Herbal solution to anxiety?

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 12/22/2006 12:23 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey guys. I have a few questions. I’ve been doing some research(this site rocks by the way) and I decided to give 5-HTP, valerian and chamomile tea a shot. I do suffer from anxiety(I feel like im having a heart attack out of nowhere) and slight depression( I feel emotional once in a while for no reason). My question is, can these be mixed together and are there any side effects. Im currently taking St. Johns wort and I must say it does work, but only temporarily. I was prescribed lexapro(worst drug on earth stay away) and had the most terrible results after only two pills, I was also given Xanax and it was a God send, but because of its addictive nature my doc wouldn’t refill my prescription. So I decided to try the "natural" route. Please Help!!!!!

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   Posted 12/22/2006 7:11 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi mikes, Welcome to the depression forum, we are happy to have you.  There are many people that swear by herbal methods to alleviate anxiety & depression symptoms.  Personally, I haven’t been one of them although I have tried a combination of some these as intervals in my life with not much luck.  The mixing of herbs can be just as dangerous as mixing prescription medications so I would suggest seeking the advice of an herbalist who would be knowledgeable in this area.  Please do keep us posted as to how this combination works for you and how you’re doing....take care

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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 12/24/2006 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   

I tried GABA about a year ago with very good results. I feel it worked a bit better than 5-HTP. You can get this at any health food store. Make sure to check with your Doctor or Pharmacist, to see if GABA can be taken with Lexapro or any other medications you are taking. Also B vitamins work wonders for anxiety, panic and depression. I currently (along with Centrum Multivitamin) take 50mg Vitamin B1 (thiamin). 50mg Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), 50 Mg Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine), 400 IU Vitamin D3. This was approved by my Doctor. If you are taking Prescription Antidepressants, I would stay away from St. Johns Wort - because Herbs and Prescription Antidepressants don't mix well. Another remedy has also helped which is a light Box that was prescribed by my Psychiatrist, as I also suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). This has helped greatly for anxiety and depression in the fall and winter months where there is less sunlight. I also take 10-15 minute walks every day at work on my breaks. Exercise is great at helping reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
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