Alternative Medicine for Anxiety

Alternative Medicine for Anxiety

Alternative medicines for anxiety that’s
what I’m going to be talking about today I’m dr. Tracey Marks a psychiatrist and
on this channel I talk about mental health education and self-improvement.
in a previous video I talked about alternative medicines for depression and
I’ll put post a link for you in the corner for that one.
Today’s though is about anxiety even though there’s a lot of medication
options to treat anxiety there are a lot of biases against taking a medication
for it. Ain’t nobody here crazy. And some people will just feel more comfortable
taking something over-the-counter if they’re gonna take anything at all. So
here are five options or alternative medications non prescription that are
used for anxiety. Number one chamomile. Chamomile is a
plant from the Daisy family and it has a number of uses and one is a sedative
which is where it helps with anxiety and sleep but it’s also used as an
antispasmodic agent which assists with digestion and respiratory things like
asthma. You can get it as an essential oil to use in aromatherapy or you can
get it as a tea or in pill form. There haven’t been a lot of randomized trials
for this and randomized trial is just code for a rigorous scientific study
that scientists take seriously. But one scientific study showed benefit for mild
to moderate generalized anxiety. The suggested dose is 1100 milligrams a day.
Chamomile is pretty well tolerated without side effects however it is
derived from the plant family that includes ragweed and chrysanthemums and
these plants commonly cause allergic reactions in people. So those prone to
allergies should be cautious because the chamomile could trigger a similar
reaction and some of these reactions can be pretty serious such as wheezing or
chest tightness or even hives. Another issue with chamomile is it contains
coumarin a naturally occurring blood thinning agent
found in plants. Now this is not to be confused with coumadin which is a
synthetically produced blood thinning agent and it’s made from coumarin and
other agents. The generic name for coumadin is warfarin and people will
take coumadin in to treat blood clots and other blood clotting disorders. It’s not
expected though that regular doses of chamomile will cause bleeding but if you
are someone who is taking blood thinning agents such as coumadin, aspirin or even
high doses of vitamin E, you should avoid the combination of chamomile along with
your other medications because it could cause bleeding problems.
Next is kava. Kava is a plant found in the South Pacific and it’s been used for
years to treat anxiety and insomnia. The typical dose for insomnia is 125 to 250
milligrams taken at bedtime and here’s the ugly of kava. There’s been some case
reports of liver toxicity attributed to using kava and it’s mostly been
outside of the United States. Liver injuries include hepatitis which is
inflammation of the liver, cirrhosis of the liver which is hardening of the
liver and even liver failure. The incidences of liver toxicity are low
enough to be considered rare, but the FDA’s nevertheless has issued warnings
about the possibility of this and urge people with pre-existing liver problems
to consult their physician before taking any products that contain kava. In fact
Canada and European countries have banned the use of kava entirely.
Another precaution to keep in mind is that kava has a lot of drug interactions
so this means it can negatively affect other medications that you’re taking.
Some people who’ve taken kava for months have noticed a slight yellowing of the
skin or a scaly rash on their skin. The yellow skin disappears once you stop
taking the kava. So for all of the above reasons although Kava may
be helpful, it’s generally not recommended. Next is L-theanine. Theanine is an amino
acid which is a building block for proteins. L-theanine is one form or one
version of the bigger theanine that can be found in green tea. Theanine resembles
glutamate which is a neurotransmitter that’s important in memory and learning.
The research shows that it may help with relaxation but it’s not really robust
enough to take care of an anxiety disorder. The recommended dose is 200 to
400 milligrams a day and that’s a lot of tea to drink. But it does come in a pill
form as well and there aren’t a lot of reported side effects. So even though
it’s not really seen as a real heavy hitter when it comes to helping with
anxiety it still may be helpful for general relaxation. Next is valerian.
Valerian is a plant that’s native to Europe and South Africa. The dietary
supplement is made from the plant’s root which is why it’s often called valerian
root. iIt works by increasing and blocking the reuptake of the brain chemical gamma
amino butyric acid which is also called GABA.
Unfortunately the studies for valerian are extremely limited in poor and they
really haven’t shown benefit over placebo. The recommended dose though is
anywhere between 500 and 1200 milligrams in divided doses so that’s for the
whole day. And then you need to take it between 2 and 3 times a day so if you’re
someone who can’t really handle or don’t want to have to think about taking
something multiple times a day, it may not be the supplement for you. The common
side effects are headache and diarrhea. Incidentally I have acquired it in an
essential oil form instead of a pill and used in an aromatherapy I thought it was
somewhat relaxing but it did not smell good. But that is one alternative option
for the use of it rather than needing to take the
supplement. And lastly there’s GABA. As I mentioned GABA stands for
gamma-aminobutyric acid and it’s an inhibitory neurotransmitter
which means that it’s a chemical in the brain that’s made by the nerve cells and
it works to inhibit or slow down cell activity so you can think of it as like
putting water on a fire. So in this analogy the hot fire would be your brain
activity and the GABA would be the water. So in theory this sounds like the
perfect drug to make, but we haven’t been able to harness oral gaba that acts the
same way that our native gaba does and part of the problem is that not
everything we take by mouth crosses the blood-brain barrier. So here’s some
serious science here. The blood-brain barrier is a special boundary that
separates your brain from the rest of your body and the brain is very picky
about what it’s going to let through that barrier. So not everything that you
take by mouth actually makes it across that threshold. So we do have drugs
though that make it across the barrier and activate the gaba receptors and
these would be things like xanax and klonopin which are benzodiazepines and
these drugs act through binding to the gaba receptors once they get past the
that blood-brain barrier. Binding to the receptors increases gaba
so this is a roundabout way of increasing gaba in the brain without
actually taking gaba. So that’s it. Out of this list what would I say is probably
your best bet based on research? I’d say probably chamomile number one l-theanine
number two. Not based on research and just based on what I’ve heard people
tell me I’ve seen more people use GABA and chamomile mostly in the tea form
with the chamomile like maybe having a warm
chamomile tea at bedtime or in the evenings things like that. Let me know in
the comments have you’ve used any of these and how they’ve worked for you. And
also share this with someone if you think it could help them. Thanks for

