Can you treat anxiety with herbs?


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Social Anxiety

The use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, can trigger side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, take herbs only under the supervision of a health care provider.

If you already take medication for anxiety, ask your doctor before taking any herbs. Some of the herbs used to treat anxiety can interact with anxiety medications.

  • Valerian (Valeriana officinalis, 150 mg 2 – 3 times per day) is an herbal treatment for insomnia that is sometimes used to treat anxiety as well, although evidence is mixed. Some studies show that valerian does help reduce anxiety, but one study found that valerian was no better at reducing social anxiety than placebo. Valerian is often combined with lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) or St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) for treating mild-to-moderate anxiety. Valerian may interact with other drugs that have a sedative effect, such as benzodiazepines, barbiturates, narcotics, antidepressants, and antihistamines. Do not take valerian if you are pregnant or nursing. People with liver problems should not take valerian. St. John’s wort can affect other drugs you may be taking, including antidepressants, birth control, or other medications. You should avoid St. John’s wort while pregnant or nursing. Talk to your doctor before using St. John’s wort with any other medications……Read More

Source: University of Mariland

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