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Do You Suffer from?
If you or someone you love, suffers from these (or other)
anxiety-related disorders- You're Not Alone ...
Anxiety is a combination of feeling apprehension, dread, fear, nervousness and worry in anticipation of problems or misfortune. When facing unknown or "scary" situations, it's normal to experience the sensation of "butterflies" or "knots" in your stomach that signal a touch of anxiety. For a large number of people, anxiety is something far more serious and persistent.
When anxiety is severe it may interfere with family relations, socializing and work or it may be crippling. It may manifest as shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat or heart palpitations, muscle tension, trembling, insomnia, irritability, chest pain, cold sweats, feeling faint and feelings of stress. Anxiety may contributes to other health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and pain-related disorders such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. There may be a high correlation between anxiety and addiction to alcohol, smoking and drug use.
Clinicians recognize about 12 types of anxiety disorder but the major ones are: panic attacks, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. These anxiety-related problems have reached epidemic proportions in the United States. According to the Surgeon General, 16 percent of adults ages 18 to 24 experience one type of anxiety disorder that lasts at least a year.
The large majority of people suffering with these disorders are holding full-time jobs, many at executive and managerial levels and experiencing a relatively high degree of workplace stress. Most are masking the symptoms of their problem by taking some sort of medication, such as tranquilizers, anti-depressants or sleeping pills. Others are "self-medicating" through alcohol, cigarettes and drugs.
Anxiety is not a "bad" thing. It is a natural reaction to real or perceived dangers. The perception of possible danger triggers the release of hormones and neurotransmitters that prime the body and mind for action. These physiological changes can help us push beyond our normal limits and may help us perform better.
Reduce Stress Hormones:
Anxiety is a reaction of the nerves and glands that control the body for action. When one is suffering from anxiety related disorders, the chemical messengers (hormones, neurotransmitters and prostaglandins) involved are out of balance.
There is a class of herbal remedies that have been shown to help balance and modulate these messenger chemicals. These remedies are called adaptogens and are of major benefit to anyone suffering from anxiety or any other stress related health problem.
Adaptogens reduce the output of stress-related hormones from the pituitary and adrenal glands. They reduce both fatigue and insomnia, while improving memory and cognitive function. Many adaptogens enhance immunity, reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure and balance blood sugar. Adaptogens may relieve anxiety, they reduce the health problems associated with it.
Eleuthero root may be for people with moderate stress levels. It is good for anxiety associated with stress at work, school or home. It reduces feelings of stress and improves both physical and mental performance.
For the person with a "high strung" nervous disposition that tends to run around in frantic "busy-ness" (like a chicken with their head cut off), Nutri-Calm may be a good choice. Nutri Calm contains C and B-complex vitamins, nervine and adaptogenic herbs that feed the nervous system. It won't cause drowsiness, but will help a person go about their business in a calmer, deliberate manner.
Nutri-Calm may be helpful for overcoming addictions to alcohol, tobacco and drugs. For the sugar and caffeine addict Nutri-Calm with Licorice root may reduce cravings, balance blood sugar and calm the nerves.
For anxiety that causes pain in the chest, heart palpitations, insomnia, mental confusion, emotional sensitivity and feelings of being overwhelmed, Nervous Fatigue Formula may be a good choice. It improves sleep while reducing feelings of fatigue.
People suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or other long-term anxiety disorders often have exhausted adrenal glands. Adrenal Support may be a good choice. It contains adrenal glandular and other nutrients to rebuild exhausted adrenal glands. Pantothenic acid may be helpful for exhausted adrenals. If you suffer from chronic abdominal distress, cramps, fatigue and insomnia, Adrenal Support with some extra Pantothenic acid may be helpful.
Make Time for Rest and Relaxation
Anxiety is created by the release of stress-related hormones and neurotransmitters. Reducing stress is important to reducing anxiety. But stress is a part of life we have to deal with everyday. Trying to avoid stress is stressful!
Pleasurable experience causes the release of hormones and neurotransmitters that counteract the effects of stress. A pleasurable experience creates more positive benefits than a stressful experience causes harm.
The reason anxiety related disorders are epidemic in our society is because we are just too busy. We are constantly on the go and take little time for pleasure and recreation.
Watching TV doesn't count. TV is stimulating, not relaxing. Look for activities that feel pleasurable to the body, such as a warm bath, a soak in a hot tub, a massage, listening to relaxing music or taking a walk in the park. Find things that make you laugh and awaken a child like delight in life. Slow down when you eat and really enjoy the flavor of the food. Remember that anything that brings a sensation of bodily pleasure counteracts the effects of stress and reduces anxiety.
Get a Good Night's Sleep
If you have trouble getting to sleep there are several remedies you can try. What works for you will depend on the specific problems inhibiting your sleep. Sometimes, just taking something that helps relax the nervous system shortly before bedtime is enough. Herbal Sleep formula may be helpful here. If you have a lot of muscle tension Kava Kava may help.