33 Replies to “Alternative Medicine for Anxiety”

  1. First, I want to say I like your teaching style and voice. Also, you are non-judgmental. Your videos are informative and easier to listen to because as you stated in another video— are presented in chunks. Second, I have experienced anxiety throughout my life because my mother was a highly critical and overbearing person. In my adulthood, I have found chamomile tea as a preferable choice to help me relax and sleep at night. Other teas such as green tea keeps me alert and so it wouldn’t work for me. I drink other herbal, green, black teas when I want to stay awake for long drives or work—it has an ingredient that works like caffeine even the ones without caffeine. Third, what do you think of CBD oil? My local health food store owner tells me it’s helpful for anxiety and sleep. Since my pre-menopausal days, I have not been able to sleep a full 8-hour continuously. Also, I think I have Asperger but I haven’t been officially diagnosed by a neurologist.

  2. I love your explanations, they are understandable for a non-professional. Before I developed full-blown panic Chamomile was slightly calming. But now it has little to no effect, though I haven't tried the oil. However, it does help my cat. I also tried ''rescue remedy" by Bachs, no effect.

  3. I have tried virtually every natural alternative to anxiety and have taken high doses of valerian and l-theanine and they just don’t work for me. However I’ve found Inositol works extremely well!

  4. Camomile tea only helps me when my anxiety is mild but since i have chronic high anxiety, just having a low anxiety day is a relief in it's self. I benefit more with an hour a day of physical exercise as an alternative.

  5. How can green tea help with relaxing I get it at star buck's NO SUGAR ,and it gives me energy if I drink 2 venti green teas then more anxiety symptoms start sooo what's relaxing about ??????

  6. High social anxiety with severe muscles spasm,camomile only relaxes for sleep.
    Not willing for Benzos bcoz long term addiction. My life is hampered. What is worst long term benzo or untreated anxiety.

  7. I'm liking your channel because I'm suffering from anxiety that i Even can't work but this chimomile how can i use It or i should i drink It with milk ?

  8. Indeed GABA doesnt cross the blood brain barrier but there is a russian GABA analogue called PHENIBUT that it does. It was created for astronauts and it lasts like 3 days or so. The most effective anxiety supplement u can get

  9. I have had constant anxiety attacks everyday. It sent me to the hospital. I’m scared even being awake.

  10. I personally take Ashwagandha, and L- Theanine. I do not have severe anxiety all the time, just in stressful situations. These two help with a feeling of being relaxed. During stressful times I also use CBD (non THC). I have had no side effects while using these. Unlike 5-HTP where vomiting was everytime I took it.

  11. Can I take Gaba before bedtime when I take 17,5mg of prozac in the morning? I tried tryptophan and melatonin at night and both worked, but sometimes I feel like fainting when I take tryptophan or melatonin, also I am afraid of dying of serotonin syndrome, altogh I dont take high doeses of tryptophan or melatonin. So I considered tryirng Gaba.

  12. In Russsia GABA is prescription drug called phenibut lol it doesn't help much with anxiety, but when i had insomnia and came to work after a sleepless night it worked so good, helped to focus on tasks and made me emotional stable

  13. Hah I don't avoid meds cause I think they make me look crazy…i wished they worked. I avoid them cause they give me bad side effects or paradoxical reactions. Herbs don't. Ty for talking about herbals.

  14. Thank you for including alternative medicine as a treatment for several ailments. I believe a combination of eastern & western medications is the medicine for most things. However, always check with your doctor & check for drug interactions. Thank you for another great video. Cheers ? ?

  15. Chamomile tea works best when used in much larger quantities than a typical tea bag, steeped for up to 12 hours, and dranken warm.

  16. Hey, Dr. Marks! I am curious. What are your thoughts, given you are a Psychiatrist, to the video Jordan Peterson's daughter made of Jordan Peterson who, because of stress of hits wife's life at risk, was perscribed a benzodiazepine, in a think called clonazepam and tried to go cold turkey which had bad side effects and admitted himself to rehabilitation.

    (Interesting because remember the name from one of your videos.

    I heard from youtuber and professional Dr. Grande and he gave a good and balanced answer but, im curious since medicine is your thing as an Psychiatrist, what would, **hypothetically, be a good alternative and is such a medicine a good idea given its side effects?

    I'm guess im just interested in your unique professional and medical perspective.


  17. I occasionally drink Kava tea when I am experiencing muscle pain, anxiety, or just need some help with getting to sleep, but, I don't drink it every day.

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