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Children and botanicals

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Ivy leaf, valerian and Andrographis paniculata may have beneficial effects in children, according to a scientific review by Andrea Hrastinger, PhD, et al., published in the March Journal of Pediatrics. However, the review notes many of the studies had methodological flaws like small sample sizes, lack of product quality control, dose issues and improper placebos. As a result, "well-designed" randomized, controlled clinical trials are needed to accurately evaluate pediatric botanical treatments, the authors assert...





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