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Apple Cider Vinegar

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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)

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 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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Berry (Washington,DC) on 08/29/2005
5 out of 5 stars

a tablespoon of vinegar in a half glass of warm water is good for calming my emotions. if i drink it when something has gotten on my nerves. It takes effect immediately. Try it

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Connie (Portland, OR)
5 out of 5 stars

I suffered from depression and anxiety for many years. I tried at least six or seven medications over a five year period but nothing worked. They all were just expensive and had bad side effects. A naturopathic biologist told me to take ACV and after a couple of days I felt much better for the first time. I believe there are people who need the prescription medications -and counseling is a great help to most of us- but for those of us suffering from occasional recurrent depression/anxiety I believe it is a fantastic cure. I have only taken it when my depression pops up and found relief every time. After reading the benefits for weight loss though, I believe I will begin taking it daily - and brushing my teeth afterward!

Apples, Water

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Posted by Spike (Orlando, florida) on 05/11/2009
4 out of 5 stars

I had years of horrible irrational anxiety while driving. I discovered that something in apples releived much of my anxiety----maybe it was just the distraction, but it worked. Later, I read that dehydration (thirst) is a contributing factor in anxiety. I started taking a bottle of water with me in the car and that works great. Im not cured, but, way better.

Try it, hope it helps.

Replied by Oldriska
(Prague, Czech Republic)
5 out of 5 stars

I agree that dehydration may trigger anxiety. It definitely was a factor in my first panic attack, also, supposedly many people experience attacks after they had been drinking alcohol.

Drinking herbal/green tea, plenty of water, eliminating alcohol and coffee from my diet has helped me a lot when dealing with anxiety, and so did changing my eating habits. I found that I had been missing on some essential vitamins, so adding those to my diet was a part of the healing process. A lot of people nowadays have low magnesium and/or 'B' vitamins intake (I used to get cravings for peanut butter, apples and celery, now I know why), which may also add to your anxiety.


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Posted by Cathleen (Los Angeles, Ca) on 11/24/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I have found myself to dramatically feel less burdened by daily stress when I'm taking Ashwagandha twice a day. My counselor suggested the improvement was attributable to other changes I've made in life but when I tested by ceasing Ashwagandha I returned to having more tense feeling days including clenching of teeth. I have tried both Organic India brand which is available at Whole Foods and Swanson's Ultimate Ashwagandha and while both were effective I believe the Swanson product worked best. Both of these products were only made from the root of the herb and I would love to hear from others if results have been better from taking both the root and leaves (I haven't yet tried).

Replied by Kaylap
(Abbotsford, Bc)
5 posts

My naturopath just started me on this. Fingers crossed it helps! I found that so far exercise has been the best remedy but hopefully the ashwagandha helps keep things level when I can't exercise.


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Posted by Nettle (London, Uk) on 07/02/2011
1 out of 5 stars


If you are someone who suffers from panic attacks or is emotionally quite sensitive, then be very careful taking cayenne and garlic as both release adrenaline into the body and can cause a panic attack if you are already quite ill and have had alot of stress prior to getting ill.

B Complex

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Posted by Laura (Honolulu, HI) on 03/19/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I am a chronicly (sp?) anxious person. B complex really helps with it. It gives you energy when you don't want to get out of bed and it makes you able to resolve the things you're so busy worrying about. I take it every day- I did here though, that it's kinda hard on your kidneys. I try to take a few days off a month to give my body a break. Hope this helps!

B Complex
Posted by Dee (USA) on 02/24/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I have found that taking B complex vitamins work very well for depression and anxiety. Also repeating positive affirmations like "I am healing" while imagining a white light covering your entire body has worked very well for me! Much peace to you all!!


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Posted by Maureen (Md) on 07/13/2020
5 out of 5 stars

If you are having anxiety, get your Vitamin B12 level checked by your doctor.

I was having horrible anxiety and was seeing a therapist who kept trying to give me anti-anxiety medicine. When I had some blood work done it was discovered that I was very low on B12.

Apparently, B12 deficiency causes anxiety, depression and insomnia, in addition to numerous other dangerous health problems.

