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est. 19th November 2017 by Umm Faruq

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Anxiety

​​Anxiety can be helped by a high-potency Vitamin B6 50mg supplement, in combination with Calcium 500mg and Magnesium 400mg on a daily basis.

Beneficial Herbs:

  • California poppy extract. Treats anxiety without inducing drowsiness.
  • Chamomile. German chamomile tea bag, prepared with 1 cup water. Take one cup 3 times daily. Relieves allergy and inflammation that aggravates anxiety.
  • Fennel tea. Take 1 cup before or after meals. Relieves anxiety related to gastrointestinal upset and reduces flatulence.
  • Ginger plus ginkgo. Ginger tablets. Take 3000mg twice daily with food. Ginkgo tablets take 240mg once daily. Reduces anxiety by increasing flow of oxygen and nutrients to the brain.
  • Ginseng-Panax ginseng tincture. Take as directed on the label. Helps prevent anxiety during drug withdrawal.
  • Kava. Take 60-120mg daily. Do not exceed 120mg. Relieves muscle tension and stops pain.
  • Passionflower. Tea bag, prepared with 1 cup water. Take one cup 3 times daily. A calming agent that causes less drowsiness than prescribed drugs.
  • Valerian tablets. Take 50mg 3 times daily. Relieves panic attacks at night.
  • Linden flower tea or Linden tincture, 1-3 tsp (4-12ml) with water 3 times daily. Reduces the risk of migraine attacks during periods of anxiety.
  • Avoid green tea (unless decaffeinated).

Herbs to Treat Anxiety Include:
  • Ashwaghanda Root 300mg
  • Valerian root 300-500mg half hour to 1 hour before bedtime. In the morning, 300mg.

NOTE: sometimes Valerian is combined with Passionflower or St. John's Wort in European herbal products used to treat anxiety.

Suggested Supplements to Help Anxiety:
  • Vitamin B-complex
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • 2-3 bananas daily for potassium

General Diet Guidelines:
  • Avoid sugar
  • Avoid refined foods
  • Include high fibre foods
  • Avoid caffiene
  • Drink alfalfa tea for remineralisation
  • Relaxation exercises

Basic recommendations for Anxiety:
  • Aromatherapy using essential oil of lavender. Lavender is a mild sedative that calms anxiety aggravated by caffeine consumption.
  • Reduce blood lactate production (lactate is the final product in the breakdown of blood sugar). Take 800 to 1,200 mg of calcium and magnesium supplement daily. Also take a B-complex supplement daily.
  • For insomnia that may accompany anxiety, take 500mg of the amino acid L-tyrosine 3 times daily on an empty stomach. L-tyrosine, the calming substance in warm milk, makes falling asleep easier without causing drowsiness the next day. You should not use L-tyrosine if you are taking a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor drug for depression.
  • Avoid caffeine. Drinking coffee in the morning can lead to stress all day. As simple an act as avoiding coffee for one week can sometimes bring about significant relief of symptoms.
  • Avoid sugar. Reducing your intake of sugar along with reducing caffeine consumption, can lower blood lactate production in the body.
  • Get more exercise. Both moderate and vigorous exercise are effective at reducing anxiety, but for the calming effect of vigorous exercise to take effect, it requires an after-workout period of rest. The idea of exercise is to help induce relaxation.

If changes in diet and exercise do not help, consider talking to a therapist or mental health professional.

NOTE: Most doctors treat anxiety and panic attacks with benzodiazepine tranquillizers or tricyclic antidepressants. These drugs can cause a number of side-effects. In addition, the tranquilizers carry a high potential for addiction and withdrawal can be emotionally and physically unpleasant. The antidepressants can sometimes cause the individual taking them to go from depression to manic excitement. This can make day-to-day functioning so difficult that anxiety actually becomes worse.

Panic attacks may be caused by a deficiency of alphalinolenic acid, an essential omega-3 fatty acid found in high consentrations in flaxseed oil. In one study, three out of four people with a history of agoraphobia (fear of going outdoors) improved after two to three months of taking 2 to 3 teaspoons of flaxseed oil daily. Physical signs of a deficiency of alpha-linolenic acid include dry skin, dandruff, brittle fingernails, and burning sensations in the skin.

Mineral and Trace Element Deficiencies or Imbalances Correlated with Anxiety
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Selium

Conclusion of Research on Black Seed Oil and Psychiatric Illness:
N. sativa is known to possess a wide variety of medicinal properties and has been used as a natural remedy for many diseases since ancient times. In the present article [link to full article below], neuropsychiatric effects are reviewed separately for the first time. In many animal experiments and a few clinical trials it was found to be effective in the control of pain, fever, epilepsy, Parkinsonism, anxiety, depression, toxoplasmosis, malaria and in improving memory, mood and feelings of good health. Further basic and clinical investigations are needed to confirm these observations. Isolation of the active principles and preparation of more remedies from their derivatives are, perhaps, the future targets for the development of new drugs for neurological and psychiatric diseases.

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