St. John’s Wort Does Little To Help Kids With ADHD

June 11, 2008

A new government study has shown that St. John's wort does not help children and teens suffering with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).New York (ChattahBox) – A new government study has shown that St. John’s wort does not help children and teens suffering with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The study included 54 children, all with ADHD. They were split into two groups and either given St. John’s wort capsules three times a day, or placebos. All of the children were aged 6 to 17-years old.

St. John’s wort is a common herbal treatment for kids with ADHD. It is made of pine bark extract, as well as blue-green algae.

Researchers from Harvard University and the University of Washington found that St. John’s wort was not effective at all in helping children with their ADHD.

The study has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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2 Responses to “St. John’s Wort Does Little To Help Kids With ADHD”

  1. William Tell on June 11th, 2008 4:49 pm

    Nice picture. Perhaps, like the study, a more accurate or a more full picture of how St. John’s Wort can be helpful should be explored. Those don’t look like the St. JW’s that I pick and use. Maybe I better take a class from the medical association and learn what “real St. John’s Wort” looks like and in the AMA side, maybe they can look into how it works systemically to see the benefits using the whole plant on the whole body system and not focusing on the “active ingredient” with a specific medically labelled child. Perhaps that kind of focus for the study would give us a better outlook. Not just for the lay point of view but the medical society as well. After all, so many of us use natural medicine and an unbiased report would help us all feel more comfortable with the results of that kind of study.

    Thank you.

  2. William Tell on June 11th, 2008 4:52 pm

    P.S. St. John’s Wort is just that. Just for your readers knowledge, if they are seeking it, if there are other ingredients involved, then those are separate plants/ingredients added to the remedy.

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