New Study Shows Herbs Have No Effect on ADHD Symptoms - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/10/08

New Study Shows Herbs Have No Effect on ADHD Symptoms

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, affects thousands of children each year. Up to 30 percent do not respond to prescription medication or may experience some adverse reaction to certain drugs so they can't take them. That's why many have turned to herbal supplements for help. The most popular is St. John's Wort. But a new study finds that could be a waste of time and money.

Dr. Wendy Weber, Ph.D. says, "We found that the individuals who took St. John's Wort did no better than the children who took the placebo. So we saw no beneficial effect of St. John's Wort in our trial."

Dr. Wendy Weber and her colleagues at Bastyr University studied 54 children with ADHD ages six to 17 and half received 900 milligrams of St. John's Wort a day for eight weeks. The other half received a placebo. Researchers say all the kids still had the same symptoms including restlessness, hyperactivity, and lack of concentration after eight weeks of the supplement.

If you'd like to read more about this, the study appears this week's Journal of the American Medical Association.

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