The only drugs that are generally given for panic attacks are antidepressants. You may have heard the horror stories about these drugs and naturally be seeking natural remedies for panic attacks instead. Luckily, there are a wide variety of different herbal and other natural anxiety remedies that you can try.
Lemon balm (also known sometimes simply as “balm”) has been used for medical purposes since the time of the Ancient Greeks. It is naturally rich in flavonoids and has antibiotic and antibacterial properties too.
Especially useful for panic attack sufferers are its additional natural sedative properties. Sometimes this is combined with valerian for greater effect.
This is another common natural remedy for panic attacks. One way to take it is to get a hold of lavender essential oil and put a few drops somewhere where you will inhale it such as in a handkerchief or on a pillow case.
Breathe Into A Paper Bag
This will stop you hyperventilating and calm you down quickly. I should mention that although this method has been used by many people for many years, it has lately become controversial and some medical professionals advise against it.
St. John’s Wort
Millions of people use this as a natural alternative to antidepressants. It improves your sense of well being and generally lifts your mood. Many people who suffer from panic attacks find this to be preferable to SSRI antidepressant drugs.
It is worth the investment (or get it free if you can claim it) to learn proper relaxation techniques.
Not only are these good for using regularly throughout the day but they are also an excellent coping strategy should you feel an attack coming on.
Although not spoken of much when it comes to this condition, some sufferers have found a marked improvement after a few sesssions of acupuncture.
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
CBT is widely recognised as the best medical treatment for panic attacks, over and above antidepressant drugs.
The key theme is to get you to change your reaction to a specific event or trigger. This will prevent you exaggerating the danger of something you see as a threat and to be able to dismiss it instead.
By: John Lester
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