Anxiety is a common effect of daily stresses and emotional overloads we have to face. There are chronic forms of anxiety, which are characterized by repeating senses of worry and certain physical symptoms. Such diseases as obsessive-compulsive disorder are also linked to chronic anxiety. Also, anxiety can occur in acute forms, including panic attacks, PTSD and other mental disorders which are sudden and have quite threatening symptoms. Read the rest of this entry »
Nightmares and night terrors are usually associated with the dreams causing the feelings of extreme anxiety, distress or terror, making the sleeper wake up in fear and unable to go back to sleep again for a long period of time. Stresses and conflicts, psychological pressure and anxiety, illnesses and side-effects of taking certain medicines, excessive violence in modern mass media and other various conditions are among the most common reasons of experiencing nightmares and restless dreams. Read the rest of this entry »
Cardiac Arrhythmia (or irregular heartbeat) is quite a common health problem nowadays. As a result of certain changes or damages of heart nerves or muscle, a heart disease or heart surgery, injuries or chemical imbalances in the blood, some people may start having fastened heartbeat (tachycardia), and some may start having a slowed one (bradycardia). However, cardiac arrhythmia can be caused not only by the problems with heart, but also by some health concerns connected with digestive or urogenital systems, problems with thyroid gland or spine. Finally, arrhythmia can be triggered by increased consumption of caffeine, sugar, nicotine and other stimulants, excessive worries and nervousness as a result of stresses, overwork or overfatigue, and so on.
The symptoms of cardiac arrhythmia include various feelings or chest discomfort (like fluttering, feeling the heart pounding, a feeling of skipped heart beats, and many more), dizziness, breathlessness, general weakness, and so on. It is also necessary to mention that every person has own pattern of cardiac arrhythmia: some people have it as a temporary condition, as a reaction on certain stressors or stimulants, and some people have chronic irregular heart beat. Besides, there are various types of irregular heartbeat problem, including premature ventricular or atrial contractions, atrial flutter, heart block, sinus arrhythmia, long QT syndrome, etc. Fortunately, cardiac arrhythmia is considered to be a treatable disease, and there is a number of effective herbal remedies which can help to relieve the symptoms and anxiety connected with arrhythmia.
First of all, to treat this ailment you can use such herbs as Hawthorn (Crataegus gen.) and Calendula (Calendula officinalis). Two table-spoons of dry Calendula flowers should be steeped for 1 hour in 0.5 liter of boiled water, and 100 g of this tea should be taken 3 times a day 30 minutes before meal. You can also use hawthorn tincture, tablets or capsules: this natural remedy assists in lowering blood pressure, strengthening heart muscle, regulating nerve function, improving coronary blood flow, stabilizing heartbeat and decreasing the symptoms of tachycardia.
Hawthorn is one of the best natural cardiotonics and it is used in many tonics and special natural remedies for heart. Cornflower (Centaurea gen.) is another powerful herbal remedy, which can bring relief to those people who suffer from sudden attacks of increased heartbeat. Two table spoons of centaury flowers should be steeped in a glass of boiled water for 1 hour and taken 3 times a day 10-15 minutes before meal.
Besides, if you have heartbeat irregularities in the form of chronic problem, it can be very effective to use herbal remedies which have good relaxing and sedative properties. There are many various teas, tinctures and capsules containing such natural cardiac sedatives as Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca), Selenicereus Grandiflorus, Valerian Root (Valeriana Officinalis) and other ones. To receive maximum effects, you can prepare the following infusion from Melissa Officinalis: take a table-spoon of Melissa and steep it in 400 ml of boiled water, then let it rest for several hours in a warm place. 100 g of the infusion should be taken 3 times a day. In addition, Horehound (Marrubium Vulgare) flowers can be also used as an effective natural remedy which can correct heartbeat irregularities.
Also, specialists recommend using herbs and plants, which contain certain elements called natural calcium channel blockers. They are considered to be effectuve anti-arrhythmia agents and can be found in celery, garlic or angelica. It is possible to use the juice of these natural remedies, mixed with carrot, apple or orange juice with several drops of lemon juice. Finally, in order to prevent possible problems related to irregular heartbeat, you should add more parsley and fennel to your meals. Try using these simple teas or mixtures, and your heart will work like a clock. But, certainly, do not forget to cosult your physician or health practitioner before taking all the above mentioned herbal remedies for arrhythmia.
Melissa is one of the most known savory and medicinal herbs, which has been used by people for many centuries. About two thousand years ago, the Ancient Romans were first to discover the properties of this herb. It was found on the territories from Eastern Mediterranean and Balkans to south-eastern Siberia. Today, Melissa is cultivated throughout Europe, Middle Asia and Northern America. In natural environment, Melissa can be easily found due to its smell. The whole plant and especially its leaves give off a smell of lemon, that is why this herb received the second name: Lemon balm. Read the rest of this entry »