How to Treat Anxiety with Herbs

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If deep breathing and regular exercise haven’t helped rid you of your anxiety disorder, a natural herb might.

When your stress becomes prolonged and intense, the anxiety that builds up can bring a wide range of physical symptoms as well, including difficulty breathing, faintness and uncontrollable shaking.

Before using herbs to treat your anxiety, consult your doctor or health care professional.

Kava Kava

Kava kava is one of the best herbs to use for stress reduction. It is available in supplement form – be sure to follow the appropriate dosage as some tests link kava kava to liver damage. Other supplements that help reduce your anxiety include valerian, passionflower and theanine.

Catnip

Used to relieve anxiety symptoms, catnip can help with stomach cramps and irritations, as well as headaches. Catnip has also been found to ease muscle tension and stress as well as improve appetite. Fennel is another herb which helps reduce the physical symptoms of anxiety.

St. John’s Wort

If you find your anxiety is coupled with depression, St. John’s Wort may be able to help. While it is an effective mood enhancer, St. John’s Wort also has many other medicinal properties, including being used for diarrhea and various infections.

Adaptogens

Adaptogens include chamomile, milk thistle, skullcap, oat straw, licorice root, borage and Siberian ginseng. These herbs can help relieve anxiety by allowing you to adapt to your feelings. While many of these are available in supplement form, others may be ingested by drinking.

Chinese Herbs

Chinese green tea and the cordyceps mushroom are frequently used to treat anxiety in Traditional Chinese Medicine. These herbs are often specially prepared by a medical practitioner, so take caution when using Chinese herbs.

Source: Livestrong, CalmClinic

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