Remedies for Anxiety
Here are some of the natural
remedies that can be used to treat anxiety, together with any necessary warnings
of potential side-effects.
and calcium are two of the most important minerals in the body. They are also
good natural remedies for anxiety. To remove calcium ions our body needs enzymes
and energy; central to both is the element magnesium. Think of it like a
sea-saw, calcium tenses, magnesium relaxes. When we are anxious our body tenses,
calcium ions rush into our muscle cells, when we relax, calcium ions with the
assistance of magnesium are removed from the muscle cells.
Look at the
symptoms of magnesium deficiency: fatigue, insomnia, muscle twitching,
irritability, rapid heartbeat, and numbness. They are familiar symptoms for an
anxious person. However, we must remember that magnesium always works in
association with calcium.
works with magnesium in its functions in the blood, nerves, and muscles,
particularly in regulating heart and muscle contraction and nerve conduction.
They work together but usually at either end of the sea-saw. Calcium is the
tensing mineral, involved in muscle contraction whereas magnesium is the
relaxant, assisting in muscle relaxation.
anxious people often have excessive calcium levels. As calcium and magnesium
always work in tandem, this means that anxious or depressed people will often
have a deficiency of magnesium. Add to this the fact that stress itself
increases the need for magnesium and we have the picture of the "uptight", never
able to relax, magnesium deficient, and anxious personality type. An anxiety
picture with a lot of muscle tension, particularly if there is also twitching,
insomnia and headaches points to a magnesium deficiency.
recognise yourself? If so, magnesium supplementation or a diet high in magnesium
may be useful. Magnesium is found in green leafy vegetables, in nuts and whole
grains. Seeds, legumes (peas and beans) and leafy greens, especially spinach,
are all good sources of magnesium. The recommended daily supplementation of
magnesium is 250-350 mg. If you are already taking calcium supplements and you
suffer from anxiety it is essential that you also take magnesium.
Native to Polynesia, the herb kava
(Piper methysticum) has been found to have anti-anxiety effects in
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, has issued an
advisory to consumers about the potential risk of severe liver injury resulting
from the use of dietary supplements containing kava. To date, there have been
more than 25 reports of serious adverse effects from kava use in other
countries, including four patients who required liver transplants.
The herb passionflower (Passiflora
incarnata) was used as a folk remedy for anxiety and insomnia.
Two studies involving a total of
198 people examined the effectiveness of passionflower for anxiety. One study
found passionflower to be comparable to benzodiazepine drugs. There was also
improvement in job performance with passionflower and less drowsiness with
passionflower compared with the drug mexazolam, however, neither was
Side effects of passionflower may
include nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, and rapid heartbeat. The safety of
passionflower in pregnant or nursing women, children, or people with kidney or
liver disease has not been established. There have been five case reports in
Norway of people becoming temporarily impaired mentally after using a
combination product containing passionflower. It's not known whether the other
ingredients in the supplement played a role.
Passionflower should not be taken
with sedatives unless under medical supervision. Passionflower may enhance the
effect of pentobarbital, a medication used for sleep and seizure disorders.
Also known as Vitamin B5, Pantothenic acid is one of eight vitamins that make up
the B complex. Pantothenic acid is essential for life and is involved in a large
range of bodily functioning.
As Pantothenic acid is found in
many common foods, deficiencies are rare. However, anxiety sufferers can benefit
from a supplement containing it.
The herb valerian (Valeriana
officinalis) is best known as a herbal remedy for insomnia. Valerian is also
used in patients with mild anxiety, but the research supporting its use for
anxiety is limited.
Valerian is usually taken an hour
before bedtime. It takes about two to three weeks to work and shouldn't be used
for more than three months at a time. Side effects of valerian may include mild
indigestion, headache, palpitations, and dizziness. Although valerian tea and
liquid extracts are available, most people don't like the smell of valerian and
prefer taking the capsule form.
Valerian shouldn't be taken with
many medications, especially those that depress the central nervous system, such
as sedatives and antihistamines. Valerian shouldn't be taken with alcohol,
before or after surgery, or by people with liver disease. It should not be used
before driving or operating machinery. Consultation with a qualified health
practitioner is recommended
Plant essential oils can be added
to baths, massage oil, or infusers. Essential oils that are used for anxiety and
nervous tension are: bergamot, cypress, geranium, jasmine, lavender, melissa,
neroli, rose, sandalwood, ylang-ylang. Lavender is the most common and forms the
base of many relaxing blends.
Mind/body breathing exercises,
physical exercise, yoga, tai chi, self-hypnosis, meditation, and biofeedback are
just some of the stress reduction techniques used for anxiety.
Massage therapy, Shiatsu, and other forms of bodywork are widely used to
diminish muscle tension, relieve stress, and improve sleep.
Try different techniques and
determine which routine you can stick to within your own schedule.
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