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Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Could you suggest good herbal supplements that help with anxiety, but don't cause potential liver damage?

Could you suggest good herbal supplements that help with anxiety, but don't cause potential liver damage?

Yes, possibly: Chamomile, passion flower, lemon balm, and theanine are a few that come to mind. Valerian and kava may be the ones you were thinking of with possible liver toxicity. In some people, st. John's wort might be useful -- even though it's more famous for use in mild-moderate depression. It's important for you to know that there are also very effective talk therapies for anxiety. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
2,044 doctors shared insights

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Dr. Randy Baker Dr. Baker
Holistic Medicine
36 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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What are herbal supplements that help with anxiety? Tried kavakava but not much help. 5htp was helpful but my dr says he doesn't endorse it

What are herbal supplements that help with anxiety? Tried kavakava but not much help. 5htp was helpful but my dr says he doesn't endorse it

Many options: You can take 5-htp even if your doc does not "endorse" it! many herbs help, including tulsi (holy basil), ashwagandha, rhodiola, valerian & passionflower. Magnesium & b vitamins often help, as can l-theanine. Homeopathy & bach flowers can help. Exercise & meditation help too. Counseling, talking with friends & family & a self-treatment called emotional freedom technique can also help. See comment:. ...Read more

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Dr. Douglas Bey Dr. Bey
Psychiatry
53 years in practice
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
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What are some herbal supplements for depression and anxiety?

What are some herbal supplements for depression and anxiety?

My thoughts: If you have clinical depression & anxiety you'd be better off using medication--it takes a large amount of herbal preparation to equal a weak antidepressant--sort of like hunting elephants with a bb gun! (:. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Can you tell me any herbal supplements for social anxiety disorder?

Can you tell me any herbal supplements for social anxiety disorder?

Although: Passion flower, valerian ; chamomile may help anxiety, it is really important to use non-pharmaceutical approaches as well. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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What are good herbal supplements for irritability, anger and anxiety?

Anxiety: Not sure about how good, mixed results are reported. You can try vallerian or kava kava. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What herbal supplements or treatments for irritability, anger and anxiety actually work?

What herbal supplements or treatments for irritability, anger and anxiety actually work?

Address it directly: These need to be worked through rather than trying to quiet the symptoms with a supplement. If these are problematic for you, seeking professional help is more likely to make a real change for the better (rather than the bandaid'ing approach). Take care. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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I've just stopped taking paroxetine. Are there any herbal supplements that can help with depression and anxiety?

Yes but: Saint johns' worts have been used for depression but the effect is variable and not that powerful. If you don't want to take drugs, try doing more physical exercise on a regular basis. Mediation may also help anxiety. There are also other herbal products purported to calm one down but i don't believe they work that well. ...Read more

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Dr. Mary David Dr. David
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2017 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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Are herbal supplements for anxiety and depression - such as kava kava, valerian root, and yerba mate - safe to use with the Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD?

Are herbal supplements for anxiety and depression - such as kava kava, valerian root, and yerba mate - safe to use with the Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD?

Yes: The herbal supplements for anxiety are no more or less safe with a Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD than without and do not effect the effectiveness of the IUD. Just as with all medicines, herbs do have risks and side-effects. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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What's a good herbal supplement for anxiety?

What's a good herbal supplement for anxiety?

Herbal supplements: Realize that there aren't as good studies on herbals as for pharmaceuticals -- but 1 controlled study showed that passion flower is effective in generalized anxiety d/o: http://tinyurl.Com/ls9hyp3 lemon balm is another -- and mega foods has one called "tension release" that combines these. Kava may help, but monitor liver enzymes if using for extended periods. Valerian has more sedation. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli Dr. Ciaramicoli
Clinical Psychology
41 years in practice
University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Could i take a herbal supplement for anxiety?

Could i take a herbal supplement for anxiety?

Anxiety: I have not found herbal supplements to be very effective in treating anxiety. Psychotherapy can be very effective in uncovering the causes of anxiety and also can help you develop better ways of coping. Best. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Best herbal supplement for stress/anxiety?

