Natural Remedies For Panic Attacks
Suddenly you experience a racing or pounding heartbeat, or a feeling that you can’t catch your breath. You've got flushes or chills, tingling in the hands, feet or arms, jumpiness, or an irrational fear that you’re dying or going crazy – and the feeling comes on without warning and without reason. What’s going on? You’re probably experiencing a panic attack – and you’re not the only one. According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, over four million Americans suffer from panic attacks.
Here’s the good news: Even though panic attacks can be terrifying, they’re not dangerous and there are natural ways to lessen their frequency and to manage them:
Be kind to yourself. People who experience panic tend to be hyper critical of their own behavior. During difficult circumstances, remind yourself that you are doing the best you can.
Lower stress and anxiety by making meditation and exercise part of your daily routine.
Avoid stimulants like nicotine and caffeine. Caffeine can also be found in chocolate and sodas, not just coffee.
Try the herb valerian. It’s usually taken an hour before bedtime. Be patient because it takes a few weeks to kick in. The herb is available in most health food stores and pharmacies and comes in capsules, tea and liquid extracts. Caution: Speak with your health care provider before choosing this treatment.