Natural Treatments for Stress

Veterinarian Reviewed on January 14, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Stress

Natural Treatments for Stress

Description

The body benefits from a healthy amount of stress; it can increase heart rate, elevate respiration and blood pressure giving the heart and lungs a healthy exercise. Stress is actually a normal response of the body to life events. When the body perceives danger whether there real or present danger or an imagined one, our body responses automatically which is known as a stress response.

Stress is experienced even by everyone, even infants and toddlers get stressed. This natural body response is actually the body’s way to protect itself, signals are sent to the brain which makes you stay focused, alert and more energetic than ever. Chronic stress on the other hand can lead to serious physiologic complications if not properly managed.

Causes of Stress

There are several causes of stress which is often identified as stressors. Stressors can be physical, emotional, psychological and social stressors which can significantly stimulate a person and cause him to stress out. Physical causes can be any health condition, illness, acute or chronic pain, side effects of medication and many more. Emotional stressors are life changing events in a person’s life which can cause severe anxiety and stress; events like a death, a loss or a failed relationship can cause tremendous amounts of stress. Having and psychiatric illness, phobias, traumatic events can also lead to stress.

Symptoms of Stress

  • Physical symptoms – increased respiration, pulse and elevated blood pressure, nausea, dizziness, gastrointestinal problems, muscle pains, chest pains, decreased libido and many more.
  • Behavioral symptoms – binge eating or loss of appetite, altered sleep patterns, self isolation, turning to unhealthy habits like smoking, alcohol and drugs and developing ticks and other nervous habits.
  • Emotional symptoms – irritability, restlessness, feeling of loneliness, depression and in worst cases may also lead to suicidal thoughts.
  • Cognitive symptoms – memory lapses, inability to concentrate, constant worrying and developing a pessimistic attitude.

Natural Treatments for Stress

  • Aromatherapy is one of the most widely used treatments for stress. Plant and flower extracts are used to create relaxing aromas that can bring relaxation and ultimately stress relief. It can be infused with base oils to create essential oils, candles and massage products.
  • Effective breathing – breathing techniques to reduce anxiety is a disciplined approach to reach a quiet and meditative state. With effective breathing techniques, a deep state of relaxation can be achieved removing anxiety effectively.
  • Massage and reflexology – are alternative methods that make use of stress points found along the body which when stimulated can induce relaxation and calmness.
  • Herbal remedies – these natural remedies makes use of innate properties that can reduce stress. Herbs like valerian root, St. John’s wort, California poppy and chamomile are just some of the most popular examples. These can be taken in a form of a dietary supplement, teas, infusions and extracts. Taking herbal supplements must be done under the care of your doctor, never self medicate especially when you have an existing illness or taking medication for any illness.

Suggested Products

Anxiety & Stress Essentials™ – Herbal Relaxation

Ashwagandha Root (Withania somnifera)

Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata)

Relax Gold

Relax Gold (Alcohol Free)

Astragalus Root (Astragalus membranaceus)

Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica)

Ginger Gold Energy

Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea)

St. Johns Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

St. Johns Wort (Hypericum perforatum) (Alcohol Free)

Natural Sleeping Essentials™

Kid’s Attention Gold

Concentration Essentials™ for Focus & Concentration

Mood Gold

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Our Expert

Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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