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Natural Remedies for Anxiety

Feb 23, 2017

Balancing work, money, health, family, and everything in between can be a difficult balance. No matter what it is you’re dealing with, you’ve developed shallow breathing, mind-racing, and an inability to relax. If you are experiencing these feelings, you likely have anxiety and while it may seem the only option left is getting a prescription, we suggest trying natural cures first. According to our readers, cold showers, rhodiola, and apple cider vinegar are effective home remedies for anxiety.

What Is Anxiety?

A feeling that causes both mental and physical symptoms, anxiety is a pervasive feeling of worry or concern. It often manifests as fear, stress, concern, depression, cloudy thoughts, or general unease. Additionally, you may also experience physical symptoms such as fatigue, restlessness, and muscle tension.

There are a number of different anxiety disorders with specific causes or stressors. Panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety disorders are all common. Any of these conditions may be triggered by a specific event or factor or the manifestation of a lifetime of stress or stressful experiences.

Will Natural Treatments Actually Work?

In some cases, home remedies or natural treatments can help anxiety. These options work with your body to naturally calm your senses and anxious responses to better facilitate soothing. A number of home treatment options are effective, but three of our highest ranked reader suggested options are cold showers, rhodiola, and apple cider vinegar.

1. Cold Showers

As anxiety increases, so does your body temperature and, in turn, your heart rate. A cold shower helps reestablish your body’s natural temperature and level of blood flow. This option is a quick fix and offers immediate treatment.

2. Rhodiola

Rhodiola, or specifically the root, is a plant used in herbal medicine. The plant is considered an “adaptogen” as it helps the body cope with mental, physical, chemical, and environmental stress better.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar contains a number of vitamins and minerals that help restore natural balance in the body. According to feedback we have received from our readers, ACV relieves high blood pressure associated with anxiety and this has helped them feel less anxious.

One note of caution regarding Apple Cider Vinegar: While ACV has helped alleviate some of our readers with anxiety, it has also been reported to cause anxiety in some of our readers (see our ACV side effects page here). If you find this is the case, stop consuming it immediately. You should feel better within 24 hours, especially if you supplement with Magnesium, Potassium and B Complex supplements.

Keep reading to learn which remedies worked the best for our readers. Please share your feedback with us!



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Posted by Marigold (Anchorage, Ak) on 04/10/2010
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5-HTP for anxiety/depression

After reading some posts on this website, I decided to try 5-HTP for my general depression and social anxiety. After taking it the first time, I really noticed it made me feel kind of happy and giddy, so I was excited, and I also felt less anxious and more able to be what I consider myself. However, about a week taking just 50 mgs twice a day, I noticed I would get headaches. Then after about a week and a half I got a horrible headache, which I think might have been a migraine. It came on suddenly and lasted for about an hour of excruciating pain and nausea, and more mild pain and tension the rest of the day. Afterwards, for about a week, I started getting strange pains all on the left side of my body, in my leg and hip and shoulder. The migraine was on the right side of my head. I was pretty sure the 5 HTP was causing my everyday headaches, and was starting to feel like it lead to the migraine and subsequent left-side-of-the-body pains. I stopped taking 5-HTP and and my head-aches and body-aches have subsided completely. I am glad this supplement has worked for some people, but I just wanted to share my experience.

Replied by Gtijes
Allentown, Pa, Usa
08/29/2010

Does anyone know of a way to introduce something natural like 5-htp, and cut back on the prescription antidepressants? I wasn't sure if they interacted safely at all.

Replied by Randy
Jersey City, Nj, Usa
12/03/2010

I am thinking of doing the same thing. 5htp should not be taken with Rx anti-depressants. I take lexapro... I am planning on weaning down on my Rx by cutting the pills (go from 1 pill to 3/4, to half, etc), and introducing 5htp along the way as I wean.

