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The Best Natural Cures for Anxiety

Updated on February 18, 2013

Anxiety can really get in the way of living a natural, happy life. Many people turn to dangerous benzodiazepines such as Xanax or Klonopin. Not only are they habit forming, they can cause a physical dependence. Chronic use may also lead to permanent damage to the brain.

There are several natural alternatives for anxiety! You'll be able to find most of these in your local vitamin shop. A few natural remedies are kava kava, 5-HTP, st. john's wort, and Valerian root.

Kava kava is a very effective treatment for anxiety in my experience. Unlike most anti-anxiety drugs, kava actually increases cognitive performance. Kava is perfect for giving speeches because kava won't effect your speech! Kava does not develop a tolerance and is also effective for insomnia and depression.

5-HTP is also a very effective for treating anxiety. 5-HTP is a natural precursor to serotonin, a brain chemical. Increased amounts of serotonin will improve your mood. As a result, anxiety is normally greatly decreased. 5-HTP may cause heart valve damage with chronic high doses. Consult your doctor before starting 5-HTP. 5-HTP may also interact with a few other drugs so make sure and check if you can take 5-HTP with whatever else your taking. Although 5-HTP has a few things to look out for, it is generally safe. 5-HTP is also effective for treating insomnia.

St. John's Wort increases serotonin levels, much like 5-HTP. It isn't a natural precursor to serotonin and doesn't have as many side effects. St. John's Wort is also safe for the treatment of depression.

Last, but not least, Valerian root. Valerian root is a very mild sedative. It works in a similar fashion as benzodiazepines, but does not cause physical dependence. You can also develop a tolerance to Valerian root with chronic use. Valerian root is also effective for treating insomnia.

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Don't risk taking a dangerous pharmaceutical when their are plenty of safer,natural alternatives. If one doesn't work, try a different one. I would highly recommend avoiding benzodiazpines at all costs.

 Another option, which I'd highly recommend, is meditation. Meditating for just 10 minutes a day twice a day has helped me anxiety tremendously. Meditation might seem rather weird but it is truly an amazing thing to engage yourself in. Meditating might help you get over your anxiety and not have to rely on any pills or drugs.


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