An anxiolytic (also antipanic or antianxiety agent) is a drug that inhibits anxiety. Some recreational drugs like alcoholic beverages (ethanol) induce anxiolysis. Anxiolytic medications have been used for the treatment of anxiety and its related psychological and physical symptoms. Anxiolytics have been shown to be useful in the treatment of anxiety disorders.
Anxiolytics are also known as minor tranquilizers. The term is less common in modern texts, and was originally derived from a dichotomy with major tranquilizers, also known as neuroleptics or antipsychotics.
Certain natural substances are reputed to have anxiolytic properties, including the following:
• Bacopa monnieri (Brahmi)
• Lactuca virosa (Opium Lettuce)
• Rhodiola rosea (Arctic Weed/Golden Root)
• Hypericum perforatum (St. John's Wort)
• Matricaria recutita (German Chamomile)
• Piper methysticum (Kava)
• Sceletium tortuosum (Kanna)
• Scutellaria spp. (Skullcap)
o Scutellaria lateriflora
• Valeriana officinalis (Valerian)
• Salvia splendens (Not to be confused with Salvia divinorum)
• Coriandrum sativum (Coriander)
• Myristica (Nutmeg)
• Salvia elegans (Pineapple Sage)
• Inositol. In a double-blind, controlled trial, myo-inositol (18 grams daily) was superior to fluvoxamine for decreasing the number of panic attacks and had fewer side-effects.
• Cannabidiol (a cannabinoid found in marijuana)
• L-Theanine – extracted from severeal different plants.
• Rhodiola Rosea (rose root)
• magnolia officinalis (Magnolia Bark