The increase in the levels of stress in our lives is steadily rising. In fact, stress is fast becoming a major public health crisis in the United States. There are an estimated 50 million Americans suffering from stress and anxiety. We live in a fast pace life of high competitiveness and achievement achievement. Anxiety levels also increase due to stressful events such as the death of a relative or close friend. Other stressful events include the loss of a job, long working hours, divorce, illness, etc. Many prescription drugs used to relief stress may have side effects such as drowsiness and cognitive impairment. Some have also been shown to cause unpleasant side effects which adversely affect judgment, attention span, muscle-coordination, memory, etc.
Anxiety when it becomes chronic can severely diminish the quality of life for sufferers and negatively affect their health. High levels of stress and anxiety contributes to physical and emotional problems. Stress presents itself in many forms which can include tension headaches, migraine headaches, depression, indigestion, fatigue, disturbances in sleep patterns, loss or gain in appetite and a host of other conditions. There are numerous prescription and over the counter drugs available to help with anxiety issues. However, there are also many natural and safe remedies that provide help for those dealing with stress and anxiety, plus they are highly effective.
Specific plants and herbs have been used for centuries around the world as sources of food, spices, medicines and scents. They are safely used to combat a host of physical and mental problems. Many of these herbs are known as adaptogens which can be either foods or herbs which provide physiological and emotional benefits. Adaptogens can safely be used as a nutritive for a variety of ailments. They have a stabilizing effect on the entire body without disrupting other functions in the body even if the body is in a diseased state. They have been proven to increase resistance to disease. They are non-toxic and harmless to other cells and organs of the body.
Due to the many side effects of some prescription drugs many people are looking for alternatives to modern medicine. Herbs have been used for thousands of years to help with many medical conditions including stress. Be advised that herbs have side effects. However, they are usually very mild compared to synthetic anti-anxiety medications. The herbs listed here have been shown to help those dealing with stress and anxiety safely and effectively without being habit forming.
Passionflower: Passionfloweris a popular herb which is an adaptogen. It is a perennial creeping vine native to the southern United States, Mexico and Central and South America. The plant’s name dates back to the 17th century, when Spanish missionaries first encountered the plant and compared its purple and white blossoms and other elements to the passion of Christ. The leaves, stems and flowers are all used medicinally. Native Americans used passion flower as a sedative. A series of flavonoids which include isovitexin, vitexin and chrysin are believed to be responsible for the relaxing, sedative properties of passion flower.
Rhodiola Rosea Root: This is another plant that has been used for centuries. Rhodiola Rosea is also an adaptogen. Rhodiola is a herb native to Asia, Europe and other areas of the Northern Hemisphere. It strengthens physical stamina and helps the body recover from fatigue quickly. It helps mental stamina and has been used safely for treating stress and anxiety. It also helps the body become more resistant to stress. It also helps to calm the nerves and helps the body to more effectively deal with challenging circumstances. Rhodiola has also been shown to improve mood and relieve depression. Rhodiola also improves both memory enhancement and mental sharpness.
Maca,Is also commonly referred to as “Peruvian Ginseng” although it is not a member of the ginseng family. It is a root plant native to Peru, Bolivia and parts of Brazil. It too is an adaptogen. It has been used as a root vegetable and a medicinal herb for thousands of years. Maca is a relative of the radish family with a smell similar to butterscotch. It provides physical and mental benefits. It helps to increase energy, stamina and endurance and improve sexual function. It also balance moods and helps one to effectively deal with stress. It also enhances memory and brain health. Do not take maca near bedtime because it can keep you awake.
These herbs and other natural herbs contain powerful compounds and nutrients and provide anxiety relief in addition to help provide relief from a host of physical conditions. Everyone is different so you may need to experiment with various herbal remedies to see which ones give you the best results. Herbs can interfere with prescription drugs. Also, some people may be allergic to specific herbs. Always be sure to check with your physician or health care provider prior to taking any herb.
Natural Herbal Remedies For Anxiety Continued on Part 2