Natural Remedies for Panic Attacks

Natural remedies for panic attacks include Omega-3 fatty acids, SAMe and relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation.  These alternative treatments can be literally life-changing. Over 40 million Americans are affected by this disorder, which disrupts relationships, jobs and everyday activities. 

What are Panic Attacks?

Panic attacks are one type of anxiety disorder; symptoms range from mild to severe. Those who haven’t experienced panic attacks sometimes think sufferers should just deal with it. However, what sufferers are experiencing is not the anxiety everyone feels from time to time, perhaps from worry about a work problem or a child’s behavior. People who have panic attacks are dealing with a mental illness that can interfere with all aspects of their lives. There are physical symptoms of panic attacks, irregular heartbeats and chest pain which make many feel as though they are having a heart attack. Some even think that they are dying. These panic attacks arrive suddenly and unpredictably.

Natural Remedies for Panic Attacks

Panic attacks can be treated naturally by learning and practicing mind and body relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation. Eating more Omega-3 fatty acids is good for the body overall but also fights depression and anxiety. SAMe is a supplement that replaces what is lost as we age, but it looks as though this is a promising natural remedy for panic attacks.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Salmon, Mackerel, Sardines, Walnuts and Flaxseed)

We all know that the Omega-3 fatty acids are good for our hearts. This natural remedy is also good for anxiety disorders. In parts of the world where people eat a lot of Omega-3 fatty acids (fish), they suffer less from anxiety disorders and depression.

Mind and Body Relaxation Techniques

Experts feel that these natural relaxation techniques will benefit anyone who is troubled with anxiety disorders as they will improve energy, concentration and mood. There are many to choose from, including meditation, yoga, tai chi or repetitive prayer (like saying a rosary). Biofeedback requires self-training but clinicians have said that people who have learned to control their heartbeat and emotions suffer less from panic attacks.


The name is a mile long (S-adenosylmethionine) but it’s a molecule that is within our bodies, but as we age, less is produced.  Theoretically, this supplement can treat clinical depression with few side effects. However, it can be expensive and it may react badly with some medications. Research is ongoing, but is promising.

Panic attacks are an anxiety disorder, normally treated with antidepressants and therapy. Natural remedies for depression and anxiety are available and do not have the side effects of antidepressants. Continue reading below for wonderful tips from Earth Clinic readers on how to deal with panic attacks naturally.

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List of Remedies for Panic Attack