- Social Anxiety
- Panic disorders
- Generalized Anxiety disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Seperation Anxiety
In the United States 18.1% of our population suffers with some form of anxiety. That is 45 million people.(NIMH)
- Passion Flower- In 1569, Spanish explorers discovered passionflower in Peru. They believed the flowers symbolized Christ’s passion and indicated his approval for their exploration. Passionflower is found in combination herbal products used as a sedative for promoting calmness and relaxation. Other herbs contained in these products include German chamomile, hops, kava, skullcap, and valerian. (http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-871-passionflower.aspx?activeingredientid=871)
- Valarian- “Scientists have found that valerian root increases the amount of a chemical called gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA helps regulate nerve cells and calms anxiety. Drugs such as alprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium) also work by increasing the amount of GABA in the brain. The valerenic acid and valerenol contained in valerian root extract act as anti-anxiety agents. (5) It’s pretty amazing that a herbal remedy like valerian root can have the same anti-anxiety effects of prescription drugs without all the serious side effects of psychotropic drugs.” (https://draxe.com/valerian-root/)
- Kava Kava- Kava is a traditional drink in the South Pacific that promotes quick relaxation and is used in numerous rituals and ceremonies. (http://bebrainfit.com/kava-for-anxiety/). It’s also sold as an herbal remedy for anxiety, stress, and insomnia. Consuming kava may induce a mild sedation and euphoria, a numbing effect and enhanced social interaction. It is prepared in various forms, such as grinding the plant or brewing its roots. It’s believed the roots contain chemicals that may treat anxiety. The active ingredients of the plant are compounds called kavalactones. “These chemicals have similar effects to medications such as Xanax, which are used to treat anxiety and panic disorders.” (http://www.livescience.com/34497-kava-anxiety-treatment.html)
- Inositol- Inositol is a carbohydrate and vitamin substance that the body can produce in small amounts. It is found naturally in certain fruits, lecithin, brown rice, meats and whole grains, but the amounts present in food are typically not enough to produce anti-anxiety effects.
Traditional Chinese Medicine offers many many herbal formulations for Anxiety. The most common formula that we recommend is a combination of 2 formulas. Calm Spirit and Ease Plus.
- Calm Spirit- a modified version of Ding Xin Wan. This formulation alleviates anxiety, depression, anger, insomnia, restlessness, dizziness, spontaneous sweating, and constipation due to stress. This formula works by treating the Heart Zang, it calms the spritit, nourishes the blood, nourishes the heart yin and moistens the intestines.
- Ease Plus- is a modified Bupleurum and Dragon Bone also called Chai Hu Mu Li Long Gu Tang. This formulas therapeutic action is to treat nervousness, insomnia, emotional distress and headache. It mainly treats the effects of anxiety on the gut. It works by invigorating the Liver Qi, sedates the Liver Yang, tonifies the Spleen and Calms the Shen.
- Min-Chex- Min-Chex is a combination of minerals and synergistic factors designed to support the nervous system.
If you struggle with anxiety, or one of its nasty little friends, there are many, holistic solutions available. Call Pulse, or go to www.pulseholistichealth.com and book an appointment with a practitioner.