Without the risk of serious side effects, herbal supplements containing extracts of passionflower or kava and combinations of [amino acids] L-lysine and L-arginine are treatments for anxiety symptoms and disorders.
Magnesium-containing supplements is also worth a try.
St. John’s wort monotherapy has insufficient evidence for use as an effective anxiolytic treatment.
Source: Nutrition Journal, Oct 7, 2010;9:42. PMID: 20929532, by Lakhan SE, Vieira KF. Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation, Los Angeles, California, USA.
I don’t care about what you have heard or read lately, these are the facts about these herbal supplements:
Echinacea has “Good scientific evidence for this use”:
- Prevention of upper respiratory tract infections (adults and children)
- Treatment of upper respiratory tract infections (adults)
St. John’s wort has “Strong scientific evidence” for treating “mild-to-moderate depressive disorder.”
Chamomile extract was better than placebo in reducing anxiety.
Milk thistle is effective in interfering with the life cycle of the hepatitis C virus.
Ginkgo biloba helps treat dementia, relieves claudication (painful legs from clogged arteries), and improves blood flow to the brain to reduce cerebral insufficiency (defined as poor concentration, confusion, absent-mindedness, anxiety, etc.).
Pcynogenol helps for treating asthma, and for relieving chronic venous insufficiency (leg swelling and varicose veins).
Ginseng boosts immune function, lowers blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics, and is a heart healthy antioxidant, which include the reduction of LDL oxidation.
Red yeast rice gets an A for lowering LDL and triglycerides.