Herbs for Anxiety and Stress
If you have been dealing with the effects of anxiety for a while, you may have already consulted your doctor for<
possible treatments. Many doctors prefer to prescribe prescription medications – although these can be effective
for some people, you have to be very careful about going on a prescription medication to help you cope with
Often, these drugs can produce rather unpleasant side effects, including irritability, sexual
dysfunction, and sleeplessness. Fortunately, using herbs for anxiety treatment has emerged as a viable
alternative to prescription medications – these herbs are usually less expensive than traditional medications, and
they do not produce any side effects.
Kava kava, for example, has been used for centuries to treat
anxiety. The herb is derived from the root of the Kava plant, and offers a tranquilizing effect that can help
you reduce anxiety symptoms in as little as one week. Unlike prescription medications, kava kava has no
addictive properties, and people using this herb do not experience harsh side effects.
Kava was anciently prepared as a drink and was made by the roots of the plant. It was
traditionally believed that Kava was excellent to lift one’s spirit and reduce anxiety. Research claims that Kava
is very fast and effective and it can reduce stress and anxiety levels within a week of its intake. Kava has been
very popular among women who suffer from post-menopause depression. The best part of Kava is that it is not an
addictive herb and can work as an effective tranquilizer.
Ginseng has become one of the most popular herbs for anxiety in
recent years, largely because of its enviable success rate. The Chinese have used this herb for thousands of
years to address feelings of anxiety and stress, but it has only recently been introduced to the Western
world. Ginseng contains stimulant properties that can significantly reduce stress and help
you become free from the effects of anxiety. It can also help to reduce physical tension, which will go a long
way toward giving you the energy you need to tackle your day to day tasks in a calm, efficient manner.
KOREAN GINSENG is the best and strongest Ginseng. Ginseng has been used for
various ailments but most effectively as an anti anxiety herb. The benefits of ginseng are:
- Ginseng has stimulant properties that reduces stress
- Enhances Health
- Tonic Properties
- Helps to maintain emotional balance
The overall relaxing feeling that ginseng gives is it reduces stress and is an excellent anti
anxiety herb, ginseng is a multi purpose herb. It helps in hormonal functioning that in turn reduces tiredness and
makes you more active it also works in reducing fever and as an anti aging herb.
Valerian Root is another popular choice for anxiety sufferers.
This herb is used to calm feelings of stress and anxiety – people who use it say they begin noticing results
within a week to two weeks. It is also frequently used as a mild sedative, so if you have had trouble sleeping
because of thoughts of anxiety, valerian root may be able to help you get the sleep you need. This can help
your body repair itself, improving your chances of eliminating your anxiety symptoms.
Valerian’s root has been used as a sedative for years. It is now a proven anti anxiety
medication herb and hence one of the best medication herb. Valerian has been used as a tranquilizer and relaxing
feeling that reduces anxiety,Valepotriate is the main substance found in valerian has the sedative effect.Doctors
all over the world have successfully prescribed it. Valerian is effective and natural, it is safe and hence it is
widely accepted.Valerian reduces stress, anxiety, agitation, tremors and disturbances.Valerian is advantageous if
you want to lessen mild to reasonable anxiety or stress during the day. It leads to prolonged sleep, less time in
falling sleep and promotes deep sleep.
St John’s Wort
St John’s wort (hypericum) is a short, yellow-flowering, wild-growing
plant. It has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb. Extracts of St John’s wort are made into capsules
and other types of preparations which are used to treat depression.
St John’s wort contains many different chemicals. Some are thought to be the active ingredients. How these
chemicals actually work in the body is not clear. It is thought that they may alter the balance of some of the
chemicals in the brain (neurotransmitters) such as serotonin, dopamine, gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), and
noradrenaline. Alterations in the balance of these neurotransmitters are thought to play some part in causing
Sometimes a life problem such as bereavement, redundancy, illness, etc, may trigger a depression. Sometimes
there is no apparent cause for a depression. However, antidepressants such as St John’s wort treat the symptoms of
depression, whatever the cause. Symptoms of depression include: low mood, feelings of sadness, sleep problems, poor
appetite, irritability, poor concentration, decreased sex drive, loss of energy, guilt feelings, headaches, aches,
pains, and palpitations. If symptoms are eased, you not only feel better, but you may also be able to cope better
with any problems in your life.
As unlikely as it may sound, Catnip is reported to be
one of the most effective herbs for anxiety. It has been used to successfully treat anxiety and panic attacks
for centuries, and has been reported to be as effective as many common presription medications. Catnip
contains a compound that is similar to valerian root, so it can also be used as a sedative, helping to
alleviate the symptoms of insomnia that often come with anxiety. Also, catnip helps to ease muscle tension,
helping you attend to your daily tasks with more energy and a sense of tranquility.
The Catnip herb is a member herb of the mint family. Catnip is used as an anti
anxiety medication and aids in dealing with nervousness and sleeplessness.
Catnip is well known for stirring stimulated state of mind. All through history, this herb has been used in humans
to produce a sedative effect. Traditional herbalists have treated other conditions like cancer, toothache and corns
with catnip. Catnip has a substance called Nepetalactone, which is similar to valerian. Catnip is used to reduce
migraine pain it relaxes the muscles and heals minor tissue injuries.
If you have found that prescription medications have been ineffective for treating your
anxiety symptoms, or if you simply want to avoid the side effects of anti-anxiety drugs, using herbs for anxiety
can be a useful solution. These herbs are available over the counter, rather than by prescription, so they are
easily obtainable – they can be found in many drug stores and health food markets.