More Thoughts on Healing Akathisia


*Please note that everything written on this blog is written by a mere concerned citizen, who’s just looking to share what she knows and help link people together so they may help one another through a trying time. None of the material here should replace medical and/or psychiatric help, where it is needed. If you are in need, please contact a professional immediately. And remember, you are never alone, even when it may feel that way.

For whatever reason, I get many more emails during the last few months of the year, which tells me Akathisia really booms during this time. I have some ideas why, but that’s not the point here. The point is, I’m currently in contact with so many people who are deeply hurting and miserable, so I’ve decided to add even more info on healing. Everything listed here I have used in my own life; some for healing when in crisis and also some I still use for basic maintenance. It’s very personal for me to share all of this information. And to those who don’t have much experience with, or belief in, alternative and Eastern therapies,  I just hope that the “alternative” nature of the healing modalities I believe in doesn’t skew your respect for this website and the work that’s being done here to assist you all. I want you all to stay engaged here and gain whatever help it may give, as well as, continue to work with and support each other through your healing journeys.

Just please take what seems interesting to you and leave behind anything that doesn’t feel right to you. Period.

*I’m not a doctor, nor am I trying to prescribe anyone any medications. I’m simply throwing ideas out here as to which natural products may be helpful for a balanced body/mind. Please advise a health professional before using any new products.

I have great faith in each of these products/modalities —

BIOLATERAL Mp3s

I have recently found by far the most effective brainwave entrainment recordings (biolateral) I have ever listened to and they are by David Grand. You can almost feel it physically in your brain. It’s almost like a tickle, a wave, of relief that you can really feel and it’s immediate. I would recommend this and Vitamin C together immediately above all else and then go from there to other solutions below. I would consider these two things a good 911 for brain or CNS imbalance.

I would recommend just listening to a couple tracks per day at first, eventually you should be fine with listening straight through a whole CD. They always recommend you start slow and taper up to more later with any brainwave entrainment recordings.

What Dr. Grand does is a form of EMDR, which is highly helpful for post traumatic anxiety/depression/agitation, etc. So finding an EMDR or Brainspotting therapist could be very helpful to you. At the very least, I would definitely work with these recordings to soothe your brain and get it firing in a more balanced way.

https://biolateral.com/catalog/downloadable-biolateral-mp3s

*I am in no way affiliated with Dr. Grand, I simply enjoy his products and have a great deal of respect for the work he does.

 

VITAMIN C

*I’m not a doctor, nor am I trying to prescribe anyone any medications. I’m simply throwing ideas out here as to which natural products may be helpful for a balanced body/mind. Please advise a health professional before using any new products.

Vitamin C is a great detox. I have read that if a person has a poor reaction to the drugs that were given during anesthesia they should do a mega-dose of vitamin C to help flush the body of the toxic pharmaceuticals.

So I don’t see why this wouldn’t hold true for basically any drug reaction.

Knowing the amazing healing properties of vitamin C, I take large amounts daily. I find the powder which you mix in with water is most effective, I feel the most change in my overall health anyway. Sometimes I use the Emergen-C packs, sometimes Lypo-Spheric by LivOn. The LivOn brand is no joke, you feel that immediately, it really does get right in to your system. So if you can afford it, I’d recommend the LivOn brand above all others. I tend to take one every couple days and then Emergen-C on the days in between.

If you take too much vitamin C, the body excretes it naturally. You may get loose stools if you overdo it, but either way, your body will let you know and then you can adjust your dosage accordingly.

I’m not going to suggest dosages here, I’m not a doctor. There’s lots of info out there online about vitamin C being used for detox and healing and info on megadosing for different health issues. I’ll leave it at that.

PROBIOTICS

*I’m not a doctor, nor am I trying to prescribe anyone any medications. I’m simply throwing ideas out here as to which natural products may be helpful for a balanced body/mind. Please advise a health professional before using any new products.

I have recently learned that there are more serotonin receptors in the gut than in the brain! This news astounded me! The best part of it, I think, is that what we eat absolutely will affect the brain/mind/emotions. So, if we put healthy stuff in the gut, it should easily regulate the way we feel since we clearly need balance in the gut, to be balanced mentally and emotionally.

This doesn’t mean we can eat crap and then throw in a couple probiotics and all will be well. It means we need to be much more aware of what we’re putting in our mouths and really take nutrition seriously if we want to be physically AND mentally well and certainly if we’re in a healing crisis.

