Today’s competitive world had made us constantly tired and stressed. This hectic lifestyle can lead to health problems and stress-related anxiety attacks. Though there are a host of prescription medicines that can treat the causes of anxiety, often the patients are not keen on the medications, as they are afraid of the side effects or fear addiction.
Herbal medicine has been in practice since time immemorial. They have proven effective in many situations and are free from any side effect experienced with medical drugs. Natural herbs can be a good potential alternative to riskier and stronger prescription drugs, though they need to be administered by a qualified, certified and experienced physician.
Further, it is to be noted that manufacturers do not have to prove the effectiveness of a herb to the Food and Drug Administration, and hence it is wise to be wary and cautious when turning to herbal remedies for your anxiety problems.
5 herbs that are shown to relieve anxiety, are listed below
- California Poppy
California poppy is believed to work in a similar manner as anti-anxiety drugs known as benzodiazepines, and including Valium. However, this herb does not give you the adverse effects of the medication mentioned above. The herb has multiple healing properties and is known to treat mild to moderate anxiety issues when used in combination with other herbs. California Poppy can also help with pain relief, improving insomnia and decreasing nervous tension.
- Kava Kava
Kava kava is a herb that is well known for its relaxing properties. Research articles were reviewed by the Association of Natural Medicine Pharmacists, on the comparisons drawn between kava kava and some prescription anti-anxiety drugs like oxazepam. They all showed that both, the herb as well as the drug, were equivalent in the potency and nature of their effects. However, this herb is known to be risky and have a potential side effect of liver failure. Therefore, it should only be used under the expert supervision and advice of a doctor.
Passionflower is considered to be an effective relief in the management of generalized anxiety disorder. This herb also has some side effects including dizziness and impaired cognitive function. It may, further, increase the effect of certain other medications, when used in combination.
- Ginkgo Biloba
This herb is one of the best-selling and most popular herbs in the USA. It is mostly used in the treatment of a medical condition known in scientific terms as cerebral insufficiency. The symptoms of this disease include anxiety attacks, and the syndrome itself is related to heart disease. Ginkgo Biloba is under research at the moment and is not recommended for routine use as yet.
This herb is used for people with mild generalized anxiety disorder. It can effectively treat the symptoms of insomnia and can improve the quality of sleep in people who suffer from various sleep disorders. However, there is not enough research into this herb as well, so it should be taken with caution and always under medical guidance.
These 5 herbs, as well as many other tried and tested ones, and those yet under research, are known to relieve anxiety symptoms. However, many of them, as mentioned above, have side effects, and should always be taken under the guidance and advice of a qualified physician.