Two naturopaths introduce us to the world of brain biochemistry, translating the science to common English, so that we can understand the potential power of herbs and nutrients to enhance health, prevent disorders and affect existing health disorders. These alternatives, or supplements, to medication are being used across the country to help treat health conditions with psychological components – from ADHD and anorexia to insomnia, menopause and Parkinson’s Disease. Authors Meletis and Baker explain 18 of these conditions, and review the most current research in how – and whether – the use of herbs and supplements has been proven to prevent, affect or remove the health conditions, or at least some of their symptoms. Can the Chinese herb Salvia curb cravings in alcoholics? Can niacin help treat anxiety? Other herb, nutrient and conditions addressed include the use of zinc to reduce symptoms of anorexia and bulimia, ginkgo biloba for Alzheimer’s and 5-HTP for depression. One appendix to this volume lists the top 20 brain enhancing herbs and supplements. Another lists nutrient deficiencies and their links to health and brain function.
It is not the intent of this book to advocate for the replacement of standard drug therapy, but for the integration for these “natural medicines” with traditional medical treatments. Consumers are urged to discuss these herbs and nutrients with their physician before beginning use, as some allergic reactions or interactions with traditional medicines can occur. The central argument of this book is that when properly nourished people can operate at maximum and physical capacity with maximum ability to fend off or recover from disease or disorder.
Title: Herbs and Nutrients for the Mind: A Guide to Natural Brain Enhancers (Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Authors: Chris D. Meletis, Jason E. Barker
Publisher: Praeger Publishers
Publication date: 2004-10-30