Replied by Jasonmchicago
Chicago, Il (usa)
06/12/2011
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Serotonin is a vital neurotransmitter for all types of things... From mental to physical health. I had severe anxiety and tried different things from Velirium Root to different aroma therapies... The one thing that works amazingly was 5-HTP. It helps one get serotonin and serotonin helps with anxiety, depression, sleep problems (converts to melatonin), and muscle health (let's you get delta sleep so that your body can release growth hormone and repair muscle tissue). In the book "Pain Cure" there's a great recap of all the benefits of serotonin.

I HIGHLY recommend it for anxiety/depression. It helped change my life... Along with Yoga, MSM (joint pain), etc.

Thanks EC!

Replied by Cindy
Orange County, California
09/04/2011

I was having terrible IBS symptoms along with extreme anxiety. I started taking 5-htp on the advice of my naturopathic doctor. Within 1-2 weeks, my IBS reduced substantially and my anxiety lessened dramatically. I felt great everyday with a more stable, consistent mood than I have ever felt in my life.

According to my doctor, a large proportion of serotonin either resides or is made in your gut (I forget which) so it makes sense that it helped my IBS. When I started, I was taking 200 mg each morning. It didn't help me sleep though, in fact it kept me wide awake. After taking for about a year or so, I started feeling very ill every morning. It took me a long time to figure out it was the 5-htp. However, my general health has improved much over the past year and I have now cut the dose back to 50 mg per day and can handle it fine. My doctor told me my system probably did not need as much now and this is perhaps why larger doses were making me so ill.

Replied by Joe
Sterville, Co
03/11/2013

I've read a few posts on the use of 5HTP and unusual symptoms (headaches, pains, etc) after using for awhile. Just wanted to recommend The Mood Cure book which helps to explain that these symptoms could possibly be caused by too much serotonin (serotonin syndrome). The gist of the 5HTP part is just using it long enough, and in proper doses, to where you feel better. Once you start getting abnormal symptoms, it can indicate that you are getting too much of a good thing, at which point you would stop or cut back.

Replied by Bodulica
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
03/12/2013

Thank you so much for posting it. I researched "serotonin syndrome" and now I know why I ended up with the cardiac arrest after taking one single minimum dose of Paxil and why I feel so sick if I take anything that deals with the serotonin. Can you please tell me who is the author of the Mood Cure Book. I want to get it. Thank you.

Replied by Sandhya
Maui
09/08/2015

Author of Mood Cure Book is Julie Ross I believe. She also wrote another book after that .... The Diet Cure Book.


Posted by Kay (Norwich, NY) on 05/24/2009

fibermyliga, arthritus, anxity: i take cybalta and valiun as i have panic attacks real bad, i got the 5-htp but dr told me cant take as of the cybalta.i am drinking apple cidar with water 16oz as they say it is good for pain. i was using honey with it but ran out so i just use vinegar.i like the taste of it. thank you kay


Posted by Vandana (New Delhi, India) on 05/21/2009

hi, i am from india new delhi. many of the products and medicines prescribed like 5HTP, RHIODINE etc. etc. are not available in india. what is 5HTP. please prescribe/suggest me something for excess anxiety problem and its availability in india.

Replied by Luis
Cali, Colombia
05/22/2009

Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture),there are three specific sleep-aid points located on the inner wrist: the Shern-Men Point, the Day-Ling Point, and the Ney-Guan Point. The Sern-Men Point is located along the "Heart Meridian", and is responsible for the mental health and function of the circulatory system. The Day-Ling and Ney-Guan Points are located along the "Peri-Heart Meridian", and help maintain the normal functioning of the heart. These three specific anxiety and sleep-aid points form a a "Golden Triangle" that is responsible for calming, stress relief, and sleep inducement.

Shern-Men Point: In the inner wrist,little finger side(a small sag).
Ney-Guan Point: Two fingers distance from the middle of your inner wrist (between two tendons.
Day-Ling Point: In the inner wrist, in the middle.

Please, get acupuncture needles, ball pads, acupressure bands (USA)or something that press those points for a while until you feel better. Otherwise, use your fingers.


