Evidence-Based Herbal and Nutritional Treatments for Anxiety in Psychiatric Disorders

  • David Camfield
  • Erica McIntyre
  • Jerome Sarris

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. David A. Camfield, Erica McIntyre, Jerome Sarris
    Pages 1-7
  3. Clinical Evidence in Support of Herbal and Nutritional Treatments for Anxiety

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Jerome Sarris, Erica McIntyre
      Pages 11-31
    3. Naomi L. Perry, David A. Camfield
      Pages 33-55
    4. Genevieve Z. Steiner, Danielle C. Mathersul
      Pages 57-80
    5. Jerome Sarris, David Mischoulon
      Pages 103-119
  4. Traditional Treatments in Need of Further Study

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Michael A. Coe, Dennis J. McKenna
      Pages 123-137
    3. Erica McIntyre, David A. Camfield, Jerome Sarris
      Pages 139-152
  5. Clinical Perspectives and Case Studies

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 185-208

About this book


This book presents the current clinical evidence on the efficacy of herbal and nutritional treatments for anxiety that is experienced in association with psychiatric disorders, and explains how health professionals can apply this knowledge to the benefit of patients presenting with a wide range of symptoms, including comorbid mood disorders. All chapters are written by world-leading researchers who draw on the findings of human clinical trials to provide uncompromising assessments of individual treatments, including herbal anxiolytics with sedative actions, adaptogens, cognitive anxiolytics, and nutraceuticals. Traditional treatments requiring further study – including the plant-based psychotropic Ayahuasca and other phytotherapies of potential value in the treatment of anxiety – are also reviewed. In the closing chapters, a series of helpful case studies are provided by mental health clinicians in order to illustrate how herbal and nutritional treatments can best be integrated into an overall treatment plan for individuals with a range of comorbid diagnoses. Mental health professionals, researchers, and general readers will find that the book provides an excellent review of current scientific knowledge gained from the study of herbal and nutritional treatments, together with important clinical recommendations for their use in patients experiencing clinically significant levels of anxiety.


Affective neuroscience Alternative medicine Biological psychiatry Complementary medicine Herbal medicine Human Psychopharmacology

Editors and affiliations

  • David Camfield
    • 1
  • Erica McIntyre
    • 2
  • Jerome Sarris
    • 3
  1. 1.School of PsychologyUniversity of WollongongWollongongAustralia
  2. 2.School of PsychologyCharles Sturt UniversityBathurstAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Psychiatry Faculty of MedicineThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-42305-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-42307-4
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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