The best probiotics I know of are Custom Probiotics and VSL#3. They each have their own websites and should be ordered directly from the company for proper shipping in order to maintain the integrity of the product.

WILD YAM CREAM

*I’m not a doctor, nor am I trying to prescribe anyone any medications. I’m simply throwing ideas out here as to which natural products may be helpful for a balanced body/mind. Please advise a health professional before using any new products.

Wild yam cream may be one of the main things that tipped me over the edge toward healing when I was suffering with this. I started using it according to the label on the jar and soon after, began having blocks of time throughout the day where I started feeling improvement. I don’t know if it’s related, but I believe it is. I know a few people who have tried it while suffering akathisia and they found it helped them as well. It may be worth a try for those who are suffering akathisia. It’s a natural product that can be found at vitamin stores, Whole Foods, Amazon, etc. I don’t know what brand is better than another, I would just look for one that has received a lot of good online reviews.

I realize it’s a hormone support product for women, but since males and females share hormones (just at varying degrees) I believe it may be worth a try even for men who are suffering akathisia.

I would really like some feedback from those who are giving this a try, let us know how it worked for you and how quickly you saw improvement. Or even if it didn’t help..The info is most valuable for our readers.

COLOR THERAPY

I have read that color therapy can work wonders in soothing the brain and central nervous system.

The only issue is, I’ve read that pink is the right color, also aqua and sometimes blue and sometimes green, depending on the type of imbalance.

SO – I do think it’s a valuable modality, but I think it’s important to figure out what feels good and right for you in the moment. The body is always changing, so it would make sense that the best, most therapeutic color would depend on whatever state the body/mind are in at the time you decide to use color therapy.

That being said, I have found two good options for implementing it. One good for when you’re in bright, or daylight and one when it’s dark or you can close yourself up in a dark room to use it.

This is the Philips Living Colors line:

http://www.livingcolors.philips.com/

And here is a basic link for color therapy glasses:

http://www.colorglasses.com/

I do not have any affiliation with either company. I had been looking for a color therapy light for a very long time when I finally found the Philips. It’s the only of its kind that I’m aware of, but that doesn’t mean others don’t exist.

As far as the glasses go, I think you can get them pretty cheap on Amazon. I don’t want to give a particular Amazon link though because I know many who read this blog are in other countries. So I’m sure you can easily find some within your area with a quick online search. I know the Philips lights are available on Ebay and Amazon as well, I purchased mine from Ebay, but I believe both places sell them for less than the actual Philips website.

 

BOOKS (This can be found at audible.com as well for those who can’t sit and read yet)

Hope & Help for Your Nerves by Claire Weekes – This is one of the best books ever written on anxiety. It was written quite a long time ago, but her take on how to get through it is really perfect. This is a great book for when you’re out of severe Akathisia and working your way through residual anxiety. Though I think the way she suggests letting the bad feelings flow through you, without judgment and resistance can be helpful even in the grips of Akathisia.

 

PDFs

I have not read all of the contents on this website. I found it when searching for healing. I found one of the chants to be very helpful in calming the body/mind. I find I feel very calm and my whole being feels deeply soothed and more positive after chanting this in an upbeat melody for several minutes – Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya.

This a chart of ailments and then correlating chants applicable to whatever symptoms you’re suffering:

(It shows this chant I mentioned above useful for giddiness.)

Spiritual Healing Chants _Opt

Here’s the link to the chant instructions:

http://www.spiritualresearchfoundation.org/spiritualresearch/spiritualhealing/chants_illnesses

AUDIO

Shamanic Dream by Anaguma is a form of sound therapy that REALLY relaxes the body/mind. There are many other CDs, but this one is by far the most relaxing.

William (Bill) Farber puts out some interesting guided healing audios. He also does guided regressive hypnosis. I believe he’s one of the best at what he does and is worth looking into.

Patti Conklin offers a very quick guided color healing meditation CD called Color Works. It’s about 15 minutes, but it also can be very soothing and create some good changes inside.

Duncan McColl does some profound guided healing audios. He is no longer with us, but his work lives on! This is the one place I know to get his recordings still. The Self Healing with Hypnosis definitely helped me along the healing path from Akathisia.

http://www.justbewell.com/acatalog/Duncan_mccoll.html

Chakradance also puts out something interesting. You might feel a little silly the first couple times trying it, but it definitely has a cathartic/healing effect on the body and mind.

