Homeopathy and Herbal Therapy Help to Ease Anxiety, Stress and Depression Naturally
The following questionnaires will help you to narrow down which natural remedy is for you: Anxiety Questionnaire or Depression Questionnaire. Please complete these brief questionnaires before proceeding to treatment options.
Most of us, at some point in our lives will ‘hit the wall’. Our world moves with lightning speed and to keep up with the demands, we need to do the same. Consequences are inevitable. Anxiety takes over and we are unable to cope.
Reaction to Stress
A small amount of stress from time to time helps us to focus, stay motivated and perform to our best ability. It also helps us keep safe through our natural ‘fight-or-flight’ response to danger or an emergency. But this stress reaction is designed to be maintained for a short time – just until the danger passes. Now however, our lives are full of mini-stresses and that stress reaction occurs so frequently that it is often present constantly. What was once a healthy response to protect us and keep us alert, is now having negative effects on our mood, sleep, relationships and productivity.
Symptoms of Stress
You can also have unpleasant physical symptoms. General aches and pains, diarrhea or constipation, nausea, dizziness, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, loss of sex drive and frequent colds are all common.
You may eat more or less, sleep too much or too little, neglect responsibilities at work or at home, start using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax, or develop nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)
Stress, Anxiety, Depression
The end result of continued stress varies by individual. You may have none or almost all of the emotional, physical or behavioural symptoms above, however, most people who are overstressed will end up with anxiety or depression.
Anxiety is characterized by feelings of restlessness, agitation, irritability and not being able to relax. Sleep is often difficult to achieve, with frequent waking.
Depression involves mental fatigue, feelings of sadness and lack of self-worth, and sleep is often excessive but unrefreshing.
Anxiety & Depression Questionnaires
Identify Stress ‘Triggers’
It’s important for you to recognize when these conditions have occurred and to take action to prevent deterioration and eventual burnout or breakdown. If identified early enough you can take charge of your anxiety, identify the stress triggers and remove them. Simple relaxation techniques can be used such as those found on audio recordings. There are many available through a simple search on youtube.
If things have progressed further you may want to see a counsellor or psychologist for some emotional or cognitive behavioral therapy.
Nutritional supplements and herbal remedies can also offer great benefit in treating the effects of anxiety, stress and depression.
B vitamins are calming to the nervous system; magnesium helps reduce irritability; and omega-3 fatty acids are essential for normal mental function, which is not surprising as the brain is 70% fat.
Stress and Anxiety Affect Internal Organs
The main organs affected by stress are the adrenal glands, and both licorice root and Siberian Ginseng help balance them. Rhodiola Rosea has been extensively used for mental stress as it helps calm the part of the brain that filters excessive mental stimulus. St John’s Wort is well known for its benefits on depression and has been extensively studied in scientific literature.
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To your health,
Dr. Chris Dawkins, BM, MRCGP, LMCC
Chief Nutrition Optimizer at Natural Health Publishing