It is well known that each year, millions of ordinary people are prescription anxiety therapy medications to curb feelings of anxiety. These medications have a huge list of negative side effects. So is there an anxiety therapy that controls anxiety without these antianxiety drugs?
St.John’s Wort is prescribed in Europe preferably over prozac or any other SSRI depression medication. Because depression and anxiety go hand in hand, doctors often prescribe regular SSRI antidepressants also to moderate and treat anxiety. St.John’s wort has a proven track record. Regardless of any negative reviews you may have read anywhere, this herb has been proven as an effective means to treat depression and anxiety. In general, results for European patients using St.John’s wort has been 80% favorable whereas standard SSRI’s only 60% for treatment of anxiety and depression.
What’s even worse, standard SSRI’s and benzodiazepine tranquilizers usually cause side effects such as foggy thinking, fatigue, memory loss, hair loss, sleep disturbances, loss of sex drive and so much more! Benzodiazepine tranquilizers are also notorious for being highly addictive and widely abused. Daily exercise and a low-fat, healthy diet rich with fruits, vegetables and organic foods help fortify the body against the effects of stress.
If you are experiencing undesirable side effects from your current anxiety therapy then consider talking to your doctor about herbal remedies. St.John’s wort works for sleep disorders also and lowers levels of cortisol and enhances the activity of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a naturally occurring tranquilizer in the brain.
So what’s the only drawback to St.John’s wort as an effective anxiety therapy? The antianxiety effect can take up to four weeks to kick in. The recommended daily dosage is 300mg , three times daily. The only reported side effect that’s common is skin sensitivity to sunlight. People with fair skin should use extra sun protection and try to avoid the sun as much as possible while on this herbal anxiety therapy.
Do not take St.John’s wort within four weeks of taking an SSRI antidepressant medication. Taking St.John’s wort with an SSRI has been known to cause delirium.
Valerian has been an often helpful anxiety therapy herbal treatment when anxiety interferes with the ability to fall asleep or staying asleep throughout the night. Valerian works by reducing the amount of time it takes to fall asleep, just as with typical dangerous sleep medications such as Ambien. Unlike these drugs, valerian produces an entirely “natural” sleep, is non-addictive won’t make you feel drugged-up, so to speak.
Typical dosage of valerian is 900 mg one hour before bedtime. If you have severe insomnia, valerian can take up to a week to provide relief, however, with no dangerous side effects as with prescribed medications. Choose only standardizes herbal extracts, which will deliver the active ingredient in precise amounts. With St.John’s wort, look for a product with 0.3% hypericin and Valerian 0.8% valerenic acid.
If you’ve been on traditional anxiety therapy I’m sure you’ve seen a few really undesirable side-effects, which is why this herbal option should be considered more often as an effective means of controlling anxiety and offering natural anxiety therapy without the nasty side effects.