Rhythm For Your Soul (A Guided Dance Journey Through Your 7 Chakras)

Krishna Das has put out quite a bit of chant music, but Chants of a Lifetime is definitely the best, in my opinion. You can only understand how it will affect you once you sit down and immerse yourself in it. There’s nothing wacky about what he’s doing, it’s a very honest and straightforward American interpretation of an ancient healing modality and he’s simply the best at delivering a sound experience that truly heals the soul.

I don’t know much about Andy Dolph. I learned of him somewhere and then got his Journey of Relaxation and wow! Effective! That’s all I can say. Totally worth giving a try. I just checked online and found you can get this recording for FREE!

http://binauraljourneys.com/journey_of_relaxation/

PRAYER LIST

If you are in a desperate state, please consider adding yourself to this prayer list:

http://pranichealing.com/prayer-list

SAUNA DETOX

If you believe you are in need of detoxing and clearing out old substances from your cells, there aren’t many detoxes I’ve experienced that were more effective than sweating it out in a sauna a few times a week. If you’re recently off meds it’s a good idea to detox SLOWLY. But if you’re ready for really cleaning out your body once and for all, a sauna can really kick you over a new threshold.

Aside from detoxing, saunas have been proven to seriously boost the immune system and help prevent many illnesses and diseases on a whole.

Many health clubs and spas have saunas. But also there are saunas you can buy for your home that can be quite affordable if you catch them on a sale. I have done A LOT of research on far infra-red saunas and found Sunlighten offers saunas with very little EMF exposure and very little (wood) outgassing. Why? Because they use quality, clean woods and a proper heating system. Again, I’m not in the least bit associated with this company, I simply use their product. And I’m not a doctor or healer of any kind. I’m simply a concerned citizen who is trying to help others find their way to better days.

http://www.sunlighten.com/

If there are any other practitioners, modalities, philosophies, supplements, vitamins, etc. and so forth that you believe help and haven’t been mentioned, please feel free to post a comment.

13 thoughts on “More Thoughts on Healing Akathisia

  1. I am at the last legs of healing, I PRAY. I have more good days than bad. I can’t thank you and the other brave survivors on line who opened the door to healing and left it open for others to find.it I tell everyone about your blog. Especially those in the healing profession who admit that they have never heard of akathisia. THANK YOU for your hard work and professionalism. You are a wonderful writer. I believe that my healing journey began when I braved up and started using the wild yam extract, a sublingual liquid. I ordered it from Amazon and had it for about 2 months before I was willing to try it. I was just too terrified to put anything new in my body. Within minutes of taking it, I noticed a subtle change in me. Scared the hell out of me! But I began to notice, I in a couple of days, that I was a bit more at ease and the horrible, burning, prickling skin began to diminish. I have taken it now for about 45 days. I am sleeping better, have much less, often no, skin crawling, and am experiencing more normalization. I also take a probiotic, B vitamins, with added B6, & magnesium. I didn’t tolerate the C very well a few months ago, but I’ll add it back and see. God Bless You!!!! Not said lightly. You are a true hero. I haven’t suffered nearly as much because during those dark, terrible nights of seeing hopelessness, I clung to your words….YOU WILL HEAL.

    1. You’re so very welcome. Your message warmed my heart. I’m sooooo glad you found what works for you. The vitamin C can go either way for people. Seems it’s most effective when taken RIGHT AWAY upon taking the offending drug. The other things you’re taking though are definitely what I would consider the most important. I’m glad you found the courage to try them. You might also want to look into Cell Food drops. I use them a few times a week just for added minerals for overall health and preventive maintenance, but I believe we are all in need of mineral balance and during the healing process they may just give you a bump to the next level!

      I hope this new year takes you quickly to the other side to full recovery! Definitely keep us posted, your story will
      definitely inspire and comfort others. : )

      All my best,
      Angie

  2. I left the comment about the progesterone cream earlier. I should have mentioned that even though it gave me Akathisia, it only lasted for a few hours (it was horrendous but short lived). Later that afternoon I felt absolutely great, I felt like my old self. I just don’t know that I can go through the Akathisia again to feel great in the afternoon.

    1. I have no way of knowing, but if progesterone gave you akathisia then it’s certainly not a good choice for you. It seems to help many people but everyone is so different and every situation is different. Good to know that’s possible though, for others out there to make the most formed decisions. Thank you for sharing.

