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Natural remedies for anxiety

By on Jul 2, 2010

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There are many natural remedies for anxiety availableAnxiety is a more common problem than was once thought of.  This condition is usually treated with anti-depressant medication conventionally. The problem with this approach is the long-term dependence on the medication and the side-effects that these medicines have.  There are many alternatives, for example natural remedies for anxiety. Anxiety can affect anyone. Acute anxiety attacks usually occur suddenly and manifest themselves as panic attacks. This occurs when the body produces a surge of adrenaline to deal with an emergency situation. During this time, the increased levels of adrenaline cause muscles to tense up, increase the heart rate and cause breathing to become more rapid.

Panic attacks can also cause a feeling of claustrophobia, chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, hot flushes, sweating, nausea or an anticipated sense of disaster or even death. These attacks can occur at any time and usually last between a few seconds up to half an hour. The fact that these attacks are so unpredictable makes them more distressing.

Chronic anxiety is less intense than a panic attack. It is an underlying sense of uneasiness and constant worrying. This can the result of a stressful job, insomnia, family stress or life changes.

Nutrition and regular can play a vital role in preventing panic attacks and anxiety. There are some simple changes that you can make to your life-style:

1. Stop smoking.
2. Cut out or minimise caffeine (coffee, tea, chocolate) intake.
3. Eat regular meals throughout the day.
4. Avoid sugary processed foods like cakes and biscuits.
5. Have a protein rich breakfast, to balance sugar levels.
6. Drink plenty of water.

There are some very good natural medicines that can help for the onset of an attack and as general supplements for the nervous system.

Rescue Remedy or Ainsworths Recovery Remedy can be taken in a panic attack comes on. You should start this as soon as possible.

The homeopathic remedies Aconite, Arsen Alb, and AAA (Anacardium, Ambra Grisea, Arg Nit). These should be taken in the 30c or 200c potency, one dose every 30mins for six doses then three times a day as required. These natural remedies are all very safe and have no interactions or side effects.

If the panic attacks occur on a regular basis, it is recommended to consult a qualified homeoapath to receive the appropriate individualised treatment.

NutriCalm (Nature’s Sunshine) is a supplement that can help nourish the nerves and can be taken on a regular basis to help prevent anxiety attacks.

Essential fatty acids such as Fish Oil or Flax Seed Oil, high in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) can help prevent anxiety attacks. Studies have found that levels of EPA have been low in people suffering with anxiety and depression.

St Johns Wort is a well known herb that is used by many people to treat low mood, depression and anxiety. This should only be taken after consulting a Pharmacist, as St Johns Wort has many interactions with conventional medicines. Other herbs such as Avena Sativa and Passiflora (Passionflower) are also used to treat anxiety and to soothe the nerves.