Anxiety Natural Remedies
Anxiety natural remedies such as herbs, homeopathy, aromatherapy, and other nutritional supplements are helpful in alleviating stress and
feelings of anxiety and nervousness.
We all feel anxious or nervous every now and then. Anxiety is actually a healthy bodily response to stresses or even dangerous situations. When the stressful or dangerous
situation passes, so should our feeling of anxiety.
However, some people may be exposed to prolonged anxiety. For example, having to deal with and take care of a terminally ill family member, or going through a divorce.
Prolonged anxiety can lead to serious health problems, such as insomnia, high blood pressure, digestive problems, skin problems, depression, etc. Prolonged anxiety can
also aggravate an existing health problem.
In some other people, the feeling of anxiety arises even in the absence of of a serious challenge or danger, or continues even after the situation causing the anxiety has
passed. These people may be suffering from a condition called "anxiety disorder" - characterized by having a feeling of excessive or unrealistic worry and anxiety that lasts
longer than six months.
People with anxiety disorders may suffer from "panic attacks" - sudden feelings of nervousness and worry. Their heart may pound and their breathing may become rapid. They
may also feel weak and dizzy, and may break into a cold sweat. Apart from panic attacks, anxiety disorders can also cause serious health problems similar to those caused
by prolonged anxiety.
Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder
Depending on the person, the symptoms of anxiety disorder can vary in combination or severity. Some common symptoms include:
- Restlessness and tension
- Difficulty concentrating
- Having a lump in the throat
- Having trouble falling or staying asleep
- Muscle tension and/or spasms
- Excessive sweating (e.g. having sweaty palms)
- Shortness of breath
- Appetite loss
Causes of Anxiety Disorder
Exactly what causes anxiety disorder is not fully understood. Some researchers believe that it may involve naturally occurring brain chemicals called neurotransmitters,
such as serotonin. However, as with many other mental disorders, it is likely that the condition is caused by a combination of factors, such as a person's genetic make-up,
as well as the person's physical health, environment and life situation.
Some physical health conditions that may cause anxiety include:
- Thyroid problems
- Heart problems
- Low blood sugar
- Adrenal disorders
- Clinical depression
- Poor health due to nutritional deficiencies
Anxiety Natural Remedies
If you unfortunately suffer from anxiety disorder, be sure to have a medical check-up to rule out the possibility of any physical problems that may have caused the anxiety.
You can also take steps to alleviate the symptoms using anxiety natural remedies, such as herbal remedies for anxiety, homeopathy, aromatherapy, and other nutritional
supplements which can bring about calming and stabilizing effects to your mind.
Anxiety Natural Remedies - Herbs
Quite a few herbs have calming effects and are used as mild nervous system sedatives. They can be used to help keep you calm so you can deal with the feeling of anxiety
and nervousness more efficiently:
- Valerian: This herb is a strong nerve relaxer and is useful for insomnia caused by anxiety.
- Passionflower: This herb is one of the most popular herbal sedatives. It gently relaxes the nerves without causing drowsiness so it can be used
even during the day.
- Chamomile: This is another great herbal nerve relaxer that can be used during the day.
- Kava: Kava has been shown to be able to relieve anxiety symptoms. It also has muscle-relaxing effects so it is often used to treat nervous tension, muscle spasms and tension
headaches caused by a tight neck, as well as insomnia resulting from stress or tight muscles. However, some reports suggest that excessive amount of kava may cause liver
problems so it is advisable to consult your doctor before using this herb. Also, DO NOT use this herb if you are on any other medication for anxiety, depression, or
- Ginseng: Ginseng can help you handle stress by sedating or stimulating your central nervous system, according to your body's needs. It has also
been found that ginseng increases the ability of your brain to utilize amino acids, which is important because when you are under stress, your body uses more protein
Anxiety Natural Remedies - Aromatherapy
Many essential oils have relaxing effects, and some of the most relaxing essential oils to try include:
You can use any of these oils in a hot bath or a massage. There is evidence that at least 20 minutes of heat in a sauna or hot tub or half an hour of deep massage changes
brain chemistry for the better.
You may also want to put some of these oils in a room diffuser for extended relief.
Anxiety Natural Remedies - Nutritional Supplements
Nutritional supplements can be effective anxiety natural remedies as well, especially when used in combination with other natural remedies. Particularly:
- Vitamin B-complex: B vitamins (especially B6) are "antistress" vitamins. They help to combat the effects of stress and can balance the brain
- Calcium and Magnesium: These two minerals help calm the nervous system.
- GABA: This is an amino acid that has a calming effect on our mind.
Anxiety Natural Remedies - Homeopathy
If you suffer from chronic anxiety disorders, it is advisable to consult with a trained homeopath. For self-limiting anxiety, however, you may want to try to find
an appropriate remedy that matches most closely to your symptoms.
Begin with a low potency (e.g. 30C) and take two tablets every two to four hours depending on the severity of the symptoms. Once you begin to notice improvement,
increase the intervals between dosages, and when it seems that improvement is well on its way, discontinue the treatment.
- Aconitum: This remedy is for acute panic attacks, with very strong fear (even fear of death).
- Arsenicum album: This remedy is for deep anxiety and insecurity that are accompanied by panic attacks that often occur around midnight or
the very early hours of the morning. The person may feel exhausted, chilled, restless, and has a disturbed appetite.
- Calcarea carbonica: This remedy is for symptoms of anxiety and a feeling of being overwhelmed - from physical illness or too much work and
start to fear a breakdown.
- Gelsemium: This remedy is indicated when you have feelings of weakness, trembling, and mental dullness. It is also
effective when a person experiences acute anxiety arising from upcoming events, such as stage fright, anxiety before a test, impending visit to the dentist, etc.
- Ignatia amara: This remedy is for a sensitive person who is anxious because of grief, loss, disappointment, criticism,
loneliness (or any stressful emotional experience). In other words, this remedy is excellent for anxiety that results from an emotional trauma.
- Kali phosphoricum: This remedy is for generalized anxiety, poor memory, and fatigue from overwork or illness.
- Lycopodium: This remedy is for people who feel anxiety from mental stress that results from a lack of confidence and a fear of failure.
Anxiety Natural Remedies - Diet
A healthy diet is an important part of anxiety natural remedies. Eat simple, basic foods and avoid anxiety-causing foods such as sugar, caffeine, and alcohol.
Include some of these foods in your diet:
- Foods rich in B-vitamins such as brown rice, and leafy green vegetables.
- Foods that are sources of complex carbohydrates such as whole grains (e.g. brown rice, oat). Complex carbohydrates contain
serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that has a calming effect on the brain.
- Foods rich in calcium and magnesium, such as seaweed, green leafy vegetables, soybeans, nuts, salmon, oysters.
Balch and Stengler, Prescription for Natural Cures, (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2004)
Keville and Korn, Herbs for Health and Healing. (Berkley, 1998)
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