Benzodiazepine: A Natural Alternative

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 08/31/2023

Check out this interesting natural alternative for benzodiazepines.


0:00 What are benzodiazepines used for?

0:12 What do benzodiazepines do?

1:05 Benefits of magnolia bark

2:10 Bulletproof your immune system  

Let’s talk about benzodiazepines. What are benzodiazepines, what are benzodiazepines used for, and is there a natural alternative? Yes, there is!

Benzodiazepines are used for conditions, such as:

• Anxiety

• Panic attacks

• Insomnia

• Epilepsy

Benzodiazepines manipulate neurotransmitters, including serotonin, GABA, and noradrenaline. Serotonin is known to help bring up your mood, improve anxiety, and even decrease cravings.

Noradrenaline is known to help focus your attention, improve vigilance, decrease depression, increase blood pressure, and mobilize the brain and body. It’s lowest when you’re asleep and highest when you’re in fight or flight mode.

Magnolia bark is a natural remedy that has been found to potentially work just as well as benzodiazepines for some people. Magnolia bark has special properties that actually mimic benzodiazepines.

Potential benefits of magnolia bark:

• It’s anti-anxiety (decreases cortisol)

• It may help improve sleep (increases GABA)

• It may help inhibit epileptic seizures

• It supports menopause

• It may help relieve depression (increases serotonin and noradrenaline)

• It may help decrease a fatty liver

• It has properties of cancer inhibition

If you’re on a benzodiazepine, definitely check with your doctor before coming off of it. But, ask your doctor about magnolia bark to see if this more natural solution that doesn’t have a lot of side effects could work for you.

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