Posted by Stefanie (Minden, Louisiana) on 07/17/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I found this remedy when I was looking for herbal remedies for my daily headaches. I found 5-HTP. According to the article,some of the things it helped with are insomnia, headaches, anxiety & depression. I thought could it be? I immediately went to my husband to show him what I had found because he had problems sleeping at night as well. We went a few days later to our local drug store and picked up a bottle of 50mg. 5-HTP. We had decided on the lowest dosage available in our area, upping the dosage as we went along if it was necessary. We have only been on it for a few days now but there is a very noticeable difference. We both have been sleeping through the night and feeling more refreshed when we wake. My anxiety attacks are gone as well as my headaches. We both are much less snappish than what we were before. We haven't noticed any side effects so far. We are taking them with a meal or a small snack and so far we have stayed at 50mg. Thanks for the very useful information that lead to this discovery!


Posted by Molly (Madison, USA) on 04/11/2008
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Warning

One time I purchased a bottle of 5-htp, and after taking one capsule morning & evening, just twice, I threw the bottle away. My reaction to 5-htp was horrific; upon further research I learned that high levels of serotonin are associated with SEVERE ANXIETY. I also read that the spice ginger is a serotonin antagonist, so I have a bottle on hand, just in case I ever feel so anxious ever again.

Then I read somewhere online that there is a set of people whose depression responds to Acetyl L-Carnitine, they said the depression lifted in these people when using 3-4 grams a day, and to take two grams of acetylcarnitine on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning.

This amino acid is the most amazing substance; I've never been able to take more than 2 grams per day - there is such great mental clarity, there is utter inability to be depressed, but there simultaneously is no euphoria - just calm lucid clarity. I've read that it assists the brain in making many different neurotransmitters - so it is not anything, not anything at all like 5-htp which floods the brain with serotonin - which, if you don't need it, might create severe anxiety.

Replied by Bodulica
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
03/12/2013
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My reaction to 5-HTP was terrible. Felt like I ingested a poison. Very sick, felt like fainting, headache...

Replied by Chadi10
UAE
09/03/2013

Hi Molly, is Acetyl L-Carnitine same as L-carnitine or different?

Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
09/04/2013

Hello Chadi:

I didn't see if "Molly" had responded to you. You ask if Acetyl Carnitine is the same as L Carnitine. They are not. Carnitine is used for fat removal and to help those exercising to use fat for energy... the chemistry of the mitochrondria is involved.

Acetyl l Carnitine, is a derivative of Carnitine and is primarily used as brain protection, being able to penetrate the blood brain barrier.

Replied by Chadi10
UAE
09/07/2013

Thanks for responding,Tom. I really have Chronic Fatigue and that resulted into sleep apnea, high BP, stomach issues, and all the other stuff associated with it. I tried everything, nothing worked. I was thinking of trying Acetyl-L-carnitine. What is your opinion of it?


Posted by Susanne (Indianapolis, In) on 11/30/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I began taking 5-HTP for depression and anxiety and sleeplessness during a very emotionally stressful breakup. I have Not had an anxity attack since 3-07 which I had suffered from off and on for several years. I sleep so much better. I am able to think clearer and stay focused and concentrate so much better as well as improved my memory. I am thankful for this. My dr. wanted to put me on Wellbutrine. NO Thank U!

Replied by Entheogens
Palo Alto, California, Usa
12/03/2010

Why does anybody think that 5-HTP is any better than other pharmaceutical SSRIs? It's the same thing. Don't be fooled by it being so-called "natural". First of all, there is no proof that raising serotonin levels is the issue. Second of all, in clinical trials SSRIs did no better than placebos.

Replied by Peter
Seattle
06/04/2015

Why are natural alternatives like 5htp better? Anti-depressants work by shutting down the receptors that rid your brain of serotonin, in a sense forcing old serotonin to be recirculated constantly. Your serotonin receptors then shrivel up.

5htp gives your brain the raw materials to build serotonin. When it needs it, its there. But only what it needs, when it needs it.

Pete

Replied by Jc
Boston
07/07/2015

There is a good amount of research now showing that Serotonin does not cross the Blood brain barrier. So taking 5HTP will only boost the serotonin in the brain IF your Blood Brain Barrier is compromised. Not a a good situation overall.

