From the Health Library of SterlingMedicalAdvice.com: Are there herbal therapies for anxiety disorder?

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Yes. Two herbal treatments for anxiety disorders that I’ll mention now include kava kava (also called kava) and valerian.

Kava has been used to relieve anxiety and improve sleep, but it appears to increase the effects of alcohol, so do not drink when taking it. Typical doses of 200 to 250 mg per day are considered safe and effective, but you must follow pharmacist or physician’s directions when considering usage. Kava use has also shown some links to liver toxicity, so the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warning regarding its use.

Valerian is a mild sedative with milder side effects than Kava. Valerian’s side effects are reported to be minimal when used at the recommended dose of 300 to 500 mg per day.

Be reminded that the effectiveness of these and most herbs have not been proven by medical research, and benefits have not been directly compared to those of prescription drugs.

 

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5 responses to “From the Health Library of SterlingMedicalAdvice.com: Are there herbal therapies for anxiety disorder?

  1. Green Tea and Tai Chi

    • Hi, Sebastian. In addition to green and tai, several other types of tea and additives to tea, including chamomile, passionflower, valerian root and magnolia bark also have been shown to have a relaxing effect. Of course, this only works if the tea isn’t additionally caffeinated, which produces a stimulant effect. Thanks for your observation and for following Straight, No Chaser.

  2. Annette McLane

    Thanks for ‘going there’ without going into the politics use of herbals … or not.

    • Hi, Annette, and thank you for noticing! Straight, No Chaser and SterlingMedicalAdvice.com are medical entities, not political ones, and they will stay that way. That means you can trust the information provided to fall as it may on the political spectrum, whether we’re discussing marijuana, the Tuskegee experiment, oral contraceptives, abortion or otherwise inflammatory targets. Just the facts for you. Thanks for following Straight, No Chaser.