Chamomile for anxiety disorder
Amsterdam J, Li Y, Soeller I et al. 2011. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of oral Matricaria recutita (chamomile) extract therapy for generalized anxiety disorder. J Clin Psychopharmacol 29:4;378-82.
Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterised by a wide array of psychological and physical symptoms, it usually manifests as a chronic disorder and only 30% of patients experience spontaneous remission. Benzodiazepine anxiolytics, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and other antidepressants have been used to treat GAD. These are often associated with unwanted adverse effects. Matricaria recutita (chamomile) is a widely used herbal remedy often employed for its relaxation and calming effect.
This eight week trial examined the role of oral chamomile extract in the treatment of mild to moderate GAD. Sixty-one patients were enrolled in the trial, 57 patients...