Many parents believe that herbal medicines can help children with ADHD focus better and ease other symptoms.
However, a new study shows that in children and teens diagnosed with ADHD, taking St. John’s wort was no better than taking a placebo pill.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder affects 3% to 12% of children in the U.S. An article accompanying the study reports that 30% of young people with ADHD do not respond well to prescription drugs.(Read entire article)
A popular herbal remedy for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children actually does little to improve symptoms of the disease, according to a new study. Researchers at Bastyr University in Washington state report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that St. John's wort, a commonly used botanical to treat depression, does not help children with ADHD to concentrate or curb hyperactivity any more than a rice-protein placebo over an eight-week period. It's the first such study to tackle the question of St. John's wort's effectiveness against ADHD in a randomized, placebo-controlled trial. (Read entire article)