Naturopathy is more effective than psychotherapy 

Often, we see a psychiatrist or psychologist for any mental health issues. They can be helpful. In this controlled trial, naturopathy is found to be more effective than psychotherapy in treating anxiety.  Why is this so?

Unlike psychotherapy, naturopathy works on all levels of your being – physical (nutrient deficiency, circulation, digestive etc.), mental, and spiritual.

A young patient presented with severe constipation ( side effects of the psychiatric drugs, which she was taking for 7 years) and signs of panic attacks. 4 tablets of Phytolec (which does not interact with the drugs) resolved her constipation. She belongs to what we called heat/irritation body type and 30 drops of rose tincture taken 3 times a day clear her anxiety symptoms. Rose was healing the mental and spiritual spheres.

In a randomised controlled trial, employees with moderate to the severe anxiety of longer than 6 weeks duration were randomized based on age and gender to receive naturopathic care (NC) (n = 41) or standardized psychotherapy intervention (PT) (n = 40) over a period of 12 weeks.

Final Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) scores decreased by 56.5% (p<0.0001) in the NC group and 30.5% (p<0.0001) in the PT group. BAI group scores were significantly decreased in the NC group compared to PT group (p = 0.003). Significant differences between groups were also observed in mental health, concentration, fatigue, social functioning, vitality, and overall quality of life with the NC group exhibiting greater clinical benefit. No serious adverse reactions were observed in either group.


Mail, K.C., Szczurko, O., Perri, D., Mills, E.J., Bernhardt, B., Zhou, Q., Seely, D. (2009) Naturopathic Care for Anxiety: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Plos One, 4(8), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0006628

About Sebastian Liew

Matthew Wood, the renowned American herbalist described Sebastian as ‘one of the most unique and talented practitioners of natural healing and herbalism.’ The New Paper (Singapore) called Sebastian Liew 'The Medicine Man'. Indeed, Sebastian is a qualified and registered Medical Herbalist (accredited by the National Herbalists Association of Australia), with a Master's degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of New England, Australia. He is the first medical herbalist in Singapore and is known to popularize phytotherapy (Western herbal medicine), European traditional medicine, and St Hildegard medicine (Germany) in Singapore and probably in Asia. Sebastian has 20 years clinical work experiences and treated numerous patients with different medical conditions from all age groups in his Singapore clinic. Sebastian authored the book, Leaf to Life: The Natural Approach to Slow Down Aging and Living a Healing Life, which set the fundamentals for healthy aging and the prevention or treatment for almost all diseases. Please visit website
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