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Mayo Clinic-Approved Natural Remedies for Anxiety
Kava appeared to be a promising treatment for anxiety, but reports of serious liver damage — even with short-term use — caused the Food and Drug Administration to issue warnings about the use of dietary supplements containing kava.
While these initial reports of liver toxicity have been questioned, use extra caution and involve your doctor in the decision if you’re considering using products containing kava.
A few small clinical trials suggest that passion flower might help with anxiety. In many commercial products, passion flower is combined with other herbs, making it difficult to distinguish the unique qualities of each herb.
Passion flower is generally considered safe when taken as directed, but some studies found it can cause drowsiness, dizziness and confusion.
In some studies, people who used valerian reported less anxiety and stress. In other studies, people reported no benefit.
Valerian is generally considered safe at recommended doses, but since long-term safety trials are lacking, don’t take it for more than a few weeks at a time, unless your doctor approves.
It can cause some side effects such as headaches, dizziness and drowsiness.
Limited data shows that short-term use of chamomile is generally considered safe and can be effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety.
But chamomile can increase the risk of bleeding when used with blood-thinning drugs.
Use of chamomile can cause allergic reactions in some people who are sensitive to the family of plants that includes chamomile. Other members of this family are ragweed, marigolds, daisies and chrysanthemums.
Some evidence suggests that oral lavender or aromatherapy with lavender can reduce anxiety; however, evidence is preliminary and limited. Oral lavender can cause constipation and headaches. It can also increase appetite, increase the sedative effect of other medications and supplements, and cause low blood pressure.
Preliminary research shows lemon balm can reduce some symptoms of anxiety, such as nervousness and excitability. Lemon balm is generally well-tolerated and considered safe for short-term use, but can cause nausea and abdominal pain.
Herbal supplements aren’t monitored by the FDA the same way medications are. Despite enhanced quality control regulations in place since 2010, the quality of some supplements may still be an issue. Remember, natural doesn’t always mean safe.
If you’re considering taking any herbal supplement as a treatment for anxiety, talk to your health care provider first, especially if you take other medications. The interaction of some herbal supplements and certain medications can cause serious side effects.
Some herbal supplements taken for anxiety can cause you to feel sleepy, so they may not be safe to take when driving or doing dangerous tasks. Your doctor can help you understand possible risks and benefits if you choose to try an herbal supplement.
If your anxiety is interfering with daily activities, talk with your doctor. More-serious forms of anxiety generally need medical treatment or psychological counseling (psychotherapy) for symptoms to improve.
This article is written by Brent Bauer, M.D., director of Mayo Clinic’s Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program. Find more health and medical information on mayoclinic.org.
Dear Readers, I have been very busy during the past year with my work on my latest research and book. I am happy to announce that my latest book has been completed just in time for the fall reading season and upcoming holidays. The Probiotic Constitution is available on Amazon. Consider this book as a compliment to Remedy. I do believe it will be well received and am excited about the release.
It is a go-to book for deciphering the confusing world of probiotics. A MUST READ for anyone suffering from a digestive illness and wants an additional weapon and knowledge in their alternative path to healing.
I am pleased to announce that Remedy: How I Cured the Incurable was blessed to receive another award. This time with the Xulon Press Christian Author Awards. Remedy was third place in the HEALTH category. Thank you to everyone for their support.
I am very pleased to announce that the October 2017 issue of the Midwest Book Review online book review magazine "Small Press Bookwatch" features a review of "Remedy: How I Cured The Incurable".
This was the only selection under the Health/Medicine Shelf. It was an honor to receive this distinction for Remedy as Midwest Book Review is completely independent in their reviews and highly respected in the industry. Find the review here.
Critique from Midwest Book Review: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Remedy: How I Cured The Incurable" is a 'must read" for the estimated 60 to 80 million Americans suffer from digestive ailments. While unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Alternative Medicine instructional reference collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Remedy: How I Cured The Incurable" is also available in a digital book format.
Available in paperback and eBook. Use the eBook “Look Inside” option for a preview. Amazon Link
"Winter is Coming" was the first episode of the HBO thrilling series Game of Thrones.
