The Psychiatric Quarterly

, Volume 31, Issue 1–4, pp 445–453 | Cite as

Rauwolfia serpentina in the control of anxiety

  • Paul Lowinger


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    The effectiveness of Rauwolfia serpentina drugs in the control of overt anxiety in ambulatory psychiatric patients is equal to that of a conventional treatment of anxiety, as shown in a study of matched patient groups.

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    Three forms of Rauwolfia, reserpine, alseroxylon and the whole crude root, gave the same results in the control of overt anxiety in ambulatory patients.

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    Techniques for the clinical use of the Rauwolfia drugs are reported.

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    A wide variety of minor toxic symptoms in the use of Rauwolfia drugs was noted and easily controlled.

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    Depressive symptoms are not altered by Rauwolfia drugs given at the quantity and duration levels of this study.



Depressive Symptom Personality Disorder Reserpine Moderate Decrease Control Group Treatment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Lowinger
    • 1
  1. 1.Lafayette Clinic and Wayne State University College of MedicineDetroit

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