The team from mental health charity, Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation has looked at 24 different studies into supplements which are commonly used for stress reduction purposes.
They found that the popular remedy St John’s Wart does little to help ease stresses and strains but passion flower supplements have proven effective.
Other supplements found to help anxiety are lysine and arginine, two compounds which help to form proteins.
Due to the rising cost of medicine over the past few years more and more individuals have been exploring complementary and alternative medicines for relief of psychological conditions.
Though the results are very positive, experts have stressed that not enough is know about specific dosage amounts.
Researcher Shaheen Lakhan has said:
‘Herbal medicines hold an important place in the history of medicine, as most of our current remedies, and the majority of those to be discovered in the future, will contain phytochemicals – chemicals derived from plants.’
‘Understanding the quantity needed and the potency of different ways of extracting and preparing the phytochemicals is vital to creating a standard measure of their effectiveness.’