Natural remedies for anxiety disorders: potential use and clinical applications
Article first published online: 5 JAN 2009
© 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Depression and Anxiety
Volume 26, Issue 3, pages 259–265, March 2009
How to Cite
Kinrys, G., Coleman, E. and Rothstein, E. (2009), Natural remedies for anxiety disorders: potential use and clinical applications. Depress. Anxiety, 26: 259–265. doi: 10.1002/da.20460
- Issue published online: 27 FEB 2009
- Article first published online: 5 JAN 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 15 NOV 2007
- Manuscript Revised: 6 NOV 2007
- Manuscript Received: 18 JUN 2007
- natural remedies;
- alternative therapy;
- alternative medications;
Background: Natural remedies have been widely used and generally accepted as established treatments of depressive disorders, leading to the investigation of their potential role and efficacy in the treatment of the various anxiety disorders. Methods: Numerous case reports, open-label, and placebo-controlled trials investigating the use of natural remedies in the treatment of anxiety disorders have yielded some encouraging results. Results: Overall, these studies have indicated a potential role for natural remedies in the treatment of anxiety and suggest that such agents may possess a safer side effects profile when compared to conventional agents. However, these early findings, albeit promising, are yet to be supported by further investigation in large-scale, placebo-controlled studies. Conclusions: This article reviews past and present research being performed in this area of clinical interest, while also revealing a remarkable paucity of data. Depression and Anxiety, 2009. © 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.