Natural Remedies - Why You Should Opt for Them

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Natural Remedies - Why You Should Opt for Them

Post by rihanna1 on Sun Nov 06, 2011 8:46 am

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Natural remedies are usually very effective without really having any side effects. While medicines and drugs can help alleviate the symptoms, more often than not, what they do is help in masking the symptoms. The root cause is not addressed, which means that although the symptoms reduce or disappear for a while, they reappear once the medication is discontinued and its effect wears off. Natural remedies are very useful in addressing the root cause of the symptoms, and this helps prevent relapse. Also, the chances that you will have any side effects due to natural remedies is next to nothing, as compared to other medicines and drugs.

Natural Remedies to Treat Agoraphobia

Passion Flower: Passion flower is used extensively to treat anxiety disorders. These flowers have antianxiety properties, as well as sedative effects, which make them very effective in calming down someone who is hyperventilating due to anxiety. The stems as well as the leaves of passion flower can be used as a treatment for agoraphobia.

Skullcap: Skullcap is effective for a range of symptoms related to anxiety. It reduces hysteria, tension, stress, anxiety, restlessness, spasms due to nervousness, etc. It calms, nourishes and strengthens the nervous system. It slows down the nervous responses and thus, helps in soothing frayed nerves and in calming the brain and body. It also helps in treating insomnia, and is known to have anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties.

Chamomile: Chamomile is a multifaceted natural remedy for stress. Besides being a great remedy for reducing stress, chamomile also has other properties like sedative effects and antispasmodic effects. It is also a popular nervine (remedy that soothes the nervous system, thereby reducing stress, and the chances of a nervous breakdown in an extremely stressed person), and is known to help in sleeping.

Valerian: This herb contains valepotriates, which are active ingredients that bind to the benzodiazepine receptors, which are found in the brain, thus having similar action to Valium. It helps reduce the anxiety levels in a person. It is a very effective muscle relaxant. Like chamomile, it also aids in sleeping, but care should be taken to not use it if one is depressed and/or suffering from thyroid disorders.

Lemon Balm: Lemon balm is quite a potent antianxiety drug and it also has sedative properties. Lemon balm relaxes the person when he is overanxious and calms him down. It also reduces the heart rate to a normal level and soothes restlessness and irritability. The aroma of lemon balm helps reduce palpitations, blood pressure, digestive spasms, nausea and rapid breathing. However, this herb should be avoided by those who suffer from hypothyroidism.

Kava: Similar to Valerian, Kava also contains active ingredients that bind to the benzodiazepine receptors in the brain, thus producing relaxing and tranquilizing effects on the person taking it. This too, is a very potent drug and one should consult a medical practitioner before taking it. Also, it is important to remember not to take this herb if you are already on another medication.

Lavender: Lavender is another nervine, which is extremely effective in reducing the anxiety and stress that an agoraphobic goes through, when he has to venture out of his comfort zone. It helps to decrease the cortisol levels in the body and thus, helps in relaxation. Merely smelling this herb can reduce the anxiety levels, restlessness and agitation, making the person feel calm, relaxed and more in control of their feelings and responses to the feelings.

St. John's Wort: A potent nervine, St. John's Wort reduces the levels of norepinephrine, which is a hormone produced by our body to combat stress, and helps in relaxation and in reducing stress and anxiety. When stress and anxiety increase to really high levels, this hormone is released in the body. But too much of this hormone in your blood can have negative health effects, so it is necessary to break down the excess quantities. This is exactly what this tonic herb does, but some people are known to be allergic to this herb, so it is best to ask your doctor before taking it.

These are a few of the many natural remedies that can be used to treat anxiety and give the person some control over his/her thoughts and actions. Although all of them are natural remedies, they have to be taken in proper doses for them to be effective. Some people may be allergic to particular herbs, and in such cases, the person should consult the doctor before opting for any of the natural remedies mentioned above. Also, most of these herbs do not work well in combinations, so do not try different combinations without professional consultation, and also, do not combine the herbs with any other medication. It is always a safer bet to talk and discuss your treatment preferences and options with a doctor who has your entire medical history, and is in a better position to guide you.

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