As mentioned above, too much serotonin can cause depression and anxiety. Again, not a good thing.

The best solution for anxiety and depression known to man right now has been around for ever. Exercise! This is not controversial. Doctors of all orientations agree.

Replied by Kennywally
Midwest
02/09/2017
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wellbutrine is known to change personalities. I say it opens a path to demons, hence the personality change. The same goes for similar drug counterparts, they can enable a path to the spirit world. But many don't get that, but I do. Just a word to the wise.


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Posted by Sveta (Des Plaines, IL) on 07/28/2009
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Having been suffering from bipolar, bulimia, anxiety disorder and depression for 5 years. Tried ACETYL L-CARNITINE. Have one thing to say, it's freaking amazing! I'm surprised you don't hear about it much. It helps my anxiety better than cold showers, antidepressants, and even Xanax! I'm so happy that that i found out about it. It's like the hell I've been living in for years is over. This supplement has the strength of a prescription drug. I advise everyone who has anxiety problem to give a try. Though I need like 50 mg a day instead of 5000 the way they recommend. 5000 is too much for me to tolerate. Find your dosage. And never give up. Try every supplement for depression and anxiety out there, one by one. Some will do nothing, some will make you feel worse, but there'll be one, two, or even more that will help you and make your life a beautiful and joyful thing to have. Good luck everyone.

EC: More info about this supplement on our L-carnitine page.

Replied by Cherylanne
Clarksburg, Wv
09/08/2011

How long did you take L-Carnitine before noticing results? I purchased gelatin capsules 500 mg and don't know how I am going to divide them or take smaller doses. I would rather start smaller and raise it, if needed. Your post really inspired me, so I hope to hear more about this. Anyone out there know if this amino acid helps with anxiety or depression?

Replied by Caricater
Smyrna, Ga
12/30/2011

Please note that L-Carnitine and Acetyl L-Carnitine are different! L-Carnitine can help you lose weight and improve heart function, but for anxiety and depression, ALC is the one you want. ALC may benefit those with glucose issues and has been shown to improve memory and cognitive function. There are studies that an increase in oxidative stress while taking ALC is possible. 100-600mg of alpha lipoic acid will not only combat this side effect, it will increase the anti-aging effects!

Replied by Zander
Ohio
07/26/2014
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I agree with your assessment about acetyl l-carnitine. I experienced relief almost immediately today [about 20 minutes] after taking 500 mg. I had ordered a formulation for Memory & Brain but had no idea it would have the calmative properties it had. I experience fairly intentense restless anxiety from time to time. It produces such a helpless & hopeless feeling. I was not expecting this to provide relief for anxiety at all but there was no mistaking the calm which came over me.

Replied by Timh
KY
07/27/2014

Zander: I think your testimony about the two mentioned nutrients makes a fine illustration of how the modern western life w/ all the stressors and toxins can deplete our nutritional & antioxidant status.

I would recommend broad spectrum nutritional supplementation w/ extra antioxidants. Also, many herbs w/ many benefits for your health. I have been using nutrition (supplements for many yrs and am still learning new stuff and have literally spared my life from severe environmental illness.

Replied by Allan
Trinidad
12/27/2015

Hi Zander,

Can you indicate the name of the 'Memory and Brain' formulation that you purchased and used. And to date does it still work for you?Thanks.


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Posted by Wendy (Barrie, Ontario Canada) on 10/04/2008
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Anxiety/Panic Attacks/ph balancing

My dh and I moved 1000 miles away to the middle of nowhere (seriously) with 2 small kids, for him to take a job working 80+hrs a week...in JANUARY! The dog died, the car died, my daughter burnt her arm on the woodstove, we were isolated etc. and of course for 3 months I tried every natural remedy to save our dog to no avail. So when I suddenly went to emerg one night with a racing heart that I couldn't slow down, the sweats, shakes and dizziness, I thought for sure I was having a heart attack...heck I am 40 after all! They gave me an adavan that I didn't take and told me to go home and relax with all the stress in my life. Although everyone kept telling me I was in emotional turmoil...for me there had to be another concrete reason, I had handled way worse in my life and heck it wasn't like I lived in a war torn country or anything...nutritionally I mean, or lack thereof.

