Natural Remedies for Anxiety

February 20, 2009 by  
Filed under Anxiety

Generalized Anxiety Disorder occurs when you have frequent episodes of unexplained worry and fear. Although anxiety is a normal reaction of the body, when it occurs persists in your daily life, them maybe it’s about time for you to seek help for treatments.

If there is no physical condition associated with the anxiety, then a patient may be referred to physiologists or psychiatrists who are specialists for treating emotional and mental disorders. The usual medical treatment for generalized anxiety disorder is a combination of anxiety medication and behavioral therapy.

But if one patient does not want to go under medication or behavioral therapy, there are always alternative measures that one can take to cure anxiety. Natural remedies for anxiety are slowly becoming popular among patients. People usually prefer these natural herbal remedies for anxiety because they are believed to have no side effects to the body as compared to the traditional medication.

Listed below are several alternative and natural anti anxiety remedies that you can chose to do:

• Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is known to be a great way of relieving stress and reduce anxiety. The stimulation on some of the crucial areas of the body improves blood circulation and increases the amount of nutrients delivered to the area. This also relieves muscle tension-one of the main symptoms of anxiety. It lowers the amount of cortisol in the body – a hormone that helps increase the body’s stress response.

• Mind and Body Exercises
Exercises such as yoga, tai-chi and self meditation are one of the most popular mind and body exercises that are used to relieve stress and anxiety. Mind and body exercises work to bring about a relaxation response which was said to help lower blood pressure, normalize the heart and breathing rate and bring that overall relaxation effect to the body. This type of routine would usually require 20 minutes of your day and are highly recommended for very busy people.

• Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is now being used to bring about relaxation and peace of mind. There are several ways that you can incorporate aromatherapy into your daily activities. There are now scented candles, baths with essential oils and infusers that you can use to bring about those scents into your room. You can do this before going to sleep or even just as you relax in your room.

• Herbs
There are several herbs that are popularly used to reduce stress and anxiety. This is one of the best alternatives to prescription medications that can sometimes be very addictive and can cause harmful side effects as well. Although there are hundreds of herbs that are claimed to be stress relievers, not all of then are effective. But the fact is, there are indeed some selected herbs that have been scientifically proven to help relieve stress and anxiety. These are listed below:

o Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
o Kava (Piper methysticum)
o Green Tea with L-theanine
o Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnate)

A lot of these herbs are available in the market as dietary supplements that are easily available in herbal shops.

These are just some of the few natural remedies for anxiety. The choice on the best type depends on your current condition and your personal preference of that which will fit your lifestyle.