Natural Anxiety Cures A Cheap Alternative To Prescription Drugs

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Everyone worries some of the time, even though they know that there is nothing productive about this behaviour. There are many people out there who would quickly agree with the statement, “I worry too much.” The fact is, life can be worrisome, terrible, and uncertain. Many people don’t know where their next meal is coming from, or if they have enough money to last until the next pay day.

However, what if you worry so much that it interferes with your life? In that case, you will need to take steps to curb your anxieties. One solution for serious anxiety problems is to see a therapist, or, in particular, a psychotherapist, who is qualified to prescribe mood-altering drugs.

Yet, many people do not have the financial resources or the time for regular therapy sessions. They want to stop worrying, but don’t want their problem to become its own institution. They also worry about the high costs and negative side effects of prescription medications for anxiety. For these people, there are a number of natural anxiety remedies on the market. These substances occur in nature; they are not synthesised in labs, and many of them do not require prescriptions. Even with natural anti-anxiety medications, however, it’s important to get a doctor’s diagnosis before going to the apothecary’s.

One naturally-occurring anxiety remedy is a plant known as passionflower (latin name: passiflora incarnata). This grassy herb has been used to cure anxiety for centuries in the regions where it was abundantly grown, a classic example of folk medicine. Modern medicine has studied the efficacy of this herb at helping alleviate anxiety and insomnia. Studies have found its effects on chronic worriers to resemble that of benzodiazepine, a possibly addictive prescription drug. Despite being “natural,” this herb entails its share of possible negative side effects, such as nausea and sleepiness. It isn’t recommended to combine this herb with sedative drugs.

Another common herb that has been used to treat chronic anxiety, as well as insomnia and cases of “the nerves” is valerian (valeriana officinalis). Valerian is typically taken shortly before retiring for the night. The plant doesn’t start showing its effects until it has been taken for approximately three weeks. This drug has not been shown to be as effective against anxiety as passionflower. It is primarily useful against insomnia, or against minor anxiety symptoms.

Kava (piper methysticum) is the newest natural anti-anxiety drug to have achieved prominence in UK and American markets. Kava is a plant native to Polynesia. Anecdotal evidence, as well as several studies, have suggested that this drug is effective at calming people down and relieving the symptoms of anxiety and fruitless worry. It is a more effective ant-anxiety drug than valerian, but beware: the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that kava can sometimes cause serious damage to the liver.

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