Panic Attack • Natural Home Treatment.

A panic attack is a reaction to emotional anxiety. These attacks can be mistaken for serious heart problems (or vice versa).

Panic Attack - Image of a pair of fearful eyes; pop art

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
It is unlikely you will have all of the symptoms below.

  • Rapid heart rate, sweating, shaking
  • Shortness of breath
  • Your heart may be pounding or you may feel that it is beating irregularly.
  • Chest pain
  • Feelings of suffocation
  • Muscle tension
  • Headache
  • Excessive sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Insomnia

PREVALENCE
Since panic attacks often are not reported, the NCBI collected data from a sampling of US households. Resulting estimate is 22.7% for isolated panic without agoraphobia.

ALLOPATHIC TREATMENT
Diagnostics may include a psychological evaluation and blood tests to rule out other conditions. For panic attacks (as opposed to Panic Disorder), your physician may prescribe an anti-anxiety prescription drug like benzodiazepine. There are steps you can take on your own to promote self-healing. Any drugs are designed to relieve symptoms, rather than eliminate the cause.

SELF-TREATMENT

DIET
A healthy body and immune system is always the first line of defense against any dysfunction—including emotional dysfunctions. When you eat a variety of wholesome food throughout the day, keeping your blood sugar in a normal range, you are more likely to have balanced hormones and body systems that are in balance. Eat frequent small meals; try not to be hungry for very long. Please see the Zone Diet.

FOODS TO PROMOTE HEALING

  • Foods rich in Omega 3
  • Turkey and other tryptophan-rich foods
  • Foods rich in Vitamin B
  • High protein foods to stimulate dopamine, etc.
  • Foods rich in antioxidants

FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Processed meats
  • Sugar
  • Tobacco

TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS

  • Chamomile tea
  • Green tea for the L-theanine

HERBS AND SPICES
Herbs and spices can have a powerful effect on the body. If you are under the care of a physician, and especially if you are taking prescription drugs, be sure to ask your doctor about the safety of your home treatments.

  • Ashwagandha (herb)
  • Kava Root
  • Lemon balm (but too much can increase anxiety)
  • Passionflower
  • Valerian is sedating (capsule, tincture or tea, which is bitter)

ESSENTIAL OILS, TOPICAL
It is safest to use carrier oils when applying essential oils to the skin. Some are safe undiluted, but only in small amounts for short periods.

  • Angelica 
  • Basil 
  • Bergamot 
  • Cedarwood 
  • Chamomile
  • Clary sage 
  • Frankincense 
  • Geranium 
  • Grapefruit 
  • Jasmine 
  • Lemon 
  • Lime 
  • Neroli 
  • Orange 
  • Peppermint
  • Rose; a few drops in a foot bath
  • Rosemary 
  • Sandalwood 
  • Vetiver 
  • Ylang Ylang 

SUPPLEMENTS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES
If you are under the care of a doctor, and especially if you are taking prescription drugs, consult your doctor about the supplements you take.

  • Lavender in capsule form
  • Magnesium supplement
  • Omega-3’s are said to protect against depression. Cold water fish, like salmon, are the best source. Anchovies, sardines and mussels also have O-3.
  • Vitamin B
  • Calcium
  • Theanine
  • Vitamin D

HYDRATION
Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½ ounce to 1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.

EXERCISE
If you don’t exercise, start. If you exercise excessively, cut back.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

  • Distract yourself with something different than that to which you are reacting. Play a computer game, hold an ice cube in your hand for as long as you can, do some work, call a friend and talk about something else entirely.
  • Practice relaxation exercises.
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Face your fears. Don’t do dangerous things but if you are afraid of ordinary things that are part of most of our lives, do them; you may come to realize that they aren’t going to topple you and the fear will have less power over you.
  • Take a walk in the woods.

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

PREVENTION

  • A healthy immune system
  • A peaceful environment
  • A wholesome diet
  • Quality sleep
  • Regular exercise

CAUTIONS
If you are experiencing intense anxiety with no apparent cause, or you are unable to function because of your anxiety, consult a doctor. If you are experiencing shortness of breath and chest pain with no apparent cause, consult a doctor.

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