Hi, I have chronic Lyme Disease and my Lyme doctor is also an alternative therapy doc. I won't be seeing her for another month and so i thought I would ask if anyone knows of any natural therapy for anxiety? I am pretty sure mine is situational and will end soon but in the mean time it would be great to try something natural to help.Thanks in advance.
Vitamin B12 deficiency, may contribute to anxiety.
vertical heterophoria an eye condition can also cause anxiety.
Compelling evidence that monosodium glutamate (MSG) and other
excitotoxins in foods and beverages can induce a panic disorder in experimental animals a reaction that exactly resembles what we are seeing in humans. low magnesium can magnify this effect.
Recent studies have shown that the vast majority of Americans are deficient in magnesium, both because of dietary deficiencies and because they drink too many carbonated soft drinks, among other
causes. Also, a number of prescription medications
deplete this essential substance. literally hundreds of tons of MSG and other excitotoxin additives are added to foods.
Most important is to avoid excitotoxins
in your food. These include MSG, aspartame, hydrolyzed proteins, vegetable protein, isolated protein, soy products (including soy protein isolates, soy protein and soy milk), natural flavoring, sodium
or calcium caseinate and others. All of these food additives worsen brain excitation and have been shown to specifically target the amygdala nucleus a set of neurons in the brain’s temporal lobe. They are key to the processing of emotions. Increase your vegetable intake to at least
5 servings a day. Reduce your intake of fats especially saturated fats and omega-6 fats Magnesium is the body’s natural calmative agent. It reduces excitotoxicity when taken at bedtime, White tea contains a flavonoid called epigallocatechin gallate. This flavonoid has
recently been shown to calm the brain and reduce anxiety.
The herb valerian has been shown to activate the same calming brain
GABA receptor. It has been used to induce sleep but also calms anxiety during the day. It should not be mixed with medications that act as sedatives or tranquilizers.
Another product is Relora It's a blend of two extracts Phellodendron
amurense and Magnolia officinalis. In a number of tests, Relora has been shown to reduce excess cortisol levels associated with stress while
improving mood and reducing stress. It acts via the brain’s GABA and serotonin systems, which are both important in controlling anxiety.
Avoid caffeine. People with anxiety disorders hyper react to stimulants, such as caffeine.
Talk to your doctor first before trying any of these.
I will ask my Lyme Doc when I see her. Since posting, I have found out that I am positive for a Lyme co-infection that is known to produce anxiety so the alternative therapy's are ones that I would like to try.
Thank you for the information
Some natural ways to calm the brain and reduce anxiety.Make it a habit and do it daily with eyes closed and there will be lots of other benefits over the longer term.
Build up your timing gradually.If you feel tired or dizzy, stop and resume after one minute.
Anulom Vilom pranayam –
Close your right nostril with thumb and deep breath-in through left nostril
then – close left nostril with two fingers and breath-out through right nostril
then -keeping the left nostril closed deep breath-in through right nostril
then - close your right nostril with thumb and breath-out through left nostril.
This is one cycle of anulom vilom.
Repeat this cycle for 20 to 30 minutes twice a day.
Children under 15 years – do 5 to 10 minutes twice a day.
You can do this before breakfast/lunch/dinner or before bedtime or in bed.Remember to take deep long breaths into the lungs.You can do this while sitting on floor or chair or lying in bed.
Bhramri Pranayam -Close eyes. Close little flap of ears with thumb,place index finger on forehead, and rest three fingers on base of nose touching eyes. Breathe in through nose. And now breathe out through nose while humming like a bee.
Repeat this 5 to 21 times.
April 24 ,2012
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