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A 45-year-old member asked:

Is anxiety relief by natural care effective?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Depends what kind: There are many "natural care" ways of helping anxiety -- and what's effective for one person may not be for another. Also it depends on what kind of anxiety you're talking about. For instance, pharmaceuticals are usually needed to deal with anxiety from alcohol or drug withdrawal. Still, whole foods diet, meditation, tai chi, some herbals, aromatherapy and classical homeopathy can be helpful.
Dr. Alan Koenigsberg
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Not that I know of: As a physician, I have very little knowledge about natural treatments. I have spent decades learning and refining my knowledge of medicine and psychiatry, and i believe the best treatments for clinical anxiety is a combination of prescription medications, psychotherapy, and lifestyle changes.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Some of the most helpful non-medical interventions with anxiety are also the most natural. They include connecting with community, spiritual resources, and nature; meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, massage, constructively discussing your feelings/situation with trusted others; consistent exercise, etc. Homeopathy also can be very helpful, as well as nutritional interventions like magnesium.
Feb 2, 2014
Last updated May 7, 2016
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