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Anxiety can have devastating effects on a person. It can develop into a paralyzing
disorder to the point that often it is treated with antidepressant medications. Even
worse, anxiety the more frequently revealed mental health symptom and it has varied,
often unknown, causes. Herbal supplements are increasing touted as an excellent treatment
5 Herbal Supplements for Anxiety
1. Kava Kava
Kava kava (Piper methysticum) also known as kawa, kew, yagona, sakau, is a major
anti-anxiety herbal supplements. It calms the nervous system while also providing
a feeling of mild euphoria. It comes from the root of the kava shrub, a member of
the pepper family, which grows in the South Pacific islands. Traditionally the root
was chewed or made into a drink, you can now get it in beverage, tea, capsule, tablet,
and liquid extract forms.
2. Green Tea
Green tea contains L-theanine which has a considerable anti-anxiety effect. L-theanine
is a levorotary enantiomer of theanine. Theanine is an amino acid (or glutamic acid
analog) found in tea, particularly green tea and in the boletus badius mushroom.
It is not addictive or habit-forming. It works on the brain because it crosses the
blood-brain barrier. It increases brain dopamine levels which improve a person’s
3. Passion Flower
Passion flower (Passiflora incarnata) is a herbal supplement that is very effective
in the treatment of anxiety. It comes from the leaves and flowers of the passionflower
vine. This vine grows in the tropical regions of North America and has been in use
since the Aztecs of Mexico began using it as an anti-anxiety treatment and is a well-known
ingredient in herbal sedatives. In Germany it is approved as a tranquilizer. It is
also known as maypop, apricot vine, passion vine, and granadilla.
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is known as the herbal valium. It has been in use
as an anti-anxiety treatment since the Shakers began providing it in the mid 1800s
to the early physicians in North America. Today it is considered a better anti-anxiety
treatment than the pharmaceutical anti-anxiety benzodiazepine-based drugs. It has
no aftereffects and it is considered very safe and extremely effective in alleviating
Magnesium is a mineral and electrolyte that the body needs to function properly.
Tests on people with certain disorders, including anxiety, show low levels of magnesium.
Supplements are available for magnesium which is also referred to as magnesium citrate,
mag citrate, mg citrate, mag gluconate, mag glycinate, mag oxide and elemental magnesium.
Eating foods high in magnesium is also recommended. These include leafy green vegetables,
whole grains, and nuts.
Herbal Supplements for Anxiety: Notes/Safety Advices
Treating anxiety with herbal supplements can be extremely effective. However, it
is important not to overdo some of the treatments as the effects may be too enervating.
For instance too much kava kava can lead to intoxicating effects. It is recommended
that you not mix too many herbal treatments together. Different people benefit from
different treatments but combining several together could cancel out some of the