Show Summary Details
Page of

Botanicals of Interest to Psychiatrists 

Botanicals of Interest to Psychiatrists
Botanicals of Interest to Psychiatrists

Daniel A. Monti

, and Andrew B. Newberg

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 24 October 2020

There are many herbal and botanical substances that are currently used by patients with psychiatric disorders such as anxiety or depression. Because each botanical derives from a different source, contains different active components, and has a different application, each must be studied thoroughly and used carefully. The use of herbal medicines differs from that of chemical pharmaceuticals, which are usually tested, packaged, and administered as single agents in defined dosages. Clinical evidence of effectiveness and toxicity of natural agents varies greatly as do methods for assessing their efficacy. The regulation, legality, standards, and control of the use of botanicals also vary greatly throughout the world. An account of the most frequently used phytopsychopharmaceuticals with their biologic effects, indications, side effects, and interactions can be useful to the clinician and are described in this chapter. Some ingredients covered include St. John’s wort, panax ginseng, kava, valerian, cannabis, and lavender.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.