If you suffer from bouts of anxiety, you can rest assured that your desire to use herbs for anxiety treatment does not mean that you will be required to drive around in an old van with love beads hanging from the mirror. Herbs for anxiety have gone mainstream thanks, in part, to a desire of people to take control of their health.
It is important to note that you should discuss any anxiety herbs with your doctor, as some of them should not be taken with certain medications.
Get to the Valerian Root of the Matter
Valerian Root has long been used as a mild sedative to treat anxiety and sleep problems. It is considered to be a sort of herbal Valium by many people.
Valerian can be taken in a capsule form or taken as a tea or extract. It should not be taken with certain medications, or with alcohol. People with liver disease should not take Valerian Root.
Find Your Passionflower
Passionflower (or Passion Flower) is a plant used to treat anxiety and insomnia. Native Americans were brewing Passionflower tea long before the arrival of Europeans.
Passionflower is a natural Monoamine oxidase inhibitor, or MAOI. In case you’re not familiar with the terminology, MAOIs are a class of antidepressant drugs.
Passionflower is believed to even out a person’s moods.
Picking Winter Cherry
Winter Cherry is also known as Indian ginseng. It is traditionally used in Ayurveda medicine. Winter Cherry is taken in capsule or tea form.
Winter Cherry is one of the many traditional herbs for anxiety. It is also believed to help with concentration, fatigue, depression and memory.
Side effects have rarely been reported.
The Herb that’s Name Bears Repeating–Kava Kava
When it comes to anxiety herbs, Kava Kava runs hot and cold. Kava Kava was hot. Then it was not. Now it’s kind of hot again.
Kava Kava has long been used by Pacific Islanders, as a ceremonial tea. It is well known to reduce feelings of anxiety and promoting feelings of wellbeing.
There was a time when Kava Kava was flying off the shelves and being touted as the miracle worker for anxiety relief. Unfortunately, there have since been several instances of potential liver damage associated with the use of Kava Kava. It was serious enough to cause the FDA to issue a consumer advisory.
As has already been stated, please consult your doctor before taking any herbs for anxiety.