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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…

Why not try St John’s Wort before trying anti-depressants?  It has natural ingredients and is a great alternative remedy to treat depression.  Click Here!
 

 

New Wonder Anxiety Treatment Drug-Chocolate

chocolate the new anxiety treatment drug Is anxiety treatment the area of a medical doctor to prescribe you that little pill? This is not always the case. Are you like the majority of people who gets a happy mood boost whenever you enjoy a bar of chocolate? Then believe it – there is a chemical reason! So help yourself against your anxiety and make yourself feel good once again … and yes, reach for that chocolate bar.

The New Anxiety Treatment Drug

More and more health information is being shown that chocolate not only makes you feel good, but is good for your mind and body as well. In fact a study in the American Chemical Society (ACS) showed that one-and-a-half ounces of dark chocolate a day for 2 weeks reduced stress hormone levelsIt was found that the highly stressed volunteers of the study had lower levels of the ‘fight-or’flight’ stress hormone, cortisol at the end of the study.   Why Dark Chocolate is Good for Anxiety Treatment and for You? Not only is dark chocolate a few delicious moments of indulgence, it now has been proven that it consists of five chemical compounds that may be good for you.

  •  Dark chocolate contains resveratrol which not only protects your brain and nervous system, but actually prolongs your life
  • Dark chocolate provides antioxidant polyphenols that neutralize free radicals which can reduce processes associated with the developments of chronic, degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, heart disease and cancer
  • Dark chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine which have been shown to produce higher levels of physical energy and mental alertness while at the same time lowering blood pressure in women. Health information studies also show that this caffeine component can also reduce inflammation in the brain that causes migraines.
  • Dark chocolate contains epicatechin which may protect the brain from injuries such as strokes
  • Dark chocolate contains anandadamide which is a neurotransmitter in the brain that temporarily blocks feelings of pain and anxiety

natural remedies for panic attacksThe scientist, Daniele Piomeli from the University of California found that the anandamide, the chemical reason as why you feel ‘bliss’ can also can help in memory and higher thought processes in areas that control movement.  Anandamide has also been compared to the sensation you might get from marijuana, but much, much, much milder than a ‘high’.

Are all Chocolates ‘Bliss’ or an Alternative Medicine?

nutritional benefits of cocoaThe simple answer is yes. However, when selecting chocolate, the closer your cocoa is to its natural raw state, the higher its nutritional value. Ideally, your chocolate or cocoa should be eaten raw (cacao).  However, cacao is fairly bitter, and the higher the percentage cacao, the more bitter it is. That’s why manufacturers remove the flavanols which make the chocolate bitter. But, it’s those flavanols that are responsible for many of chocolate’s health benefits. And that is why many manufacturers make it more palatable by adding sugar and chemicals. When purchasing chocolate, always check the ingredients on the back label. If the chocolate has sugar additives such as cane sugar, malt, maple, honey, dates, rice syrup, tapioca syrup, coconut sugar, molasses or fructose, it’s not going to be nutritional. And the same holds true for chocolates made with sugar alcohol or artificial sweeteners, which are known for their bloating, digestive disrupting and toxic side effects. anxiety treatment - try chocolateMilk chocolate equally is not a good choice as it contains pasteurized milk and large amounts of sugar. White chocolate is also high in sugar and contains none of the phytonutrients, so is not a good choice either. Therefore the best alternative medicine option is the dark chocolate. Your goal then is to find a chocolate that’s as minimally processed as possible, but still palatable. You don’t want to eliminate too many of the health benefits by eating a product that contains a lot of sugar and chemicals. Ideally choose chocolate with a cocoa/cacao percentage of about 70 or higher. health information on dark chocolate  If you can tolerate the flavor of raw cacao, then that’s the absolute best option.

 How Much Chocolate is Good for Anxiety Treatment?

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to indulging yourself with chocolate. But here are some basic guidelines.

  • Generally you should eat smaller amounts of chocolate more frequently, giving a gradual flow of nutrients in your bloodstream.
  • According to Dr. Golomb, studies show people eating chocolate more than five times per week have a lower body mass index. But then again, if you eat chocolate 20 times a day, you’re going to have a problem with your waist size. Remember like anything, don’t go to the extreme.
  • Daily consumption (two to three times per day) is probably beneficial, as long as you aren’t overdoing it in quantity, and as long as you’re eating high quality chocolate.

Health Information on Chocolate

Could it be said that chocolate is nutritionally valuable?  There is no simple answer. It depends on your insulin sensitivity, your activity level, your overall health, and the particular composition of the chocolate you’re eating. You are the best judge here. Feeling good is important and no one should have to live with anxiety. You need to be able to feel good about who you are and what you are feeling. With the right anxiety treatment and with a little bit of extra dark chocolate ‘indulgence’, you can get to where you want to be and not have to worry about taking mind numbing anxiety drugs that many physicians prescribe.   

 And the best thing is that chocolate is a great alternative medicine where you don’t first need to talk to your health care provider to indulge … but WARNING, don’t over-indulge!   

 

 

 

 

Healthy Eating a Natural Remedy

Healthy Eating to Stop Anxiety & Panic Attacks a Natural Remedy

 

Prescription drugs are too often the treatment of choice for most people suffering from anxiety and panic attacks.  Often these drugs although often effective to a certain degree, present potential side effects and dangers over the long term. 

