Menopause and Anxiety

Are you suffering from “menopause and anxiety” Are panic attacks scaring you? Welcome to the world of changing hormones. Plus chronic stress and negative life events can contribute to your symptoms and feelings.

Herbal Treatments

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So what can you do to treat your menopause and anxiety symptoms? Several herbal remedies provide a calming effect and help with chronic stress.

Calming and Stress Relief

Ashwagandha, Evening Primrose and Mother Wort all relieve anxiety but have other benefits as well.

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an herbal powerhouse. It relieves the negative effects of chronic stress, helps with insomnia and has a lot of antioxidants. It has great benefits for the nervous system and can repair damaged brain cells.

Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis) is good during perimenopause because it regulates estrogen and helps with breast tenderness and hot flashes. It is also calming and a great herb for nervousness.

Mother Wort (Leonurus cardiaca)is a great all-round tonic for women in menopause because it acts very quickly on hot flashes and night sweats. Motherwort has a calming effect and relieves anxiety.

Treatments for Panic Attacks

If you suffer from Panic Attacks, Kava, Valerian and Passionflower are the best natural herbs for your symptoms.

Kava (Piper methysticum) has great calming ability without affecting mental clarity. It is important to choose a supplement that uses only the roots, not stems or leaves, to avoid side effects.

Valerian (Valeriana officialis) is an herb that is often used for insomnia related to anxiety. It has great calming properties. It is best taken at night. Or start with a low dose to see if it makes you drowsy.

Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is also a calming herb and has active compounds similar to anti-depressiva.

Have your symptoms evaluated by a health care professional before taking any herbal remedy if your anxiety and panic attacks:

  •  interfere with your daily life
  • persist for a long time
  • include severe physical symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath and nausea
Alternative and Supplemental Treatments

There are alternative treatments that will support any herbal remedy. If you suffer from menopause and anxiety or panic attacks, it is important to learn relaxation techniques.

Deep breathing exercises (which can be done anywhere) have an immediate calming effect and can, with practice, stop a panic attack.

Acupuncture is becoming more popular for the treatment of anxiety and can also help with your other menopause symptoms.

Check out the information on the alternative treatment page for links to more articles.

All in all, there are numerous things you can do to help with your anxiety symptoms in menopause.

 

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