The Most Effective Homeopathic Remedies for Anxiety and Fear
written by: Jennifer Gunnerson
• edited by: jen2008
• updated: 7/26/2010
Looking for an alternative to the traditional anti-anxiety medications? Those who suffer from anxiety or panic disorders may find relief from their symptoms with these simple homeopathic therapies.
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There are several homeopathic remedies for anxiety and fear that have helped those with anxiety disorder to lessen and manage symptoms. These alternative medicines may be a good bet for those who have had limited success with doctor prescribed traditional medications. Homeopathic remedies may also appeal to those that prefer a more natural approach to managing mental health.
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Over the years, many vitamins, minerals and supplements have gained popularity in the arena of mental health. Most notably, vitamins in the B family have been purported to help to manage anxiety and panic symptoms. The B vitamins are vital for the health of the nervous system. Research has shown that the body’s lactate levels are responsible for anxiety attacks, and that B vitamins are able to stabilize these levels. Several forms of vitamin B are found to be helpful in managing the symptoms of anxiety disorder and fear:
Vitamin B6 is known to provide both energy and a calming effect.
Vitamin B-1 is believed to help to reduce anxiety and also have a calming effect on the nerves.
Vitamin B-3 helps to produce certain brain chemicals and is said to have a calming effect when taken in large doses.
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Inositol is a nutritional supplement that is sometimes unofficially referred to as vitamin B 8. This supplement is naturally found in many foods such as; nuts, beans, whole grains, seeds, citrus fruits and cantaloupe. Inositol is also manufactured in a pill form. Recent studies show that inositol may balance several chemicals in the body, resulting in a decrease in the side effects of panic and anxiety disorders.
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The practice of yoga has been regarded as not just a form of exercise but as a form of alternative healing for centuries. The mediative nature of the yoga postures allows many yoga practitioners to achieve a sense of calm and general well being. By focusing on the breath and the slow stretching of the body, many experience a lessening in worry, fear or anxiety.
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Among the more studies homeopathic remedies for anxiety and fear, is relaxation training. This form of therapy can include a variety of relaxation techniques including deep breathing exercises, yoga and meditation. One of the most effective forms of relaxation training is what is called progressive muscle relaxation. This technique is found to be similarly effective to cognitive behavioral therapy for those with anxiety disorder. To practice this method, one simply tenses each individual muscle, before releasing the tension, continuing until the entire body is in a relaxed state.
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Homeopathic remedies have been in use for as long as mankind has been in existence. Before the modern medical community created anti-anxiety medications, people relied on a host of natural cures and practices to aid in the management of fear and anxiety. Those wishing to try herbal or vitamin supplements in the treatment of anxiety should always do so under the guidance of a qualified physician