After many years of suffering from severe anxiety and getting little relief from traditional medicine, I stumbled upon my “cure” for anxiety. The brain function is what doctors traditionally treat when treating anxiety. What I realized is that what happens in the brain is just a result of what begins in another part of the body. I started treating my anxiety at the source, the adrenal gland.
This gland is what triggers the “fight or flight” response in our bodies. Anxiety is nothing more than the fight or flight response that triggers with minimal stimulation. Elevated adrenaline and cortisol from the adrenal gland can cause many health problems. The most significant problem is magnesium deficiency which can lead to even further health problems. I have successfully treated my physical anxiety symptoms with Ashwagandha and Magnesium. I have also used hypnotherapy to successfully treat the PTSD which contributed to triggering my anxiety. Click here to read more about my experience with anxiety and depression and how I treated it.
Traditional medicine treats the symptoms of anxiety. Medications such as Xanax, which is prescribed to “treat” anxiety is basically mental Novocain. It numbs the pain but will not cure the problem. There is so much at stake with anxiety. Anxiety leads to fatigue. Fatigue leads to hopelessness. Hopelessness leads to depression.
Help for your adrenal glands
2011-04-27 / Home & Garden.
Living with chronic stress at work or home can take it’s toll on your body, and especially your adrenal glands. These glands are only the size of a walnut and sit on top of the kidney but they command the most powerful hormones. The hormones secreted by these glands have an influence on all of the major physiological processes in your body including: utilization of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, blood sugar regulation, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal function, inflammation and allergy reactions. If that wasn’t enough they also affect hormonal, immune and nervous systems. Pretty powerful stuff!
What are some of the symptoms to indicate reduced adrenal function? If you experience food cravings (especially for salt or caffeine) dizziness upon standing, headaches or memory problems, blood sugar problems leading to mood swings, low energy or excessive fatigue, insomnia, nervousness, anxiety or irritability and weight gain.
There are many wonderful healing herbs and vitamins that support these important glands. For example Vitamin B complex is extremely important at they help to support the nervous system. Specifically Panthothenic Acid of B5 is responsible for the synthesis of stress hormones in the adrenals resulting in tiredness and fatigue if it is depleted. Vitamin C is also critical because it is used in the formation of adrenal hormones and during times of stress these nutrients are depleted.
For adrenal support herbalists refer to plants that are called “adaptogens” as they improve the bodies ability to handle stress. The plants have a myriad of benefits.
Some of these amazing herbs are:
Rhodiola Rosea: Studies show it supports anti-aging, anti-fatigue, immune enhancing and anti depressant properties. It can help boost brain function. In one study in 67% of patients it improved sleep for those who had chronic sleep problems. Within 30 minutes of taking this herb it has a stimulating affect that can last up to 4-6 hours. Studies with medical students found it to help reduce mental fatigue and improve concentration.
Ashwagandha: This incredible herb has been used for years in India due to it’s unique ability to improve energy endurance and stamina, mental function while still nurturing the central nervous system to promote a calm state of mind.
Siberian Ginseng: This herb was studied extensively in Russia with athletes to increase the body’s ability to adapt to adverse physical conditions, improve mental performance and regulate heart rate under stress. It promotes energy, protects against environmental pollutants and supports adrenal function.
Holy Basil: Holy Basil has been considered a sacred and extremely beneficial herb in India for thousands of years. Modern uses suggest Holy Basil can enhance cerebral circulation and memory, relieve mental fog and cloudy thinking and maintain blood sugar within a normal range .It also helps to maintain healthy cortisol levels (which can tax the adrenals) and hormonal balance. It has been used by herbalists to reduce anxiety and depression.
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