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There can be some interactions or potential interactions between conventional medicines and herbal treatments and food supplements. The stress, anxiety depression triangle is a complicated one to diagnose and treat. Stimulants, natural or conventional, if used to treat a depression that has an overlap with anxiety can make anxiety worse.  Similarly sedatives for anxiety can have a negative effect if there is deep underlying depression. Many of the substances are incompatible with alcohol too.  Make sure you discuss all of your medication, both conventional and complementary with at least one medical practitioner.


Potential interactions exist with the following:

Alcohol, amobarbital, aprobarbital, azathioprine, barbiturates, basiliximab, butabarbital, CNS depressants, corticosteroids, cyclosporine, daclizumab, muromonab, pentobarbital, phenobarbital, secobarbital, tacrolimus.


Chamomile may interact with anisindione, dicumarol, iron salts and warfarin.


Ginsengs can interact with or affect the excretion, action or uptake of corticosteroids, oestrogens, immunosuppressants, insulin, MAOI’s and blood thinners. Acetyohexamide, anisinodione, azathioprine, basiliximab, chlorpropamide, conjugated oestrogens, cyclosporine, daclizumab, dicumarol, digoxin, estradiol, estrogenestropipate, ethinyl estradiol, glipizide, glyburide, isocarboxazid,  metaformin, muromonab, mycophenolate, hypoglycaemic drugs, phenelzine, tacrolimus, tolazamide, tolbutamide, tranylcypromine, troglitazone, warfarin.


There are potential interactions between Kava and alcohol as well as a long list of conventional medications.  The following may interact with Kava:

Alprazolam, amobarbital, aprobarbital, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, butabarbital, carbidopa, chlordiazepoxide, chlorpromazine,clorazepate, CNS depressants, diazepam, eldepryl, fluphenazine, haloperidol, levodopa, lorazepam, loxapine, mesoridazine, metoclopramide, molindone, neuroleptics,oxazepam, pentobarbital, perphenazine, phenobarbital, pimozide, prazepam, prochlorperazine, promazine, secobarbital, thioridazine, thiothixene, triflupromazine, trifluoperazine.

Lemon Balm and Passionflower

Lemon balm and passionflower may interact with alcohol, amobarbital, aprobarbital, barbiturates, butabarbital, CNS depressants, iron salts, pentobarbital, phenobarbital, secobarbital.

Magnolia and Skullcap

Magnolia and Skullcap can interact with corticosteroids, betamethasone, dexamethasone, hydrocortisome, methylprednisolone, prednisolone, prednisone and triamcinolone.


Valerian has potential interactions with alcohol, iron salts and CNS depressants, barbiturates. Amobarbital, aprobarbital, butabarbital, pentobarbital, phenobarbital, secobarbital.


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