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What natural therapies help treat generalized anxiety disorder?

In addition to therapy and medications, traditional healing methods and self-help techniques are used in many parts of the world to help reduce the symptoms of anxiety. Many of these methods are currently under study, and include:
  • Changes in diet and nutrition. Several changes in diet can reduce anxiety, which include decreasing the intake of anxiety-aggravating substances like caffeine and nicotine.
  • Establishing regular exercise patterns. Exercise affects the physiological factors that underlie anxiety, reducing muscle tension and eliminating anxiety-inducing chemicals.
  • Relaxation exercises and meditation. Deep relaxation or meditation, a state of concentrated attention on some object of thought or awareness, is also used to ease anxiety.
  • Acupuncture and herbal remedies. Acupuncture and herbal remedies such as kava are commonly used in several cultures to ease symptoms of anxiety.

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