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Natural Remedies for Mental Health and Aging 

Natural Remedies for Mental Health and Aging
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Natural Remedies for Mental Health and Aging
Author(s):

Isadora Sande Mathias

and David Mischoulon

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199380862.003.0004
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date: 30 October 2020

Natural remedies and supplements are very popular, largely because of their relative ease of access, good tolerability and safety profiles. The evidence is supportive of beneficial effects of many natural supplements in psychiatric illness, particularly in mood disorders and dementia. However, there is a dearth of large-scale, rigorous studies to be able to provide definitive conclusions about the use of natural supplements for mental health and aging. Clinicians need to understand the indications, mechanisms of action, and possible side effects of these agents in order to advise their patients. This is especially true when dealing with older adults, who may be at risk of adverse interactions when combining over-the-counter supplements with prescription drugs. This chapter reviews the state of knowledge about the efficacy, safety, and mechanisms of action of several popular natural remedies thought to be effective in mood disorders and dementia.

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