Natural Remedies & Nutrition : Anti-Anxiety Herbal Remedies
Natural Anxiety Relief
Beta-blockers work by "blocking" some of the effects of adrenaline, which surges through the body during stressful situations, causing "the butterflies." The drugs are very effective, but natural calming methods can help you deal with stress better in the long run, as well as help you through high-anxiety moments. My favorites:
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)This powerful herbal relaxation aid with no side effects was found to be as effective as the anxiety-relieving drug oxazepam by researchers at Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran. You can find it in tincture or capsule form in health food stores.
A cup of strong chamomile tea. Make sure the tea bags are fragrant to ensure potency and freshness, and then steep the tea for 10 minutes in a covered container. Have a cup 30 minutes before your presentation.
4-7-8 Breathing Method:This is one of the simplest ways to evoke your body's natural relaxation response. Do it a few times within 15 minutes of your presentation. While you're learning it, sit with your back straight. Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth, and keep it there throughout the exercise. Exhale through your mouth around your tongue with your lips slightly pursed. Follow these steps:
- Empty your lungs, making a whooshing sound.
- Close your mouth and inhale through your nose to a mental count of 4.
- Hold your breath for a count of 7.
- Again, blow out through your mouth, making a whooshing sound to a count of 8.
- This is one breath. Repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.
Source:ANDREW WEIL, MD, is founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and clinical professor of medicine at the University of Arizona.
Video: Herbal Anxiety Medicine
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