While the precise cause of a panic attack is somewhat mysterious, there are an abundance of situations that are believed to trigger a sudden bout of intense panic or anxiety. A panic attack is a combination of disturbing symptoms that often imitate the sense of a life-threatening situation of a heart attack. Even though panic attacks are usually harmless, these unpredictable occurrences are very undesirable and can last up to 20 minutes or more; furthermore, these attacks can be very alarming and confusing for bystanders that are not familiar with them.
At the onset of an attack, an individual may feel some or all of these sensations: strong throbbing of the heart, shortness of breath or hyperventilation, chest tightness, dizziness, sweating, shakiness, headache, fear and a feeling of losing the capability to behave in a normal manner. Some of the factors that are thought to contribute to these symptoms are; overactive thyroid; alcoholism and drug addiction; side effects from medications including asthma and heart drugs; unknown mental distress; over use of nicotine and caffeine; inability to handle stress; a history of previous family members whom have suffered from attacks.
There are various natural cures and herbal remedies that can help to prevent and/or lessen the symptoms of an attack. It is suggested that motherwort alone can diminish the symptoms of an attack; it is further suggested that drinking a teaspoon each of motherwort and linden or valerian and linden in a cup of water 4 times a day can prevent panic attacks by relaxing and soothing the nervous system.
Additional natural cures for panic attack symptoms include; for relief of a headache, five cups a day of a mixture of the herb skullcap and water; Grape juice consumed on a daily basis is said to help heart palpitations; Ripe Guava may also prevent heart palpitations and tranquil anxiety; passion flower, chamomile, kava kava and California poppy can give relief and eating a mixture of honey and lemon before bedtime can calm the nerves for a more restful night.
Moreover, yoga and meditation teaches breathing control that can help to control anxiety, and some individuals endure being stuck full of needles with acupuncture to find relief from attacks, because it works well for them. It takes a lot of dedication and time to find a successful treatment and/or combination and dosage of herbs; however, for those who suffer and are looking for a natural cure for panic attacks, it is well worth it.