I had been drinking black tea again to cope with the dog, the move etc. so it was the first to go with the result being less frequent attacks. So with the help of a guy in Nova Scotia I learned about PH balancing and the work of Dr. Carey Reams. I started balancing my ph each day and if it was 7ish I felt awesome, if it was acid I felt awful. Any sweetener- even honey affected me greatly on the acid side. Then I added in a green supplement from a doctor in Barrie Ontario. On his advice I also started taking a concentrated mineral supplement (the most popular one on the market he recommended) and I started with 1 drop 2x a day, then 2 drops 2x a day and so on. He said I would have loose stools when I reached enough. He said rarely some of his clients could handle 40-60 drops a day. THIS was ME! I was taking 30 drops 2x a day with no loose stools- AND I felt like a million bucks....and NO more panic attacks- ever. woohoo. Then I moved on to zeolite which got back my 5 yr flagging libido and life was incredibly awesome... of course I ended up pregnant with my 3rd, but it's all good and i'm still feeling awesome with no return of the horrifying panic attacks. Incidentlly I tried homeopathics, herbal tinctures, herbal teas, acv, baking soda etc. nothing worked but the constant paying attention of the day to day ph morning and night of my saliva and urine and taking the concentrated minerals. Believe me, for anyone going thru these you'll do just about anything to make them stop!!!

Replied by Loren
Brooklyn, NY
03/31/2009

This question if for Wendy from Barrie, Ontario: Can you say what is the name of the mineral supplement your doctor gave you. I have similar problems like yours and would love to try this product. help please

Replied by Janet
Nashville, TN
07/08/2009

Can you tell me what the green substance was. Was it Chlorophyll? And how do you get yourself from being to acidic?

Replied by Yah_yahgirl
Fayetteville, North Carolina
07/09/2009

Hi I wanted info. on balancing PH I have been 4 years with sweats, weight gain, getting mucas when I lay down , so I sleep with two pillows, oh and I do not sleep well. I'm tired and depressed and at times very short with people. Thanks for any info you might have
Jeanne


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Posted by Diane (Los Angeles, California Usa) on 06/29/2011

I used to have panic attacks that had my husband rushing me to the emergency room all the time! I thought I was losing my mind with fear and anxiety. I would feel like digging a hole, jumping in and pulling the hole in with me!

In my case I found that "acid reflux" was the cause of my problem. Whenever I start to have a panic attack---I take a few TUMS as it works the best for my acid/panic attacks! Baking powder will work too if I don't have Tums. But for some reason Tums works best on me.

Panic attacks are the scariest thing I ever experienced in my life. I hope this little secret helps someone with this problem.

Strong Coffee and hot chili can bring on an attack.

Replied by Kate
New Orleans, La
03/24/2012
1 out of 5 stars

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Please be careful with TUMS. That can block phosphorus and have ill effects on your bones. Happened to me. Thought it would actually help bones because they talk about having calcium. I had fractures in my shins, femurs and feet. After many scans and blood work, stopped TUMS and went back to normal.

Replied by Jen
Bakersfield, Ca
11/06/2012
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Thank you. After spending lots of money every month on prescribed medications for my daughter for her anxiety attacks that would hit her several times a day and night. Well some of the meds came up missing and we didn't find out til the weekend so I started looking on here for a natural remedie and found this one and thought that it would be a good starting point and low and behold it WORKED!!! . now I wonder if its just reflux and if a regular reflux pill will work even better...

Replied by Kellie
California, US
01/08/2015

Tums is just baking soda and aspirin. It may be cheaper and healthier for you to just take baking soda. I started taking baking soda daily to get rid of a cold, and I started to notice my anxiety and panic attacks would go away within ten to twenty minutes of drinking baking soda. So I started looking online for others who have experienced the same thing. Baking soda seems to be very helpful in reducing or eliminating them. Including magnesium and potassium in your regimen helps even more. So it makes total sense to me that a mineral supplement, and "green pills" which are alkalizing just like baking soda, helps a lot.