 

It is for this reason that before you do anything, look at your lifestyle and look at your diet. A hectic modern lifestyle can be difficult for both adults and children.  Activities such as work deadlines, interviews, school activities and social gatherings do not make life any easier.  However, having a healthy diet can help reduce feelings of stress, tension and nervousness? 

 

There are foods that help anxiety, but it also important to realize that there are foods that can contribute to your anxiety and panic attacks.  Let’s take a look at the healthy food but at the same time, understand that fried foods, high glycemic carbs, processed foods, unrefined sugars and alcoholic beverages may have a calming affect short term, but cannot help you when you are suffering from anxiety.

 

Foods That Cure Anxiety

 

Whole Grain Foods

These are not only good for your heart but can also have a calming effect on your mind.  They contain magnesium and tryptophan, both having a powerful effect on anxiety. In fact the Mayo Clinic recommends eating complex carbs such as brown rice, whole wheat bread and whole grain pasta to boost your brain’s production of serotonin, one of the ‘feel good’ chemicals that fights anxiety and helps you feel more in control.  So instead of reaching for those tempting simple carbs, like sugary delights when you are feeling anxious, grab a handful of whole grain crackers or perhaps a baked sweet potato instead.  

 

Berries

These are not only delicious fruit but are considered superfoods. Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries all contain natural antioxidants and vitamin C, which help regulate and prevent increases in cortisol levels.  Cortisol is a stress hormone produced by your adrenal glands, and if too high can activate your stress response, raising your heart rate and blood pressure.  According to the Mayo Clinic, long–term effects of high levels of cortisol can increase your risk of heart disease, depression and sleep disorders.

 

Chocolate

This is a great comfort food. But, instead of indulging on that bar of milk chocolate, enjoy the healthier alternative pure dark chocolate without the added sugars or milks.  This can lower your levels of that stress hormone cortisol, as well as the harmful norepinephrine and epinephrine that can make you feel anxious, moody and panicky.  It also stimulates those ‘feel good’ chemicals that make you feel better. 

 

Almonds

Almonds contain zinc, a key nutrient for maintaining a balance mood, as well as containing both iron and healthy fats.  Healthy fats are important in a balanced diet, whilst low iron levels have been known to cause brain fatigue, which can contribute to both anxiety and low energy levels.

 

Fish

When you are feeling anxious it is a good idea to make sure that your diet includes more of the omega-3 fatty acids which fish provides.  These types of fats do wonders for your body and your mind.  For those who are not seafood lovers, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and soybeans also include these wonderful fatty acids. Do not confuse the omega-3 acids with the harmful omega-6 fatty acids found in vegetable oils.  These can increase inflammation in the brain and cause mood imbalance. 

 

Herbal Tea

Recent studies have shown that there are a lot of calming teas that can help settle a worried or anxious mind.  In particular chamomile tea has been around for centuries and is well-known as a remedy for anxiety and insomnia. 

 

Natutal Remedies to Master Your own Destiny

Be a master of your own destiny by following these natural remedies to reach the pinnacle of your life experience.

 

Think-Positive

"SOMETIMES WE FEEL THAT SOMETHING IN OUR LIFE ISN'T RIGHT BUT WE FIND IT TOO OVERWHELMING TO MAKE CHANGES"

Do A Reality Check

Scan your life. Think of it as taking your car in for a service. Simply ask youreself what's feeling good and what isn't.

TRY THIS as a Natural remedy. "Choose the thing that will make the biggest difference and work on that first".

Picture It

This step clarifies what your ideal is – what are you doing in that ideal world of yours? Biuld a clear picture of what you want.

TRY THIS: "Imagine six months into the future: where are are, who is with you, how you feel, what you can see and what you are thinking. Then write a detailed  VISION STATEMENT ".All of which are  great natural remedies to strive for natural healing.

Raise Your Awarenes

We feel things that are not comfortable but we endure those feelings. Become aware of self-limiting thoughts so you can do something about them.

TRY THIS: "Idendify your personal myth – the story you live by that colors your perceptions about yourself and what is possible".

Weigh Up Your Options

People feel the life they have is what they have been given. Think about the options at your disposal – What could I do to make this change happen? This is the strategic planning phase in one part of natural remedies for self help.

TRY THIS: "Counter self-defeating thoughts with positive staements. Don't think " I am afraid I will be alone" THINK " I will be FINE ON MY OWN."

Commit To Change

A lot of us do not persit at making change happen! That inner voice says. "I can't". Canging your mindset is also difficult and we have to persist to change taht thought pattern.

TRY THIS: " Repeat new , positive thoughts to yourself in the shower, in the car, going to work, waiting to pick up the children from school and anywhere you are by yourself". It comes down to Natural Remedies without drugs!! Changing your minset. Think POSITIVE,POSITIVE,POSITIVE.

Celebrate Success With Natural Remedies

Acknowlege small wins and use them as motivation for the next change. [It’s] proof that things work.

TRY THIS: "List how things have changed, what actionds you took, how your feelings are and new strenghts you have identified".

 

Practice Mind Patrol

You have made a change but you can slide backwards, and you need to kep up the good work. Did that inner voice stop you saying or doing something?

TRY THIS: "One of the key elements in natural remedies is staying on MIND PATROL so you can stop negative, anxious or angry thinking in its tracks. Work out what is behind the unhelpful thoughts, note it down and write the positive flipside of those thoughts".

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