Natural Herbs for Anxiety – Use Them for Your Alternative Anxiety Treatment
There are various drugs in the market that are popularly used to treat anxiety, including beta blockers that are actually used to relieve heart problems. However, because medications often cause side effects such as addiction, many people are looking for natural herbs for anxiety as an alternative solution.
Can you get anxiety relief from herbs?
It is possible to get a relief naturally using herbal remedies, but you need to remember that anxiety is a psychological problem. So consuming certain herbs may help you, but surely it won’t cure your anxiety itself.
Below are some natural herbs for anxiety you can use, but please....
Make sure that you contact your doctor first before using any of these to avoid unwanted reactions. This is important as some herbs may be dangerous if combined with prescriptions.
Also, please carefully do more research on the following herbs before using these natural herbs for anxiety.
Here’s the list:
In Europe, people often use kava to treat anxiety and social phobia. An article on the FoxNews’ website reveals that this herb has the same effects on treating anxiety as Xanax and Valium. The previous reports claiming that kava was dangerous for the liver were proven baseless.
Warning: Do not take Kava if you have Parkinson’s, pregnant, or breast-feeding.
2. St. John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort has been used to treat anxiety because of its quality that can increase the levels of serotonin, also called the happy hormone, in the brain. That’s why it is useful in reducing the physiological sides of depressive disorders.
Warning: Do not take this herb if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Some people may have skin sensitivity to the sunlight after taking St. John’s Wort.
Damiana used to be consumed by the Aztects as a sexual stimulant. Now it is also commonly used to treat anxiety and other conditions such as erectile dysfunction and menstrual cramps because it can act as a natural nerve tonic.
Warning: Do not consume damiana if you have Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or are diabetic (it can increase blood sugar levels).
Ginseng can be a natural alternative for anxiety because it contains ginsenosides that can increase the levels of blood flowing into the brain. This is useful to reduce anxiety and physical stress. According to Linda B. White and Steven Foster in The Herbal Drugstore: The Best Natural Alternatives to Over-The-Counter and Prescription Medicines, Panax ginseng (Chinese ginseng) can be used for chronic anxiety.
Warning: Some people may actually feel that their anxiety worsens after consuming ginseng. Talk to your doctor.
In addition to relieve mild to moderate anxiety, valerian is also commonly used to treat insomnia.
Warning: Avoid valerian during pregnancy.
If you are going to try the above herbs, please remember that they are not regulated by the FDA as they are not considered medications. Therefore, it is highly recommended to consult your doctor prior to trying certain natural herbs for anxiety.
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