Alternatives for Anxiety
By Shelley D Brienza
Researchers have explored a number of natural remedies as possible treatments for anxiety disorders, including panic disorder. Studies to date have concluded that two alternative therapies, in particular, have potential in the treatment of panic disorder.
· Relaxation training. Relaxation techniques include deep breathing, yoga, meditation and progressive muscle relaxation, which is accomplished by tensing one muscle at a time, and then completely releasing the tension, until every muscle in the body is relaxed. Studies have found that these techniques may be as effective or nearly as effective as cognitive behavioral therapy for some people with panic disorder.
· The nutritional supplement inositol. This oral supplement, which influences the action of serotonin, may reduce the frequency and severity of panic attacks.
Talk with your doctor before trying any natural therapies. These products can cause side effects and may interact with other medications. Your doctor can help determine if they are safe for you.*
In the upcoming months we will explore how the benefits of Yoga aid in the management of anxiety.
*March 25, 2010
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