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Hypnotherapy for Anxiety Treatment

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What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy has been used on many people dealing with anxiety or panic attacks.  For some, this form of treatment is very effective in reducing the number of attacks experienced each month.  This type of therapy approaches the triggers for the attacks, psychological symptoms as well as the physical symptoms associated with these anxiety attacks.

If you feel that you would benefit from hypnotherapy, you will need to find someone who is experienced in this type of therapy especially for anxiety and panic attacks.  There are many different types of hypnotherapies and someone who knows how to approach this specific area is important as it specifically deals with the psychological as well as the physical symptoms of the disorder.

Hypnotherapy – Psycholgical

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This type of therapy will help you reduce the number of anxiety and panic attacks you experience by working with your unconscious and how it deals with anxiety provoking situations.  The hypnotherapist will put you in a relaxed and vulnerable state. 

Once you are in this state, the hypnotherapist will suggest ways to decrease anxiety in a way that your unconscious will respond.  They will be able to teach your subconscious to resist anxiety when you are faced with something that causes you fear and worry.

If there is a specific situation or object that causes your panic attacks, hypnotherapy will help you release the fear that you experience with this situation or object.  This seems to be more effective than medication for some people because it trains your unconscious to not respond to the situation or the object in a fearful or worrisome manner. 

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The hypnotherapist can go over a situation in detail and when you begin to feel anxious they can bring your anxiety back down to a controllable level.  When this is done a few times, it teaches your body what to do when you encounter that situation again. While bringing your anxiety down to a controllable level, it will also bring the physiological responses your body goes through when confronted with an anxious situation down as well.

Hypnotherapy – Physical

Hypnotherapy as an anxiety treatment can reduce and alleviate the physical symptoms you experience during a panic attack.  The hypnotherapist will approach your physical symptoms just like they approach the psychological.  They will bring you to a relaxed state and then review a situation or object in full detail so that you begin to feel anxious.  When your level of anxiety has reached a heightened point, the therapist will bring your anxiety back down and focus on your physical symptoms. 

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When you are having an anxiety or panic attack, your heart may race, you may have heart palpitations, sweat, hot flashes or chills.  You may also experience nausea, headaches, stomach upset as well as other bodily issues.  The hypnotherapist will tell you to breathe to get your heart rate back down and calm other physiological reactions.  By calming you while you are in the midst of having an uncontrollable reaction, it will train your body to calm itself when confronted with a panic situation.

How Long Should Treatment Take?

A typical course of hypnotherapy may require from one to five visits (lasting 45 minutes to an hour each), depending on your individual response to hypnosis, the medical condition involved, and your response to treatment. The therapist's role is to teach you how to access the trance state on your own. Once you've learned how to do this, you can start using self-hypnosis on a regular basis to maximize your healing potential.

This type of therapy as an anxiety treatment can help those who have severe and frequent anxiety and panic attacks.  Some people find taking medication as well as seeing a hypnotherapist can significantly reduce their symptoms.  Others only need to see a hypnotherapist to reduce the number of attacks they experience.  You can find a hypnotherapist for panic attacks by contacting your healthcare professional.

Watch a professional clinical hypnotherapist demonstrate the move towards a hypnotic state with this patient.  Learn more about hypnotherapy by viewing this video.

Herbal Medicine for Anxiety

Using herbal medicine for anxiety and panic attacks can sometimes be just as effective as using prescribed medications.  This type of natural remedy can also sometimes be better for you and have fewer side effects than anti-depressants. 

Can Herbal Medicine Replace Anti-depressants?

natural remedies for anxietyThe main types of conventional medication can often cause you to have many physical side effects such as dry mouth, constipation, sexual problems, drowsiness, heart palpitations and more.  Some anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications can even cause more anxiety, which doesn’t help prevent the occurrence of anxiety and panic attacks.

