What are the ComplementaryTreatments for Anxiety?

Some complementary (those that people use along with conventional medicine) and alternative (those that people use instead of conventional treatment) therapies may help improve symptoms of anxiety in people with Parkinson’s.  People who want to pursue a therapy should be sure to see a skilled and qualified practitioner.  For information on therapies, licensing and certification, visit the website of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Anyone considering non-conventional treatment for an anxiety disorder should be sure to discuss the following options with their doctor. 


Exercise has been found to be a simple therapeutic approach for improving mood and anxiety. It can include walking, stretching, yoga, tai-chi and all basic forms of physical activity.

Non-Conventional Types of Therapy for Anxiety

  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Massage Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Aromatherapy
  • Meditation
  • Music Therapy

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Medical content reviewed by: Nina Browner, MD—Medical Director of the NPF Center of Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in North Carolina and by Fernando Pagan, MD—Medical Director of the NPF Center of Excellence at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

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