RCT finds no efficacy for L-theanine as an adjunct treatment for anxiety symptoms

The prescription of nutraceuticals is often based on theory and pre-clinical evidence (in-vivo or in-vitro) that a substance might behave in a particular way. However, we don't know if something works on living humans with a specific condition until we conduct clinical trials and observational studies. The following result from a recent clinical trial is …

Continue reading RCT finds no efficacy for L-theanine as an adjunct treatment for anxiety symptoms

The psychology of herbal medicine use for anxiety: a complicated treatment decision

Lots of people experience anxiety. In fact, it is one of the most prevalent mental health conditions in the Western world. Anxiety can cause a significant amount of distress for people. The good news is that there are evidence-based treatment options for anxiety, which include psychological therapies and pharmaceutical drugs. Unfortunately, these treatments aren’t always …

Continue reading The psychology of herbal medicine use for anxiety: a complicated treatment decision

Integrative mental health

The first article from my PhD was published today (yes I'm excited) in a special Integrative Mental Health edition of the journal Advances in Integrative Medicine edited by Jerome Sarris—a prominent researcher in this area. This edition is open access, so I would encourage anyone with an interest in this emerging area of research and approach …

Continue reading Integrative mental health

Welcome to my blog

So I've decided to start a blog. I will do my best to make it interesting. Here you will find commentary on herbal medicine, naturopathy, psychology, research and other random things that I find interesting. Check out my publications while you're here too.