The Role of Herbal and Nutraceutical Supplementation in the Amelioration of Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Symptomology


  • John B Holloway


schizophrenia, herbal medicine, supplementation, mental illness


Herbal supplements are used increasingly in both developed and undeveloped countries for purposes of prevention, delaying onset, decreasing overall severity, and potential reversal of mental illness. The purpose of this overview is to present the latest empirical findings regarding the efficacy of various herbal and nutraceutical supplements in the prevention, treatment, and delaying onset of symptomology in relation to schizophrenia and other schizoaffective disorders, as well as further to explore their potential role in the future of psychiatry and related health
practices. The supplements and their efficacy examined in this literature overview are Omega-3 fatty acids, Curcumin, Folic Acid, B12, B6, vitamin D, N-acetylcysteine, SAM-e, Bocopa Monniera, Ginkgo Biloba, Iron, Glycine, (?)–Stepholidine, Yokukansan, Orengadoku, and Ficus Platyphylla.