Echinacea for Anxiety

We all know that when anxiety takes hold of us, it can be hard to loosen its grip. Don’t let that fear take over your ability to live life to its fullest.  Instead, you can now find natural anxiety relief in a specially cultivated root extract of Echinacea.

A specially cultivated species of Echinacea has been shown to alleviate mild anxiety symptoms quickly and safely.  The Echinacea that you use for the common cold is not the same type of plant that can help relieve anxiety.

When various Echinacea plants were studied to test their potential to relieve anxiety, only one showed consistent results. It was a specially cultivated root extract of Echinacea angustifolia.

The laboratory results for Echinacea angustifolia were similar to those achieved with chlordiazepoxide except Echinacea agustifolia didn’t cause drowsiness or lethargy.

In a study published in Phytotherapy Research, researchers found that this special Echinacea extract significantly relieved anxiety within  three days.

This study consisted of  33 volunteers with mild anxiety. The participants took Echinacea angustifolia for one week. They were given an anxiety questionnaire to evaluate their anxiety levels before, during and after taking the Echinacea angustifolia tablets.

In the participating group that took 20 mg tablets twice per day, their anxiety scores decreased. The anxiety continued to decrease during the entire week of treatment. For the two weeks that followed the treatment, the participants remained with decreased anxiety levels even though they were no longer taking the tablets.

The findings of this study were exciting because the Echinacea angustifolia tablets worked so quickly! Many anti-anxiety medications and natural remedies can take weeks before relieving anxiety symptoms.

Dosage levels of this specialized echinacea extract are very important. Anxiety relief only occurs at low doses, and disappears when the dosage is greatly increased. If your dosage is too high, you may not obtain the anxiety relief you are looking for.

Our research indicates that to treat anxiety, 20-40 milligrams of echinacea should be taken by mouth daily for seven days. You should usually take no more than 20 mg at a time.  Occasionally you can take up to 40 mg if it is necessary for significant stress, tension and anxiety relief.   For people with only occasional bouts of anxiety it can be taken before a stressful event, such as public speaking.

The Echinacea augustifolia product we suggest is AnxioCalm by Terry Naturally .

Echinacea  augustifolia can be purchased from our Natural Supplements for Anxiety Store.  Please visit our store for natural anxiety supplements handpicked just for you!

Warning for Children with Anxiety (under 18 years old)

Increased risk of rash has been reported after the use of echinacea for  treatment in children aged 2-11 years. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), European Herbal Medicinal Products Committee (HMPC), and the UK Herbal Medicines Advisory Committee (HMAC) warn that children under 12 should avoid echinacea due to the risk of severe allergic reaction.

If you’re considering taking any herbal supplement as a treatment for anxiety, talk to your doctor first, especially if you take other medications. The interaction of some herbal supplements and certain medications can cause serious side effects.