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Which herbal remedies are helpful to reduce stress and anxiety?

There are many common and accessible herbs to help support someone who has stress and anxiety. These include chamomile, ginko biloba, kava kava, St. Johns wort, valerian, verbena, rose, lavender, skullcap and rhodiola. Some drugs are safer and some are more well studied than others. Special care as well as physician approval should be obtained prior to starting St. Johns wort, ginko biloba and kava kava because of possible interactions. Herb formulas that combine ingredients also exist but are not necessarily better. Herbs come in many forms such as teas, tinctures, capsules and sublingual tablets or drops. Potency can vary in different forms, brands and preparations. In general, however, herbs are subtle and relatively safe for treatment of occasionally stress and anxiety.

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