Valerian – the perennial plant with pink and white flowers – is a popular treatment for reducing anxiety. And many placebo-controlled trials have confirmed these anxiolytic effects. Valerian is so effective, in fact, that its impact has been compared to that of prescription drug diazepam, commonly known as Valium. In this article we take a look at the research surrounding valerian to understand how it works and how effective it really is for controlling anxiety.
Just looking at chamomile is enough to make you feel relaxed! But there’s more to this daisy-like plant than just a pleasant appearance. Chamomile has long been believed to have calming effects – and there’s a significant body of evidence backing this up. In this post we take a look at the scientific research supporting chamomile for anxiety.
5-HTP is a chemical precursor of serotonin – a neurotransmitter associated with well-being and relaxation. It’s a popular supplement for the treatment of depression and research suggests it may help with anxiety too. But what does the evidence really say? Does 5-HTP reduce anxiety or is it just an over-hyped placebo?