Conventional medicine has been successful in the treatment of anxiety disorders for many patients, yet so many others feel the need to seek the use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for supplemental relief.
Approximately 50%–65% of patients with anxiety disorders benefit from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or antidepressants. However, many patients continue to suffer significant symptoms despite treatment, underlining the need for further options or adjuncts to current conventional treatments.
Prevalence of CAM has been increasing due to fear of addiction to conventional medications, possible dissatisfaction with conventional care, combined with increased awareness, changing health practices.
Those with psychiatric disorders are highly prone to using CAM. This is particularly true for the patients with anxiety who have marked impairment in daily functioning, use an extensive amount of health care resources, and yet continue to have difficulty in achieving full remission of their condition.
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a potential effective treatment strategy for anxiety, which can be affordable and used independently, without a trained professional.
Massage, relaxation, acupuncture are used for anxiety relief by many.
Homeopathy for Anxiety
Homeopathic remedies help in eradicating the recurring tendency of an anxiety attacks.
Several uncontrolled and observational studies reported positive results of using Homeopathy for anxiety relief including high levels of patient satisfaction but because of the lack of a control group, it is difficult to assess the extent to which any response is due to homeopathy.
Homeopathic remedies suggested for anxiety are Aconite, Argentum Nitricum,Stramonium, Silicea, Lycopodium.
Aromatherapy for Anxiety
Aromatherapy is one of the most widely used CAMs in the treatment of anxiety. A recent systematic review concluded that, across the 16 studies, aromatherapy was generally safe and effective in reducing anxiety symptoms. The review reported that those with higher levels of anxiety appeared to respond better to aromatherapy than those with mild anxiety.
Besides increasing calmness and well-being, essential oil usage to treat anxiety also reduces the chances of developing stress and anxiety-related disease and complications.
Lavender, Lemongrass, Ylang-ylang, Frankincense are some of the essential oils which can be used effectively to relieve anxiety.
Exercise for Anxiety
Utilising cross-sectional data from the US national comorbidity study of 8098 adults aged 15 to 54, Goodwin revealed regular physical activity as being associated with decreased prevalence of current anxiety disorders.
Current clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of anxiety disorders support regular physical activity (e.g., walking for 60 minutes or running 20–30 minutes at least four days per week) as part of best-practice treatment. These recommendations are the same as those for MDD. This is prudent given the high comorbidity between depression and anxiety.
Reduced Anxiety Symptoms with Chiropractic Care
Chiropractor takes a holistic healing approach by taking at all possible aspects into consideration while suggesting treatment for anxiety.
Chiropractic manipulation may help for increasing brain activity and also help in balancing nervous system.
Chiropractic care is a mind-body approach which works by adjusting physical symptoms in order to improve mental health. In certain cases, people with anxiety may find that imbalances within their body were contributing to their symptoms, which can be well addressed by chiropractic
Studies supporting REDUCED ANXIETY SYMPTOMS With Chiropractic care.