by Savitha C Muppala on  May 14, 2013 at 11:40 PM Alcohol & Drug Abuse News
 Kava Plant may Offer a Natural Remedy for Anxiety Disorders
The South Pacific kava plant is found to provide a natural remedy for treatment of anxiety, Australian scientists have revealed.

Anxiety disorder- a state when a person worries abnormally and excessively- is known to affect many in Australia. Statistics show that nearly 14% of the population is affected by anxiety disorders.

According to lead researcher Jerome Sarris, from University of Melbourne, Kava seems to offer a strong natural alternative for the treatment of chronic clinical anxiety with reduced risk for dependency. It also had fewer side effects.

The research so far has shown a lot of promise, but more clinical trials are required to confirm it as a first-line treatment for generalized anxiety disorders (GAD).

"We are not saying kava is a replacement for integrated care. People with anxiety should seek appropriate advice from a health professional, which could include a GP, a psychologist or a degree-qualified naturopath," says Dr Sarris.

The study looked at 75 patients with clinically diagnosed GAD for eight weeks. Some patients were given kava while some others got a placebo. The study found that there was a marked reduction in anxiety for the Kava group.

However, people should consult their doctor before they take any medication for anxiety.

Source: Medindia

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