Alternatives to medication? Supplements?

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   Posted 6/10/2009 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys, I have recently been having some anxiety issues and would like to avoid going on medication.

My question for you all is: Do you take any supplements or natural products to help with your anxiety? If so, what do you use?

How effective is it?

What exactly do you suffer from mostly (anxiety, ocd, gad, panic)?

And, is there anything you do not like about it?

If you guys could answer those few questions for me that would really help me out, thanks!

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   Posted 6/10/2009 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello! I take medication. I haven't always, but I got tired of waking up to anxiety every day and began taking meds.

There are many vitamins you can try. I would call your local pharmacist and ask them. I would stay away from St. John's Wort and Ginseng. Those tend to make my heart go crazy plus they can be deadly if mixed with certain medications.

Others will come along and give you some suggestions. I take a vitamin for my hair and I've bought Omega 3 but haven't begun taking it yet.

I have generalized anxiety disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. Let us know what you find that helps!
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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 6/10/2009 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't fall'n into the fad of natural supplements that supposedly work. I've read many websites and done some research. Some things help calm you down. But they also depend on your personality and activity on if you will even notice a difference.

Aries mentioned Ginseng. Which is actually a supplement that is supposed to help you lose weight. It also ups your metabolism which can and probably would make you much more jittery. Some people drink it straight to stay awake. Because of its natural caffeine type behavior. St Johns wort is know very well for racing heart and jittery feelings.

Things like chamomile tea are supposed to be relaxing along with the smell of lavender. Omega 3 is good for your body. But I'm not sure how it effects anxiety. As it is a fatty oil that your body needs. I know it helps reduce bad cholesterol. Which you can get naturally by eating a healthy amount of fish.

I personally can not stand the smell of lavender and I don't like tea as it has a natural caffeine in it and it sets my anxiety off worse then drinking coffee.

Yoga and meditation help. As anxiety is a mental problem and mind over matter works. But takes a very strong willed person to master meditation. Yoga is great if you have no physical problems that would prevent you from doing a full yoga routine.

I have anxiety,ocd,panic, gad, social, agoraphobia, and TMJ.

I don't like anything about it. LOL. But I'm 26 years into my struggle with this. And I'm only 34. I've tried many things taken many meds. And am feeling at this point nothing but myself can battle this. I use self talk and journals. Once I get my back problem figured out and fixed I'll be adding more exercises to my routine.

I will say that I do feel 10x better with a health diet and exercise along with limited caffeine intake. Keeping my blood sugar in the normal range instead of on a roller coaster not only helps me mentally but physically as well.

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   Posted 6/10/2009 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to HealingWell. Here is a link to our bookstore and the books listed are about natural supplements.


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   Posted 6/10/2009 10:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Well my naturalpath gave me supplements which have seemed to help on top of rescue remedy which is avaailable in spray or lozengers.The supplement is called catecholacalm...its seems to be loaded with all the b's plus valerian root, passion flower and taurine. there are many options alsao I changed diet which has caffeine at all including chocolate lots of protein and complex carbs.
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