7 Effective Home Remedies to Deal with Panic Attack

By:Ariba Khaliq, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Feb 09, 2015

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During a panic attack, your body tries to take in more oxygen and your breathing quickens. It sure is a very unpleasant condition to be in. Fortunately, there are several home remedies that can relieve symptoms of panic attack effectively.
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    Are extreme feelings of fear and discomfort making your life a mess?

    Panic attacks have no specific cause. A combination of biological factors, perceptions and environmental factors like social stressors play a role in causing them. Panic attacks generally last for 5 to 20 minutes and are generally not considered dangerous or cause any physical harm. But then, that’s not reason enough to ignore them. Some of the common physical symptoms of panic attack include irregular heartbeat (palpitations), chest pain, shortness of breath, choking sensation, trembling and shaking, sweating, terror, stomach upset, nausea, dizziness and light-headedness. Treatment options for panic attacks include psychotherapy and medications, but certain home remedies can help defeat the fear and anxiety accompanied by them. Learn about those here.

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    Almonds are abundant in vital nutrients and minerals like potassium, calcium and magnesium that improve the functioning of the nervous system and keep your brain sound and healthy. They can also help in preventing panic attacks. Soak 15 almonds in water and leave them overnight. Peel the almonds in the morning and grind them to a fine paste. Mix this paste in a glass of hot milk and add some sugar. Drink this potion every morning to get relief from panic attack.

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    Green Tea

    The antioxidants and polyphenols in green tea protect the brain from oxidative stress and lessen the activity of monoamine oxidase, thus preserving the health of the brain cells and tissues. The polyphenols help in counteracting stress that is associated with panic attacks. If social factors are responsible for causing panic attacks in a person, they should substitute caffeinated drinks like tea and coffee with green tea. For greater benefits, it is advisable to drink at least 3 cups of green tea daily.

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    Orange Juice

    Oranges are loaded with vitamin C that help in maintaining normal blood pressure and counteract panic attacks. Oranges help calm down the neurons that get excited during a panic attack. They also help in preventing panic attacks by providing a soothing effect to the body.

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    Seafood is the richest source of omega-3 fatty acids, and salmon is no exception. Asymmetric cerebral blood flow to various areas of the brain that keep a check on the symptoms of panic and vigilance is often to be blamed to cause panic attacks in patients. Food items like salmon provide the brain cells with the required amount of oxygen, glucose and other vital nutrients that help in maintaining the desired brain functioning.

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    Being a rich source of proteins as well as other important nutrients like thiamine and vitamin B1, beans offer great help in preventing panic attacks by maintaining optimal functioning of the brain and nervous system. Patients with frequent panic attacks are often recommended to take 1- 1 ½ milligrams of vitamin B1 on a daily basis. Food items like beans can help you fulfil this requirement.

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    There’s a whole list of nutrients that avocados are rich in, namely vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, B12, C, D, E and K, polyunsaturated fats like omega-3 fatty acids and minerals like potassium. This fruit is renowned for its brain boosting nutrients that protect the brain cells against damage and prevent brain related conditions like panic attacks. The antioxidant vitamins like vitamins C and E help in eliminating free radicals that damage the nerve cells when they get accumulated in huge numbers.

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    Chamomile Tea

    Traditional way of medicine has been using chamomile tea for its healing and curative properties since early ages. Its anti-inflammatory and sedative properties help treat anxiety and stress, as well as calm down the overworked nerves. All you need to do is boil a cup of water and add two teaspoons of dried chamomile to it. Steep for 10 minutes, strain the concoction and add a teaspoon of honey to it. Sip this hot tea thrice daily. It will not only relax your brain but also boost your immune system.

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