Top Herbal Remedies For Anxiety Revealed
The nervous system is impacted by excitations and inhibitions on a constant basis. The more abrupt violations of ‘excitations-inhibitions’ relationship you experience, the more likely you will be taken ill with some kind of disease. Fortunately, the planet takes care by its inhabitants by giving birth to plants that provide a calming effect, eliminating the phenomenon of excessive excitation of the nervous system. Mentioned below described the natural remedies for anxiety boasting a considerable sedative action, also applied in case of nervousness, insomnia and the initial stages of hypertension.
Since the late 1980s – early 1990s, first in Western Europe, and then in the United States the extract St. John’s wort has been paving its way to the leadership positions among a variety of antidepressants – first in the form of concentrated teas, then tablets, capsules, pills and drinking solutions. The unparalleled antidepressant effect of St. John’s wort was discovered in Germany. In 1987 Germans held the first clinical study of the drug on the basis of Hypericum. The research involved of 304 patients with depressive disorders of neurotic level. The results of the trial state that in 58% of cases there was a complete and 37% almost complete reduction of depressive and anxiety symptoms.
The next comprehensive study carried out in 1992 were already included 504 patients with masked depression, neurasthenia and other forms of neurosis, vegetative-vascular dystonia and chronic fatigue syndrome. 80% of patients evaluated the results of therapy as ‘good and ‘excellent’ and 97% patients underwent treatment without any side effects. The interest in a natural antidepressant kept on growing, and St. John’s wort preparations started to hit the shelves in Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Spain and USA.
Gradually increasing the concentration of of hypericum, the preparation is prescribed to treat mild-moderate depression conditions, as well as anxiety and insomnia. So, in 1994, doctors in Germany have assigned 64 million of doses of Hypericum; in 1999 in Germany and Austria, St. John’s wort preparations were officially approved for use in depression, anxiety and insomnia.
Importantly, in the treatment of mild and moderate depressions, according to numerous comparative studies of hypericum preparations and synthetic antidepressants, St. John’s wort-based preparations are almost equal to pharmaceutical preparations in terms of efficiency, and on the criteria of safety and tolerability the natural remedies outperform the competitors.
Despite a large number of clinical studies carried out, the mechanisms of action of St. John’s wort have not been clarified yet. According to most authors, the main anti-depressant activity belongs to hypericin, pseudohypericin and hyperforin. It is believed that these substances affect the exchange of serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine and gamma-aminobutyric acid, thus creating the desired effect. It is also claimed that St. John’s wort has a clear therapeutic effect in the treatment of anxiety, vegetative-vascular syndromes of various origins and psychosomatic disorders.
Other herbal remedies for anxiety – a brief overview
Valeriana officinalis, another noteworthy rep of herbal remedies for anxiety, provides a regulating effect on the nervous system and neuro-muscular system of the heart, promotes the expansion of coronary vessels, normalizes blood circulation, strengthens motor function of the intestine and inhibits the fermentation processes in the body. In addition, the plant has a well-pronounced antispasmodic effect. Valeriana officinalis is typically prescribed in the form of tincture of the root or rhizome (at the rate of 1 part of the plant to 30 parts of water), alcoholic tinctures and extracts. Some suggest taking a notorious in the form of a beverage: 10 g of crushed root is brewed with boiling water and infused overnight. Leave no gaps between the cover and the glass (thus, the bottom of a lid should come into contact with the liquid). Filter the liquid and take the infusion during the day. By the way, valeriana has a favorable therapeutic effect in treating diseases with increased thyroid function.
Finding itself among the most powerful herbal remedies for anxiety, melissa officinalis is valued for a pronounced sedative, anticonvulsant and enhanced cardiac properties. Using melissa officinalis in patients suffering from heart disease contributes to elimination of pain sensations and breath shortness; it reduces the heart rate and decreases blood pressure, while the pulse becomes more scarce. Melissa officinalis is also prescribed in the form of herbal tea: the cold extract acts like refreshing drink, while hot infusion represents a stunning diaphoretic remedy that improves metabolism, especially in case of dizziness and delayed menstruation.
Mugwort, known as artemisia vulgaris in medical circles, contains essential oils, vitamins, slimy, resinous and tannins. The plant provides a mild sedative and anticonvulsant effect. Motherwort regulates the functional state of the central nervous system and has a calming effect in case of cardioneurosis and hypertension.
Common hop, or humulus lupulus, is used as a sedative remedy; it represents an anti-inflammatory agent and acts as a diuretic in cystitis. The hop cones infusion stimulates appetite, enhances digestion, provides a diuretic, hypnotic, anticonvulsant and analgesic effect. The plant should be taken with caution especially in men – the infusion may reduce sexual activity.
Chamomile, or matricaria chamomilla, assists in leveling nervousness that occurrs during the day. Apigenin, a noteworthy substance in chamomile, boasts the ability to remove and even prevent stress. However, matricaria chamomilla infusions should also be taken with caution to steer clear of the unwanted allergic reactions. The large quantities of chamomile should not be used in treatment of pregnant women and the individuals prone to diarrhea.
Natural remedies for anxiety: the achillea effect
Achillea millefolium is most frequently used to treat kidney and gall bladder diseases as well as reduce inflammations. However, the plant is also fairly included in the list of powerful natural remedies for anxiety. To press for a pronounced relaxing effect, one tablespoon of plant is brewed in a cup of boiling water for half an hour and then strained. Taking the tincture is recommended at a dosage of 1 tablespoon 3 times a day before meals.