Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

What Is Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)?


Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) - Basics

An individual is considered to have Generalized Anxiety Disorder when he or she experiences intense, long-term (lasting more than 6 months) worry, fear and/or tension, despite there being little or no reason to warrant it. People with GAD cannot quell their anxiety, even when they realize it is not justified. They experience difficulty concentrating, falling or staying asleep, and resting; and can exhibit physical symptoms such as fatigue, hot flashes, muscle aches and irritability.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

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Bu Nao Wan (Brain Supplementing Pills)

Clinical Usages

  • A range of psychiatric, cognitive decline, trauma issues - benefit and clears the brain, transforms phlegm and tonifies kidney qi and the blood.
  • Often used for both general cognitive decline/dementia, disorientation, etc. - but also useful when mixed with more anxiety, insomnia and/or emotional outbursts from confusion.
  • Generally, particularly when deficiency and phlegm exist for anxiety, insomnia, dream disturbed sleep, manic states.

    Clinical Categorization

    Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Wan (Bupleurum, Dragon Bone, and Oyster Shell Formula)

    Clinical Usages

    • Palpitations, anxiety, restlessness, agitation/irritibility, and insomnia from heat due to liver yang or fire.
    • Mental disorders such as including biopolar and schizophrenia resulting from distrubed shen.
    • Symptoms of addiction recovery: cravings, anxiety, mood swings etc.

      Clinical Categorization

      Yue Ju Wan (Escape Restraint Pill)

      Clinical Usages

      • An important formula for plum pit qi and related issues arising from qi stagnation (from many factors) - an oppressive sensation in the chest and/or diaphgram, gerd, reflux, indigestion, nausea, belching with a fetid odor.
      • Gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, intercostal neuralgia, cholecystitis, cholelithiasis.
      • Infectious hepatitis.
      • Migraines when the underlying factor is that of stagnation.
      • Besides a range of digestive issues, the formula may be used for a wide range of psychiatric conditions including depression, schizophrenia, panic disorder, etc. when the underlying factor is chiefly stagnation.

        Clinical Categorization


          • Generally should be avoided in cases where the issues are arising from predominately deficiency syndromes (weakness, loose stools, no appetite).

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