Sunday, September 04, 2005

Anxiety and Nutrition

Anxiety is a psychosomatic symptom which is the combination of the feeling of fear, apprehension and worry often accompanied by physical sensations such as palpitations, chest pain and/or shortness of breath. It may exist as a primary brain disorder or may be associated with other medical problems including other psychiatric disorders.

A chronically recurring case of anxiety that has a serious effect on your life may be clinically diagnosed as an anxiety disorder. The most common are Generalized anxiety disorder, Panic disorder, Social anxiety disorder, phobias, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

There are several natural medications which are used for their anti-anxiety properties. Kava Kava is a popular herbal treatment, small doses can be taken regularly through the day, or when early symptoms are noticed. Valerian Root is also reputed to have anti-anxiety and sedative properties, as is Passion Fruit, Hops, and Chamomile.

Anxiety can be caused by intake of certain foods - Chinese Food Syndrome or lack of some aminoacids see Lysine Deficiency.

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