Anxiety is a psychological condition which causes one to feel worried, apprehensive and fearful. Anxiety affects nearly 40 million people and can be quite debilitating, as it often interferes with everyday activities.
Common symptoms of anxiety include mood swings, panic attacks, headaches, crying, chest pains, palpitations, flushed skin, sweating, depression, upset stomach, stiffness in the back and neck, increased pulse rate, sweaty palms, dry mouth, trouble breathing, trembling, tightness in the chest, and insomnia, among other things! While medication is sometimes necessary to treat symptoms of anxiety, there are many natural anxiety remedies.
1. Vitamin B
B vitamins have an effect on lactate levels in the body and can help to reduce anxiety. B6 is especially effective for treating symptoms of anxiety, and B1 has a calming effect on the nerves. B3 is also effective at treating anxiety symptoms.
2. Kava Kava
Kava Kava is an herb that sold in capsule, pill, powder and extract forms. Studies have found kava kava to be safe and non-addicting. Kava kava has also been found to be as effective at treating anxiety as prescription medications such as valium. Kava may affect the liver and the US FDA has advised of its risk for severe liver injury
3. St. John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort is an herb that is commonly used to treat symptoms of anxiety, including depression. St. John’s Wort is available in liquid extracts, teas, tablets and capsules and can be found at many health food stores. St. John’s Wort can react with certain medications; therefore, if you take any medication, check with your doctor before using St. John’s Wort.
Valerian is an herb that is used to treat insomnia and can be helpful for patients suffering from mild anxiety symptoms. Valerian should not be used by those with liver disease. Do not take drink alcohol while taking valerian. Valerian may react with certain medications, so discuss the use of valerian with your doctor if you are currently on medication.
Bergamot is used in aromatherapy and can be purchased as a wearable patch to relieve symptoms of anxiety.
Lavender is used as aromatherapy and is calming to breathe in the scent. It is also sold in the form of liquid extract and teas.
Chamomile is sold in the form of liquid extract, capsules and teas and has been found to treat many symptoms of anxiety, including upset stomach.
8. Bach flower
Bach Flower remedies, such as the rescue remedy, which combines 5 flower remedies, were specifically made for treating anxiety symptoms. Simply place 4 drops on your tongue to relieve anxiety symptoms.
Massage therapy can relieve and stress and loosen tight muscles caused from being tense. Massage has also been found to improve sleep.
Yoga has been found to relieve anxiety symptoms using mind relaxing techniques and postures shown to reduce stress.
Meditation is a successful natural treatment for anxiety. Meditation assists the sufferer in focusing their thoughts on positive, rather than negative, feelings. Meditating, while focusing on taking slow breaths, for 15 to 20 minutes is usually enough to bring on a feeling of calmness.
12. Music therapy
Relaxation tapes have been highly effective in the treatment of anxiety.
13. Lemon balm
Lemon balm is a stress reliever and has been found to help with depression.
Skullcap is an herbal treatment used by Native Americans. Skullcap is effective at calming the nerves and also inducing sleep.
15. Tai Chi
Tai chi is a Chinese practice that focuses on breathing and meditation by way of coordinated movements. The breathing activities learned in Tai chi can help to calm you during a panic attack.
These natural anxiety remedies have been found to be very effective for many anxiety sufferers. If you try them and still are feeling overwhelmed with symptoms of anxiety, see your physician. Some cases of anxiety disorder require prescription medication.
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