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what natural supplements can i take for anxiety?

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Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Several: Chamomile and Valerian are supplements that have calming properties.
Dr. Fred Gallo
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Possibly effective: No RCTs to my knowledge, but Kava, Camomile, Valarian Root, and Passion Flower are possibly effective. Some report benefits from Omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil and flax. Other than supplements, there is evidence for the benefits of regular exercise, a healthy diet, mindfulness meditation, cognitive behavioral therapy, and energy psychology. Also there are many causes of anxiety other than nu
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Anxiety Herbs: Passion Flower, Lemon Balm, Humulus lupulus (Hops) Valerian & Chamomile may help. Although Kava Kava may help it has potential to cause liver damage. Lavender & chamomile essential oils (not ingested) are also calming.
Dr. Marcie Berman
Clinical Psychology 39 years experience
Valerian, kava kava: These supplements are joined by a variety of herbal teas, especially chamomille. However, there are natural ways of managing anxiety that do not require pills and you may want to explore these as well. The methods will depend on the particular anxiety that you are experiencing and talking with your doctor may help you to clarify this.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Herbals: Passion Flower, Lemon Balm, Humulus lupulus (Hops) Valerian & Chamomile may help. Although Kava Kava may help it has potential to cause liver damage. Lavender & chamomile essential oils (not ingested) are also calming.

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