That is why using natural remedies avoids the burden of these side effects. It also has the added advantage of  helping you feel calm.  Because many of these natural medications are not approved by the FDA, you may experience some effects from them, but generally you could say that if there are side affects they are not severe. At the same time, it is a good idea to be aware of your reactions and discontinue use if you feel any negative effects.

When thinking about choosing naturall remedies for anxiety, it is important to consider the advantages as well as the disadvantages.

Types of Herbal Medicine You can Try

The most common herbal remedies for anxiety are lemon balm, lavender and passiflora. These types of  herbal medicine have been used for many years in helping people relax.  Sometimes these herbs can be found combined with other herbs but these are the main ones that directly affect your mood and behavior.

  • Lemon balm is used for many purposes including antibacterial solutions as well as in teas.  It has been found that lemon balm is a mild sedative which will produce a calming effect.  Because of the sedation and calm effect lemon balm produces, it is an excellent herbal remedy for stress and helping with the frequency of panic attacks.
  • Lavender  is a well-known herb found in many countries. It contains active ingredients such as tannins, coumarins, flavonoids, triterpenoids and volatile oil and is used for many purposes such as helping people heal from wounds.  It also is best known for its soothing properties and as a tonic to support the nervous system – useful for those who experience stress and anxiety.   Lavender has been known to help people fall asleep and stay asleep – and we all know how a restful night’s sleep can help combat stress
  • Passiflora leaves are used to make tea and this tea is effective for those who suffer from insomnia or intense anxiety.  Passiflora can even help those who experience epilepsy in reducing the frequency of epileptic episodes.  The unique component of this herbal medicine is that it contains beta-carboline harmala alkaloids.  Beta-carboline harmala alkaloids are found in the class of antidepressants MAOIs which are commonly used for anxiety and panic attacks.

Homeopathic Natural Remedies for Anxiety

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Pure Calm is a homeopathic remedy that uses a combination of herbs. It is made up of Lemon Balm, Lavender, and Passiflora incarnate (Passion Flower).  It provides calmness, a sense of balance in emotions, and makes you feel less stressed and pressured in dealing with your normal day to day life events.  You will feel less frustrated, less on edge and less irritable.  It has been known to lower anxiety to the point of decreasing episodes of panic attacks.

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Another one of the popular herbal supplements used for panic attacks is called Panicyl.  The ingredients found in this natural remedy are Ashwaganda, Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid, L-Theanine, Korean Ginseng (Panax), L-Tyrosine, 5-Hydroxy Tryptophan, Rhodiola Rosea, and Vinpocetine.  These ingredients work together to balance the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine in your brain that is responsible for mood and behavior.  This helps lessen anxiety.

St. John’s Wart is another popular natural remedy.  It has been found to significantly reduce the amount of anxiety people experience if taken on a regular basis.  St. John’s Wart like other natural remedies may not be taken with some medication.  Consult with your doctor to see if it is okay to start using it.

.herbsDo I Need to Consult my Medical Practitioner?

Before taking any herbal medicine, it is important to discuss your decision with your doctor.  He/she will be able to share their thoughts on natural remedies for anxiety. You will also need to inform your doctor of all the prescribed medications and other remedies you are taking.  Some natural remedies for anxiety will interact with other medications and sometimes can cause them not to work as effectively.  This can be a problem if you are taking  medication that you need for your health as it can also intensify any side effects you may experience. 

Does Herbal Medicine do What it Claims to do?

Today everyone is cashing in on the alternative medicine market. Unfortunately because the market is not well regulated, you need to be careful when you are buying products that claim medicinal qualities.  Obviously the best procedure would be to grow your own herbs, although this is not practical for most people. 

Tips on Buying Herbal Medicine

  • avoid buying whole dried herbs from jars in shops as dried plants deteriorate upon exposure to air, light and moisture
  • only buy herbal products that list their ingredient.
  • be aware that some herbs from China have been contaminated with toxic metals

Overall it could be said that herbal medicine is effective and easily accessible.  You do not need a prescription which means that you can purchase it without having to call in for refills.  Natural remedies for anxiety are also known to have fewer side effects than antidepressant medications.These remedies work a lot like anti-depressant medications but in a natural way. It is important to be aware of any changes in your mood, behavior or other side effects and discuss them with your doctor if they become bothersome.

