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Chamomile and Anxiety Reduction – How Does It Work?

Chamomile and Anxiety Reduction – How Does It Work?For hundreds of years, herbs have been a part of traditional remedies for various health conditions – including anxiety. Anxiety is a state of mind or an emotion that is experienced in response to threats or other stressors. Excess of anxiety could be very bad for health, and even lead to fatal problems – such as heart attacks. Herbs such as Chamomile are regarded as one of best and most natural ways to reduce anxiety symptoms in patients. It works from within, and relaxes a person enough to behave more confidently and calmly in response to stressful events.

Why Does Chamomile Help Reduce Anxiety?

It is yet unclear how the herb actually works in anxiety reduction. However, it is supposed to be able to control these neurotransmitters which are known to regulate mood:

  • Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)
  • Dopamine
  • Serotonin

Also, it works as an anti-inflammatory as well as antioxidant agent. This helps it reduce inflammatory symptoms related to higher anxiety levels.

It can also aid in controlling the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) axis – which plays a key role in the kind of response that the body shows to stress. A few studies have found out that one can get relief from anxiety due to the consumption of chamomile extract.

A randomized research carried out over a period of 38 weeks in 179 individuals with GAD showed that the participants had significantly lower anxiety symptoms after the intake of 1,500 mg chamomile extract every day than people who did not consume it.

Similar benefits were found in another research. It was found that participants who had chamomile extract for a period of 8 weeks could lower their anxiety and depression symptoms. However, as the study was conducted only on a small number of people, it could not offer sufficient facts and figures to establish the causal relationship between chamomile extract and anxiety reduction.

Conclusion

Although these studies held out promise, it has to be noted that most of the studies have been carried out on chamomile extract. There is a need for further research for the assessment of the anxiety lowering impact of chamomile tea – a beverage that is consumed by a lot of people around the world.

Just like Chamomile has been a part of anxiety remedies around the world, Turmeric has found favor in many countries for the management of anxiety and related problems. In countries like India, it is a staple in daily diet for this reason as well as for man



ABOUT THE AUTHOR: James Johnson is the founder of Healthy Reports. He is a seasoned researcher and author with over 15 years of experience. He has a unique combination of experience and skills in nutrition, dietetics, and communication.

Categories: Anxiety