While a doctor’s diagnosis and prescription will be different for each person, and that will be based on the person’s severity of symptoms and personal needs, modern medicine’s general approach to an anxiety “cure” comes in the form of drugs that suppress symptoms. While anti-anxiety drugs may indeed provide relief for some or even most who take them, they do present serious concerns. Anti-anxiety drugs are among the most dangerous due to their potential side effects and the fact that they are highly addictive substances. For some one suffering from anxiety, addiction can make anxiety symptoms even worse. Discontinuing them can be dangerous and certain drugs must be tapered off under the supervision of a doctor or bad reactions could occur.If you are taking anti-anxiety drugs, get the advice of your health care practitioner before attempting to change your treatment approach.
Natural medicine offers more of an actual cure than pharmaceutical drugs. This is because alternative medicine approaches all illnesses of the mind and body as an imbalance. It seeks to uncover what is creating that imbalance, and addresses it as a constitutional need that affects all of the body – mind, soul, physical, mental, and spiritual. A cure would not mask any imbalance by chemically altering it. A cure would restore the imbalance by addressing the need of the body, helping it regain equilibrium, and giving it the support it needs to regain wellness.
Natural medicine has many things to offer to help establish reestablish the necessary balance that can overcome anxiety. It starts with an examination of your physical, mental and emotional status and identification of your deficiencies and needs. This may be through botanical remedies, homeopathy, optimizing nutrition, addressing lifestyle problems, stress management techniques, avoiding certain substances, foods, and chemicals, enhancing nutrition through vitamin, mineral, and/or amino acid therapy, among other approaches.
Is a natural medicine offering an instant cure for anxiety? For some, yes, it is very possible that the remedies and therapies will give immediate and lasting relief. However, maintaining a balance in your health through your physical and emotional well being is an ongoing effort for everyone, not just anxiety sufferers. You must be prepared to learn what your body needs and be willing to provide it so that the cure is a lasting one. If you do not nourish your mind and body on all levels, it will not be able to function optimally and that opens the door to a return of imbalance.