Acupuncture has a very long history of use especially in Chinese medicine. The science of Chinese acupuncture is based on metaphysical concepts of body energy that runs through channels called “meridians”. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) also uses herbs to help treat energetic inbalances. Both acupuncture and TCM can be used to effectively manage anxiety. There are numerous published clinical trials demonstrating the potential of these therapies in the management of anxiety.
Western herbs are an other alternative to drugs for treating anxiety. I have an article that will appear in the September issue of Toronto's Tonic magazine (http://www.tonictoronto.com/
) that discusses the use of herbs for treating anxiety in adolescents. The symptoms of anxiety can be reduced by using anxiolytic and/or sedative herbs, such as Hops (Humulus lupulus), Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata), Scullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora), and Valerian (Valeriana spp.). Health Canada only considers Hops, Lemon balm, and Passionflower safe for use in adolescents 13 years and older.