Panic Attacks - April 2010

Holistic Medicine

Holistic Medicine

DISCLAIMER: Choosing a holistic approach to medicine means choosing personal responsibility for your health care. "The Healing Path" offers an option to use herbal supplements and energy healing to develop and improve health. It is not intended as a substitute for advice from a physician.

Dear Friends,

Dear Friends,

Have you ever had a panic attack or witnessed someone who has? It is a frightening event.

Thousands of years ago a panic attack was a very useful thing. We led much more physically challenging and dangerous lives then. We didn't have sharp teeth or claws and so we had to be able to react very quickly to a threat. And in those days there were two simple choices. Either we could run or, if desperate enough, we could fight. In this case, a panic attack is called the 'fight or flight response'.

I once had a panic attack in the early 90s. It occurred several days after witnessing the traumatic death of a dear friend. So you could say the cause was posttraumatic stress. But there are those who have panic attacks for no apparent reason. These attacks can be triggered by fear of bridges or driving, insects, frogs, dogs, old buildings or any number of countless items, animals, people or events. Sometimes a person can wake up one day and experience intense fear toward a situation that up until now was mundane or uneventful. There are no easy answers, but I have known folks who have this type of “out of the blue” panic attacks and benefited greatly from a “past life regression.” They often find that it didn’t come out of the blue but rather they had a traumatic event or death in a past life at the exact same age as the panic attacks started.

Conventional doctors and psychiatrists often prescribe antianxiety drugs such as Xanax, Prozac and Paxil to treat panic attacks. But they have unpleasant side effects, and may produce severe withdrawal symptoms, including extreme anxiety…. hmmm ironic. I’ve known people who have taken these drugs long term and they become almost emotionless. The aforementioned drugs should only be used as a short-term treatment or as a last resort but I prefer diet, herbs and vitamins. Symptoms include overwhelming feelings of disaster or death, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, a smothering, claustrophobic feeling, chest pain, dizziness, hot flashes and/or chills, trembling, numbness in the arms and legs, sweating, nausea, and a distorted relation to space and time. If you have never had a panic attack before and you are experiencing these symptoms with pain in the jaw, nubness in the left arm or stomach upset call 911. This could be a heart attack.

Once you learn to understand the symptoms of a panic attack or anxiety disorder, there are steps you can take to diminish them or stop them altogether.
Square Breathing: activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which sends calming signals to the brain.
At the first sign of a panic attack, follow these instructions
[ Sit comfortably with your feet on the floor (this step may be skipped)
[ Take a slow breath in through your nose while counting slowly to 4
[ Hold the breath in for another slow count of 4
[ Exhale through your mouth for a slow count of 4
[ Hold again for a slow count of 4
[ Continue 1-5 minutes or until you begin to feel calm.

Lifestyle and Diet Changes for Anxiety Disorder / Panic Disorder
One of the first and simplest things to do is to start keeping a diary of all the situations that trigger panic attacks. When and where did they happen? What were you doing, thinking, and feeling? Exactly what were the symptoms? Recording and describing each attack puts you in charge of the situation. You will learn how modifying your environment helps prevent panic attacks.

Cut out: caffeine, aspartame (NutraSweet), MSG, and refined carbohydrates

Add: whole grains, milk cheese, meats to help stabilize the nervous system. If you are a vegetarian you can do the same by eating brown rice and beans (legumes) together.

Supplements and Herbs:
Heart healthy supplements can be taken for panic attacks as well as arrhythmia problems such as tachycardia [heart beating too fast- more than 100 beats per minute].

These include:
Omega 3 fatty acids 2-3 grams daily
Magnesium 350-400 mg daily
Potassium 1000 mg daily
Selenium 200 mcg daily
Incorporate Herbs that are Healthy for the Heart and Nervous System:
Coleus Forskohlii
Hawthorn Berries

Happy Heart from The Healing Path
Ginkgo Biloba
Blissful Spirit from The Healing Path

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Blissful Spirit

Blissful Spirit

Blissful Spirit
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Blissful Spirit
Emotional Balance

This tincture was specially formulated to balance the emotions. The herbs in Blissful Spirit (Mimosa, Melissa, Musa and St. Johnswort) have a long and ancient history of helping people through rough emotional times of great loss or stress. Mimosa Bark is traditionally known as "he huan pi" and popularly as the "collective happiness bark".  Lemon Balm (Melissa) has a calming effect on the neurological system and Musa is used to increase serotonin levels.

* Have you recently experienced a major loss in your life?
* Do you find that it is hard to quiet your mind and relax?
* Are you looking for a safe herbal anxiety relief to treat  moderate to severe PMS?
* Do you suffer from PTSD? (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
* Do you want a natural antidepressant to treat melancholy and depression?
* Have you been feeling irritable for no apparent reason?
* Do you suffer from (SAD) Seasonal Affective Disorder? (Lack of sunlight during winter months)

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you could benefit by adding Blissful Spirit to your daily regimen.
Alternative Benefits of Blissful Spirit
* Also has tumor inhibiting properties
* High in antioxidants, which prevent cell damage
* Improves memory.
* Suppresses urination in cases of bet-wetting.
* Opens the heart meridian and increases circulation.
Blissful Spirit has Mimosa bark, a natural antidepressant that has been used for centuries to treat headaches, elevate the mood, promote mental calmness, and support a peaceful night's sleep. It is an anti-carcinogen and inhibits tumor growth. It also is an antioxidant and excellent treatment for PTSD. St Johnswort is a traditional remedy for depression, anxiety, and/or sleep disorders but it is also useful for bronchitis and lung disorders as well as relief of uterine and menstrual pain as well as bed-wetting. Lemon Balm is for stress, insomnia, shingles and chronic fatigue. Musa peel relives both anxiety and depression while it boosts the immune system and increases serotonin levels.


Happy Heart

Happy Heart

Happy Heart
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Happy Heart

This tincture was specially formulated to help the heart. The herbs in Happy Heart help strengthen the heart muscle enabling it to beat more forcefully and efficiently. There are herbs in Happy Heart that help improve hypertension by dilating the arteries and improving circulation throughout the body.

* Do you have hypertension?

* Are you looking for a natural way to treat your heart without unwanted side effects?

* Do you have poor circulation or blocked arteries?

* Have you been told that you have arrhythmia?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you could benefit by adding Happy Heart to your daily regimen.

Alternative Benefits of Happy Heart
* Improves eye health, including glaucoma.

* Tumor inhibitor

* High in antioxidants which prevent cell damage

* Improves circulation to the brain and extremities. 
* Immune support and detoxifier
* Relaxes smooths and strengthens artery walls
Happy Heart is a safe and effective treatment to support heart heatlh.  Coleus forskohlii relaxes the blood vessels and helps regulate blood pressure.  Hawthorn Berries, strengthens arteries and reduces plaque build-up.  Ginkgo biloba increases circulation to the eyes ears and brain, improving memory, hearing and vision. Bilberry is loaded with antioxidants and eases angina while nourishing the heart muscle.  Ginger, an anti-inflammatory that reduces blood pressure and significantly decreases circulating lipids (fats).   Prickly Ash stimulates the heart and capillary circulation, nourishes the heart and thus assists in overcoming congestion.  Wood Betony helps stimulate proper functioning of your heart and prevents heart palpitations.


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