Herbal Remedies for Treating Anxiety
As the pace of life continues to increase, so do your stress levels. Learn how to ease the symptoms of anxiety with gentle herbal remedies.
Employment stress, exam pressure and family break ups are some of the life events that leave people feeling agitated and tense. Reports of hazards and disasters also add a general sense of fear and worry. Anxiety related disorders such as panic attacks are on the increase, but many suffer symptoms without realising it, including irritability, headaches and, eventually, digestive issues such as gastric ulcers.
Restore your balance
The symptoms of anxiety can be treated with traditional herbal remedies. Lemon balm and skullcap are relaxants, helping you to unwind and gain a restful night’s sleep. Vervain and skullcap can also help to nourish, strengthen and balance your nervous system. Linden is helpful in protecting against the formation of gastric ulcers and the antispasmodic properties of wild lettuce are helpful in relaxing muscles. Herbal remedies provide a gentle, non addictive treatment that strengthens and nourishes the nervous systems.
How Anxiety affects the body
Your automatic nervous system, over which you have no conscious control, is divided into the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. In response to intense physical or emotional stimulation, your sympathetic system indices a “fight or flight” response, increasing adrenals, so you can respond to danger. In our evolutionary past this helped us to avoid predators, but extended stimulation results in a racing heart rate, sweating and irritability. The adrenal medulla releases adrenaline into the blood if the sympathetic nerve is stimulated.
Side Effects of Panic
The parasympathetic system is suppressed during “fight or flight”. This system is responsible for the housekeeping of vital bodily functions, including digestion, assimilation of nutrients and waste elimination. Is it any wonder that excessive anxiety can result in digestive disorders?