While that is an excellent show to watch, people suffering or susceptible to IBD should be concerned about winter coming for other reasons if they live in northern latitudes. With the season change comes the cold, shorter days, and cloudy skies. This means less natural Vitamin D..
There are a few reasons to be concerned about this and why someone with IBD should consider taking supplemental Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin. Take away the sunshine and there goes the Vitamin D because it is produced when the sun's ultra-violet rays hit the skin.
Epidemiological research shows people who live in northern latitudes are more at risk of having inadequate levels of Vitamin D compared to those who live in southern latitudes.
A study published in the journal Gut shows geography also affects the incidence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): increasing latitude of residence was linked to an elevated incidence of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in a population of American women. Another study published in the journal Gastroenterology demonstrated a connection between higher Vitamin D status and lower Crohn’s disease, suggesting greater Vitamin D intake is a means of decreasing the risk of Crohn’s disease. Emerging research is pointing to Vitamin D and its role in the inflammatory process, and as a factor in the disease activity in patients with IBD, according to Dr. Gilaad Kaplan, a gastroenterologist with a research interest in IBD and Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary.
As if this is not enough of a reason to take supplemental Vitamin D during the winter months, here is another one: A high prevalence of Osteoporosis is associated with Crohn’s and Colitis. One of the risk factors for Crohn’s and Colitis patients developing Osteoporosis is inadequate levels of Vitamin D.
There are two choices that I know of for adding supplemental Vitamin D. One is through purchasing capsules at the health food store. Another means is having a physician prescribe sublingual Vitamin D drops. These are typically available through prescription via compounding pharmacies.
One other thing, it is outside of the scope of this posting to delve into dosage levels. Recommendations for dosage levels do vary depending on the source from what I have seen. It is best to consult with your physician especially if you are taking other prescription medications.
Many, many thanks to Jackie for providing this excellent post. :-) Visit her at hyper-tidy.com.
If you live with the symptoms of chronic pain, you are already well aware of exactly how disruptive and debilitating it can be. Everything from the weather outside to the foods we eat can trigger excruciating pain. Persistent, ongoing pain episodes can prevent you from enjoying your favorite activities. Even worse, your symptoms can linger for weeks, months, years, or even decades.
Some forms of chronic pain - such as migraine headaches - are among the most common health conditions in the world. Unfortunately, many over-the-counter and prescription pain medications are not helpful in completely relieving chronic pain symptoms. This is leading to an epidemic in abuse of pain relief medications.
Luckily, there are still ways that you can manage your chronic pain symptoms - possibly even without turning to medications. Here are some natural solutions and lifestyle changes that might provide you some much-needed light at the end of the tunnel:
These are just a few of the ways that you can begin to heal your body from chronic pain. Although some chronic pain conditions clear up on their own, others might last a lifetime. It is important to manage your symptoms and help your body heal itself, so that you can get back to a quality of life that you enjoy.
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If you are afflicted with a critical debilitative illness and are not a praying person, now would be an excellent time to start. Prayer changes things, and there are a number of scientific studies that show it can hasten healing, both mental and physical.
And of course there is my story. Prayer and Faith were a big part of my healing. :-)
Here is a video from Oprah's Soul Series. It is a three-part interview with Dr. Larry Dossey about the power of prayer and its place in modern medicine.
REMEDY: How I Cured the Incurable by Matthew J. Murphy
I'm very excited to announce that my book "REMEDY: How I Cured the Incurable" has been published and is now available for the summer reading season.
I am excited to be able to provide this item for your health and healing. I apologize for the delays but in the end you will be receiving a better product.
eBook, and Published Paperback book versions . These may be ordered through Amazon, and through traditional book stores such as Barnes & Noble & Books A Million.
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Support your local bookstore when possible. They are able to order my book as well. Click the screen grab below for great service from a local store near me. :-)
For persistent coughs and tickly throats:
Combine the following in a pot over medium heat until simmering:
3/4 cup unfiltered honey
1/2 cup water
1 whole lemon cut in fours
1 inch ginger root diced
AND 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
Remove the mixture from heat and let steep, covered for 10 minutes. Strain the cough syrup into a sealed glass jar and refrigerate. Take as needed.
Martin Luther King Jr. said "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"