If you prefer to take a natural approach when it comes to your mind and body health, you may be relieved to learn that there are several herbal treatments that have been reported to reduce anxiety symptoms. The following herbs have been successful for countless individuals living with anxiety:
Chamomile – Chamomile is a mild sedative that has been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety symptoms. The herb also provides benefits to those who are suffering from insomnia or depression. Chamomile can be purchased in loose-leaf form and brewed into a tea. Capsules of chamomile are also readily available at most health food stores.
Kava – Kava is a highly effective treatment for anxiety. Because reports of liver damage have been linked to consumption of Kava, it is recommended that the herb be taken as a water-soluble extract that is derived from just the root of the plant. Kava root has been shown to be a safe option for short-term anxiety relief.
Motherwort – Motherwort, or leonurus cardiaca, is an herb that is closely related to mint. The herb helps calm and relax the nervous system; thereby reducing stress and other anxiety symptoms. Motherwort can be brewed into a tea(though it is rather bitter) or taken in capsule form.
Passion Flower – Passion flower, or passiflora incarnata, has been used for centuries to treat an array of nervous disorders (including anxiety and insomnia). Very few side effects have been reported by those who consume passion flower on a regular basis. Passion flower is available in tea, tincture, or capsule form.
Skullcap – Skullcap (also known as hoodwort or helmet flower) is an herb that can be found in the United States, Canada, and southeast Asia. The herb acts as a natural tranquilizer and muscle relaxant. It has been used as a treatment for epilepsy, schizophrenia, anxiety, menstruation pain, and arthritis. Skullcap can be ingested in tea or capsule form and it is frequently taken in conjunction with Valerian.
Valerian – Valerian, or valeriana officinalis, is an herb that is native to Europe and parts of Asia. Valerian is one of the most popular herbal remedies for anxiety. It acts as a mild sedative and has been used to treat not only anxiety, but also gastrointestinal disorders, insomnia, restlessness, and epilepsy.
As with any medication, there are risks and benefits associated with each of the herbs that are mentioned. It is recommended that you talk with your doctor before trying anything new. A Naturopathic Doctor will be able to provide you with more information regarding using herbs to treat anxiety.