  3. I wish to thank you for your information & support. Although I don’t have constant akathisia any longer, I have flare-ups from time to time, and my neurologist told me that since I had meningo-encepalitis at one time, I will always be prone to it & Tardive Dyskinesia, a condition that I hope I never, ever get.

    At this time, I’m consulting your info because I’ve been very slowly weaning off of ropinerole (Requip), which gives me intense restless legs if I dare to try not to take it, which I relate to akathisia-type symptoms. Ironically, that is what it was prescribed for in the first place. Yes, it will stop them–but only if I keep taking it & never stop? I used to only get restless legs sometimes, but now always get it if I dare to stop this med. The restlessness is very much like when I had full-blown akathisia symptoms, in which I am unable to keep my legs still, & unable to rest or sleep. Such a miserable, miserable feeling-and although I have now got the ropinerole down to 1/4 of a tablet, it STILL causes me to get this symptom if I am even a few hours late taking the stupid pill. I don’t like being a slave to medication, and I want off of this merry-go-round! But I get so weary from lack of rest, that I haven’t been able to pull it off yet. Any helpful tips on that particular issue would be so appreciated, because I’m worried about this. I want it out of my system, it obviously cannot be good for me. I am taking your advice about the Vitamin C, & already started taking the Wild Yam Cream a couple weeks ago, which I now won’t be without–many thanks for that wonderful tip! For me, it has stopped the irritable mood swings & hot flashes I was getting like clockwork every evening around 6 or 7pm. I have an over-all better sense of well-being since using this every day. I’m uncertain about if I should go ahead & use it every day, or take a week off of it once a month. I’m wondering if you choose to do that, or just stay on it?

    I have tried to take the CALM, but unfortunately it causes gastric upset for me. I researched that issue & now take Magnesium w/SRT by Jigsaw Health (I got mine @ amazon), which has this info on their sale page on amazon:

    “Super absorbable Premium organic form – magnesium malate – from Albion Labs.
    Recommended by doctors such as neurosurgeon, Dr. Russell Blaylock.
    Slow release formula: Slowly releases over 6-8 hours to avoid the dreaded digestive discomfort associated with many magnesium supplements.
    Includes Co-Factors: Includes the active form of vitamin B9, B6 and B12 to increase absorption and bioavailability of magnesium.”

    I also give the disclaimer that I’m not a doctor or giving medical advice; I’m only sharing info on what I take & find helpful for myself. I take this brand because it is supposed to be less problematic with the gastro system, and I can say that in me, that has proven correct.

    One last bit of sharing: I’m finding that one of my issues seems to be with how my body needs potassium & calcium. Through much trial & error, the nearest I can figure is that the beverages I haven’t been able to drink lately are causing Hypokalemia/Low Potassium. I plan to have that confirmed with lab tests, when I can get up my nerve to tackle a doctor’s office again. I’ve been so frustrated because I no longer seem to be able to drink things that are stimulants in any way, such as tea with caffeine or soft drinks, etc; or carbonated beverages. If I do, I will get painful muscle cramps in my legs & restless leg symptoms which drive me up a wall! I now stick to water or water flavored drink packets such as Crush sugar-free Singles To Go. I’ve found many, many beverages on the market will trigger these symptoms, which I find confusing but it has certainly brought my attention to how sensitive my body has become to various things. Oh, my body will also get those symptoms if I am on a diuretic, whether it is a low-carb way of eating that is a natural diuretic, or by taking diuretic medicine. I’m Not saying that diuretics cause akathisia; I’m saying that my body seems to have a problem with keeping enough stores of potassium & calcium-but I don’t understand enough of how this all fits together, to make much sense of it. I just noticed over time, with the help of a food diary, what seemed to suddenly trigger these symptoms, & now I’m just trying to avoid the triggers. I thought I’d mention this in case anyone else is finding they have a new hypersensitivity like this, too. I’d sure like to know if they found anything helpful with this type of thing, or can shine some light on it for me.

    Sorry for writing so much, but I wanted to share that with you & your readers, & tell you once again that I find your source of information on akathisia to be the most helpful out of everything else I’ve found on the net. You are doing such a kindness for others, bless you & thank you for being so thoughtful.

    Kindest regards,
    SerenityNow

    (by the way, is anyone else tired of our spell checkers not ‘seeing’ the word akathisia as a correctly-spelled word? Aggravating!)

