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Herbs and Supplements

The following is a list of Herbs and Supplements that can cross the blood brain barrier and affect Gaba A receptors and as such may interfere with the withdrawal and recovery process. Please refer to Supplements and Withdrawal. It has been prepared by a Yahoo Benzo Group Members. The starred ones are the most potent reactors with the same Gaba A receptors as the benzos, the others somewhat so.

Scute (skullcap both American and  Chinese) **

Salvia **


Asaram **

Acorus **



Zizyphus **

White Peony


Ganoderma (aka reishi mushroom)

Dioscorea  (wild yam) (if it encourages progesterone)

Poria (hoelen)


Valerian** (binds just like a benzo)

Passion Flower **

Kava **

L Theanine ** - in a lot of calming supplements like Zen Mind Progesterone meds/creams this one is still controversial, though there is evidence that progesterone products may adversely affect benzo withdrawal in some people.

Gaba supplements don't do much for the receptors in the brain since it doesn't cross the blood brain barrier, but may have some positive effect on the other receptors throughout the body.  It may relieve some of the withdrawal symptoms like shakiness, foggy thinking, and muscle tightness. This has also caused adverse effects in some people.

Disclaimer:  The information contained in this website was not compiled by a doctor or anyone with medical training. The advice contained herein should not be substituted for the advice of a physician who is well-informed in the subject matter discussed. Before making any decisions about your health or treatment you should always confer with your physician and it is always assumed that you will do so.

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Last updated 21 July 2020