After I started loading doses of B12 shots, my anxiety DISAPPEARED COMPLETELY. Just like magic.

If you think your B12 level must be OK because you are taking an oral supplement you might be wrong. B12 is the only vitamin that requires a cofactor (intrinsic factor) in order for your body to be able to use it. There are many reasons why your body may not be able to absorb B12 properly, including use of PPIs. So, if you can't absorb B12 the normal way, get a B12 shot. You'll be so glad you did.

Replied by Joe
(Stockton, Ca)

How can you check level at home or have some idea? My son has ocd and anxiety problem?

He does take B-Complex 100, and other supplements.

Replied by Gigi
(Somerville Nj)

How long does the B12 shot last? How often do you get one?

B12, Folic Acid, 5-HTP and Altoids

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Posted by Justin (Port St. Lucie) on 08/22/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I was under constant attack from anxiety, and depression was setting in because of it. I saw a therapist who taught me about positive thinking and ways to get myself out of a panic attack. It kinda worked but was a constant effort to always be managing my moods and still fighting random panic attacks. I started self medicating with a popular narcotic made to ease anxiety. We all know it as a small white rectangular pill. I became dependant and my tolerance built up way to high. I lost my job, and almost my wife and kid because of that stupid pill! I checked myself into a rehab...mainly to get it out of my system while in a secure, stable environment. My mind was definetly set on getting that pill out of my life so it was easy to kick. When I got out I was so scared of my anxiety coming back...and it did! I then remembered someone telling me about B-12 and Folic Acid as a natural cure for anxiety. I went to the store found the vitamins and saw it was like $6 for a 3 months supply and said "what the heck, I'll try it".....2 years later only one ten minute panic attack! The one I did have was after a night of drinking and did not take my def. my own fault. I take 500mcgs of B-12 and 400 mcgs of Folic Acid twice a day (i'm a big guy) I rarely, very rarely even think of my anxiety.

I have also, overtime, added a supplement called 5-htp and always carry around Altoids. I take the 5-htp when it just feels like things aren't going my way, and within an hour I am as giddy as a 3yr old watching blues clues! The Altoids help me out just whenever, they give me my own personal break from everything. The freshness it gives just puts everything back on a balanced level. The extreme peppermint taste relaxes me. I pop one in before any stressfull meeting, event, issue and i'ts like my own personal shield from stress!

As a side note since taking these new vitamins I have only been sick with a cold for one day out of 2 years! I have not gotten a single sore throat, flu, ear ache...Everyone in my family can be sick and I get nothing! I feel invincible! Smiling more.

Replied by Calmed
5 out of 5 stars

I took some altoids from the convenience store the other night. Amazing! I felt so calm and had some sense of well being which I lack with anxiety. I will take them as they contain magnesium, I found later. I fully recommend them. 5htp actually cured me once but could not take it, after taking teeny tiny amounts for a few days. It was a real cure, after having anxiety for years and trying everything else. Tranquilizers also help. Valium is better for me than zanax, but haven't taken them in a long while. I will if anxiety becomes unmanageable.

Replied by Desiree
(Southern Ca.)

I am very happy that Altoids calmed your anxiety!

As a person that suffered from extreme anxiety and panic attacks in the past, I suspect that you might have had an acid problem in your stomach. I suffered from acidity in my stomach and didn't even know I had this problem. Much of the time people have anxiety it can be caused by acidity in the stomach and chest area (acid reflux) and you actually think you are going nuts! Altoids history shows it was first marketed in the late 1700's as a stomach relief medication! In my case for anxiety I pop a couple antacids in my mouth and my anxiety goes away! Next time I am going to try the Altoids and see if it helps me. Thanks for the post.

Replied by Ben
(Bremerton, Washington)

Anxiety attack--- a symptom of gaba deficency.

Have you ever wondered why some people always feel great while others always feel depressed or anxious? Scientific researchers have discovered that we are far more dependent on our gut flora that previously thought.

