For long-term relief of general anxiety, we believe in a natural therapeutic approach rather than prescription medication.
Our treatment program consists of 1) “assess and address” and 2) apply targeted amino-acid nutrition known as orthomolecular medicine. Pioneers in this type of medicine for the treatment of mood and psychiatric disorders include numerous prominent physicians and scientists, such as Linus Pauling, Abram Hoffer, Carl C. Pfeiffer, Roger J. Williams, and many others.
At the DaSilva Institute we actually measure the chemical “switches,” known as neurotransmitters, that are responsible for mood. This information allows us to address only those neurotransmitters that are causing your mind to not feel well.
Our primary goal is easing symptoms and improving your quality of life by balancing the exact neurotransmitter that is causing the problem.
Anxiety is not “all in your head” — it can affect your entire body and jeopardize your health.
The word “anxious” comes from the Latin word meaning to strangle(!). What an apt description of acute anxiety, which can result in rapid heartbeat, sweating, dizziness, trembling, dry mouth, and a choking sensation.
But even if your symptoms are less dramatic, chronic anxiety takes a toll on your overall health.
Conventional Medicine’s Approach to Anxiety
The usual treatment for anxiety is prescription tranquilizers such as Valium and Xanax and antidepressant drugs like Prozac and Paxil. These medications may mask the symptoms of anxiety but do not address the underlying cause. Even worse, they have terrible side effects.
Tranquilizers (benzodiazepines) are highly addictive, and withdrawal symptoms are similar to those for barbiturates and alcohol (convulsions, tremors, abdominal and muscle cramps, vomiting, and sweating). And Prozac, Paxil, and other SSRI antidepressants are linked with increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior.
Whether you experience periodic acute anxiety or feel anxious all the time, the DaSilva Institute can provide natural treatments instead of prescription drugs.
Our successful anxiety treatment program includes complete bioidentical hormone balance, dietary changes, detection and correction of the underlying issue that might be triggering the anxiety, and targeted nutritional supplements aimed at easing symptoms and improving quality of life.
Imbalances of hormones in both men and women can also lead to anxiety. For men it can be due to low testosterone, while for women it’s low progesterone. That is why we also test hormones in patients with anxiety and correct imbalances with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.