I'm new to this board. I was wondering has anyone found any natural remedy that helps with anxiety? I don't believe in conventional medicine and would rather take a holistic approach. I suspect that some nutritional deficiencies could trigger or worsen anxiety. Hyperthyroidism is often cited as a cause of anxiety and I've read that iodine could help.
Any suggestions or success stories with natural supplements?
I'm sure you'll get some other responses about holistic approaches to dealing with anxiety. I'm actually responding to your casual comment about hyperthyroidism and iodine.
Hyperthyroidism can cause anxiety (as can many other things), and many of the other symptoms of hyperthyroidism mimic those of anxiety. (Conversely, hypothyroidism offen causes depression.) If you have any reason to suspect hyperthyroidism as a contributing factor or possible cause of your anxiety--family member w/ a thyroid disorder, other symptoms--you should talk to your doctor. They would run some simple bloodtests to confirm. And one of the common treatments is radioactive iodine (not something you can get at the store), which is often administered in a hospital setting. As goodintention mentions, you cannot avoid conventional medicine if a thyroid disorder is at work.
You might read through some other threads on this board re: diet and anxiety. And there are lots of non-medicine discussions as well, about different books, therapies, breathing, meditation, etc.
Last edited by mandy26; 08-23-2007 at 02:30 PM.
I agree with Goodintention--exercise! Also, drink plenty of water and eat a healthy, balanced diet. I would also take a multi-vitamin and make sure you get enough calcium. Also, try to reduce any stress in your life as much as possible.
I went through this for a while, I am more into natural & herbal remedies although I have chosen to go on medication now.I found that chamomile helped me alot. I would drink the tea about three times a day. Brew it really strong, let it seep for about ten minutes or so that helps to bring out the medicinal qualities. Another thing is b6 & b12 vitamins help some people as well. These helped me a little but you might also want to let your doc know if it is panic attacks, xanax as needed helps and although it is medicine the side effects are rare/mild, especially if taken as needed. Good luck!
I agree that exercise is key to ridding yourself of anxiety, and of course a balanced diet staying away from caffeine (that includes colas and chocolate) and foods with a lot of sugar which can make you jittery and heighten anxiety. And contrary to popular belief smoking cigarettes actually increases your heart-rate and is a stimulant not a sedative so smoking increases anxiety.