Gaba is an amino acid the body uses as a neurotransmitter to promote a calm sense of well being.gaba is the tranquility in the midst of life's storms. Gaba is what helps us relax and gaba also increases our tolerance to pain. In a deficency of gaba we feel anxiety, fearful, stressed out all the time and unable to relax. In a gaba deficency our pain levels rise.

So how do we make gaba in our bodies? The answer is we dont make it, it is made for us by a certain strain of gut bacteria called lactobacilli rhamnoses. In an absence of this intestinal bacteria our neurological health suffers. We develop anxiety attack and depression. sometimes people slip into such a state of depression they think suicidal thoughts as a result of a gaba deficency.dRug and alcohol cravings are often linked to a gaba deficency

So how do we overcome a gaba deficency? First we can take additional gaba as a supplement. It is available at any health food store for cheap.

Next we need to limit the amount of things harmful to our intestinal bacteria such as crops sprayed with roundup, antibiotics, too much colloidal silver, food preservatives like cancer causing bha and bht. Even coffee has a very negative impact on the intestinal microbiome. We then need to replenish benefical bacteria such as lactobacilli rhamnoses and others . Proper gut microflora is just now being recognized in psychology as having a direct cause-effect relationship on mental health.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Ben, I wonder what you might say about BHT after reading Oscar's posts and all the people who benefited from it.

Replied by Ben
(Bremerton, Washington)

As far as I am concerned, bht butylated hydroxy toluene sounds like trouble. First off there are conflicting reports of its carcinogenic effects. Then the substance is known to have harmful effects on gut microflora. Aside from that there are numerous other methods of stopping hep-c, hiv and other viruses that are not potentially dangerous. When in doubt I usually err on the side of caution, but that is just my opinion.

Replied by Janet

Dear Ben.

Much of what you have written is correct and interesting. This post is less than helpful. Bht kills many an infection. As Oscar has said there is help in the newest medical treatment for this illness. But to discount all the cures and help bht has provided from both Oscar and Ted is disturbing to me. Janet

Replied by Joe
(Stockton, Ca)

My son 52 acquired OCD 6 yrs ago, it's been a nightmare with Clomipramine, and 1mg Antipsychotics (2007 diagnosed Schizophrenia)

He does take B-Complex 100mg. Has much Anxiety, coupled with OCD, is there a home test to determine symptoms of low B-12? Magnesium at Amazon from Dr Carolyn Dean is suppose to be great. It is a cream you rub anywhere on body, it gets dissolved, where as pills usually don't. 5HTP is not recommended for long term use, Google it to be safe. Thank you all.

Replied by Anon

Wilson's syndrom mimicks schizophrenia. You might look into that, copper/zinc ratio, molybdenum, heavy metal chelation, liver detox. Sleep problems may cause him to dream during the day. ❤

Borage Oil, Magnesium

Posted by Claire (Mountain View, Ca) on 01/08/2014

I have been seeking remedies to help with anxiety and insomnia and wanted to share what's been working. Thanks to a post from Mama to Many, I purchased borage oil, the strongest I could find at 1200 mg per capsule. It has 3 times as much GLA as evening primrose oil, which I had been taking without noticing many results (except less menstrual flow). I also bought magnesium powder after reading someone's success story on Earth Clinic about taking at night, just before going to sleep. Remarkably, within 2 days taking 3 borage capsules a day and 1 teaspoon of magnesium powder in water at night, I could feel my stress and anxiety diminish dramatically. I also started sleeping through the night. It is a remarkable combination! Plus my skin is baby soft. I hope others will give it a go! Thank you, MAMA TO MANY!!!

Replied by Mama To Many
(Tennessee, Usa)

Dear Claire,

You are welcome. Thanks so much for taking time to share what is helping you! I am so glad you are feeling better. Being able to sleep and relax are so important!

~Mama to Many~

Brahmi Ayurvedic Herbs

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Posted by Reet (Vic) on 02/22/2017 1 posts
5 out of 5 stars

I have been experiencing shortness of breath and anxiety for some time. But recently the frequency of these attacks has increased and it started affecting me almost every day. This is so bad that I cant focus on anything but just dreading with fear when / what will trigger the attack. When I get my anxiety attack I feel I can't breath, my heart rate increases, my hands get very cold, body start shaking and my mind starts thinking that I am dying . It is very fearful state. In blood tests everything is fine. So my GP put me on some anti-depressant. which I don't want to take at-least until I have tried alternative method.

