More and more people now opt for herbal or natural remedies for anxiety disorders as our society become very health conscious. Well, here’s some great news for those who would like to treat anxiety without medication. These are some of the most common but effective remedies which are used to treat anxiety all around the world.
St John’s Wort, (Hypericum Perforatum), a plant with yellow flowers, is a widely known herb for anxiety, usually used to treat mild depression in children and adolescents. The flowers are usually used to prepare teas, tablets or capsules and liquid extracts. Clinical trials have proven that this herb is beneficial for patients who suffer from severe depression and anxiety because this plant contains properties that are similar to those in standard antidepressants. It is usually well tolerated, but may contain adverse side effects including abdominal ache, sleeping trouble vivid dreams and headaches. It may also cause multiple drug interactions which is why it is good to take it only for a short period of time.
Valerian, (Valeriana officinalis) is a herbal remedy for anxiety, stress and insomnia. It was historically used as a folk remedy in migraine treatment, as a sedative, anti-convulsant and pain reliever. The effects of consumption will show after a few weeks, but it isn’t advisable to be taken for more than 3 months and shouldn’t be taken together with other medication. This herb may give relief to these anxiety symptoms but will cause abdominal ache due to mild indigestion, allergic reactions, palpitations or headaches when taken in excess. But be warned, most people cannot stand its pungent smell and they prefer taking it in capsule form.
Kava, (Piper methysticum) can be used to treat anxiety and sleeping disorders effectively and has been used for over thousands of years. It has been proven in medical studies that this Kava root has a positive effect on anxiety sufferers. This root has been known to promote relaxation without affecting one’s mental acuity.
Passion flower, (Passiflora incarnate) is possibly one of the best known natural remedy to anxiety attacks and is successfully used to treat Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD). It has been proven in clinical trials which were mostly carried out in the EU countries. This herb has been officially approved by the German health community for being an effective remedy to anxiety and insomnia but may cause mild side effects like palpitations and nausea.
Natural remedies which are used to treat anxiety are not only limited to herbs. Vitamin B-1 is known for its calming properties. It helps to relief consumers of fatigue, anxiety, irritability. It is advisable for consumers to take this vitamin as a complex supplement since some doctors also recommend vitamins B6 and B12 to anxiety patients.
Natural anxiety treatments aren’t limited to herbs and supplements though. Your diet is important as well and here are a few things that you should do:
Reduce the intake of caffeine. Clinical studies have proven that excessive intakes of caffeine lead to sleeping troubles, twitching, trembling, racing heart, nausea and restlessness – all symptoms that can be associated with anxiety.
Reduce the intake of alcohol. Alcohol depresses the nervous system and alcohol and illegal substances abuse have been linked to anxiety disorders. Social drinkers should consume a glass of wine on occasion and avoid white spirits and hard liquor.
Eat balanced, healthy diet. This will improve your general health, and will help you better manage your anxiety.
Breath, exercise & meditate.
Other other natural treatments like exercise, meditation and yoga are also recommended by many medical practitioners. This is because breathing is an effective way to treat anxiety as shown in a recent study conducted by the researchers of Southern Methodist University. In this study, the patients were required to undergo breathing therapy known as Capnometry-Assisted Respiratory Training CART as a way to relieve anxiety and it significantly improved their anxiety symptoms.
Take a break or two often.
It is advisable to take frequent breaks as we all know, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. If you have a “9 to 5” job in the office behind the computer, take a walk round the office, refill your coffee, relax your eyes or even do some breathing exercises. You’ll find that you’ll feel much better and more relieved after the break.
The fear of an anxiety attack by itself can trigger an attack. This is true as reported by many anxiety disorder patients and after resolving the “meta” fear, most reported an immediate cessation of anxiety attacks.