Test anxiety is often treated using conventional prescription medicine. While there is a place for prescription medication, in certain cases of test anxiety, careful consideration and caution should be taken regarding possible side effects.
There are also alternative treatment options available for adults with test anxiety that can help in calming nerves and overcoming nervousness. Even making simple changes in diet, sleep, exercise and routine can help. Trying more involved approaches like incorporating relaxation therapies, from guided imagery, meditation techniques, to yoga can be beneficial.
There are also many herbal and homeopathic remedies which can help maintain harmony, health, and systemic balance in the brain and nervous system -- without side effects or sedation. These products are known for their supportive function in maintaining brain, nervous system, and circulatory health, in addition to overall well-being.
In today’s modern world, daily stresses and a fast-paced lifestyle can take their toll. Alternative treatments offer a natural alternative to prescription drugs (that often have serious side effects and that may prove very costly). Alternative treatment for anxiety can include a variety of approaches.
Alternative therapies often provide benefits not available from conventional medicine such as:
- patient empowerment
- alternative methods of condition management
- treatment methods that support the systemic model of health
- stress reduction services
- other preventive health services that are not typically a part of conventional medicine
In alternative medicine, a holistic approach to healing recognizes that a person's emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical elements comprise a system. Natural remedies attempt to treat the whole person in its context, concentrating on the cause of the illness as well as symptoms.
Examples of such holistic therapies include acupuncture, ayurveda, Chinese medicine, homeopathy, Indian head massage, naturopathic medicine, Qi Gong, Reiki, and reflexology. They usually do not originate from the western medical-scientific tradition.
Holistic living may be defined as simple, spiritual, purposeful, peaceful and productive living, with moderation in food intake, adequate exercise, positive thinking, and a positive attitude towards life. Holistic living is the art of living in harmony with nature with concern to the whole universe – including using all that nature has to offer as a natural medicine chest!
Rather than treating problems in isolation, naturopaths prefer to take a holistic look at the individual and encompass a variety of factors to include diet, lifestyle, personality type, surroundings, and emotional elements – thereby supporting the health of the individual as a whole.
Natural remedies have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years to support the healthy functioning of the body, helping to encourage normal and efficient functioning of all the body systems. In more recent times, research has confirmed this traditional wisdom in calming nerves and overcoming test anxiety.
Meditation and mindfulness training are thought to be beneficial in individuals with test anxiety. Hydrotherapy is useful to some anxious patients because it promotes general relaxation of the nervous system. Yoga, aikido, t'ai chi, and dance therapy help people work with the physical, as well as the emotional, tensions that either promote anxiety or are created by the anxiety.
Homeopathy and traditional Chinese medicine approach anxiety as a symptom of a systemic disorder. Homeopathic practitioners select a remedy based on other associated symptoms and the patient's general constitution. Chinese medicine regards anxiety as a blockage of qi, or vital force, inside the patient's body that is most likely to affect the lungs and large intestine meridian flow.
The practitioner of Chinese medicine chooses acupuncture point locations and/or herbal therapy to move the qi and re-balance the entire system in relation to the lung and large intestine.