Hi this is Dr. Nicole Cain and I am here to talk to you about solutions for anxiety.
Anxiety can affect millions of Americans at one point or another throughout the lifespan. In fact, over 50% of people report having anxiety or panic attacks at a given time. There are things that you can do to help you feel better and you don’t have to depend just on medications.
Real-life Solutions For Anxiety:
I had a patient come into my office recently and he had been struggling with anxiety and he had been given the options of CBT, which is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and benzodiazepine therapy. He ended up taking these benzodiazepines for over a decade and then he found that he was getting higher and higher doses and he wasn’t getting better. The anxiety was getting worse and he was dependent on the medication.
So there are things that you can do to help with anxiety that are herbal, homeopathic, natural and lifestyle things. Seeing a really great medically trained naturopathic doctor can help you identify what can specifically help you feel better, but today I want to give you a couple of tips of some of my favorite tools.
So in one of my videos about insomnia I talked about the “Happy Sleepy Powder”. This can be used to help us relax and sleep. It works by increasing GABA and decrease cortisol. GABA is a relaxing neurotransmitter and so if we are kind of in a flight-or-fight state, increasing that amount of GABA, which is what a benzodiazepine medication does, increasing that GABA can relax you and decrease you anxiety.
And then cortisol is a stress hormone released by the adrenal glands. Cortisol is released by your body and when we’re in a state of fight-or-flight and so if you’re having anxiety it’s likely that your cortisol levels are up and so decreasing that with some phosphatidylserine can be really powerful and effective. And so if you want to learn about the formulation for the “Happy Sleepy Powder”, then watch my insomnia video.
There are also a couple of other things that you could try. One of my favorite alternative to benzodiazepines is an herb called kava kava and the part you want to use is the root. Kava kava root is very effective and it kicks in within about 10 or 15 minutes. The nice thing about kava kava is that is doesn’t sedate you and make it difficult or inappropriate for you to operate a vehicle.
Of course, talk to your doctor about any of these recommendations to make sure it will be a right fit for you. There is some limited research talking about high doses of kava kava causing inflammation in the liver. So of course, when you see your doctor it’s good to get liver testing done just to make sure that everything is healthy. While that is in a couple articles of research, I haven’t seen it clinically and I’ve had patients use this herb in high doses for long periods of time quite safely. But with any medication, with any herb and any supplement, make sure that you do your research.
Another thing that I love to recommend that’s very safe and gentle and I’ve used on pediatric patients is passiflora. Passiflora is a wonderful plant that is very gentle and very relaxing. My favorite way to use passiflora is in a glyceride form, which is a non-alcoholic extraction and then mixing about 3 teaspoons of that in chamomile tea. Chamomile tea is very relaxing as well and it’s a great nightly ritual to help you reduce your anxiety and reduce your stress.
Again this has been Dr. Nicole Cain talking to you about natural solutions for your anxiety and if you want to learn more go to drnicolecain.com . Thanks again for watching and check out my other videos.