Depending on the level of anxiety you experience, it can range from moderate to almost crippling in severity. Statistics show that anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 18% of the U.S population.
Approximately 40 million Americans have some type of anxiety disorder, and more often than not, highly addictive prescription medications are prescribed to help with the anxiety. However, there are many drawbacks with prescription drug medications. Not only are most of these medications highly addictive, they also lose their effectiveness overtime, which requires higher dosages that lead to even more dependency on the drug.
Anxiety disorders can be exceedingly difficult to deal with, and that is why Americans typically take the prescription drug route. The most common drugs prescribed for anxiety disorders fall within a class of medications called Benzodiazepines. While they may be effective for short-term use during times of trauma, long-term use can lead to dependency and physical withdrawal upon stopping the drug. Luckily, there are many natural forms of anxiety relief that are not only effective, but some of them work even more effectively than prescription drugs. By becoming familiar with the names of these natural alternatives and the way that they work, anxiety relief could be achieved without the need for prescription medications.
Valerian root, also referred to as natures Valium, has been used for centuries as a natural way to relieve anxiety, insomnia and relax the muscles. This natural herb can be sedating for some, so it’s best to use this before bed when trying it out for the first time.
Passion flower is a great remedy for those with mild to moderate anxiety, although it may still be useful for people with severe anxiety issues. This natural herb is known for reducing tension, calming the mind and preventing agitation.
Hops is commonly used for general nervousness and is also effective for quieting the mind. This particular herb is great for someone who has a hard time falling asleep at night, or just calming down during stressful times.
Skullcap is a powerful relaxant that can be used to eliminate nervous tension in those with severe anxiety. It is used as a sedative, muscle relaxant and to help fight insomnia. While the effects are similar to valerian root, they are more pronounced.
Motherwort is an effective, yet gentle way to ease stress, tension and anxiety. Many pregnant women favor this herb because it can be safely used in the third trimester to eliminate stress and stimulate circulation. Motherwort is also effective in inducing calmness without causing fatigue.
As always, talk to your healthcare practitioner before taking these herbs to make sure they don’t interfere with any current medication or supplements.
Have you tried any of these natural alternatives for Anxiety?
- Amy Manley
Amy Manley is an alternative health expert, freelance writer and education junkie. She thrives on uncovering the truth about the life-saving benefits of alternative health and medicine. She loves her family and channels that passion and energy into making people get healthier and feel better about their lives. You can read more about Amy at her website here. You can also follow her on Twitter: @Amanleyx3