What you can do
There are several promising herbs that can be used to treat anxiety. Although they aren’t meant to replace your doctor-approved treatments, they may be helpful additions to your care plan.
You should always check with your health care provider before beginning any herbal treatment. They can discuss any potential side effects or drug interactions. These herbs are generally well tolerated, but it’s important to be aware of how they may affect you specifically.
Keep reading to learn how these herbs may help reduce feelings of anxiety and promote overall well-being.
Kava is a South Pacific plant used in traditional medicine. Its calming properties may be helpful in reducing anxiety and enhancing mood.
According to one 2016 study, kava may be effective in treating anxiety due to an active ingredient called kavain. It’s thought to affect mood receptors in the brain. More human studies are needed to understand the exact mechanism in which kava and kavain work to reduce anxiety.
How to use: Kava is most often studied as a tea kava tea, 30 drops of liquid tincture, or 70 to 200 milligrams of powdered kava capsules per day.