Chamomile for Anxiety

By Rick Naurert PhD
February 9th, 2022
Medically reviewed by Paul Sietes, MD.

Use Chamomile for AnxietyA new randomized control research trial has found that chamomile helps lessen symptoms of mild to moderate general anxiety disorder.

As a herbal remedy, chamomile tea has been used for centuries to calm nerves and its oil has been an ingredient in commercial flavors and perfumes.

The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, reports that “chamomile extract therapy was found to be efficacious for mild-moderate GAD.”

Patients with mild-moderate GAD were included in the study and received either chamomile or placebo. Those that received the chamomile treatment were found to have a significant change in the severity of their GAD.

Evaluators Michael Van Ameringen and Beth Patterson comment on the results of the study, saying that they “suggest that chamomile may have modest [anti-panic] activity in patients with mild-moderate GAD and may potentially be used in those who are averse to traditional pharmacotherapy.”

These findings are important “because many individuals who suffer from GAD do not view their anxiety as a medical condition, [and, therefore,] self-diagnosis and self-medicating with alternative, over-the-counter remedies is common.”

Van Amerigen and Patterson said “a big strength of this paper is that the authors took a herbal remedy and subjected it to scientific rigor unlike many ‘natural’ remedies which have associated claims of efficacy with no supportive data.”

Source: Faculty of 1000

Dr. Rick Naurert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Naurert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.