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GABA for Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the most common psychiatric disorders that I see in my practice. Often times acupuncture and individualized homeopathic treatment can cure anxiety. For those seeking a temporary respite from their feelings of worry, nervousness, apprehension and generalized unease, GABA is an excellent natural remedy.
A typical adult dose is 400-500mg per day. If combined with the anxiolytic herb kava (100-200mg./day) patients tend to have an even better response.
In practice, I find that 50-60% have excellent response to the above. For 10-20% there is no response and 5-10% of patients will experience some adverse side effects such as tingling throughout the body, shortness of breath, or increased anxiety and insomnia.
Drugs like Ativan and Xanas that are commonly used to treat anxiety are highly addictive and can create physical and psychological dependence. For patients wanting to cut down on their use of these medications GABA can provide a good alternative.

Terry Pfau DO, HMD

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