Taking the Panic out of Panic
If youíve ever had the feeling that youíre
losing control for no apparent reason and experience symptoms including a
dry mouth, shaking, sweating, dizziness, tight chest, shortness of breath, a
fear of dying or a fear of going crazy, you may have fallen victim to a
Panic Attack. A Panic Attack can occur at any time, when itís least
expected. Some suffer Panic Attacks due to phobias including a fear of
flying, a fear of going outdoors, or a fear of crowds, to name but a few.
One can also have a Panic Attack after a stressful life event like a loss or
Itís important to understand that a Panic Attack is not life threatening.
However, if youíre unsure about your symptoms, please consult with your
Doctor first so that a reliable diagnosis can be made.
Conventional drugs are generally recommended to control Panic Attacks but
there are also a number of alternative practises and remedies that may
assist in easing the symptoms or controlling them.
Practise Deep Breathing and Relaxation
Techniques to overcome feelings of anxiety. Learning to use the muscles in
the diaphragm during breathing excercises allows for optimum oxygen
dispertion in the body.
Exercise helps to produce hormones that induce
Yoga relaxes the muscles, releases toxins and
provides extra oxygen to the body.
Hypnotherapy can aid in alleviating the triggers
for Panic Attacks.
NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) helps the
client to dissassociate from the fear associated with phobia, thereby
reducing the impact of the trigger that is causing the phobia.
Emotional Freedom Technique provides both rapid
relief and long term benefits for Stress, Panic Attacks and Anxiety Attacks.
It works with the theory that "the cause of all negative emotions is a
disruption in the body's energy systemĒ and is an emotional form of
acupuncture that excludes the use of needles. Instead, the practitioner taps
with the fingertips to stimulate certain meridian or energy points while the
client is "tuned in" to the problem.
Cognitive Therapy and Behavioural Therapy can
help the client to understand the triggers for a Panic Attack and face their
fears in order to overcome them.
Mistletoe (Viscum Album) is a herbal remedy can
be taken for those who suffer from a weakened nervous system. It has also
been taken for hysteria, neuralgia and delirium.
Rescue Remedy is a flower essence which can be
purchased at most pharmacies and health shops. It is a blend of the
Clematis, Cherry Plum Impatients, Rock Rose and Star of Bethlehem flower
essences and is used primarily for situations involving acute stress, shock
or trauma but its properties can also ease dizziness, emotional tension,
fear and Panic Attacks.