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Herbal Remedies, Mood, and Cognition

Acee, Anna M. EdD, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC; Sharoff, Leighsa EdD, RN, NPP, AHN-BC

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e31823bff70

Herbal medicines were the “sole” source of medicine for thousands of years, in every culture since the advent of human civilization. Today, patients are increasing the use of these botanicals for numerous conditions, such as mood and cognition. This article will explore commonly used herbal remedies for mood and cognition functioning. It is imperative that nurses and nurse practitioners obtain expertise with these botanicals with regard to efficacy, adverse effects and contraindications, possible drug interactions, and safety considerations.

Long Island University's School of Nursing, Brooklyn, New York (Dr Acee); and City University of New York at Hunter College, School of Nursing, New York (Dr Sharoff).

Correspondence: Anna M. Acee, EdD, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC, School of Nursing, Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, New York, NY 11201 (

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.