January 23, 2019

There exists a host of plant compounds that are being studied for their properties to aid in these mental and emotional disturbances. In the plant, there is usually one predominant active ingredient, however, there can also be an abundance of ingredients creating what is presumed to be a synergistic effect. For example, valerian has over 150 of these active ingredients. Originally developed in plants as a means of defense, these compounds are generally recognized as safe however there are some that may be toxic in large doses, such as kava kava or Saint John's Wort (not my favorite, by the way!).

In vitro or lab studies are used to determine the mechanism of action, or pharmacological properties of these extracts or compounds, while clinical trials are used to determine the actual effectiveness in humans. These trials may or may not be conducted in a suitable way to determine the appropriate efficacy or guidelines for recommendations, however with greater number of trials, the...

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