Journal article

Herbal medicine for depression, anxiety and insomnia: A review of psychopharmacology and clinical evidence

Jerome Sarris, Alexander Panossian, Isaac Schweitzer, Con Stough, Andrew Scholey

European Neuropsychopharmacology | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2011

Abstract

Research in the area of herbal psychopharmacology has increased markedly over the past decades. To date however, a comprehensive review of herbal antidepressant, anxiolytic and hypnotic psychopharmacology and applications in depression, anxiety and insomnia has been absent. A search of MEDLINE (PubMed), CINAHL, PsycINFO, and the Cochrane Library databases was conducted (up to February 21st 2011) on commonly used psychotropic herbal medicines. A review of the literature was conducted to ascertain mechanisms of action of these botanicals, in addition to a systematic review of controlled clinical trials for treatment of mood, anxiety and sleep disorders, which are common comorbid psychiatric di..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Funding Acknowledgements

No direct funding was received for this manuscript. Dr. Jerome Sarris is funded by an Australian National Health & Medical Research Council fellowship (NHMRC funding ID 628875), in a strategic partnership with The University of Melbourne and Swinburne University of Technology.Dr. Jerome Sarris is funded by an Australian National Health Et Medical Research Council fellowship (NHMRC funding ID 628875), in a strategic partnership with The University of Melbourne and the National Institute of Complementary Medicine Collaborative Centre for the Study of Neurocognition at Swinburne University of Technology. Thanks are extended to Genevieve Houghton for assistance with formatting the manuscript.