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  • Anxiety & Panic Attacks | with Diane Pascoe

    December 11, 2023 3 min read

    Anxiety and panic attacks can be overwhelming, but a naturopathic perspective offers a holistic approach to managing these conditions.

    By addressing the root causes and individualising treatment plans, we aim to promote mental and emotional wellbeing. In this blog post, we'll explore a naturopathic approach to anxiety and panic attacks, with a focus on natural remedies, lifestyle factors, and the importance of professional guidance.

    Morning Ritual

    Starting the day with the right approach can set the tone for a calmer and more balanced experience of the day ahead. When it comes to anxiety and panic attacks, beginning the in the morning is crucial to start to regulate neural communication, and address an overly reactive autonomic nervous system, whilst also encouraging alpha brain wave activity. In the morning is when cortisol, the stress hormone, is typically at its peak. By addressing anxiety early in the day, we can often achieve a more peaceful and productive day while reducing the frequency and intensity of panic attacks.

    Individualised Treatment Plans

    Anxiety and panic attacks are expressed differently in everyone. Therefore, an effective naturopathic treatment plan must be personalised. There are numerous natural remedies available to me as a naturopath, each elicit specific responses due to their therapeutic properties. The choice and formulation of the remedy depends on the specific symptoms and needs of the client.

    The Power Of Kava

    One of my favourite natural remedies for anxiety is Kava. I love prescribing it in liquid form as it is a powerful, fast-acting effect on anxiety, typically within 20 minutes. This makes it a valuable option for those who wake up in the middle of the night with anxious thoughts. Keeping a small amount of Kava on your bedside table allows you to take a sip upon waking, helping you return to sleep peacefully. Kava not only acts as an anxiolytic but also as a skeletal muscle relaxant, providing comprehensive relief.

    Calming Properties Of Lavender

    Lavender is renowned for its calming properties, and there is now a lavender remedy available with a micro-emulsifying delivery system that enhances the therapeutic effects of its active ingredients. This remedy is particularly useful when restlessness and agitation, aggravated by anxiety, are present, along with feelings of low mood.

    L-Theanine For Overactive Minds

    When overthinking and stress are making it challenging to concentrate, l-theanine can be the solution. L-theanine, extracted from green tea, modulates neurotransmitters, particularly glutamate and glycine, which in turn promotes GABA, a neurotransmitter that calms neural activity. This natural compound is an excellent choice for those who need to regain focus and tranquillity in their minds.

    A Holistic Approach

    Managing anxiety and panic attacks naturopathically requires a comprehensive approach. It's not something that can be addressed through supplementation alone. Lifestyle factors, such as diet, sleep, and exercise, play a crucial role in the wellbeing of an individual. Therefore, any treatment plan must consider these factors while being mindful of the client's unique circumstances, ensuring it is achievable without adding stress or overwhelming them.

    It's important to note that a naturopathic treatment plan is complementary to mainstream medication and therapy. When seeking natural remedies, it is imperative to consult with a professional naturopath. Some natural remedies may interact adversely with certain medications, and an experienced naturopath can guide you safely through the process, ensuring your overall wellbeing.

    Diane is an experienced practitioner with an interest in supporting men and women holistically with anxiety and panic attacks.You can book a complimentary 10-minute Discovery Call with Diane here to find out if this is the right fit for you.
    Diane Pascoe, has three decades of experience helping her patients to overcome and manage chronic fatigue, stress and anxiety, low mood, and weight loss, with a particular focus feeling good in every way and enjoying the journey of getting to that point.

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