TERRY’S BOTTOM LINE:
Anxiety affects everything we do. It makes us feel
overwhelmed, destroys our ability to rest and sleep, harms our immunity, and
stops us from experiencing joy. Unfortunately, prescription drugs for anxiety
reduction often cause serious side effects. But there’s a better solution.
A specialized, clinically-tested echinacea calms the jitters
and fears that take a toll on your mental and physical health. It also matches the
symptom relief of a prescription, but without side effects. With this unique
echinacea extract, you will:
- Reduce—or eliminate—anxiety
- Stop persistent worrying
- Eliminate unrealistic fears
- Reduce physical symptoms associated with stress
- Sleep better at night
- Feel more comfortable in social situations
- Meet challenges and daily obstacles with confidence
Everyone has a little anxiety now and then—when you start a
new job, or when your taxes are due. But for some people, anxiety can be
overwhelming. For them, anxiety depletes their energy and destroys their
self-confidence. Their waking moments are clouded by a sense of impending
disaster, or outright fear—without any obvious cause. Has it happened to you?
If so, then you are likely dealing with the joy-sapping effects of anxiety.
Anxiety is Common—Healthy Solutions Aren’t
I think most people can remember at least a few times when they’ve been
anxious. Maybe it was right before giving a presentation at work, or the day
they were ready to walk down the aisle with their soon-to-be spouse. As
distracting and annoying as that level of anxiety can be, it’s to be expected
now and then. But for all too many, it’s a crushing weight they experience every
day. In fact, approximately 40 million Americans age 18 and older have an
Conventional drugs to treat anxiety are almost as well known
for their side effects as for their degree of relief. In fact, a team of
researchers from France and Canada linked use of benzodiazepines, a common
class of prescription medications used for treating anxiety, to an increased
risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Familiar benzodiazepines
include the brand names Valium, Xanax, Librium, and Ativan. The study reported
that taking a benzodiazepine for 3 to 6 months raised the risk of developing
Alzheimer’s by 32%, and taking it for more than 6 months boosted the risk by
And while there are many botanicals that
have been recognized to be useful in varying degrees for anxiety (valerian,
alpha-linolenic acid, flaxseed, kava, and gotu kola), some people may
experience side effects and interactions from them as well. Plus, the
time-frame for relief may be too long with some of them. But there is another clinically
tested, but unexpected herbal ingredient for anxiety: echinacea.
Now you may be saying to yourself, “Come on, echinacea? I
thought it was for my immune system. How can echinacea calm my fears and reduce
my anxiety?” I was skeptical myself, at first. Not anymore.
A Secret in Echinacea
The echinacea extract I recommend to relieve anxiety, stress, and feelings
of being overwhelmed is not the same one you’d use when you have a cold or the
flu. It’s a different, specialized root extract of Echinacea angustifolia,
especially studied for anxiety relief.
This specialized root extract of Echinacea angustifolia
contains echinacoside and features a unique alkamide profile. These compounds
have been shown in studies to have calming, relaxing effects in the brain,
similar to Valium or Librium, but without the sedation and side effects. You
can’t use just any form of echinacea and expect the same results.
So, how is it that Echinacea angustifolia can be used for
both colds and flu and generalized anxiety disorder? While they are the same
species, the phytochemical composition of the plant is entirely different.
Let me give you an example. You and I are the same species,
Homo sapien, yet we are entirely different. We don’t look alike, we don’t
function alike, and we have different fingerprints, different DNA, and
different genes. Much of these differences are driven by the environment.
Humans adapt to any given environment.
Plant species are exactly the same. Any given plant grown in
an entirely different environment takes on a different set of phytochemicals.
The species is the same; the chemical composition is different. These changes
are brought about by the composition of the soil, what’s in the air, the amount
of moisture, too much or too little, or whether the plant is grown in the sun
or if it is grown in the shade. The chemical composition can also be influenced
by the day and even the hour of harvesting, and the extraction process used.
Researchers at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest
studied different species of echinacea. One type of Echinacea angustifolia had
a different set of fingerprints, DNA, and chemical composition than other
Echinacea angustifolia plants that are studied for the immune system.
While analyzing the plant, researchers found that it
contained compounds (echinacoside and alkamides) that could influence brain
chemistry, including the cannabinoid receptors. Endocannabinoid receptors
influence the way the brain experiences anxiety and have become a focus of
behavioral research in their own right.
After comparing all the echinacea species, only
one—Echinacea angustifolia—provided the levels of anxiety-reducing compounds
needed to produce dramatic results.
