Anxiety and complementary health approaches

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
Publication date:
01 August 2018


Researchers are studying a variety of complementary health approaches to see whether they might be helpful for occasional anxiety or anxiety disorders. There is some evidence that mindfulness and other forms of meditation, music, relaxation techniques, and melatonin may be efficacious for anxiety, especially anxiety associated with medical procedures or chronic medical problems. However, there is not enough evidence on other complementary health approaches for anxiety to draw definitive conclusions about their efficacy.

This issue of the NCCIH digest provides a summary of current research on several complementary health approaches for anxiety, including mind and body practices and natural products.