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Class II Evidence: Herbs with at least one controlled trial without randomization, well-designed, cohort or case-control analytic study; pharmacological, in vitro, in vivo, or non-human experiment.

Common/Chinese Names(Botanical Name) Safety Rating Drug Interactions CONTRA & Warnings MH Support
*Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)Supportive Very safe Barbiturates such as: Seconal, Seconal Sodium, Mebaral, Nembutal Sodium, Luminal, Amytal Sodium, Butisol Sodium and Nembutal. Not for use in pregnancy or if diabetic. None Identified Weak

Comments from MHs: This herb stimulates thyroid function and can cause an additive effect withmedications such as Synthroid and other Thyroid hormone medications. It was also noted that this herb may also interact with Benzodiazepines.

Recommended Dose: 5-13 ml of 1:2 liquid extract per day; 35-90 ml of 1:2 liquid extract per week(Bone, 2003).


*California poppy (Escholzchia Anxiolytic californica) Generally safe Benzodiazepines such as:Prosom, Alprazolam Intensol, Doral, Niravam,Diazepam Intensol, Xanax XR, Tranxene Librium, Klonpin Wafer,Xanax, Serax, Valium,Klonopin, Dalmane,Diastat, Halcion, Ativan,Lorazepam Intensol,Restoril, Tranxene SD, TranxeneT-Tab Versed,Onfi, Diastat Acu-Dial and Diastat Pediatric. When in pregnancy and when nursing. Strong

Comments from MHs: One herbalist noted that his patients using this herb and benzodiazepinesconcurrently have not experienced an interaction. However he does suspect that it may potentiate sleep. Concomitant use should be done with caution.

Recommended Dose: 3-6 ml of 1:2 liquid extract per day; 20-40 ml of 1:2 liquid extract per week(Bone, 2003).


*Gotu cola(Centella asiatica)Supportive Very Safe None Identified None Identified Weak

Comments from MHs: One herbalist noted that this herb may interact with blood thinners.

Recommended Dose: 3-6 ml of 1:2 liquid extract per day; 20-40 ml of 1:2 liquid extract per week (Bone, 2003).


*Hawthorn berry or leaf (Crataegus spp.)Supportive Very Safe None Identified None Identified Weak

Comments from MHs: This herb may potentiate the effects of blood pressure medications (3).

The herb may reportedly be used in combination with blood pressure medications but it may have a negative effect (2). One MH also reported that Hawthorn used in combination with a beta blocker likely caused hypotension in several patients--the combination was re-challenged in one patient and the effects were repeated--this is reportedly rare but can occur. Another MH reported that this herb was used routinely as a drug of choice prior to Digoxin and that he continues to use it in clients to reduce the need for Digoxin. This herb interacts with Digoxin (3).

Recommended Dose: Hawthorn Berry3-6 ml of 1:2 liquid extract per day; 20-50 ml of 1:2 liquidextract per week. Hawthorn Leaf – 3-6 ml of 1:2 liquid extract per day; 20-40 ml of 1:2 liquid extract per week. Higher doses than those outlined here may be necessary for effective control of hypertension (Bone, 2003).


*Korean/Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng)Supportive Generally Safe Unspecified stimulants Bipolar and Diabetes Weak

Comments from MHs: One herbalist advised caution when using this herb in patients withpremenstrual syndrome, hypoglycemia (or simply a sensitivity to blood sugar issues), and thyroid disease. Those with chronic anxiety or trauma who are sensitive to stimulating herbs should use this herb cautiously (3). However, another MH noted that if this herb is used in a formula its negative effects can be offset by other herbs.

Recommended Dose: 1-6 ml of 1:2 liquid extract per day; 7-40 ml of 1:2 liquid extract per week(Bone, 2003).


*Lavender(Lavandula spp.)Anxiolytic Very Safe None Identified None Identified Very Strong

Comments from MHs: This herb is very safe but that it may potentiate Benzodiazepines.

Recommended Dose: 2.0-4.5 ml of 1:2 liquid extract per day; 15-30 ml of 1:2 liquid extract perweek (Bone, 2003).


*St Johns wort(Hypericum perforatum) Supportive Generally Safe Induces CYP3A4, and inhibits CYP1A1,CYP1B1, and CYP2D6 enzymes. Hormonal Contraceptives such as: Elinest, Estrostep Fe,Gildess, Nordette, Tri-Lo-Marzia, Zeosa, Zovia, Triphasil, Demulen,Emoquette, Syeda, PlanB, Ovcon 35 and Mon- Linyah, etc. Axiolytics such as:Seconal, Seconal Sodium, Mebaral, Nembutal Sodium, Luminal, Amytal Sodium, Butisol Sodium and Nembutal, Prosom,Alprazolam Intensol,Doral, Niravam,Diazepam Intensol,Xanax XR, Tranxene,Librium, Klonpin Wafer,Xanax, Unisom,Benadryl, Ambien,Lunesta, BuSpar, etc. Antidepressants such as:Paxel, Lexapro, Celexa,Prozac, Zoloft, Pexeva, Luvox CR, Sarafem, Brisdelle, Selfemra andRapiflux. Beta-adrenergeticblockers such as:Kerlone, Tenormin,Toprol-XL, Lopressor, Metoprolol, Coreg,Indural, Levatol,Blocadren, etc. Bipolar if taken in high doses and not for use during phototherapy or excessive sunexposure. Weak

Comments from MHs:St Johns wort (SJW) affects the CYP3A4 and CYP2C9 enzymes andcareful consideration should be taken when combining SJW with drugs metabolized by these pathways (2).

Major negative interaction this herb has are with organ anti-rejection drugs and conventional antivirals commonly used in patients with HIV/AIDS. One MH considers these the most clinically relevant interactions SJW has with other medications. Two MHs reports that they do not believe SJW is contraindicated with conventional antidepressants (2) or anxiolytics (2) but should be used in combination when supervised by a trained clinician. The research supporting Hypericum


*Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) Anxiolytic Very Safe None Identified None Identified Very Strong

Comments from MHs: This herb may have an additive effect to sleep medications.

Recommended Dose: 2.0-4.5 ml of 1:2 liquid extract per day; 15-30 ml of 1:2 liquid extract perweek (Bone, 2003).



Note: SuperscriptAnxietyfollowing name of herb = Primary action of the herb. *= indicates herbs with pharmacological,in vivo, or in vitro evidence. Parenthesis surrounding a number, such as (3), indicates the number of master herbalists contributing the statement preceding it.
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