ARTICLE REVIEW #3
Do herbal supplements effectively treat depression? This article review will look at two articles, the first article titled “Beat depression naturally with herbal supplement” by Suzy Cohen, and “Clinical trial of Rhodiola rosea L. extract SHR-5 in the treatment of mild to moderate depression” (V. Darbinyan, G. Aslanyan, E. Amroyan, E. Gabrielyan, C. Malmstrom, and A. Panossian, 2007). The first article was published in Tulsa World, in a “Dear Pharmacist” section. The second article was published in 2007 in the Nordic Journal of Psychiatry The main question being answered is does Rhodiola rosea extract improve patients with mild to moderate depression versus nothing at all. Over a 6 week period patients with mild to moderate depression that were clinically diagnosed with depression were given the Beck Depression Inventory, and the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression. They selected patients that were only mild to moderately depressed that did not have any of the following; progressive organic, metabolic syndrome, or compulsive, schizophrenic, or delusive disorders. Patients who were pregnant, lactating, or receiving medication for serious chronic illness were also excluded from this study. Prior to the beginning of this study, patients had blood tests done, as well as medical examinations. Following the blood tests and examinations patients underwent a 2 week abstinence from their medications to include those who were prescribed medication for anti-depression or psychotropic drugs. This most likely was to ensure all patients were starting with a clean slate so to speak, and to make sure that there were no outliers in the data at the end of the study. The patient population was divided into 3 groups, 2 groups would receive Verum tablets 400mg which contained 170mg of Rhodiola extract SHR-5. The 3rd group received a Verum placebo, same ingredients as groups A and B but with 170mg of lactose instead of Rhodiola. Group A received...
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