From: Roman Bystrianyk on
Chamomile's power as a stress-buster has been around for years. And
now, two researchers are trying to find how much truth is there behind
the old wives' tale.

In an evaluation for Faculty of 1000, Michael Van Ameringen and Beth
Patterson have discussed the first randomized controlled trial of
chamomile for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

Published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology , the study
reports that "chamomile extract therapy was found to be efficacious
for mild-moderate GAD".
Patients with mild-moderate GAD were included in the study and
received either chamomile or placebo. Those that received the
chamomile treatment were found to have a significant change in the
severity of their GAD.

Van Amerigen and Patterson comment on the results of the study, saying
that they "suggest that chamomile may have modest [anti-panic]
activity in patients with mild-moderate GAD and may potentially be
used in those who are averse to traditional pharmacotherapy".


Source: Times of India