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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Managing Your Moods by John Preston

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Chapter 12
Over-the-Counter and Herbal Products for Managing Moods
In This Chapter
• Herbals and other over-the-counter (OTC) mood regulators
• OTC products that have been found to contain toxic contaminates
• Why natural does not necessarily mean safe
• Caution about the use of St. John’s Wort
 
For many years people have sought nonmedical remedies for mood problems. Health food stores are filled with many products purporting to reduce stress or depression. Many such claims are not supported by scientific research. However, a few over-the-counter and herbal products have been shown to have positive effects on mood. We’ll take a close look at such products in this chapter and consider the risks and benefits.

“Natural Products”

The herbal industry ...

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