If you experience the unrelenting worry, sleepless nights, and gut-wrenching fear associated with anxiety, you want relief fast.
If you’ve talked to your doctor, the standard choices offered are anti-anxiety medications, cognitive behavioral therapy, or a combination of both.
Medications have some very serious side effects, can be addictive, and don’t work for everyone.
Therapy can take a lot of time and is expensive.
Natural remedies for anxiety may be the answer you’re looking for.
Fortunately, there are many proven ways to treat anxiety naturally.
Some are supplements you take such as herbal remedies or vitamins.
Others are actions you take like using relaxation techniques or acupuncture.
With so many options, it’s likely you’ll find one or more remedies that work for you.
Herbal Remedies for Anxiety: Safe and Effective?
Plants parts — seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, and flowers — have been used medicinally by every culture.
Archaeologists have found evidence that we’ve been using plants medicinally for at least 60,000 years! (1)
80% of the world’s population still rely on herbal remedies as part of their primary health care. (2)
Over 100 modern drugs are based on traditional natural herbal remedies. (3)
(Hippocrates used willow leaves to treat pain. Now we isolate the willow’s active ingredient and call it aspirin.)
There’s been a resurgence in the use of herbs for depression and anxiety in recent years. (4)
This interest has been fueled, in part, by the rising costs of prescriptions and the awareness that anti-anxiety drugs have some unacceptable side effects like memory loss, depression, and increased risk of suicide. (5)
While these drugs have worked wonders for some, for many they have not been the answer.
Herbal remedies can be a viable alternative to treat anxiety.
Let’s take a look at three of the most commonly used herbs to see how they work, and if they are right for everyone.
If you’ve ever had a cup of Sleepytime tea before bed, you’ve used chamomile as an herbal remedy.
Chamomile is particularly beneficial for those who suffer from both depression and anxiety. (7)
However, it’s recommended you avoid chamomile if you’re sensitive to the very common allergen ragweed.
Since they belong to the same plant family, there’s a chance of allergic cross-reactivity.
People throughout the South Pacific have appreciated kava for its ability to relax while maintaining mental clarity. (8)
It reduces anxiety and shows promise as an alternative to prescription drugs for generalized anxiety disorder.
It’s still available in the US, but some countries have taken it off the market. So proceed with caution.
Valerian has been called “nature’s valium.”
It’s been used for insomnia, anxiety, and nervousness for almost 2,000 years and is generally considered safe. (10)
It’s believed valerian works by increasing GABA, a relaxing neurotransmitter.
Since it can make you drowsy, it’s best to use it in the evening, at least to start.
However, some users have a paradoxical reaction and feel more anxious instead of less when using valerian.
As you can see from these examples, just as with prescription anti-anxiety medication, no one herbal anxiety remedy will be the perfect match for everyone.
When buying herbs, it’s critical you purchase them from a reputable company that specializes in herbal remedies.
Recently, it was discovered that herbal supplements sold under brand name labels from Walmart, Target, Walgreens, and GNC contained very little of what was listed on the label. (11)
In fact, 80% of the products tested contain NONE of the herb on the label.
Herbs tested included valerian, St. John’s wort, and the popular brain booster, ginkgo.
What they did contain was cheap fillers, including houseplants.
Obviously these herbal supplements would not have been helpful, and were potentially dangerous.
Vitamins for Anxiety and Stress
While it’s important to have all your basic vitamin needs met for general health and mental well-being, there are a few vitamins you should pay particular attention to if you have anxiety.
Taking megadoses of vitamins for anxiety probably won’t help if you are already getting adequate amounts.
But being low in certain vitamins can exacerbate anxiety symptoms, and vitamin supplements can help.
4. B Complex Vitamins
B complex vitamins are sometimes referred to as “happy vitamins” or “anti-stress vitamins” since they can help improve your mood and increase your tolerance to stress.
B vitamins are needed to provide energy to brain cells and to create neurotransmitters.
A word of caution: some people get too “energized” by taking B vitamin supplements and find it makes them more anxious. (14)
5. Vitamin D
Vitamin D is called the “sunshine vitamin.”
