Anxiety disorder affects around one in four people during their lifetimes and includes conditions such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and phobias. Anxiety disorder may be a result of trauma, alcohol or substance abuse, caffeine, stress, medication side-effects, genetics, environment, or there may be no obvious cause.
A number of medications, psychotherapies and lifestyle practices are available to treat and manage anxiety and many people choose to supplement these with herbal medicines. Randomised controlled trials have been conducted using a range of herbs in order to assess their use in improving anxiety.
For information on the results from randomised controlled trials and a summary of the findings using meta-analysis, select a herb or compound below and download the related fact sheet. As always, consult your physician before adding new treatments to your regimen or changing any current medication.