Replied by Milers
Queensland, Australia
08/15/2015

How much baking soda should I take daily? I believe you're talking about drinking it mixed with water right? Can I add it in fruit juice also?

Replied by Beau
New Zealand
10/10/2015

One teaspoon mixed with a glass of warm water. Drink it all down. The following burps flavour should betray to you the offending food source..


Anxiety and High Blood Pressure  

Posted by Ann (Daytona Beach, Fl) on 02/24/2010

Anxiety & HBP

I thought this was very interesting. The Dr. responding to the question is:
Director, Hypertension Section
Division of Nephrology & Hypertension
Department of Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati

Here's the question presented and the doctor's answer..

"Dear Doctor Rief, I have had high blood pressure for 20 years. I have tried at least 14 different medications during all these years. In all this time I have never been able to get my pressure down to normal limits. My diastolic is always in the 90`s and the systolic in the 140`s. I am now 54 and worrying as time passes I am at risk of stroke or heart attack. I`ve had a stress/echo 18 months ago and it was normal. What can I do to get my pressure under control? I also suffer from GAD and currently take 5 mg. valium TID. I am under a lot of stress in my life and have been since first being diagnosed with high blood pressure. Problems with my marriage and relationship with parents and kids. I just want to be normal as now I am not able to drive due to the anxiety. Thank you for any advice you can offer

Answer:
It is difficult to give specific advice without having complete data in an individual patient. However, a few points can be made:
Anxiety can cause or aggravate hypertension, and hypertension can cause anxiety. Some patients respond to counseling, while others respond to antidepressants.
At any rate, your blood pressure should be 130 systolic or lower. You can safely ignore the diastolic number, as it is not indicative of cardiovascular risk."

I thought this rather interesting since I've been told my whole life the bottom figure was more to worry about than the top. I wonder what the real truth is about high blood pressure or if they even know. I believe this doctor, he appears to be an expert in the field. I would think it's natural to have high blood pressure if you're suffering from anxiety and that, of course, only makes the anxiety worse.

Replied by Groovy
Tampa, Fl
07/28/2013

I agree with this post. I recently have high blood presssure after having a baby and gaining 30 pds of weight at age 40. I do feel sometimes I eat the wrong foods my blood pressure goes up and I am tossing all night in bed feeling anxious. It was convenient and inexpensive but now I am trying to eat better even though it's hard with a baby in the house!


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Posted by Chelsea (West Milford, Nj) on 06/25/2012
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Worked Temporarily

I began experiencing anxiety and depression four months ago as a result, of extreme stress from grad school/ life circumstances. It quickly became severe. I stopped eating, was nauseous every day and could barely get out of bed. I am on antidepressants and anti-anxiety meds, which arent doing much. I am also going to therapy.

I read about ACV on this site and decided to try it a few days ago, using the standard recipe of 2 tsp in water 3 x a day. For 3 days, it has been amazing! My motivation, appetite, energy, ability to function, all came back within a day and by the second day my constant stress headache had vanished.

I took the same amount today and nothing happened. My headache is back, my motivation/energy are low. Is it possible for your body to become used to the ACV that quickly? Should I stop taking it for a few days? I am afraid of what will happen if I do. But I am also concerned because I have osteopenia, and have read that ACV taken regularly can exacerbate this. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
06/26/2012

Chelsea, read up on Rhodiola here on EC.

Replied by Carmel
Clacton On Sea, Essex, Uk
06/26/2012

I think we sometimes confuse depression and sadness. If we are in an awful place and very miserable about it we call it depression when it is sadness. I do not believe that any medication can help with that, it has to be you changing the way your life is so that you become happy and are no longer sad. I have heard that Apple Cider Vinegar helps with lots of things but never depression but if it does wonderful. I cannot see how it helps for a bit and then stops nor how such a small amount can cure depression. But there again they now say daffodils can, so maybe. Maybe you were feeling so miserable you wanted it to work so felt it did?

