Anxiety is a complex condition with a combination of feelings such as apprehension, worry and fear, accompanied by sensations such as chest pain, palpitations or shortness of breath. It may either be present as a primary brain disorder, or can be associated with other conditions such as psychiatric disorders.
Herbs and alternative therapies are getting increasingly popular and are substituting prescription drugs in treating mild cases of anxiety, mainly because, herbs when used as medication do not lead to addiction or dependence and are far more safer than prescription drugs, which lead to several side effects apart from getting addicted.
Certain herbs such as those mentioned below, when manufactured in the right process, and administered in right dosages, relieves anxiety successfully.
Valerian – An extract of this herb is used for treating insomnia and anxiety. Valerian extract with 0.8% valerenic acid, as the active constituent, can be taken in doses of few hundred milligrams three or four times a day. Though long-term effects of Valerian is yet to be known, it has been proved that the herb can be safely consumed for short periods of time.
The powdered valerian root can be added to a pint of boiling water, and boiled for ten minutes, covering with a lid. Strain, and add honey to taste and drink a cup a day at bed time.
L-theanine â€“ is an amino acid that is derived from Green Tea. The herb has significant anti-anxiety effects. The best part of this herb is that it is not habit forming.Â However, while taking this formula, one must ensure that the formula contains atleast 98 or 99% pure L-theanine.
Passion Flower â€“ The extract of Passion Flower, is effective in treating anxiety. But a herbal supplement with a combination of Valerian and Passion Flower extract is said to be more effective than the herb, when taken alone.
Ashwagandha â€“ is a strengthening tonic, and can be taken one capsule twice a day or Â½ teaspoon tincture, twice a day.
Chamomile â€“ Being a gentle nervine, an ounce of blossoms can be boiled in a pint of water for fifteen minutes, strained, and consumed by adding honey.
Fennel â€“ In addition to relieving anxiety, helps in reducing related flatulence, relaxes large intestine and abdominal tension. Can be consumed as tea before and after meals, and no side effects have been reported so far.
Ginseng â€“ is a great energy booster when taken in combination with royal jelly. Add a teaspoon of royal jelly in a cup of ginseng tea and consume twice daily.