Question

A friend of mine has told me alternative therapies such as massage or acupuncture will help me. I’m not sure if I should try them.

Answer

Massage and acupuncture can help to release and balance bodily tensions. As with all other therapies, we need to learn to control and^fnanage the anxiety and attacks ourselves. While we are learning the management skills, massage and acupuncture can be useful in reducing anxiety and tension. In the long term they can help keep our bodies relaxed.

Question

lam not happy about taking prescribed medications and I am wondering if herbal medications and vitamin therapy would help me instead.

Answer

Herbal and vitamin preparations are used regularly by many people. They can be bought over the counter or prescribed by a herbalist or naturopath. They can be helpful in easing the condition, but again they do not teach us the necessary skills for the long-term management of the disorder.

There is, however, one note of caution regarding these and other medications. Some people have reactions to them which are put down to anxiety; yet when the medication is discontinued the reactions disappear. If we are using these preparations, we must be aware of how we feel after taking them. We should not assume any new sensation or symptom is part of the disorder. It may be a reaction to the medication.

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