Though the causes and treatments have been disputed over the millennia, human beings have always been plagued by anxiety, sometimes crippling. And when they have not been able to find relief with conventional medical treatments (or when such treatments have proven worse than the problem), sufferers have sought relief with alternative therapies.
At various points in their lives, and to varying degrees, all people suffer from anxiety. And that’s not a bad thing. Anxiety is, after all, the evolutionary inheritance that protects us from becoming too comfortable in potentially dangerous situations. But some people are unable to turn this anxiety alarm off or even down. Sometimes anxiety can be brought on by worry over other medical issues. Others struggle with anxiety itself as a health issue. Even mundane encounters and situations are experienced by these individuals as highly stressful. As a result, not do they only socially isolate themselves, these extreme anxiety levels can physically manifest themselves in the form of short-term memory loss, stomach disorders, and heart attacks. Conventional medical anxiety therapy includes:
- tranquillers like Valium
- anti-depressants like Prozac or Zoloft
- psychotherapy (a.k.a. “talk therapy”)
And while these treatments either separately or in conjunction with each other can bring relief for some, for others, there are no beneficial results, or they can lead to narcotic dependency. Fortunately, there are alternative medicine options. St. Johns Wort and Kava are natural supplements that have gotten good results in calming the anxious, as have synthesized products, such as SAMe. And anxious patients have done well with non-drug treatments such as breathing exercises, transcendental meditation, and T’ai Chi exercises.
Other New Alternatives
While all of these treatments don’t specifically target chronic anxiety, they can certainly relieve it in treating other symptoms. Chelating therapy for example, uses a synthetic solution called EDTA to flush heavy metals and minerals from the body. Since some heavy metals have a neurological effect, this therapy could have a calming effect as well, although all of EDTA‘s benefits are not yet known. Interpersonal or ipt therapy is a form of non-drug treatment for anxiety or depression in which patients focus on dealing with one or two current issues before moving on to larger issues. This gets good results with some patients as it focuses on more manageable goals. And lymphatic drainage massage benefits eliminate swelling and toxicity in the body, and can reduce scarring after surgery if the massage is done properly, which can help to reduce anxiety as well. As always, this and all other techniques described here should be done with a health care provider’s knowledge.