How to Treat Symptoms of Anxiety With Herbs


Adjust to your symptoms with adaptogenic herbs that allow you to mentally "step back" and view your situation from a logical standpoint. These herbs do not reduce your feelings but they prevent you from reacting adversely.

Adaptogenic herbs include licorice root, Siberian ginseng, milk thistle, borage skullcap, oat straw, ashwaganda, suma and schisandra.


Reduce stress, which in turn reduces anxiety. Herbs that offer calming and sedative properties are very beneficial in treating anxiety.

Try kava for the most relief, although kava is suspected of promoting liver damage in those with already-weak livers.

Alternately, try St. John's wort or gotu kola.


Find a Chinese herbal medicine practitioner for anxiety. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) involves using proprietary herbal blends, in combination with other alternative treatments, like acupuncture, acupressure, meditation, diet and energy cleansing. TCM herb blends may include hallucinogenic mushrooms or mild narcotics so talk to your doctor before starting an anxiety reduction program that includes TCM.

Tips and Warnings

  • The FDA does not test most herbs and does not verify their safety or efficiency.