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Considering biomedical/CAM treatments

  • Author(s): Cheng, JX
  • Widjaja, F
  • Choi, JE
  • Hendren, RL
  • et al.

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is widely used to treat children with psychiatric disorders. In this review, MedLine was searched for various biomedical/CAM treatments in combination with the key words "children," "adolescents," "psychiatric disorders," and "complementary alternative medicine." The biomedical/CAM treatments most thoroughly researched were omega-3 fatty acids, melatonin, and memantine. Those with the fewest published studies were N-acetylcysteine, vitamin B12, and oxytocin, although many biomedical/CAM treatments have no published studies. Although data are modest, there is evidence to suggest that biomedical/CAM treatments may be helpful for a subgroup of children with psychiatric disorders. Further research and more randomized, controlled trials in children are warranted. Copyright © 2013 American Academiy of Pediatrics. All rights reserved.

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