Complementary And Alternative Medicine (CAM) Reflecting Evidence Base Practice Effects The Treatment For Anxiety
John’s Wort effectiveness on anxiety based on a single double-blind placebo controlled RCT. “Results showed a strong positive effect of St. John 's wort, compared with placebo, in reducing somatic anxiety, psychic anxiety, overall anxiety scores, and physician and patient ratings of anxiety disorder symptoms (Saeed SA, 2007 Aug 15).” It was noted that patients experience more agitation while using this form of therapy (Saeed SA, 2007 Aug 15). I do support using St. John’s Wort due to the supporting evidence to prove that this supplement aids in relief of symptoms for anxiety.
C) How effective are the complementary and alternative practices compare with allopathic (traditional) medicine? Complementary and alternative practices are as effective as allopathic medicine when taken properly and researched prior to starting any regimen. The patient should be informed to always contact their provider before starting any alternative therapy to ensure that it will not interfere with their current regimen. Natural medicines can and have yielded benefit to the patient but, ultimately the safety of the patient is the primary concern. St. John’s wort usage should be monitored for drug interactions (Davidson JR, 2001). Kava regimens need to be monitored with routine regular liver function tests.