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Scientists Claim St John's Wort Doesn't Treat Anxiety Effectively

Scientists have discovered that taking St John's wort to take the edge off stress doesn't ease anxiety.

As reported by The Daily Mail, a review of studies from around the world, looking at how herbal and nutritional supplements are used to tackle stress, discovered that the popular herbal treatment has no effect.

Magnesium supplements, which many people take to reduce stress and anxiety aren't effective either, although researchers said they 'hold promise'.

According to mental health charity Mind, anxiety effects the body too, not just the mind. Muscular tension can cause headaches, breathing rapidly can make you feel light-headed, rising blood pressure can make you more aware of a pounding heart, and changes to the bloody supply of the digestive system can cause nausea and sickness. 

Anxiety causes psychological effects that include fear, heightened alertness, being on edge, feeling irritable and an inability to concentrate or relax. Some people start self medicating to cope with anxiety, turning to cigarettes, drugs and alcohol.

The researchers explained: "With the rising cost of prescription medications and their production of unwanted side-effects, patients are exploring herbal and other natural remedies for the management and treatment of psychological conditions."

However, the news that St John's wort and magnesium supplements aren't as effective as people think could encourage anxiety sufferers to explore other methods of anxiety treatment. Hypnotherapy is one such method that tackles the reasons behind anxiety rather than masking it through medication.