Between spending time indoors and wearing sunscreen when we are outside, vitamin D deficiency affects 75% of us. (15)
If your anxiety gets worse during the winter, vitamin D may be the answer.
You can know where you stand for sure by getting your vitamin D level checked.
Since it’s hard to get all you need from food and the sun, consider vitamin D supplementation.
Other Supplements for Anxiety
Not all supplements that can help anxiety fall neatly into either the herb or vitamin categories.
There are substances like amino acids, minerals, and other nutrients with anti-anxiety properties as well.
These supplements act via a variety of different mechanisms.
Lactium, made from whey protein, works by reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol. (18)
Homeopathic Remedies for Anxiety: Do They Work?
Homeopathy is a 200-year-old healing practice that has millions of followers worldwide, but also many detractors.
Compared to prescriptions drugs and even herbal remedies, homeopathic remedies are relatively inexpensive.
Since they contain extremely dilute concentrations of active ingredients, they are considered very safe.
But the medical community claims they are worthless and work only because of the placebo effect.
Not that we think there’s anything wrong with the placebo effect — your mind is one of the most powerful healing tools there is!
A meta analysis of 118 homeopathic trials concluded homeopathic remedies are more effective than a placebo, but noted that more studies are needed. (22)
One study found that 58% of those using homeopathic remedies for anxiety cited improvement. (23)
Another study found that 60% of participants with major depression, social phobias, or panic disorders benefited from homeopathic treatment.
Homeopathic remedies have even been used to help anxious mice who theoretically should be immune to the placebo effect. (24)
Compare that to the study that found only 25% of patients responded positively to their anti-anxiety medications. (25)
Most natural foods stores have a homeopathic display with information available to help you choose the remedy that most closely matches your set of anxiety related symptoms.
If you have a hard time deciding, look for a homeopathic formula that contains multiple ingredients.
This increases the likelihood that it will work for you.
Relaxation Techniques for Anxiety
In dealing with anxiety, one of the most helpful things you can do is to change your relationship with stress.
Too much stress actually changes the form and function of your brain.
It causes your brain’s “fear center” — the amygdala — to grow and become more active.
This creates a vicious cycle of even more fear, stress, and anxiety. (26)
There are many proven ways to manage stress.
Some relaxation techniques work on a more physical level and some are more mental.
Here are some proven stress management techniques you can do yourself at home:
- brainwave entrainment
- breathing exercises
- Emotional Freedom Technique
- light therapy
- listening to music
- progressive relaxation
There are also relaxation techniques that engage the services of a practitioner such as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, reflexology, or Reiki.
None of these techniques are “one and done.”
You have to do them regularly to experience any significant improvement in your anxiety.
For best results, make your relaxation practice a regular part of your daily routine, like brushing your teeth.
If any of these relaxation techniques make your anxiety symptoms worse, try something else for now.
Forcing yourself to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable might feed rather than abate your anxiety.
Don’t get discouraged and don’t beat yourself up over it.
No one relaxation technique works for everyone.
You can always try it again later when your anxiety has eased up some.
Physical Exercise for Anxiety
It’s not easy to relax when you’re consumed with stress and anxiety.
If you’re too anxious to even think about sitting down to relax, you should consider physical exercise instead.
Amazingly, the exercise you do now can protect you from anxiety for up to five years, even if you stop exercising. (28)
Walking is a great place to start.
So are exercises with strong mind-body connections like tai chi, yoga, Pilates, and qi gong.
If you’re up for more strenuous forms of exercise, go for it!
It will all help to burn up excess cortisol.
If you can get your exercise outdoors, even better.
Time spent in nature quiets the mind and further enhances mental well-being. (29)
Summary: Natural Remedies for Anxiety
If you’re looking for natural anti-anxiety remedies there are plenty to choose from — herbs, homeopathy, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and more.
There are many effective relaxation techniques you can try as well.
Physical exercise is a great stress reducer is you’re too anxious to relax.
Expect to do some trial and error.
If one remedy doesn’t work for you, don’t get discouraged. Move on to something else.
As with any health condition, no single anxiety treatment works for everyone.
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