The Eclectic Physician
Natural Health Care
by Beth Burch N.D.
Precipitated by psychological stress and by the "flight or fight" response
of the autonomic nervous system. Characterized by a general sense of uneasiness,
apprehension or dread. Often there is a feeling of restless and there can
be discomfort in your stomach. Can be chronic and accompanied by generalized
tension, nervousness, fatigue, concentration difficulties, headaches,
Acute anxiety attacks, also called panic attacks, are accompanied by
sense of terror and fear of imminent catastrophe. The heart may race or
be felt strongly, sometimes with chest pain; there may be trembling, sweating,
nausea, diarrhea, dizziness
and or sense of weakness. Hyperventilation often occurs which can result
in numbness or tingling of the mouth, fingers and toes. This can make you
feel like you are going to lose consciousness or die. Important to distinguish
panic attack from a heart attack-will require an immediate visit to the
doctor to determine the cause.
Anxiety can result from hyperthyroid disease or from tumors which secrete
the hormones which arouse the autonomic nervous system. You may need to
be evaluated by health care provider to rule out these other conditions.
Anxiety can be a troubling symptom. If you have anxiety you will benefit
from psychological counseling to help with dealing with the underlying
psychological stress, along with something to help calm you.
Kava Kava root- has been shown
in a number of studies to be very effective in reducing anxiety. Unlike
antianxiety medications, Kava does
not appear to impair cognitive function.
Dosage- Liquid extract- 1/2- 1 teaspoon three times a day
Dry herb in capsules- 500-1000 mg three times a day
Standardized extract (30% kavalactone content)- 150-300 mg three times
Cautions- Don't mix with alcohol, other anti-anxiety agents as Kava
can potentiate the effects causing over sedation.
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It is not intended replace a qualified medical practitioner to diagnose or treat medical conditions.