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Class II Evidence: Herbs with at least one controlled trial without randomization, well-designed, cohort or case-control analytic study; pharmacological, in vitro, in vivo, or non-human experiment.

Common/Chinese Names(Botanical Name) Safety Rating Drug Interactions CONTRA & Warnings MH Support
*Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)Supportive Very safe Barbiturates such as: Seconal, Seconal Sodium, Mebaral, Nembutal Sodium, Luminal, Amytal Sodium, Butisol Sodium and Nembutal. Not for use in pregnancy or if diabetic. None Identified Weak

Comments from MHs: This herb stimulates thyroid function and can cause an additive effect with medications such as Synthroid and other Thyroid hormone medications. It was also noted that this herb may also interact with Benzodiazepines

Recommended Dose: : 5-13 ml of 1:2 liquid extract per day; 35-90 ml of 1:2 liquid extract per week (Bone, 2003).


*Brahmi (Bacopa monniera) Supportive Very Safe None Identified None Identified Weak

Comments from MHs: None.

Recommended Dose: 5-13 ml of 1:2 liquid extract per day; 35-90 ml of 1:2 liquid extract per week (Bone, 2003).


*Chaste tree (Vitex agnus castus)Supportive Generally Safe Hormonal Contraceptives such as: Elinest, Estrostep Fe, Gildess, Nordette, Tri- Lo-Marzia, Zeosa, Zovia, Triphasil, Demulen,Emoquette, Syeda, Plan B, Ovcon 35 and Mon-Linyah, etc. Pregnancy and Diabetes Weak

Comments from MHs: In rare cases, this herb can aggravate patients and worsen depressive symptoms when severely depressed. Some women may also experience break-through bleeding and mood swings but report that these side effects will abate if the patient discontinues use of the herb.

Recommended Dose: 1.0-2.5 ml of 1:2 liquid extract per day; 6 to 18 ml of 1:2 liquid extract per week (Bone, 2003).


*Chinese Peony(Paeonia lactiflora)Supportive Very Safe None Identified None Identified Weak

Comments from MHs: None

Recommended Dose: 30-50 drops of 1:5 tincture, up to three times a day (Winston & Maimes, 2007).


*Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) Supportive Generally Safe MAOI's such as: Zelapar,Marplan, Pernate, Eldepryl, Emsam and Nardil. Not for long-term use and seeds should not be ingested. Weak

Comments from MHs: Ginkgo has a blood thinning effect and must be used with caution in patients on blood thinners such as Warfarin and Heparin (5). Because of this, Ginkgo is contraindicated in patients pre-and post-surgery (2). Also, Ginkgo may modify the CYP2D6 pathway and any medications metabolized by this pathway may be effected. A minority of MHs feel that Gingko has little relevance in treating depression; or that its use should be limited to the elderly suffering from depression. It is viewed primarily as a blood thinner and cerebral circulatory stimulant. It was also reported that Gingko can cause severe headaches in some people. Additionally, although the seeds should not be consumed, one herbalist noted that if the outer skin is removed it is considered food in Chinese medicine.

Recommended Dose: 3-4 ml of the standardized (2:1) liquid extract per day; 21-28 ml of the standardized (1:2) liquid extract per week (Bone, 2003).


1Korean/Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) Supportive Generally Safe Unspecified Stimulants Bipolar and Diabetes as it may modify glucose levels. Weak

Comments from MHs: One herbalist advised caution when using this herb in patients with premenstrual syndrome, hypoglycemia (or simply a sensitivity to blood sugar issues), and thyroid disease. Those with chronic anxiety or trauma who are sensitive to stimulating herbs should use this herb cautiously (3). Another MH noted, however, that if this herb is used in a formula, its negative effects can be offset by other herbs.

Recommended Dose: 1-6 ml of 1:2 liquid extract per day; 7-40 ml of 1:2 liquid extract per week (Bone, 2003).


*Lemonbalm (Melissa officinalis)Antidepressant Very Safe None Identified None Identified Strong

Comments from MHs: None.

Recommended Dose:3-6 ml of 1:2 liquid extract per day; 20-40 ml of 1:2 liquid extract per week (Bone, 2003).


*Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin)Antidepressant Generally Safe None Identified None Identified Weak

Comments from MHs: None

Recommended Dose: 40-80 drops of 1:5 tincture, up to three times a day (Winston & Maimes, 2007).



Note: Superscript Depression following name of herb = Primary action of the herb. *= indicates herbs with pharmacological, in vivo, or in vitro evidence. Parenthesis surrounding a number, such as (3), indicates the number of master herbalists contributing the statement preceding it. Quality of RCT on Korean ginseng is uknow so it was placed in Class II

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