The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Treating ADHD with supplements

    Researchers from the University of Canterbury, at Christchurch, New Zealand reviewed the evidence supporting the use of nutritional and herbal supplements to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

    First, the details.

    • Published evidence on single ingredients (eg, minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and essential fatty acids), botanicals, and multi-ingredient formulas were reviewed.

    Warning: The evidence is sparse, mixed, and lacking consistency. Links are added to summaries presented previously on this blog.

    And, the results.

    • The best evidence
      • Zinc (2 positive studies)
    • Mixed evidence
    • More research needed
      • Vitamins
      • Magnesium
      • Iron
      • SAM-e
      • Tryptophan
      • Ginkgo biloba with ginseng
    • No supporting evidence
    • Multi-ingredient approaches are intriguing but under-researched.

    The bottom line?
    Slim pick’ns

    4/7/09 19:34 JR

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