Most of us know what it’s like to feel anxious, but may not know why, or what we can do about it when it happens. Fortunately, there are lots of natural alternatives to anxiety medications that are safe and avoid building dependence like some drugs can.
In addition to these approaches, many natural substances can help to quell anxiety. Herbal medicines like passionflower, skullcap and lemon balm calm daytime anxiety, while valerian and chamomile can quiet racing thoughts at night. Specific nutrients including GABA, glycine and melatonin taken at bedtime can help as well.
Before starting any of these medicines, particularly if you already take prescription anti-anxiety medications, consult with a naturopath to determine the safest and combination of nutrients for you.
— Ryan Robbins, ND, naturopathic physician and resident at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, the teaching clinic of Bastyr University.
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