yantao Ma, and David Mischoulon Homeopathy and Its Applications in Psychiatry Iris R. Bell and Pamela Pappas Polypharmacy, Side Effect Management, and Drug-Drug Interactions with Natural Psychotropic Medications and Acupuncture David Mischoulon and Christina M. Dording Afterword APPENDICES Appendix 1: Summary of the Different Treatments: Components, Indications, Mechanisms, Doses, Adverse Effects, Combinations, and Interactions Appendix 2 Appendix 3