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Herbal Remedies For Anxiety

Anxiety is normal in human life. Most of the time people manage to cope with it. Rarely, though, it persists and causes disorders necessitating care and treatment.
Disadvantages of Medication
Medication will be necessary in extreme cases but often leads to overuse, addiction, and harmful side effects. Its abrupt stoppage can cause withdrawal. It can be very expensive, too.
Advantages of Herbal Remedies
Herbal remedies are safer, causing no addiction and very little side effects. They do not reduce capabilities of the mind. They are far less expensive, available over the counter and well known through hundreds of years of use. However, compared to medication, herbal remedies are milder, slow to act, needing a longer time to produce results.
How herbal remedies work
Neurotransmitters are neuro chemicals present in the brain and nervous system. They transmit nerve impulses among nerve cells and non-nerve cells. A main cause of anxiety is a neuro chemical imbalance, which herbal remedies rectify.
Some Herbal Remedies
Valerian
A safe and effective natural sedative, Valerian calms both mind and body and relieves anxiety-related insomnia. Its extract is comparable to some prescription anti-anxiety drugs. It promotes drowsiness without affecting the stages of sleep, in contrast to common sedatives. It needs two to three weeks to work and is not to be used for more than three months at a time. Pregnant women, children under 12 years of age, and those who are on anti-anxiety and other medications should not take Valerian.
St. John’s Wort
One of the natural anti-depressants, St. John’s Wort is also an effective anti-anxiety cure. It needs to be taken for several weeks regularly. Though it has a few, minor side effects, it is not addictive. Those who are already taking anti-depressants, should not use St. John’s Wort. It works better when combined with Passion Flower extract.
Mother Wort
It belongs to the mint family and is popular for treating anxiety, among other disorders. Pregnant women can take it except during the first two trimesters. It induces calmness without causing drowsiness.
Passion Flower
Its extract reduces anxiety and does not have side effects. It has to be taken for three weeks regularly. When combined with some other herbs, St. John’s Wort, for example, the effect will be better.
Tulsi or Holy Basil: This has shown promise as a cure for anxiety disorder and is considered an adaptogen, a herb that has a normalizing effect on the body in general.
Lavender, Ashwagandha (an Ayurvedic herb), Lemon Balm, Fennel tea, Catnip tea and Skullcap: these are also useful to varying degrees in treating anxiety.

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