The EclecticPhysician

The Eclectic Physician
Natural Health Care
by Beth Burch N.D.

Anxiety-

Precipitated by psychological stress and by the "flight or fight" response of the autonomic nervous system. Characterized by a general sense of uneasiness, apprehension or dread. Often there is a feeling of restless and there can be discomfort in your stomach. Can be chronic and accompanied by generalized tension, nervousness, fatigue, concentration difficulties, headaches, and insomnia.

Acute anxiety attacks, also called panic attacks, are accompanied by sense of terror and fear of imminent catastrophe. The heart may race or be felt strongly, sometimes with chest pain; there may be trembling, sweating, nausea, diarrhea, dizziness and or sense of weakness. Hyperventilation often occurs which can result in numbness or tingling of the mouth, fingers and toes. This can make you feel like you are going to lose consciousness or die. Important to distinguish panic attack from a heart attack-will require an immediate visit to the doctor to determine the cause.

Anxiety can result from hyperthyroid disease or from tumors which secrete the hormones which arouse the autonomic nervous system. You may need to be evaluated by health care provider to rule out these other conditions.

Anxiety can be a troubling symptom. If you have anxiety you will benefit from psychological counseling to help with dealing with the underlying psychological stress, along with something to help calm you.

Kava Kava root- has been shown in a number of studies to be very effective in reducing anxiety. Unlike antianxiety medications, Kava does not appear to impair cognitive function.
Dosage- Liquid extract- 1/2- 1 teaspoon three times a day
Dry herb in capsules- 500-1000 mg three times a day
Standardized extract (30% kavalactone content)- 150-300 mg three times a day
Cautions- Don't mix with alcohol, other anti-anxiety agents as Kava can potentiate the effects causing over sedation.

* The information presented in this web site is intended to inform and educate. It is not intended replace a qualified medical practitioner to diagnose or treat medical conditions.

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