Replied by Juliette
Reston, Va
06/28/2012

I had a similiar reaction after drinking Apple Cider Vinegar for the first time I just felt like clean and balanced which in turn made me happier. Things that I've done that have helped in the long term are chaste tree berry (if your depression is hormonal youll see a huge difference) and holy basil tea (tulsi tea). I also take 5htp from time to time. Eating healthy and going on a juice fast will really show a HUGE difference too. At the end of the day though you have to take care of your spiritual health in whatever way feels natural to you, that is when you will start to feel real comfort! Good luck :)

Replied by Juliette
Reston, Va
06/28/2012

ALSO try getting a magnesium supplement... Stress depletes your bodys magnesium apparently, I felt much better after getting some magnesium citrate in powder form and having some whenever I felt stressed (whole foods has a good one blue bottle I think)

Replied by Cindy
Oc, Ca
07/26/2012

I second rhodiola as a remedy to try. It sounds like you are physically burned out, and the way you described your symptoms is exactly what I went through because of a really demanding job and relationship a few years ago. Rhodiola helped me immensely in terms of getting my life and energy back. If you take it in small doses (100-200mg), it helps stimulate your energy and removes anxiety. In larger doses, it makes you feel drowsy and super relaxed. It has been a God-send for me. I take about 125mg twice a day.

Replied by Bev
Fl
10/31/2015

Please only take Magnesium Glycinate or topically applied Magnesium Oil which is expensive but lasts almost forever. Other forms of magnesium are not absorbed well by the body. Some sites say that most anxiety/depression is caused by a lack of magnesium.


Replied by Amber
Buffalo, MN
05/02/2009

Were there any side effects to this? I have been suffering from chronic depression and anxiety for many years. I feel it tends to take my life over at times. I know a lot of it is caused from stress. I would like to give this a try, but I am afraid.

Posted by Darren (Hicksville, NY) on 01/27/2008
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I started taking ACV to lower my blood pressure. Not only did it lower my pressure (My doctor was shocked at how low it went) It also cured my anxiety and a wart on my hand that i had for over a year. I tried everythin except going to the doctor to have it froze off. ACV made me a New person. Everyone at work said that i have more patience and am more relaxed. It is the Greatest thing since the invention of the wheel. I put a teaspoon full in a glass of water.

Replied by Sow_b
Sydney, Nsw
09/06/2009

Hello, I want to check up on how the ACV is going in treating anxiety symptoms. Some posts are almost a year old and I want to ask how people are now coming along with this? Is it still going well? Do you feel as if the treatment has worked? Please let me know.


Posted by Scott (Paradise, California) on 09/11/2007
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Hi. I am a new user of ACV and am very pleased and surprised at the way it is helped me to feel better. I know that I have always struggled with candidiasis, but never got the complete relief from it using other remedies. The ACV has made an incredible difference in how I feel. I have also experienced the other benefits of increased energy, decreased anxiety, better sleep. However, there is one concern I have that I hope someone can help me with. Sometimes when I take the ACV it seems to upset my stomach. Help! I really value this remedy, but I'm concerned about stomach upset. Thanks.

Replied by Stephen
Aurora, Oh
10/21/2009

Hello, read your post about acv for anxiety/panic on a forum. Just curious as to how long after taking this does it seem to last or work. How long is the duration of your lessened anxiety. Cause anxiety pops up throughout the day for me in certain social situations. Thanks for your feedback.

Sincerely. Steve

Replied by Ayla
Sumter, South Carolina
06/25/2011

Just add a pinch of baking soda to lower the acidity.. :) I'm very sensitive to anything going in my tummy, and my Mom told me about the BS.. No problem since. :)

Replied by Reeka
Milan, Italy
05/24/2015

I suffer from a very severe anxiety disorder brought on by many catastrophic traumas one after the other in my life. The anxiety is constant, the horrible racing thoughts, the what-ifs, stomach in knots, insomnia, you name it. I am in therapy and medication. If I try the apple cider vinegar remedy I will have to stop the meds immediately right? How many days do I have to wait to see the effects?