Thanks to Earth clinic it has helped me in this time. I have started making few changes in my diet and overall I can see improvements. Brahmi is one of the herbs which has helped me. I feel my breathing becomes easy almost within 15min of taking it.

Other things that have helped me are Folic complex 500mg, B12 1mg at night and ACV + baking soda.

This is my first post here. What I went thru in last few weeks was so bad that I felt to share my experiences with other who might be facing similar issues and this might help someone.

Replied by Wendy
(Columbus, Oh)

You need to get a referral to a cardiologist from your Primary Care Physician. The cardiologist can run some tests (EKG, heart monitor for a day or week) to determine whether or not you have atrial fibrillation (aka, "afib").


Posted by Anon (Anon) on 09/18/2012

I don't know what to put this under, so put it where you think.

I put some burdock leaves through my vegetable juicer last night. I got about half a cup of juice. I put the pulp through a couple times with water mixed in to get out more juice and to make it a finer pulp. Then I swallowed the pulp with water and drank the juice on a somewhat empty stomach. It made my stomach queezy a bit but it stayed down. After a while I could feel like little tightnesses here and there in my body loosen up. Spots in my neck along the collar bone. And there was a sort of fizzy feeling that went up the back of my neck and around the back and top of my skull. It felt really nice. Also it made my stomach and backside slimmer. I rinsed out the juicer and put the juice/water mix in the fridge and it was good to drink four hours later - still bright green and sour. It tasted bad but it sure had a nice effect. I feel more relaxed and less depressed. I was trying to help out my liver.

Replied by Lisa
(Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa)

Hi Anon, Were you aware of all that burdock is attributed to help with? It is known to have diuretic qualities which would explain the feeling of being slimmer. It also, on a psychological level helps with worry about the unknown. Thus your feeling of relaxation. So interesting...

Buteyko Method

1 User Review
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Posted by Jason (Berkeley, California) on 08/28/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I've found shallow breathing to pretty much make my anxiety and panic attacks nonexistent pretty much overnight. I used to take deep breaths thinking it would help, but I found them to actually make things worse. Now I take slow, shallow breaths and can finally do things like drink coffee again without any real anxiety. I haven't tried all the exercises, but more information on this theory can be found by looking up the Buteyko breathing method.

Replied by Bev

Wow! Most of the stuff I've read says shallow breathing is the cause of all our ills and deep breathing is the cure-all. Lately, however, I have been reading that all that deep breathing might not be the answer after all. The answer, according to many, is belly breathing. Go figure.

Replied by Michael
(New Zealand)

My Indian Guru in the Middle East told me that I should try to breathe through my legs!! No kidding.

He was an Ayurvedic practitioner and so much of what he suggested was entirely novel to me.

This of course, is to try to steer people away from shallow/lazy breathing! Not getting one's fair share of the world's limited supply of Oxygen.

I may talk more about him in a future posting: watch this space!

Cheers, Michael

Calm Down

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Posted by Cate (Melbourne, Vic., Australia) on 10/29/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I've found myself getting wound up with my husband and wanting to scream with frustration which is bad for my blood pressure, bad for the food I'm making and bad for my small son to witness. I've found that when I'm about to explode, shutting myself in the study and perusing ailments puts my issue with his selective deafness into perspective and gives him time to make his coffee thereby grinding his idling brain into a faster gear. ; )

Replied by Cindy
(Orange County, Ca)

When I first saw "calm down" above I scoffed -- because that's the hardest thing to do when you're really anxious!! After reading the post, though, I must admit it helps. I am prone to impatience and skyrocketing anxiety if I don't work on keeping it under control. I have trained myself to never respond immediately to really frustrating or anxiety-provoking situations or people. I walk away, take a break, let voicemail screen calls and put replies in email only after I have calmed down. This helps me immensely so that my responses are driven by rational thinking, rather than frantic, anxious thinking, and it goes a long way in preserving my good relationships with others :)