Feeling angry is natural part of the fight or flight response for all people and is often a reaction to a threat, feelings of frustration, or the perception of being criticized. Anger can also be a more aggressive and protective version of underlying emotions such as loneliness, sadness, and fright. When you lose control and have an episode of rage, irrational decisions may lead you to take actions and say words you will later regret, which causes stress. Anger may also increase blood pressure, heart rate and adrenaline levels. Treating excessive feelings of anger may be necessary to uphold a healthy emotional state.
Bupleurum is an appropriate remedy, according to Chinese traditional medicine, when qi is stagnant and blood circulation is limited resulting in repressed anger, tension, digestive problems, teeth-grinding and neuroses. Additional symptoms of qi stagnation include stomach pain, gas, inflammation and tumors and cysts. This condition is also known as fire in the liver meridian. Bupleurum releases the stagnant qi and reduces angry and irritated feelings, according to the Institute for Traditional Medicine.
According to a 2009 study published in "European Journal of Clinical Nutrition" led by T. Sawada from Daigaku Junior College and Seitoku University, when a supplement of 7 milligrams of zinc gluconate was given to women, their instances of anger and depression markedly decreased. This study corroborated a previous study that discovered the same findings in female animals.
B Vitamin Complex
Repressed anger may cause high homocysteine levels, which is a precursor for heart disease. However, the relationship among these factors is being scrutinized by the medical community because the cause and effect is not conclusive, according to Peacehealth.org. Elevated homocysteine may also cause strokes, osteoporosis, Crohn's disease, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, miscarriages and hypothyroidism. Vitamin B complex is a known remedy for lowering homocysteine levels. The August 2006 issue of "Biological Psychiatry" reports a study that confirms that B vitamins are directly associated with homocysteine levels which can influence anger attacks, especially in patients who also suffer from depressive disorder.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Supplementing your diet with omega-3 fatty acids may also help anger issues, according to a study in the February 2008 issue of "Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry." Subjects in the study were substance abusers and had poor dietary habits. Diets were supplemented with omega-3s, which resulted in an increase of beneficial acids, eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid.. Eicosapentaenoic acid was shown to be especially beneficial in lowering anxiety and anger scores in subjects.
- Institute for Traditional Medicine: Chinese Herbs and Fertility
- NutraIngredients.com: Zinc may ease female anger and depression: Study
- Biological Psychiatry: Anger Attacks in Major Depressive Disorder and Serum Levels of Homocysteine
- Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry: Associations Between Increases in Plasma n-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids Following Supplementation and Decreases in Anger and Anxiety in Substance Abusers