Herbs such as Kava kava (Piper methysticum)—studies suggest that this herb reduces stress-related anxiety and is an effective and safe alternative to anti-anxiety medications without undesirable side effects; although not studied specifically for PTSD, the general effects of kava kava may be of value in this setting. The following herbs may help relieve restlessness, nervousness, and anxiety that can be associated with PTSD: Passionflower herb (Passiflora incarnata) Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis)
- There have been few studies examining the effectiveness of specific homeopathic remedies. Professional homeopaths, however, may recommend one or more of the following treatments for PTSD based on their knowledge and clinical experience. Before prescribing a remedy, homeopaths take into account a person's constitutional type.
- In homeopathic terms, a person's constitution is his or her physical, emotional, and intellectual makeup.
- Aconitum — for recurring panic following a traumatic experience; this remedy is most appropriate for individuals who have heart palpitations and shortness of breath which produce a tremendous fear of death.
- Arnica — for chronic conditions (such as depression) that occur after a traumatic experience; this remedy is most appropriate for individuals who generally deny that anything is wrong
- Staphysagria — for individuals who feel fearful, powerless, or unable to speak up or defend themselves.
- Stramonium — for anxiety disorders that occur after a shock or traumatic experience involving violence; the individual for whom this remedy is most appropriate tends to be generally fearful and have night terrors.