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Are there alternative treatments for anxiety disorders?

A variety of complementary and alternative medical treatments are used for treating anxiety disorders, although effectiveness depends on the type and severity of the disorder. The breathing exercises, meditation, and physical postures in yoga can help relieve stress and reduce anxiety. Acupuncture, massage therapy, and biofield therapies are also used to relieve symptoms. Some evidence suggests kava, a plant extract from the South Pacific, can improve anxiety. However kava, like many herbal supplements, can have harmful effects if taken with certain medications. Talk to your doctor about what complimentary and alternative approaches are best for you.
Dr. Daniel Hsu, DAOM
Alternative & Complementary Medicine
Recent studies have shown that acupuncture modulates the activity of the limbic system of the brain. The limbic system is a set of brain structures that among other things, also regulate emotion and behavior. The theory is if you can affect the limbic system, then you can also regulate emotions and treat anxiety.

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