Natural remedies for anxiety and panic attacks can range from simple self-help and relaxation techniques, to behavioral or cognitive therapy, to the use of natural supplements. Natural supplements include herbs and vitamins that often approximate the effects of antidepressant medications. Some patients may choose to try these natural supplements as a result of negative reactions to traditional pharmacological medications. Natural supplements are also attractive to people who fear the possibility of developing a physical dependence on the antidepressant drugs.
Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SRIs) are a type of medication often used to treat depression. They work by regulating the neurotransmitter chemical serotonin, which is partially responsible for producing many of the effects of anxiety. Several natural remedies focus on the same chemicals in the brain, and have been reported to produce similar results in some cases. These remedies include herbal supplements such as the popular St. John's Wort, Kava Kava, and the herbal extract, Siberian Ginseng.
Types of Natural Remedies
The herb Sage, which is derived from a type of mint, has been used throughout history as a natural remedy for anxiety. Sage has long demonstrated calming effects, and is even effective as aromatherapy. Teas made from dried, strained Sage have been shown to have a relaxing effect, and are useful for alleviating jittery nerves.
Some natural remedies for anxiety and panic attacks fight anxiety by strengthening other parts of the nervous system. The herb Fo-ti-tieng has been demonstrated to produce cerebral rejuvenation, mood elevation, and relive stress. It achieves this energizing the endocrine glands, as well as the brain and nervous system. It can be consumed as a tea.