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    Natural Supplements for Anxiety

    What are some natural supplements that can be used for anxiety...actually I'm not sure that what I experience is "anxiety" per se. Anyway, does anyone have any suggestions for supplements that have a calming effect?

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    GABA, Kava, valerian, tryptophan or 5HTP (I use tryptophan). Depends on the anxiety issue. Have you searched the holistic section, I'd be surprised if there isn't something there on it. You can google any of these or buy Julia Ross' book The Mood Cure and she'll diagnose you right up.
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    If baclofen didn't work so well for anxiety I'd check out Blue Skullcap.
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    K9 - there is another one that Lavande talks about. I can't remember the name but you can track her down in the newbies nest or monthly abs and just ask her about it. (wish I could remember the name!! one of these days..

    Good luck - lots of great ideas of stuff to try here. For myself, GABA and L-Tryptophan seemed to make a great different in my mood. GABA in particular in early sobriety. L-Tryp is a mainstay to this day.

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    K-9,

    Really, Baclofen for anxiety is the best thing that ever happend for me. I have fought it for years. After only 20mg. on the first day, the anxiety subsided. I still take it for the anxiety aspect. Nothing has ever compared.
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    Zen meditation is aimed at calming anxiety. I just read a book on it which was very systematic. Zen calms the amygdala which is the anxiety centre of the brain.

    Gaba is recommended by Joan Larson in Seven Weeks to Sobriety along with a host of other natural supplements but Baclofen is the one chemical which actually does substitute for the substance missing from your brain which calms anxiety.

    I am, of course, a complete neophyte when it comes to Zen and not that good at it. The book I have suggests that when you find your thought becoming "anxious" that you say to yourself "thinking". It does not matter how long you have been "thinking" but make a note of how long it was you were "thinking". Then pay attention to your breathing unitl your mid calms and the thoughts go away. If the thoughts are stronger then concentrate on a pressure point such as your lips touching each other or pressing your thumb to your finger. Then think about your breathing. Also, each week take one of the five precepts, not harming, not taking, truthful speaking, etc. and concentrate of putting that principle into effect by thinking about what you are saying and doing.

    That is about as far as I got with it so sorry if I am not mindful yet. Perhaps it is too soon.

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    I used to use Kava Kava for anxiety, but chose to go back on meds. I think kava is great, and I really don't think it harms the liver at all.

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    Rhodiola is something Sunshinedaisies uses, I think for anxiety/depression. You might look it up, I'm thinking about ordering it.

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    k9 lover, are you on baclofen?

    I can relate to anxiety issues as they largely control my life. I have been on a lot of meds and supplements for this, and so far baclofen has worked better than anything else, on day #18 right now! If you are interested in supplements to help, you have to be weary of them just as you would be with some meds.

    I have read some replies of suggestions above, and all of the things listed here will not cross what is called the blood brain barrier, thus making them fairly useless for anxiety.

    some supplements that will cross the blood brain barrier and can be very effective for anxiety are:
    -picamilon
    -phenibut
    -pharma gaba (not to be confused with regular gaba, as they are very different)

    The thing you MUST be careful with these is they can have just as bad of tolerance and addiction issues as prescription meds, but you can get them as supplements. Don't take them every day, just ocasionally as needed.

    You wont be able to pick any of these up at the local drug store, you will have to order them online, but they are completely legal.

    Just be careful with them, especially phenibut, it works great but can really bite you in the ass if you abuse it.

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    boosted_b16;1201884 wrote:

    I have read some replies of suggestions above, and all of the things listed here will not cross what is called the blood brain barrier, thus making them fairly useless for anxiety.
    Not true. L-Tryp does cross the blood-brain barrier but only in small amounts. To increase the amount, you need to take it with some OJ. The insulin kick helps ease its way through. Also, for L-tryp to convert into serotonin you must be sure you have a surplus of vits C and B6. Plus L-Tryp will try to convert into Niacin, so if you are Niacin deficient L-Tryp won't do diddly-squat for you.

    So, if you're taking L-Tryp, you're wasting your time if you don't swallow it with OJ and take masses of Vits C, B6 and Niacin.

    If you're taking 5-HTP instead of L-Tryp, you must NOT take B6 supplements, that's v v dangerous. I just thought I'd better point that out because lots of people seem to consider them the same thing. They ain't.

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