Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Certain dietary and herbal supplements claim to have calming and anti-anxiety benefits. Before you take any of these for agoraphobia, talk with your health care professional. Although these supplements are available over-the-counter, they still pose possible health risks in some people.

For example, the herbal treatment called kava is marketed as a treatment for anxiety. Kava may reduce anxiety, but the supplement has been linked to multiple cases of severe liver damage. Several countries have banned the sale of kava due to safety concerns. The Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings about kava but hasn't banned the sale of kava in the United States.

Apr. 21, 2011