View Full Version : Article: Complementary medicines in treatment of ADHD (2011)

03-26-13, 08:22 PM
This article ( seems to be the latest summary about research in Natural Supplements supporting the treatment of ADHD.

The review revealed that 16 studies met inclusion criteria, with predominant evidentiary support found for zinc, iron, Pinus marinus (French maritime pine bark), and a Chinese herbal formula (Ningdong); and mixed (mainly inconclusive) evidence for omega-3, and l-acetyl carnitine. Current data suggest that Ginkgo biloba (ginkgo), and Hypercium perforatum (St. John's wort) are ineffective in treating ADHD.

The article had a very strict policy of including only large, high quality studies, to say with good certainty that a substance has often shown good evidence of working. Term "mixed evidence" for omega-3 and carnitine should be read "in some quality studies, a positive effect was found, in some no effect was found". This means there is some quality evidence to support their functionality.

The low-quality suggestive studies were ignored, regardless of what results they got. This means that supplements like Tyrosine, that have had only suggestive studies, were excluded from this summary article.