An Herbal Anxiety Remedy for a Calmer You

December 11, 2011 by  
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An Herbal Anxiety Remedy for a Calmer You

Article by Peter Rubel

Copyright (c) 2010 Peter Rubel

Those suffering from dysfunctional anxiety have long used various herbs for their mild calming, tranquilizing effects. Barring allergic reaction, such herbs are generally safe and effective when used in moderation. And generally, such herbs have milder and fewer side effects than drugs used to treat anxiety or depression.

Although taking herbal anti-anxiety remedies along with drugs for anxiety may be a popular idea, it is generally inadvisable to do so without first consulting your medical professional because some drugs, whether used for anxiety or depression or other ailment, should not be taken in combination with herbs treating the same symptoms.

Herb products are often available in capsule, tablet, tincture, and tea forms in combination or alone as a single herb. The following herbs often have other uses than noted or than for anxiety.

Kava Kava: Derived from a Polynesian plant, Kava (or Kava Kava) is as effective as some pharmaceutical drugs at relieving symptoms of anxiety and depression according to some studies. Kava also acts to relax muscles in spasm. It can cause drowsiness. Kava should not, however, be taken in conjunction with drugs taken for anxiety or depression, and should be avoided by pregnant or nursing mothers and when consuming alcohol. Not recommended for persons under the age of eighteen.

Valerian: Helps relieve nervousness, pain, muscle spasm, irritable bowel syndrome, and stress. May work best when used over a several week period. As an apparent balancing function, it may both calm an overactive nervous system and stimulate a fatigued nervous system. Valerian should not be used with alcohol. One of the stronger herbs at relaxing anxiety-stressed nerves.

Passionflower: This is mild and helpful for alleviating stress, hyperactivity, and anxiety.

It should be avoided when pregnant.

Chamomile: Chamomile is the name given to a number of closely related species used for their antispasmodic properties and help in reducing inflammation in the gut. Good for insomnia and anxiety also. Chamomile should not be taken daily for long periods and should be used only with caution or not at all by those with rag weed allergies. Avoid when consuming alcohol or sedative drugs.

Hops: Hops has long been used to brew beer. It is helpful in reducing hyperactivity and nervous tension and helpful for those feeling stressed or unable to sleep. It has been used inside pillow cases to help children relax at night.

Hops should be avoided when on drugs used for depression.

Lemon Balm: The essential oil of Lemon Balm is mildly soothing and helps relax tensed muscles. It tends to kill viruses and bacteria, and of course is named for its Lemon-like scent.

Lemon Balm is best avoided if one has a low thyroid output or glaucoma.

Skullcap: This is helpful for alleviating muscle cramps, hyperactivity, and anxiety. It is one of the more helpful herbs for insomnia and fatigue.

Skullcap should be avoided by children under age six.

Lavender: Taken externally only via the air or on the skin, the essential oil of lavender has a calming effect on the central nervous system.

St. John’s Wort: Actually, St. John’s Wort is used for mild to moderate depression, which many anxiety sufferers a prone to experiencing. It increases in effectiveness over a period of consistent initial consumption.

Prolonged St. John’s Wort may make a person overly sensitive to sunlight, so that some take it in winter and avoid it in summer, depending on the latitude where one lives. It should be avoided when taking antidepressant drugs or MAO inhibitors.

Other herbs may not be known for calming or tranquilizing effects, but they may help indirectly. Siberian Ginseng and Tulsi (or Holy Basil) for example help the body endure stress. Marshmallow Root and Fenugreek are known for soothing the intestines as Ginger and Peppermint soothe the stomach.

Stress and pharmaceutical drugs are known for consuming or depleting essential bodily nutrients, so a good diet is important to anxiety sufferers.

Long term, panic attack and anxiety disorder sufferers should probably incorporate other health-related modalities in addition to herbal ones, such as exercise and therapy, or modalities that address accompanying problems, such as in the presence of alcohol abuse, relational, work, or economic distress, or reactions to food allergens or environmental toxins.

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