If sleep problems are accompanied by depression and carbohydrate cravings, you may be low in serotonin. Serotonin is the building block for melatonin in the brain. 5-HTP is a precursor to serotonin and helps increase serotonin levels in the brain. 5-HTP Power before bedtime may help. Since the pineal gland converts serotonin to melatonin when it's dark, simply darkening the room helps improve sleep patterns.
Relax Tense Muscles
Lobelia and Kava Kava are great antispasmodic herbs that may help relax muscles and reduce anxiety. Kava Kava may help you stay relaxed, improve your mood, but keep your mind alert and focused. If you have a tendency towards menstrual cramps, intestinal cramps or muscle cramps in general Cramp Relief may be helpful.
Calm the Mind and Nerves
If anxiety is associated with depression, fatigue and "sagging" energy or mood, the Chinese formula Mood Elevator may be helpful. Where there is pain and inflammation in the body, with muscle tension and anxiety Nerve Eight may be helpful. Stress- J may be a great formula for just helping one to feel more relaxed and calm.
Relieving Panic Attacks
A panic attack is an acute form of anxiety that causes rapid, shallow breathing, paralyzing fear and can cause muscles cramp so strongly that movement is impaired. These acute attacks of anxiety may be relieved naturally using a three-step process.
1. Breathe Slowly and Deeply
When someone is having a panic attack, have them concentrate on their breathing. Coach them to take slower, deeper breaths and to exhale more completely. It may help if the person experiencing the panic attack, starts counting the time of their inhalation and exhalation and seeks to lengthen it. Breathe in-one, two, three, four ... Breathe out-one, two, three, four. This immediately starts reducing the anxiety.
2. Take Distress Remedy
Try some Distress Remedy under the tongue. Distress remedy helps reduce emotional shock and trauma.
3. Take Antispasmodic Herbs
Lobelia slows breathing and calms the heart rate. It relaxes muscle cramps and spasms. Try Kava Kava by empty the powder from the capsules directly onto the tongue and follow it with a drink of water.
FLOWER ESSENCES TO THE RESCUE
Flower essence therapy is similar to homeopathy, it involves using a substance that is physically diluted, yet still capable of providing a subtle "energy" field. This energy is believed to promote a positive mental state that is conducive to the restoration of healthy emotional and psychological balance. Flower essence therapy is used to promote emotional balance and restore a sense of well-being and vitality. Flower essences are used to relieve negative emotional symptoms, including anger, guilt, depression, hopelessness, impatience, worry, and emotional shock or trauma.. One case-study analysis found that large numbers of people taking flower essences reported feeling happier and more positive and optimistic. A second study found that over 85% of participants reported good or very good results, while a third study noted improvement in nearly 90% of patients, particularly those with anxiety symptoms.
Flower essences are highly diluted and do not contain pharmacologically active constituents of the original flowers, they are non-toxic and are considered safe for use in conjunction with other medications and with pregnant women, children and the elderly, as well as pets, livestock and other animals.
Distress Remedy to the Rescue (Emotional Balance Formula)
Distress Remedy is a flower essence formula designed for those suffering from any type of emotional, mental or physical shock or trauma. Distress Remedy contains 7 flower essences that help people have emotional strength, composure and soundness of mind to manage crises, catastrophes and abrupt shocks in their lives. It soothes extreme distress, restores emotional stability and self-control, fosters acceptance and inner peace, and promotes courage, faith and healing.
Ingredients: Arnica, Star of Bethlehem, Rock Rose, Impatiens, Clematis, Cherry Plum, Red Clover, vegetable glycerin and purified water.
Be Courageous (Vented Fear Formula)
Be Courageous is a flower essence formula designed for those who struggle with self-doubt, fear and indecision. Be Courageous contains 7 flower essences that help people overcome anxiety and insecurity and develop the inner strength and courage needed to conquer adversity, challenges and obstacles. Be Courageous inspires self-confidence and inner calm, promotes clear thinking and motivation and encourages a person to not be afraid to make decisions, take action and move forward in life.
Ingredients: Mountain Pride, Aspen, Scleranthus, Mimulus, Cerato, Blackberry, Red Clover, vegetable glycerin and purified water.
AnxiousLess is a cutting-edge product, which uses a patented herbal extract and is all natural, proved to be effective for 90% of the 200 people who field tested it. Most said it works in as little as 10-20 minutes. Consider this for those times when you may feel anxious such as at work, public speaking, attending a function with difficult people, stress over obligations, etc.
This fast-acting, non-drowsy formula helps relieve the nervousness, worry and tension associated with daily living. Featuring Sceletium tortuosum —a time-honored South African herb—and key nutrients that replenish your body’s stress-coping reserves,
AnxiousLess targets feelings of anxiousness from multiple pathways. Designed to quickly calm your mind, this proprietary blend of natural ingredients helps boost your mood and reduce fatigue.