Anxiety can be a serious condition that can be detrimental to your overall health. In integrative medicine, we know that anxiety can lead to a host of many chronic diseases. Instead of prescribing medication to simply mask your symptoms of anxiety, at CentreSpring MD we aim to get to the root cause through the use of natural remedies.
Conventional medication is reported to not keep the majority, more than 70%, of patients in remission after 5 years. Fortunately, many natural remedies exist that do not carry with them the side effects of conventional medication, nutrition being one of the main components. Eating a diet rich in B vitamins, magnesium and Omega-3 fatty acids can greatly reduce symptoms of anxiety. In addition, supplements and essential oils can also be helpful.
Some Causes and Symptoms
While anxiety is our body’s natural response to stressful situations, it can also be detrimental to our health when it is excessively prevalent in our day-to-day lives. If anxiety is your response in situations where it isn’t appropriate, and it is a constant feeling for you, that is when you know you must take steps to minimize symptoms and begin to heal.
Common causes of anxiety are:
- Past traumatic experience
- Thyroid imbalance
- Hormone imbalance
- Too much caffeine or sugar
- Excessive drinking
Common symptoms include:
- Tightness in the chest
- Muscle tension
- Fast heartbeat/heart palpatations
- High blood pressure
- Trouble sleeping/insomnia
- Panic attacks
- Lack of concentration
- Digestive issues
While there are many medications on the market that claim to treat anxiety, as mentioned above, they often come with unpleasant and even dangerous side effects.
Natural treatments that are proven to help reduce your symptoms range from supplementation, to essential oils, to nutrition.
- Kava root
- B Complex
- Minimally processed foods; aim for a clean, well-balanced diet
- Limit sugar intake
- Little to no caffeine or alcohol
- Light exercise
- Sleep (aim for 7-9 hours per night)
- CranioSacral Therapy
- Regular massages/facials for relaxation
To find out more about how we approach anxiety here at CentreSpring MD, please call our office at 404.814.9808 and schedule an appointment with one of our providers who will develop a customized, unique treatment plan for you to heal you from the inside out.