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Abstract Title:

Observational study: Matricaria chamomilla may improve some symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Abstract Source:

Phytomedicine. 2009 Apr;16(4):284-6. Epub 2008 Dec 20. PMID: 19097772

Abstract Author(s):

H Niederhofer

Abstract:

OBJECTIVE: Noradrenaline and serotonin reuptake inhibitors have been proven to be effective in some cases of ADHD. In this open trial, Matricaria chamomilla, a serotonin and noradrealine reuptake inhibitor, actually used as an antidepressant, has been checked for this indication. METHOD: Three 14-16-year-old male psychiatric outpatients, diagnosed with attention-deficit disorder (ADHD) have been rated at baseline and while taking Matricaria chamomilla to determine its efficacy as a treatment for ADHD. Improvement was valuated using comparisons of Conners' parent ratings. RESULTS: Patients' mean scores improved for Conners' hyperactivity, inattention and immaturity factors. CONCLUSIONS: Although the sample size is very small and therefore generalization is very difficult, this observation indicates that Matricaria chamomilla might be a slightly effective treatment also for ADHD.

Study Type : Human Study

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