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Natural Alternative Treatments For Anxiety: Herbs For Anxiety

Jun 4, 2008
There are a number of ways in which herbs can benefit the nervous system and help in the treatment of anxiety and panic attacks.

Perhaps the most important contribution herbal medicine can make in this area is in the strengthening and tonification of the nervous system. In the case of anxiety and panic attacks herbal nerve tonics (nervines) can strengthen and nourish the tissues of the nervous system directly. In this way when the appropriate herbs are taken there is no need to resort to tranquillisers or other drugs to ease anxiety and panic attacks.

What follows is a list of some of most commonly used herbal nervines used in the treatment of anxiety and panic attacks. They've been around for many years for the simple reason that they work.

Oats: Are a very popular and ancient "herb" that people have been using the centuries to strengthen a weekend nervous system and to help in the treatment of anxiety and panic attacks. Oats can simply be taken as a breakfast cereal (make sure to use proper rolled oats rather than instant type) or can be taken in a more medicinal form such as oat tea, oat liquid extract or in the form of a pill or capsule.

Lemon Balm: With many years of empirical use and current research findings to support what traditional herbalists have always known, lemon balm is a safe and effective herbal remedy for anxiety and depression and the associated symptoms that anxiety sufferers experience such as insomnia and restless sleep, headaches, palpitations and breathing difficulties.

Passionflower: Is often the first choice of herbalists looking to treat nervous system conditions that affect the stomach and the heart. Abdominal cramps, bloating and indigestion and IBS along with palpitations and breathing difficulties that are very common symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks, can all be helped with passionflower. As a safe natural sedative, passionflower is often used for those anxiety sufferers who have sleeping difficulties as part of their symptom profile.

Skullcap: Is a very effective herbal treatment from anxiety that affects the body in two ways. It has an easy and safe sedating action that can very quickly calm and relax an overexcited nervous system. It's other main action is as a strengthening and supportive herb for a nervous system that is chronically overloaded and exhausted which can obviously lay the foundation for anxiety and panic attacks.

Valerian: If a pharmaceutical manufacturer is going to name one of its products after a natural herbal remedy there's a pretty good chance that that herbal remedy has gained a reputation of being very effective for the condition that it is trying to treat. In the case of Valerian (probably the most commonly known and widely used herbal remedy for anxiety and panic attacks) its reputation was such that the makers of Valium named their drug after it. Valerian has long been considered the traditional herbalists first choice herb for all conditions with a mental or emotional cause. The action of Valerian is very similar to that of Valium but that is where the similarities end as chemically they have nothing in common.

Valerian is typically used when sleeping problems are part of the overall symptom profile of the sufferer. For those whose anxiety and panic attacks do not include associated sleeping problems, while it is safe to take Valerian, it may not be as effective as some of the other herbs previously mentioned.

One of the major attractions in using herbal remedies for panic attacks and anxiety is that they are safe and relatively free of side-effects when used appropriately. However there are certain situations where the use of these herbs may not be appropriate. Here are some of the main areas that you need to consider before taking herbal remedies such as those we have discussed.
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