Replied by Timh
Ky
05/26/2015

R: It is advised by many naturopathic Physicians to minimize pharmaceutical mind medications as the side effects can, in themselves, be debilitating.

Here are some natural alternatives for healthy mind. Yoga & Transcendental Meditation. Warm baths of Epsom Salts or Magnesium tablets taken orally. Herbs like Chamomile, Passion Flower, Valerian, Hops are helpful. Audio or healing harmonic music is becoming increasingly popular for helping correct an whole array of both mental and physical conditions. Go to YouTube.com and type in your condition ("anxiety") plus the words "binaural beats" or "isochornic beats" and listen to this music w/ headphones whenever you can and especially before sleep or while relaxing in bed. Most of these artist have their own YT channel and information about purchasing the tracts so you can download them to your mobile devise and listen when you can.

Replied by Bj
Michigan, Usa
05/26/2015

Reeka, (Milan, Italy), It is usually better to taper off anxiety medications, as stopping them immediately may cause greater issues. Someone else may be better able to answer your question of whether ACV can be taken while you are tapering off the meds. I don't know if there would be any adverse interactions.

The best supplement that I have used for chronic anxiety is magnesium chloride. I use a pinch (about 1/8-1/4 teaspoon), I usually put it in juice or hot molasses tea that I make to take my pure powdered vitamins. But I have dissolved it in 1/2 cup of water and swallowed quickly as it tastes terrible. Other types of magnesium do not work for my anxiety. Magnesium chloride has removed the 'what ifs', the racing thoughts, the chronic worry and the insomnia, especially when I take it before bed. It has also worked well for restless leg syndrome. I have taken it up to 3 times a day but usually no more than twice. Now I just take it a few times a week or when I feel I need it. It will cause diarrhea so if this happens just cut back. I get aquarium grade pure magnesium chloride as there are no additives and tropical fish owners are well aware of how sensitive and valuable their fish are and so the supplements they use are high quality. I hope you find relief soon, as I do understand the debilitating cycle anxiety can be. ~Bj~

Replied by Holly
Ga
06/22/2016

I mix mine with grape juice and have a bowl of cereal or a biscuit first! Hope this helps!

Replied by Brenden
Rock Springs, Wyoming
06/30/2016

It's cleaning your gut out for all the bad stuff u ate.


Posted by Judi (Salem, OH) on 09/01/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I've been suffering terribly from acid reflux. Nothing I tried helped at all. I was getting terrible panic attacks along with it because it feels like I'm going to have a heart attack. I found this website and tried I TB of ACV in a small glass of ice water and had almost instant relief. It has now been almost a full day later and the reflux has yet to come back. It is truly amazing. This will now be a part of my daily regime.


Posted by Debra (Elkhart, TX) on 02/14/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Ok, I have been reading about HBP, which I have and decided to go get some ACV. I went to the grocery store. I mixed 2tbls. with water and drank about half. It hurt my stomach at first. I think I needed more water. After about 30 minutes I noticed that my anxiety was gone. For the last week I have been panicking about my HBP, Just found out last week. I went to the emergency room 2 nights ago for it. And they told me it could be anxiety. This stuff stopped it. I didn't know that it could do that. I did a search on it and sure enough, it can end anxiety. Praise God. Now I waiting for my blood pressure to go down. I am already impressed. I feel happy. I never feel happy. I have been depressed for along time.

Replied by Cured
Niceville, Fl
01/29/2010

To Debra from Texas: You mentioned it "hurt" your stomach at first. You might probably had a stomach ulcer and didn't know it. ACV is the cure for that too.

My guess about anxiety and why people might not come back and comment on their problem for long term results...it probably really works and we forget what problems we have when they are gone. I have been using ACV and various other remedies from this site for almost 6 months now. I will admit I was a mess before and I forget all the problems I used to have. I did make a list/journal when I first started these home remedies and update often.



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