In the primary care setting, patients frequently bring in a list of various supplements or herbs that they are taking for a variety of medical conditions, including anxiety, with the hope to engage in a conversation with their PCP about whether these various supplements are safe and worth the cost. Physicians are often limited by a lack of training on the topic and/or by time constraints in the clinic. Thus, this aspect of care is not well addressed. This project includes the creation of a patient education sheet containing information about common herbal/natural supplements used for anxiety. It highlights the current evidence for efficacy, adverse effects, and drug/medication interactions. By providing some basic information on natural anxiety treatments, this aspect of care that is important to patients may be better addressed.
Milton Family Practice
natural supplements, anxiety, herbal medicine, alternative medicine, naturopathic medicine, Vermont
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Medical Education | Primary Care
Forstein, Agatha, "Herbs and Natural Supplements for Treatment of Anxiety" (2021). Family Medicine Clerkship Student Projects. 696.