beware of very expensive herbal and food supliments

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   Posted 11/12/2006 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
very expensive food and herbal suppliments are being advertised as miracle cures for anxiety and panic disorders
these are very doubtful and probably only help if at all, for a while from the placebo effect
the placebo effect is often very strong for anxiety sufferers, and the more expensive the cure, the longer it lasts
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   Posted 11/12/2006 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for that. I wonder what foods are being advertised as that tho?

I did homeopathy for anxiety when I was 15, which is an herbal remidy I got from my cousin. After I did it I was cured for 5 years of anxiety, up until now.


Thanks for the info Harry.

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   Posted 11/12/2006 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree that you have to be ultra careful, but I don't totally discount all alternative treatments. There are actual studies of certain supplements being very helpful in treating some of the symptoms of anxiety and depression. The placebo effect is certainly to be taken into account, but it isn't always that. When I was going thru the absolute worst of the anxiety some years ago, a friend bought me some Rescue Remedy, a Bach flower remedy. I wanted it to work soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo BAD! But it didn't do a darned thing! I have been helped some by Kava Kava, but it isn't as good as Xanax by any means. I think one needs to be balanced in ALL types of treatments. Do research and don't take ANYTHING at face value. Make sure of your source for the info. If it's someone trying to sell you a product and is the same one that endorses it, beware. If you find independent info/studies, etc., done by respected sources, it's better. Even then, be careful. I've found some wonderful info online and am very careful. I don't believe something just because of one study or one testimonial (and paid ones I disregard altogether!)
Twiggy, the herbal emedy helped for 5 years. It likely wasn't a placebo effect. Even prescription drugs can lose their effect over time, as with the SSRIs for some people. I say keep an open mind, but be cautious.
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   Posted 11/13/2006 5:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Totally agree just be cautious and remember to be careful mixing herbal remedies with some RX meds please
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