Best herbal supplement for stress/anxiety?

Many can help: Kava can help with anxiety, but valerian is more sedating and could help more with sleep. Don't forget lemon balm, hops, passion flower, and the adaptogens rhodiola rosea and ashwagandha. Make sure you buy from reliable companies who check for heavy metals and correct raw material. Tell your doctor about any herbs you're using. Homeopathy can provide much deeper ; more individualized healing. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker Dr. Baker
Holistic Medicine
36 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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Please describe a good herbal supplement to help relive stress and anxiety?

Please describe a good herbal supplement to help relive stress and anxiety?

Many good options: Many supplements help anxiety, including herbs like tulsi (holy basil), valerian, passionflower & ashwagandha, Amino Acids like theanine & tryptophan, b vitamins, inositol & magnesium. Also consider meditation, exercise, counseling, acupuncture & homeopathy. Make sure you get enough rest & a healthy diet.Consider eft (see eftuniverse.Com). A holistic doctor can help guide you in these treatments. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker Dr. Baker
Holistic Medicine
36 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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I am worried about herbal supplements that are put in a plastic capsule , does this realy cause health problem?

I am worried about herbal supplements that are put in a plastic capsule , does this realy cause health problem?

Plastic capsules???: I have never seen any supplement in a plastic capsule. In the United States capsule are either made from gelatin or from vegetable cellulose. Both are quite safe. I can't imagine anyone putting herbs in a plastic capsule, as plastic is not safe to ingest and it would never dissolve. Read the label- it should say gelatin or cellulose. If it says plastic don't take it! ...Read more

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Dr. David May Dr. May
Dentistry
26 years in practice
University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry
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What diseases or herbal supplements would cause a person to have no saliva?

What diseases or herbal supplements would cause a person to have no saliva?

Sjogren's Syndrome: Sjogren's is probably the biggest disease, but ageing and depression also has decreased saliva. I am sorry but have no answer for the herbal supplements. ...Read more

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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen Dr. Ahrendsen
Family Medicine
35 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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Which herbal supplements cause false positive on a urine drug test?

Which herbal supplements cause false positive on a urine drug test?

I think NONE: I am not aware of any herbal supplement that consistently causes a positive urine drug tests. Even poppy seeds which used to have false positives for morphine, do not typically find this now, because of the cut off levels. ...Read more

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Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
Surgery - Plastics
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Is it possible for herbal supplements in a teen to cause breast growth?

Is it possible for herbal supplements in a teen to cause breast growth?

Yes: Yes, it is possible in particularly responsive individuals.Mthere are many herbal supplements and some foods that contain estrogen like properties and if taken in excess may produce breast tissue growth and other undersireable outcomes. For example, the effects of soy's estrogen-like isoflavones and phytoestrogens on breast growth and cancer in makes and females is not fully understood. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif Dr. Seif
Clinical Psychology
36 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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I had hydrocelectomy two years ago and now feeling some pain around testicle. I took herbal supplement tribulus terrestris. Is that cause?

I had hydrocelectomy two years ago and now feeling some pain around testicle.  I took  herbal supplement tribulus terrestris.  Is that cause?

Any surgery can: leave nerve pain and scar tissue in its wake. This is more likely the cause of your discomfort. Please see your doc to rule out other things. Please avoid over the counter T boosters and ask doc about hormone lab testing and possible hormone replacement therapy. Peace and good health. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Steven Dr. Steven
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
26 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Can hay fever cause tinnitus, I use the herbal supplement clear tinnitus for a week now, can it cure tinnitus ? Thank you, frieda van leiden

Can hay fever cause tinnitus, I use the herbal supplement clear tinnitus for a week now, can it cure tinnitus ? Thank you, frieda van leiden

No: People with allergic rhinitis are not at increased risk for tinnitus. As far as I am aware, there are no randomized, controlled trials that demonstrate the effectiveness of any treatment for tinnitus of any kind. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
3,256 doctors shared insights

Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


Dr. Randy Baker
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Herbal Supplements (Definition)

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