I have been struggling with anxiety and panic attacks for about 11 years now. Because of that I have been taking various prescribed medicaments like Prozac, Xanax, Lexapo, Celexa etc. Bad news is that they all have nasty side effects like really loud tinnitus, sleeping problems, shaky hands etc. So this post is about NATURAL antidepressants that can help you manage anxiety and panic attacks.
Ginkgo Biloba against anxiety disorder
People are using extracts of ginkgo biloba tree for anxiety, dementia, depression and other mental problems. For the same reason they did it already in ancient times. So it is not hard to guess why it’s the most commonly sold herbal product in Germani and one of the top three in U.S. As a matter of fact Ginkgo contains high levels of flavonoids, terpenoids and antioxidants. These substances provide protection against oxidative cell damage from harmful free radicals. As a result Ginko is anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-allergic, anti-tumorigenic, anti-carcinogenic and anti-anxiety. So why not to try? Maybe that’s all you need!
Natural antidepressants – St. John’s Wort
Many clinical trials about St. John’s wort show that this natural antidepressant can be as effective as various medical antidepressants, if we talk about mild to moderate cases. Furthermore, compared to prescribed antidepressants St. John’s wort offers better tolerability and milder side effects.
Kava Kava Natural Balance
The evidence of the efficacy of kava for treating anxiety has been affirmed through clinical trials and meta-analyses. Kava kava has shown to be effective as an alternative treatment, at least in mild to moderate cases of anxiety. Not only does it make you feel calm, relaxed and happy but also it relieves the pain and relaxes muscles.
*Recommendation: prefer products from water-based supplements over acetonic and ethanolic extracts.
Ashwagandha – Natural Antidepressants
Ashwagandha, sometimes called Indian Ginseng or Winter Cherry, affects systems and hormones that regulate your stress response. Because of that it is an excellent alternative supplement for anxiety and stress management. Ashwagandha can also improve the quality of sleep.
I hope this short blog post will help you find some alternatives to help you out with anxiety and stress. As always – consult with your doctor but at the same time try to help yourself!
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