There exists effective complementary and alternative treatments to generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Studies have shown that a large percentage of people decide to self-treat their anxiety before seeking a physician’s assistance. Thus, studies are needed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of complementary and alternative therapies of GAD.
Several studies have shown that effective treatments of GAD include kava, relaxation training, acupuncture, meditation, and autogenic training. Studies have also shown that complementary therapies are effective for more specific anxiety disorders, such a panic disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder.