Monday, June 18, 2012
No More Panic Attacks
Your heart races, your head swims. You are suddenly in the grip of something quite frightful. The intense fear and heart attack-like symptoms of a panic attack come on without warning. By definition, these attacks are unprovoked, and figuring out why some people get panic attacks can be challenging. Sometimes they are triggered by fatigue…anxiety…phobias (such as fear of heights)…stress…stimulants (such as caffeine)…low blood sugar… or medication withdrawal. But the good news is that natural therapies can help. Mark Stengler, NMD, a naturopathic medical doctor who is founder and medical director of the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine in Encinitas, California, recommends several natural therapies to his patients. Here’s his advice… .
DURING A PANIC ATTACK
Bach Flower Rescue Remedy. This homeopathic blend of flower extracts, which comes in a spray or drop form, quickly and gently relaxes the nervous system. For panic, use the spray form—and spray once under the tongue every five minutes until anxiety subsides. Available at health-food stores, this product comes in a small, easy-to-carry bottle.
TO PREVENT PANIC ATTACKS
Take AlphaS1-casein hydrolyate. This supplement, made of the milk protein casein, helps to calm the nervous system and has been shown to reduce stress-related symptoms. It is best used preventively for those with anxiety who are prone to regular bouts of panic attacks. Brand to try: Nature’s Plus Dreaminol (800-645-9500, www.NaturesPlus.com for a store locator).
Treat weak adrenal glands. People who are prone to panic attacks often have weak adrenal glands, which keeps the body from effectively coping with stress. Several supplements can help, including the herb ashwagandha and a B-complex vitamin.
Avoid sugar. Eliminating refined sugar from the diet helps to maintain natural blood sugar levels and makes it less likely that you will feel edgy due to a sugar-induced energy roller coaster. To keep your blood sugar on an even keel, eat small amounts of protein throughout the day, such as lean poultry, nuts, legumes and fish.
Have used the Bach Flower remedy, sure helps. Have also used B vitamins, they do too.