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Herbal Remedies for Anxiety

Herbs and other natural remedies are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to prescription drugs for the treatment of anxiety. While anti-anxiety medications do work well, they can often be habit-forming or cause side effects, whereas herbal remedies for anxiety are considered safer and typically do not lead to dependence or addiction. But because the FDA does not thoroughly evaluate all natural treatments, most of the herbal remedies for anxiety on the market simply are not effective.

But certain herbs do exhibit potent anti-anxiety effects, and a handful of herbal remedies for anxiety have been proven to effectively relieve anxiety when manufactured properly and administered in the proper dosages. The herbal remedies for anxiety most likely to successfully relieve your anxiety are those containing herbs backed by solid clinical research (i.e. shown to effectively reduce anxiety in multiple well-designed studies). And it's absolutely critical to take an herbal anxiety remedy that provides herbal extracts in the proven doses and potencies.

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is one herb shown to relieve anxiety in clinical trials. Standardized Valerian extracts with a minimum of 0.8% valerenic acid, the active constituent, work best. Valerian extract works rapidly, often in less than an hour, when taken in doses of a few hundred milligrams, and can be taken up to three or four times per day.

L-theanine, an amino acid derived from Green Tea, is another herbal anxiety remedy with a significant anti-anxiety effect. Many people report that L-theanine works as well as prescription anti-anxiety medications, but L-theanine is not addictive or habit-forming. Quite a few herbal remedies for anxiety claim to contain "L-theanine" but actually contain a low-quality Green Tea extract with only a small amount of L-theanine, so make sure that you take an herbal anxiety remedy with 98% or 99% pure L-theanine (such as SunTheanine®).

Studies also suggest that Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata) is effective for anxiety and related conditions. As with Valerian, it's important to use a standardized Passion Flower extract with at least 3-4% vitexin. An herbal anxiety remedy that combines Passion Flower and Valerian extracts will be more effective than either herb taken alone.

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