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Can Holistic Medicine Stop a Panic Attack?

Are you one of those people who dislike using medication or drugs to treat their illnesses or disorders.  Instead, you may choose to use holistic medicine.

What is Holistic Medicine?

This is a theory of medicine that focuses on treating the body as a whole, rather than just the affected area. This theory focuses on whole body wellness, and often has a focus on spirituality as well. It typically features natural ingredients and supplements that aim to cure the root of the problem, rather than treating the symptoms like traditional medicine tends to do.

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Holistic medicine is useful in treating a wide array of symptoms and illnesses, but can it be used to stop a panic attack? Let’s take a look at what a panic attack is, and what type of holistic remedies can treat it.

What is a Panic Attack?

In short, it is a disorder in which a person is overcome by incredible strong feelings of anxiety. These attacks can be irritating and frightening, and a result of environmental stress, or can be caused by underlying problems.

There are many healthcare providers who practice natural alternative medicine. Whether you see a holistic doctor or a traditional doctor, it’s best to meet with a healthcare professional if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Extreme anxiety
  • Racing or rapid heartbeat
  • Hyperventilation or trouble breathing
  • Excessive sweating
  • Shakiness
  • Odd sensations in your extremities, such as numbness or tingling
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • A choking, closed-throat feeling
  • Tightness in your chest
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Chills
  • Hot flashes
  • Trouble gathering thoughts
  • Trouble focusing
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Feelings of lack of control
  • Urge to escape

The symptoms can be very serious, and potentially life threatening if they are the result of an underlying problem or medical condition. Fortunately, most attacks are the result of environmental factors and can be controlled with holistic medicine.

You could say that alternative medicine is useful for any type of anxiety because it employs a variety of natural, drug-free techniques to make you feel better and healthier. Let’s take a look at some natural treatments for panic or anxiety disorders.

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Natural Holistic Medicine Treatments

There are many natural treatments available for treating any type of attacks. Some of the most popular and effective include the following:

  • Herbal Supplements– Kava Kava and St. John’s Wort are very effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders. They act like a natural anti-depressant or anti-anxiety drug, and can reduce the frequency and severity of panic attacks.
  • Dietary Changes– Holistic treatments focus largely on diet, with the understanding of what we put into our bodies effects what we get out of it. That is, our food affects how we feel.

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Limiting foods such as caffeine, sugar, carbohydrates, and processed convenience foods can help control and reduce feelings of anxiety. Unfortunately, many people become addicted to caffeine without even realizing it.

Likewise, your body can become addicted to processed foods and sugar. Because of this, it is necessary to make dietary changes slowly. Start by cutting out one food a day, and watch as the health benefits manifest.

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  • Vitamins– Vitamins are other popular and effective home remedies for panic attacks. Vitamin B, Calcium, and Magnesium are all strongly recommended by holistic doctors for the whole-body health benefits they offer.  They can reduce your symptoms over time

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  • Relaxation Techniques– The best thing you can do when you feel panicked is to practice relaxation.  Techniques that you can use  include breathing techniques, meditation, or engaging in other relaxing activities like warm baths or other soothing activities that you enjoy. 

Therefore, you could say that panic attacks are completely treatable and controllable through the use of holistic alternative medicine. This natural outlook on medical care focuses on whole-body wellness and is useful in reducing symptoms that stem from environmental factors or poor lifestyle choices, such as a chemical filled diet.

By making the recommended changes, holistic medicine can help you control your panic attack symptoms, making it easier for you to live your life the way you want to, rather than the way your feelings of anxiety dictate.  I will be going into further detail on a number of these natural remedies in later articles.

The Importance of Stress Management and Relaxation

Stress Management Techniques

Learning stress management and relaxation techniques is important for anyone, no matter what age, what life circumstances they face and what work they do.  Whether you are a stay-at-home mum or someone who works from home there is the added stress of combining both work stress and family stress under the same roof. This can make common stressors like work deadlines and household duties doubly frustrating.

Some of the best stress management techniques to de-stress your life include the following:

Know Your Triggers:

know your triggers of stressBe aware of what situations make you the most stressed, and try to avoid them if you can. When stressful situations occur, try to put them into perspective. Acknowledging that a certain situation is a trigger for you is the first step in learning how to manage your stress.

Organize:

To put it simply, organize your life in a realistic way. Making lists and de-cluttering your space is the perfect way to remove clutter from your life.

Exercise:

exercise against stressFind time in your schedule for 15 to 30 minutes of exercise each day. This will help you focus your energy and work out your frustration.

Meditate:

Whether you meditate at the beginning or end of your day, it is important to take a few moments for reflection. Setting aside five minutes to sit quietly and think about your goals will make you more relaxed.

The beauty of practicing meditation is that it allows you to "let go" of every day worries and literally "live in the moment."  People who meditate regularly report improvements physically, mentally, and spiritually.

To begin a meditation practice, you will need to find a quiet spot, away from the phone, television, friends, family, and other distractions. There are several different ways to meditate.

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Meditation practices often involve learning chanting, breathing, or mantra techniques. Initially, your mind may wander when you first start meditating. By training your mind to focus on the moment, you will eventually find yourself transformed and feel very peaceful and content. Most experts recommend mediating for about 20 to 30 minutes at a time. Beginners may find it difficult to meditate for this length at first, but don't despair. It will become easier once you are meditating regularly.

 

Advantages of Stress Management Techniques

  • Health Benefits

     

     

     

     

    health benefitsReducing stress, by learning to think clearly and focus on your goals, leads to increased energy to do other things that you want to do, and even leads to better sleep.  Other health benefits from stress management can include weight loss, an improved immune system, better blood pressure, overall heart health and better memory.  All of these benefits are great individually, but when combined, they form the best health benefit of all – a longer life.

  • Improved Relationships

When you are stressed, your family feels the effects of that stress, and it is common to take out some of your anger and frustration on your family. Your family can feel like they are walking through a mine field, never knowing when your stress level will trigger an explosion of frustration. If you reduce stress and relax more, you will be happier, and in turn, your family will be happier.

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No matter what career path you have chosen, knowing the importance of stress management and relaxation techniques is vital. Being able to maintain your stress level not only will improve the quality of your work, but also will improve the quality of your life.

Do you find it difficult to unwind at the end of the day?  Do you often stress over those little things which mean that sleeping will be difficult?  Then try this relaxing video which will help anyone who is feeling anxious or stressed.  It uses relaxing piano music to help you relax at the end of a hard day.

I hope that you like this original piano music…

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