The thought of taking medication is not a pleasant one for most people and even more so if the drug has side effects. These may be mild or they may be severe and in some cases, the cure can be more harmful than the problem.
If there are alternatives to medication, then surely they are worth trying out first.
There are many different natural remedies for panic attacks which are used around the world. Mind you, not all of them are free from side effects either, so care must always be taken. Discuss your choice of alternative therapy with your doctor or consult another expert rather than launch your own therapy regime and get it wrong.
You should also keep in mind that what works for one person doesn’t automatically work for the next. Just as different drugs work with varying degrees of success depending on the person so to do natural therapies.
The use of vitamins has been found to be very effective for some. Sufferers taking Niacinamide, which is one of the water soluble B complex vitamins, have reported excellent results. Other important vitamins are B6 and B12, calcium and magnesium.
All of these vitamins can be found in tablet form but they can also be found naturally. Niacinamide can be found in a variety of foods as part of the B3 vitamin. These foods include yeast, meat, milk, green vegetables and cereal grains.
Vitamins B6 and B12 can both be found in fortified cereals. Sources of B6 also include poultry, fish and some fruits and vegetables. Vitamin B12 sources include animal products. Calcium is found in yoghurt, milk and cheese and magnesium is found in spinach, Swiss chard, beans and seeds such as sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds.
Herbs are another popular natural remedy for panic attacks. One benefit of using herbs is that they have few side effects but having said that, you must always take care. Sometimes they shouldn’t be used in combination with other herbs or prescription drugs and as with vitamins, you should firstly study their properties and get advice from a professional.
Herbs have been used for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks were great fans of herbal medicine and their use and effects have been well documented. They can be taken as a tea or in tablet or drop form.
St John’s Wort is the first herb we will look at. It has been used as a treatment for mental disorders for centuries and many support its action against depression. There are some side effects, however, if taken in combination with some prescribed drugs so always check this out first with your health care provider.
Other herbs include valerian, kava-kava and passionflower. Valerian is native to Europe and Asia and was used widely as a sleeping aid and to cure digestive complaints as well as a treatment for nervousness and heart palpitations.
Kava is widely used throughout the Pacific as a mild sedative which relaxes without the taker becoming groggy and unalert. Passionflower has been found in at least one clinical trial to lower anxiety.
There are some steps you can take to help vitamins and herbs reach their maximum potential as natural therapies against panic attacks. The first of these is to avoid caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea and sodas. The next is to avoid alcohol and drugs and the third is to take refined sugars and carbohydrates out of your diet.
Aromatherapy is another branch of natural medicine which is used in the battle against panic attacks. Common aromas include lavender, jasmine and geranium but there are various calming blends available.
Other scents that sufferers of panic attacks have reported helpful are those that remind them of a more innocent time. One example is baby powder which seems to bring back calm memories.