During our lifetime, we encounter various situations that can scare us, make us panic or feel anxious. Sometimes, the fear of the unknown is a positive thing, because it keeps us ready for situations where we have to find strength to act. But if the fear is intense, and if we feel it for a prolonged period of time, it is certainly necessary to seek help.
Modern medicine and pharmacy offer a wide range of drugs that can help us. However, the medications have their own side effects, one of which is the least desirable – addiction. One of the most commonly used drugs is Xanax from the benzodiazepine family, which has a direct impact on the nervous system. Although very effective when it comes to the psychological condition of the patient, the drug causes physical and emotional addiction.
The important thing to know is that Xanax has an impact on mental ability, which is why during treatment with Xanax should not be allowed to operate motor vehicles and machines.
Xanax Alternatives: Natural Treatments For Anxiety
If you use Xanax, maybe it’s time to think about other ways of healing and to slowly start your weaning process.
The beneficial effects of meditation are numerous. By meditating, we bring our body into a state of complete relaxation. We forget about all the problems that surround us, our body gets a break from the rush of stress, fear or panic. Various forms of meditation have been applied for thousands of years around the World, from the Babylonians, Egyptians, and Indians.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Social phobia (anxiety) is a disorder characterized by intense fear in social situations when a person has irrational thoughts. A person may be aware that their fear is irrational, but it is difficult to deal with it. The symptoms related to social phobia are different, emotional, physical. Social phobia is most easily cured if diagnosed in time. In addition to medication, it is successfully treated with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The goal of therapy is to divert the patient’s thoughts in a rational direction.
Homeopathy is one of the methods of choice in the treatment of anxiety disorders. This method is based on the treatment of the patient instead of the disease. Unlike conventional methods of treatment, where the remedy is prescribed to each patient, with the homeopathic treatment remedy adapts to each patient individually and is selected by a comprehensive picture of symptoms on the mental, emotional and physical level. It is important that the natural homeopathic remedies were of mineral and vegetable origin, and are functioning on the energy level, as so they do not cause unwanted side effects, addiction or toxic effects in the body.
Klamath Weed (Hypericum Perforatum)
This plant with the bright yellow flowers is used in traditional medicine and is also one of the most widespread medicinal plants. Since ancient times, it has been used to remove the feeling of restlessness and for the treatment of depression. In Klamath weed are hypericin, hyperforin, and flavonoids that stimulate the production of serotonin. It is recommended to take 300mg in capsule form three times a day. When it comes to a better state, it is necessary to reduce the dosage and slowly stop taking it. There is a small note – in combination with other medicines it can cause unwanted side effects, so it is safe only for those people who do not take other medications.
Kava (Piper Methysticum)
Thanks to the testimony of seafarer and explorer James Cook back in 1768, it was discovered the beneficial effects of this plant. He recorded that the natives of the Fiji Island have taken this plant to become more relaxed, happier and more open. The most famous Kava is functioning depressants of the central nervous system whereby there is no disturbance of mental ability. This plant removes anxiety, restores confidence and ensures solid sleep. The medicinal effect of Kava is attributed to kavalactones, which this plant is rich in. Kava has a stabilizing effect on emotions, but also stimulates thinking and reasoning. The most effective are the root of plants older than four years. It can be used for tea, consumed in capsules, but you may also chew it. Only when it’s chewed it shows its anesthetic effect. One should be careful not to overdose on it. It is not recommended to take it along with antipsychotics, antidepressants, and barbiturates. Long-term use can cause liver damage.
Passionflower (Passiflora Incarnata)
This plant is known for its sedative action. Thanks to the alkaloids and glycosides, which it contains, it has a calming and relaxing effect. Passionflower improves the functioning of the nervous system. Passionflower has found application in solving most of the common diseases of the modern age – it relieves stress, anxiety, insomnia, feelings of panic, fear, and dependency of all kinds. After the First and Second World War, French doctors used it as an aid in the treatment of the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Caution is, however, required if used with other drugs, although Passionflower shows less interaction in comparison to other herbs, such as Klamath weed. It is consumed as tea; one teaspoon of the flower is submerged in a glass of water and allowed to stand for half an hour. The daily dose is to drink three glasses of beverage a day.
One of the methods of treatment of anxiety is neurofeedback. Neurofeedback uses modern technology to analyze brain waves by converting them into useful information. Neurofeedback uses the techniques of non-invasive EEG to measure brain waves – using an NF brain “sees in the mirror.” This process is a gradual learning process of the brain to self-regulate and seeks balance. The essence of neurofeedback is that passive sensor is placed at a certain place on the head of a patient whose brain activity is registered, but it is not invasive and does not send an electric stimulus to the patient.
Treatment with essential oils (known as aromatherapy) can help with anxiety. Essential oils can be used in various ways, most often in the form of baths with scents that soothe the nerves and thus combat the stress and fear. Essential oils generally have no negative side effects. The ones often used are lavender, thyme, bergamot, lemon balm, and chamomile. Children and pregnant women are not recommended to use baths with essential oils. Essential oils are highly concentrated fragrances taken from the roots, leaves, seeds and flowers of herbs. The action mechanism of essential oils is not well explained, but it is presumed that there is a strong relationship between the smell and the brain.
Changing lifestyle and certain habits can positively influence the healing of anxiety. Entering the society, the inclusion of certain activities that pleases us, changing dietary habits, the places you visit. If you eat food rich in fat, simple carbohydrates and fast food or processed food, it is more likely that you have anxiety since there are low healthy ingredients and your brain can’t function properly. It is crucial to implement fruit, vegetables, fish, whole meat, whole grain into your daily diet. Then working on how to recognize all the good qualities we have and why people should accept and respect us.