Luella May, Guest Writer
Anxiety disorders are characterized by an overwhelming sense of apprehension. Sometimes such apprehension may become constant. Numerous physical symptoms may accompany anxiety with over 100 physical anxiety symptoms reported, including muscle tightness, heart palpitations, chest tightness/pain, dizziness, numbness, tingling, and electric shock feelings. Anxiety disorders often tend to progress to what is called a panic disorder and panic attacks. The Mayo Clinic definition of a panic attack is: “A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear that develops for no apparent reason and that triggers severe physical reactions. Panic attacks can be very frightening. When panic attacks occur, you might think you’re losing control, having a heart attack or even dying.” That is why it is common for a person experiencing a panic attack to feel that death is imminent. Fortunately, there are some good natural solutions to combat anxiety and panic symptoms.
Anxiety and panic disorders are very common, having reached epidemic proportions. They affect an estimated 2.4 million Americans. That means that one in 113 Americans lives with this condition.
The causes for this disorder are varied. Sometimes it simply has a physical source. However, many times the disorder is due to emotional issues. Contributing to this disorder are environmental factors, one of the most important of which is poor nutrition. Sugar, processed foods, junk foods, fast foods, etc., all contribute to its devastating effects.
Medications given by conventional medicine, such as SSRI’s and benzodiazepines, only mask the symptoms. While at times appearing to bring relief, they come with their own price, addiction and side effects, some of which are dangerous. Additionally, benzodiazepines tend to lose their effect after a short period of time, necessitating an increase in dosage in order to attempt to relieve those dreaded bodily manifestations.
Natural alternatives are a safer and more effective way of dealing with anxiety and panic. There are supplements that will not only help to relieve those feelings of anxiety and panic but aid in total healing.
Colloidal Gold improves neural communication in the brain. It is believed to be responsible for reducing stress, anxiety, and depression.
Oleander Extract has demonstrated effectiveness against many conditions, including anxiety.
5-HTP turns into serotonin. Serotonin is important in regulating anxiety.
I-Theanine is a natural relaxant which supports the activity of certain neurotransmitters in the brain.
GABA – Low levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid may be responsible for a person not being able to handle day-to-day stress. GABA decreases anxiety, induces relaxation and increases alertness.
KAVA elevates mood, wellbeing and contentment.
Omega 3’s – Among their many benefits, Omega 3’s relieve depression and maintain emotional balance.
Hawthorne Berry Syrup, besides supporting the cardiovascular system, has been reported to be beneficial for heart symptoms suffered during anxiety and panic attacks.
Iodine Supplementation. Oftentimes, anxiety is the result of an iodine deficiency. It is recommended that anyone suffering from anxiety and panic symptoms have their thyroid checked.
Bach Flower Remedies aid in relieving a variety of emotional disorders.
Diet cannot be overlooked. Proper nourishment will result in less anxiety. The ideal diet consists of as many raw fruits and vegetables as possible with a little chicken, turkey, and fresh water fish. Foods containing L-Tryptophan, such as turkey, help the body to relax.
Relaxation exercises and meditation play an important part in healing, as does talking with a qualified therapist.
An anxiety disorder is a very complex condition, involving the emotional and the physical. Healing from this condition encompasses Body, Mind, and Spirit. The best option in achieving total healing is addressing it by using nature’s pharmacy.
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