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Passion flower, valerian root or kava which is best for anxiety with less side effects?

Passion flower, valerian root or kava which is best for anxiety with less side effects?

No single best: Just like there is no best single drug for anxiety, there is no single best herb. We are all unique biochemically and a drug or herb that might work great for one person may not help another at all. Of the 3 you mention kava causes the most side effects. You can try passion flower ; valerian to see which works better for you, but holy basil (tulsi), rhodiola and l-theanine are also worth trying. ...Read more

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How much of this valerian pill should I take. It has 450 mg valerian and 100 mg proprietary herb blend (hops, passion flower, lemon balm)?

How much of this valerian pill should I take. It has 450 mg valerian and 100 mg proprietary herb blend (hops, passion flower, lemon balm)?

None at all: You list conditions of "fatigue" and "dizziness" in your clinical findings. With these existing problems, I do not recommend taking valerian at all. ...Read more

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Are herbal remedies safe and effective? I wanted to try passion flower or valerian root for anxiety. I have never tried herbal remedies but thought they might be worth a try. I don't want to go on expensive, strong medication for anxiety.

Are herbal remedies safe and effective?  I wanted to try passion flower or valerian root for anxiety. I have never tried herbal remedies but thought they might be worth a try.  I don't want to go on expensive, strong medication for anxiety.

Hello, : Hello, dr. San pedro ferraz already commented on valerian root. So i will address your question regarding passion flower. Passion flower is also known at passiflora incarnata. Passion flower extract is used as flavoring in foods and drinks. It was previously classified as an over-the-counter medication but was taken off the market in this country because of a lack of studies to demonstrate safety and benefits. Chemicals in the passion flower plant can help with insomnia and are calming. It can be used in tea or an extract. Side effects are not common but include thinking sluggishly, feeling tired, fast heart beat, nausea and vomiting. It should not be used in pregnancy or if breast feeding. If sedated, do not drive or use dangerous machinery. ...Read more

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What's valerian for?

What's valerian for?

Valerian Root: Valerian root is used for sleeplessness, anxiety, as an antispamodic (abdominal cramps, premenstrual syndrome, menstrual cramping, ^ flatus & muscle spasm), congestion & fever. ...Read more

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