Panic attack is characterized by periods of intense fear, apprehension and a feeling of discomfort, which is either associated with an anxiety or panic disorder or can be situationally-bound, which is accompanied by phobias. Despite the fact that a panic attacks are experienced at least once during our lifetime, it becomes quite distressing for people who experience these attacks regularly.
The symptoms like heart palpitations, chest pain, nausea, sweating, hot flushes, trembling, shortness of breath, etc., that it produces are often misinterpreted by an individual for the signs of a heart attack, nervous breakdown or a feeling of an approaching death. Considering the fact that panic attacks can serve as a major risk factor for the onset of a range of other more debilitating mental disorders like depression, bipolar disorder, substance use disorder and anxiety and mood disorders, it becomes imperative to treat this condition in its initial stages.
Even though, many medications are now available to treat panic attacks, certain home remedies can give a long lasting result, without causing any adverse effects and without you having to shed a lot of money from your pockets. If you are wondering how that can be done, read on to familiarize yourself with the potential that certain simple home remedies have, in decreasing the intensity and frequency of panic attacks.
The soothing effect obtained through the presence of polyphenols in green tea has made it one of the most effective remedies for overcoming the paranoia and stress associated with panic attacks. Green tea is composed of an amino acid called L-theanine that exerts its sedative effect, thus allowing an individual to obtain an undisturbed and a restful sleep.
Moreover, it also increase the levels of an anti-anxiety neurotransmitter namely Gamma – amino butyric acid (GABA) in the brain, which prevents hyper-excitability of neurons and relieves anxiety and night terrors. .If you have identified social situations as one of the major triggers of panic attacks for yourself, then avoid all caffeinated drinks like tea and coffee and treat yourself with green tea or any other non-caffeinated health drinks like peppermint tea, chamomile tea, passion flower tea, valerian tea, etc., which serve as natural nervous system tonics.
One of the best remedies for slowing down the rapid heartbeat experienced during a panic attack is to isolate yourself, dim the lights of your room and focus on your breathing. Take slow and deep breaths or practice pranayam, which is one of the best breathing techniques in yoga.
It involves breathing in through one nostril by pressing the other nostril with your index finger and breathing out through the other nostril by pressing the nostril that you had used for inhaling air with your thumb. In order to extract more benefits out of this remedy, repeat this exercise 2-3 times a day for about five minutes and then gradually increase the time to half an hour, per day.
Avocados are known for their ability to act as brain boasters by being enriched with about 20 different nutrients, some of which include vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, B12, C, D, E, K, polyunsaturated fats like omega-3 fatty acids and potassium. They contribute to a healthy blood flow to the brain and are loaded with antioxidant vitamins like vitamin C and E and glutathione that serve as the most powerful anti-oxidant agent in the body for warding off free radicals that would otherwise accumulate and damage the membrane of the neurons.
Potassium content found in avocados not only improves blood circulation to the brain but also ensures an adequate supply of this mineral, which is required for the propagation of a nerve impulse. B-vitamins found in avocados act as good anxiety reducers by aiding in the synthesis of neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin and nor-epinephrine that keep emotions under control and elicit a mood enhancing effect. Vitamin B5 helps to decrease the levels of stress hormones that can exacerbate the severity of panic attacks. Avocados also aid in strengthening the immune system, thus allowing the body to deal and cope with anxiety and panic attacks.
Predominantly being one of the richest sources of proteins, beans are also enriched with thiamine or vitamin B1, that aid in the proper functioning of nervous system. Besides acting as a neurotransmitter and playing a role in nerve cell transmission for enhancing attention, learning and memory, vitamin B1 has been found to significantly lower the frequency and intensity of panic attacks by elevating an individual’s mood.
Adequate levels of vitamin B1 also aid in synthesizing myelin sheath, a protective covering that prevents nerve cells from getting damaged. Hence, a daily consumption of 1-1.2 milligrams of vitamin B1 through beans and its other sources like whole grains, sweet potatoes, green leafs, meat, etc., relieves stress, strengthens the nervous system and helps to overcome panic attacks.
Being one of the richest sources of omega – 3 fatty acids, salmon aids in reducing blood pressure and improves blood circulation to the brain. Panic attacks have a neurological basis, as evident by an asymmetry observed in the cerebral blood flow to the brain areas that are thought to be involved in mediating the symptoms of panic, anxiety and vigilance in patients suffering from panic disorders. Hence, consumption of foods like salmon, hearing, oatmeal, etc., that as stimulants for enhancing blood flow provide the brain cells with enough oxygen, glucose and nutrients to maintain the proper functioning of the brain.
Besides the aforementioned home remedies, a walk for about 30 minutes in your garden or in a nearby park allows you to establish a connection with nature, thus producing a soothing effect on your mind. Before relying merely on home remedies, one should bear in mind that the effectiveness of any home remedy depends largely on the severity of the disease and hence it is important for people who experience constant panic attacks to use a combinatorial approach and continue medications prescribed by the doctor, while using the above mentioned remedies.
However, there are instances where certain drugs can interact with natural remedies and either nullify their effect or cause severe side effects. Therefore, never hesitate to discuss the usage of these remedies with your doctor to extract their benefits for getting you back on the road of recovery at a faster rate.