Anxiety Information and Herbal Supplements




Anxiety is an unpleasant emotional state ranging from mild unease to intense fear. Anxiety differs from fear in that while fear is a rational response to a real danger, anxiety usually lacks a clear or realistic cause. Though some anxiety is normal and, in fact, healthy, higher levels of anxiety not only are uncomfortable, but can lead to significant problems.

Signs and Symptoms

Anxiety is often accompanied by a variety of symptoms. The most common symptoms relate to the chest, such as heart palpitations (awareness of a more forceful or faster heartbeat), throbbing or stabbing pains, a feeling of tightness and inability to take in enough air, and a tendency to sigh or hyperventilate. Tension in the back and neck muscles often leads to headaches, back pains and muscle spasms. Other symptoms can include excessive sweating, dry mouth, dizziness, and digestive disturbances.

The anxious individual usually has a feeling that something bad is going to happen. Such a person may fear that he or she has a chronic or dangerous illness—a belief that is reinforced by the symptoms of anxiety. Inability to relax may lead to difficulty in getting to sleep and constant waking through the night.


Anxiety can be the result of both physical and psychological factors. For example, extreme stress can definitely trigger anxiety, and so can stimulants such as caffeine. Anxiety can also be triggered by elevations in blood lactic acid levels. Lactic acid is the final product in the breakdown of blood sugar (glucose) when there is a lack of oxygen.

Natural Medicines¹

Kava Kava
St. John's Wort

¹The Pill Book Guide to Natural Medicines, Michael Murray N.D., 2002

²The Herbal Drugstore, Linda B. White M.D., 2000

Natural Medicines

Kava Kava
St. John's Wort

If you are taking Anti-Anxiety Drugs—READ THIS

Some negative side effects including excessive sedation have been observed with combinations of anti-anxiety herbs and drugs.

Work with your physician if you want to get off presciption medication and switch to natural remedies.

In cases of severe depression and/or anxiety, herbal or pharmaceutical remedies are often not enough to bring total restoration by themselves. Seeking professional counseling is strongly advised in addition, or in certain cases, in lieu of medication. The choice of practitioner is absolutely crucial. If there is not a trusted professional available, the Sedona Method is a good place to start no matter where the individual with the anxious condition resides. We have witnessed the effectiveness first-hand.
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