There’s a new herb that can help with anxiety and mood disorders, but not everyone is ready to give it a shot.
A group of researchers have just published a study that looks at how fenugen may treat anxiety in people who don’t respond well to conventional antidepressants.
The findings are significant, because many people are still struggling with their anxiety.
“For many people, this is the first time they’ve ever experienced an actual response to a new treatment,” lead researcher Daniela Fajardo, a postdoctoral fellow in the department of psychiatry at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, said in a press release.
The researchers also found that the treatment reduced symptoms in people with moderate-to-severe anxiety.
The results will be published in the journal Biological Psychiatry.
But it’s not just about the new medication.
The drug has a long list of potential benefits for people with depression, too.
Fajaro and her team are also looking at how the drug might be used in the treatment of people with other anxiety disorders, including chronic pain.
“People who are at higher risk for developing anxiety, particularly chronic pain, are often more likely to experience these adverse effects from a new medication,” Fajardas said.
“We are trying to explore what it would mean to add the anxiolytic effect to the existing antidepressant treatment and see how it could work.”
The team has already published a paper describing the drug’s effects on depression in mice, and Fajardi hopes to continue studying its efficacy in people, too, with future studies.
You can read more about the findings here.
The best thing about fenuogen is that it can be taken in pill form and doesn’t require a prescription.
It’s also incredibly inexpensive, costing around $30 a tablet, and the researchers hope that it will become more widely available soon.