Natural Treatments For Panic Attacks
Panic attacks can feel like an extreme version of the Jack-in-the-Box scene from Elf. Just like Buddy the elf, you’re cranking right along listening to the music of life when… “Aack!” Trying to find appropriate treatments should not cause that same reaction. That is why more and more sufferers are turning to natural treatments for panic attacks.
Catch the Brainwave–Biofeedback
Biofeedback is a high tech, yet natural treatment for panic attacks. It works by training your mind to control your body’s physical reactions.
During a biofeedback session, the patient is wired to devices to monitor brain activity. Heart rate and blood pressure are also monitored. A trained professional should conduct your biofeedback sessions. In other words, don’t let just anyone stick electrodes on your head and expect that to cure your panic attacks.
Biofeedback works by teaching the patient to become relaxed. Since you are essentially retraining yourself, there is no possibility of biofeedback interfering with other attacks treatments. (Plus, you get to look really cool with those electrode stuck on you.)
Therapeutic Benefits–Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is as basic as biofeedback is modern. As the name implies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on your thought patterns and behavior.
A therapist trained in CBT teaches you relaxation techniques, breathing exercises and it helps you identify your negative thought patterns. Avoidance is not an option with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. One of the goals is use the strategies you learn so you can face your fears.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy strives to help the patient regain control. Panic attack sufferers have had good and lasting results using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as a natural anxiety treatment.
If the only herb you’re familiar with is a kind that grows in your Chia Pet, it’s time to branch out. Many herbs are used as natural treatments for panic disorder.
* Lavender, that same herb that makes your underwear smell nice, is used to reduce the anxiety with may cause panic attacks. Try placing a little lavender essential oil on a handkerchief. When you feel anxious, inhale the lavender.
* Bugleweed tincture is used to ease heart palpitations that accompany panic attacks. You can place 6 drops of the tincture in a glass of juice or water.
* Valerian can be taken as a capsule, tea, extract or tincture. Valerian is frequently taken at night, as a sleep aid. LiveStrong.com offers information about the use of Valerian for panic attacks.