Natural Remedies for Anxiety Attacks

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The phrase “natural remedy” means different things to different people, but people searching for natural remedies for anxiety attacks are usually looking for non-pharmacological ways to treat episodes of extreme anxiety. If you do not want to take medication, have not found a prescription medication that works for you, or are looking to supplement a drug regimen with other treatments, you have a number of options.

Relaxation Training

Relaxation techniques like deep breathing, yoga, meditation, and progressive muscle relaxation are completely natural ways to control symptoms of anxiety attacks and prevent future attacks. Scientific research studies have found that these techniques can be extremely effective for some people with panic disorder, and they are relatively easy to learn and practice.

Inositol

Inositol is a naturally occurring isomer of glucose that can be taken as an oral supplement, and studies have found it to be superior to a placebo in treating panic disorder. A double-blind, controlled trial published in 2001 also found that inositol was superior to the antidepressant fluvoxamine in decreasing the number of panic attacks participants experienced. Because it is a natural compound, inositol has few known side effects.

Herbal Remedies

Some herbs have been found to help relieve anxiety, but most have not been extensively studied. In many cases, the most effective dosage and preparation is unclear. Herbs that may be helpful for anxiety disorders include valerian, L-theanine, kava, and passion flower.

Lifestyle Habits

Making lifestyle changes is another way you can impact anxiety levels: getting sufficient sleep, eating healthy meals, exercising regularly, limiting sugar intake, and avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and other drugs can all help alleviate anxiety.

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