The Herbs that fight stress, anxiety and their orthodox drug equivalents.
There are about 500 hundred species passion flowers.
There are many natural herbal alternatives to perceptions drugs. Drugs that are often prescribed for anxiety and stress have herbal equivalents. For example valium is often prescribed for anxiety. The herbal equivalents are valerian, hawthorn and linden flowers. Klonopin could be prescribed for stress; where as the herbal alternative is ginseng. Prescription drugs are known to cause side effects and in the U.S. can be very expensive. Herbal remedies have no side effects and are cheaper. The following is a list of herbal remedies and their uses.
Kava is a plant that is a member of the pepper tree. It originates in the western Pacific region, where it is traditionally made into a beverage. The beverage should only be made of the root, but it is sometimes made from the leaves and stem. It is used for the treatment of anxiety and is said to have a calming, tranquilizing effects. In fact many compare its effects to diazepam. Used wisely it is a very useful remedy as it can be taken on a daily basis and its effects last for hours. However it should never be mixed with other drugs, or alcohol, and research suggest that long term abuse can have a damaging effect on the liver. Many aboriginal people in Australia have become addicted to kava.
Siberian ginseng can be taken in small doses over long periods for chronic anxiety. The daily dose should not exceed about 3 grams per day for a man or 2 grams for a woman. Ginseng works by rejuvenating adrenal glands and lessens fatigue. Ginseng shouldn’t be taken before bedtime as it can cause insomnia. If it is taken in high doses it has a similar effect to caffeine and may increase anxiety. Anyone wishing to take ginseng should first consult their physician. And people suffering from certain conditions shouldn’t take ginseng.
Linden flower, Passion Flowers and Valerian
Linden flowers come from the linden or lime tree. The flowers are used to make a tea which is said to have many medicinal benefits, including supporting liver function and lowering blood pressure. They also help support and strengthen the nervous system. They are often combined with chamomile and hawthorn. Passion flower is a climbing vine that’s indigenous to North America and also produces passion fruit. It is known to be used for anxiety disorders and has a similar effect to the drug Oxazepam. Like Oxazepan It has a sedative effect on the central nervous system. It shouldn’t be combined with drugs and some people may have an allergic reaction. It is often combined with valerian.