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Are Natural Remedies a Pill for Every ill?

The Truth About Natural Remedies

Can we be confident that natural remedies sold in pharmacies, supermarkets or health food stores can back up evidence to support their claims.  Generally speaking when we are looking at natural remedies for “depression” we also need to have evidence to prove the products’ claims.

Unfortunately, when you look at labels on many depression products, many do not mention the word “depression”. Some products list symptoms linked to depression for which the product may be a useful remedy, such as “low mood”, and “feelings of sadness and/or tearfulness”.

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Making a claim about testing or managing depression would be considered very strong and would need to have the highest level of evidence from clinical studies.

Many times this would involve considerable trouble and expense, and often from the company’s point of view, unnecessary.  This is particularly so for many products where the benefits are widely known and consequently the company involved does not bother going to the extra expense.  For example, St John’s Wort is commonly known as a natural treatment for anxiety symptoms.

Is there a Need for Tighter Legislation for Natural Remedies?

Unlike conventional medicine, complementary medicines have not traditionally been subjected to the same level of pre-market evaluation for effectiveness. The same holds true for post-market surveillance.  This generally occurs randomly or when there is a problem with either a product or a manufacturer.

Could it be said that this lack of transparency would be unacceptable from manufacturers of conventional medicines?  Could it be said, that if pharmaceutical companies were to deliberately withhold research findings and a serious health problem occurred, the company, when discovered would be financially ruined.

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Scandal of the Thalidomide Drug –  Could this Occur With Natural Remedies 

Thalidomide first entered the German market in 1957 as an over-the-counter remedy as a sedative to cure anxiety and insomnia.  It was advertised as ‘completely safe’ for everyone, including mothers, children and ‘even pregnancy’.  Doctors discovered that it helped morning sickness and started recommending its use to pregnant mothers.

In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s more than 10,000 infants in 46 countries were born with malformation of the limbs, 40% of these children surviving.  The drug was finally banned in 1962.  Consequently, a massive compensation payout by the company to the individuals followed.

At the time clinical trials did not require FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) approval. This tragedy helped develop great changes in the FDA.   Today legislation has tightened the restrictions and approval for drugs sold in the US.  Drug manufacturers now had to prove that they were both safe and effective before they were on the shelves.

Today drug approval can take between eight and twelve years, involving animal testing and tightly regulated human trials, although some argue that human testing is inadequate.

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In 2004 the drug company Merck recalled the pain reliever Vioxx from the market because it was found to increase the risk of blood clots in patients.  While evidence predicted these effects in 1996, the company chose not to conduct human trials on the drug because animal tests supported its safety.  Because Vioxx remained on the market it is estimated that as many as 27,000 patients may have died.

A Need For Regulation in Natural Remedies is Essential

This is necessary if we do not want to see a repeat of these tragedies. In Australia the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) requires sponsors of listed medicines, including alternativel medicine, to hold evidence for claims and indications they make about their products.  However, these companies have not actually had to produce it until someone asks.

Unfortunately the regulatory system is failing to adequately protect consumers.  This also means that it also is failing to assist those companies who follow the correct guidelines.

Because I am a passionate believer in what natural therapies can do for your health, it is unfortunate that if natural alternative medicine is going to be taken seriously in the community, there needs to be proper, strict guidelines for genuine evidence.

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Any substantial claims should be backed up with good quality scientific evidence based on clinical trials showing the product’s effectiveness. Regulations need to be strictly enforced so consumers know that we are buying natural remedies that are worth the money and cure what they say.  We indeed do not want to see a repeat of the 1960’s Thalidomide tragedy, but this time, in the alternativel medicine market.