    1. Don’t be sorry for writing so much. All of this information helps others and being able to share and ask questions of others helps you not feel so alone, it’s all good. : )
      Blaylock is great! I read his stuff regularly. I trust him over most people out there.

      I would follow the yam cream instructions, by taking that week off. That’s how I took it and how others I have talked with have taken it.

      You’re doing great with the research and paying close attention to your body. This is all really good. I believe this is the way to go about the healing
      process.

      Please keep us posted and share as much as you’d like.

      All my best,
      Angie

    2. Thank you so much, I didn’t know where to turn! The thing that helped me the most was nicoteine. I also took Magnesium, calcium, B12, Potassium and vitamin C. Going for a long strenuous walk helped me initially when I had nothing else, but not completely. Sitting in in a hot shower also gives me great relief, for the time I’m in there anyway. I also tried triptophan and melatonin, they seemed alright. I know you guys have been talking about natural remedies but Ativan helped me a lot and benadryl a little.

  4. May I add to your wonderful music recommendations? This is an oldie, but once I start listening to it, it immediately starts lowering my blood pressure & calming me down. It gives that wonderful ‘feel-good’ feeling, if you know what I mean. People can do a search for it on YouTube to find it & decide if they like it enough to buy it. The track or song is called Ardas, it is on the CD entitled: Crimson Collection, Volumes 6 & 7 CD
    Singh Kaur Crimson Collection (Series) Kim Robertson. Kim Robertson plays the harp (oh, my!) and Singh Kaur had one of the most beautiful, angelic voices I have ever heard. This is a little info on what Ardas is about: “Ardas by Singh Kaur (Answers Your Prayers) In ancient times, Ardas was known as the prayer that goes beyond all prayers. It has the power of all prayers in one. Let this healing energy touch your life in those times when you most need to find answers and put them to work for you. The multiple vocal line is matched by complex instrumentation featuring many beautiful voices from the Celtic harp. Vol. 7 Blessings by Singh Kaur (from negative to positive) The celestial voice of Singh Kaur is combined with innovative and dreamy music by the group Mosaic. Take one part Weather Report, one part Paul Winter, one part Pat Metheny, shake well and you have Mosaic. The lyrics are said to turn situations from negative to positive.”

    I recommend listening to this while wearing headphones, to totally immerse oneself in the healing tones. I’ve found this to help when I was suffering through the worst of the anxiety, and we all know how horrible that can be with akathisia.

    Healing wishes to everyone, here is the YouTube link to try it out, if you are interested:

    Ardas by Singh Kaur, Crimson Series Volume 6

    SerenityNow

  5. You did a great job laying it out! For me to follow w/ the way mind has not been working that’s saying something! lol. Yes, a variety of things of deep interest to me, simple to do, easy to follow. I used the link for the chants, the Spiritual Science Research Foundation page —wow! Yes! A wonderfully inspiring, comforting page; loads of great stuff there I’ve already implemented & passed on to my aide who is also interested in this spiritual path.
    You really have given me hope and inspiration to keep fighting at a time when I’ve been feeling hopeless, helpless and lost for quite some time. If I could write of all the sychronocities (sp. ?) that have kind of avalanched from this,you’d be grinning as much as I am. People are put in out paths for reasons, I’ve always felt, and you, my friend, have been a Godsend so often.
    Just to have someone who “knows”, who uses the words that the mind can’t find…you give hope in a seemingly hopeless situation. I hope …I’m sure you know, just what a valuable treasure that is.
    I talked w/ my counselor about you and your blog; gave her the name to look up. She’s very much interested. A friend of hers, Rob Parsons, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, (another amazing person) was the only one who had ever mentioned Akathisia (not RLS as diagnosed for 9 yrs!) to me when it all went into overdrive; he started me on this healing journey.
    I am so blessed to have found all of you and have you walk this path with me.
    With deepest gratitude… ❤

  6. This looks like something I can really use, thank you. SO need direction, guidance and reminders as I can’t depend on myself since all these changes for me. Wow, I’m actually reading, processing AND able to comment somewhat sensibly w/o too much rambling! (I hope they’re getting through! lol) :\

    1. You’re welcome 🙂 I tried to lay it out in as organized a fashion as possible,, I KNOW how hard it is to make sense of anything when in the grips of Akathisia. As I think of other things I’ll add to it…

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