In a further study, seven types of echinacea extracts were
compared to the prescription anti-anxiety drug, chlordiazepoxide (also known by
the brand name Librium®). Only one echinacea preparation demonstrated a robust
ability to reduce anxiety in a wide dosage range comparable to the prescription
drug—the unique Echinacea angustifolia extract. That’s the one I recommend.
This special echinacea root extract not only met the drug’s
anti-anxiety effects, it exceeded them. It also didn’t cause any drowsiness—a
common side effect of prescription drugs for anxiety. Aside from drowsiness and
lethargy, the other adverse effects for chlordiazepoxide include confusion,
edema, nausea, constipation, menstrual abnormalities, jaundice, altered libido,
involuntary movements, and controlled substance dependence/addiction. That’s
quite a list. It gives me anxiety just thinking about it.
And the potential serious adverse effects for the special
Fast-Acting, Dramatic Results
Clinical research shows fast-acting results. In one study, the special
extract of Echinacea angustifolia (EP107™) was tested with individuals
experiencing increased anxiety and tension. After just one day, the
participants noticed a reduction in stress and anxiety, with an even greater
reduction in just seven days.
And, in another study published in the March 2012 issue of
Phytotherapy Research, people recorded noticeably reduced stress and anxiety in
just three days!
The study included 33 volunteers (22 women and 11 men) with
an average age of 41. All experienced anxiety, which was assessed using the
State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), a validated method of measuring anxiety
levels. Only individuals meeting the threshold for elevated anxiety levels were
included in the study.
Participants used the echinacea extract for one week, and
anxiety was evaluated before, during, and after using the product. The extract
decreased STAI scores within three days, an effect that remained stable for the
duration of the treatment (seven days) and for the two weeks that followed
treatment. There were no dropouts and no side effects.
Aside from the lack of side effects, a fast-acting, natural
approach like this one makes life much better, much sooner. With other herbs,
that’s not always the case. It takes eight weeks to achieve significant results
with chamomile, three to eight weeks for kava (depending upon whether it is a
water or ethanolic extract), and six to ten weeks for lavender.
Safely Relieves Anxiety
More recently, researchers have examined higher dosages of this specialized
A multi-center, placebo-controlled, double-blind Phase II study
involved 26 volunteers and a stronger dosage level. Individuals in the study
were diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) according to DSM-IV
(Diagnostics and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) criteria. The study
started with a screening phase, followed by the six weeks of double-blind
During treatment, participants received either 40 mg of the
special Echinacea angustifolia extract or placebo tablets twice daily.
Between visits 1 and 6 during the treatment period, the number of severely
anxious patients (HADS-A scores larger than 11) decreased from 11 to zero in
the echinacea group. This specialized echinacea preparation significantly
reduced anxiety in GAD patients, with a full effect within about 21 days.
While it took longer to notice results than the study that
used patients with mild to moderate anxiety, that is to be expected. The
extract still worked considerably faster than most typical prescription
anti-anxiety medications, with the exception of benzodiazepines. But benzodiazepines
also cause significant side effects—sedation, weakness, and movement
coordination problems—and have the potential to be addictive. You don’t have to
worry about that with this specialized extract.
For Powerful Relief of Anxiety
This specialized extract showed dramatic results with 40 mg taken twice
daily. If you’re suffering from considerable anxiety and stress, I recommend
taking that level for at least one week. As your anxiety subsides, and you feel
calmer, you can reduce the dosage to just 20 mg twice daily, and make it part
of your regular regimen.
This is simply one of the best natural products I’ve seen
for anxiety and stress. It has no serious side effects, and it can be used long
term, combined with other medicines. Even school age children with anxiety can
take between 20 to 40 mg daily.
If you only deal with occasional bouts of anxiety, try 20 mg
before a stressful event, such as public speaking, a presentation, or air
travel. You’ll feel calmer, less nervous, and more in control.
You CAN Overcome Anxiety—Without Side Effects
Don’t let anxiety rob you of your energy, rest, physical health, and zest
for life. This effective and natural extract is especially helpful for anyone
who needs to restore their sense of balance. If anxiety and stress are getting
the better of you, start taking this specialized extract immediately. You’ll
notice a difference on the first day, and you’ll keep feeling better.
For relief of anxiety:
Adults: I suggest 20-40 mg of Echinacea
angustifolia twice a day. You may also take at bedtime to help with sleep.
Children (4-12 years old): I suggest 20 mg of
Echinacea angustifolia twice a day.