Natural herbal & homeopathic remedies for stress

Stress
HEALTH HERBS & NUTRITION - REMEDIES - STRESS

· General Description

· Symptoms

· Causes

· Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies

· Helpful Dietary Habits

· Dos and Don'ts

Natural herbal & homeopathic products for stress
General description & overview of stress
 

Stress is a ‘blanket’ term that can mean many things. Technically, stress involves an individual’s physical and emotional reaction to pressure from his environment or from within himself.

A job promotion becomes stressful because, it may make one feel that harder work is expected. Thus while stress is often thought to be negative, it may actually help in achieving goals as well as avoiding unpleasant situations.

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Stress gets its bad name because it may become an unavoidable part of life, and cause one to be constantly agitated. When this happens, it is possible to become overloaded and suffer physically or emotionally or both. Our bosses yell at us , our spouses yell at us – it feels like an endless circle where getting ahead at the office can leave us with so little energy for home that home turns into a battleground that leaves us with no energy to work.

Technical analysis of body’s response to stress

In times of stress the body secretes a cascade of brain chemicals and hormones, including adrenaline and hydrocortisone, that stimulate what is known as the ‘fight or flight’ response. Adrenaline increases the heart rate and rate of breathing, and prepares the body to fight an external threat or flee from it. Hydrocortisone helps it to maintain its readiness for dealing with stress. Thus when we hear bad news on the phone, our immediate reaction is one triggered by adrenaline, followed by increased secretion of hydrocortisone.

The hormones that help us to cope with stress for a short period, however, can cause health problems if we are subjected to long-term stress. Constant stress causes the body to secrete adrenaline and hydrocortisone on a continuing basis, and in time their presence in the bloodstream may be erosive.


Natural remedies, medicines & cures for stress. The American Psychological Association’s 2007 “Stress in America” poll found that one-third of people in the U.S. report experiencing extreme levels of stress. In addition, nearly one-in-five report that they are experiencing high levels of stress 15 or more days per month.

Prolonged high levels of adrenaline, for example, force the heart and lungs to work overtime and keep blood pressure above normal. And constant high levels of hydrocortisone can increase the cholesterol level and cause the platelets in the blood to clot unnecessarily. In time, these changes may contribute to strokes or heart attacks. High levels of hydrocortisone may also lead to the development of stomach and duodenal ulcers. In addition, excess hydrocortisone can have a negative effect on the immune system.

In fact, there exists a series of interactions between the brain and the immune system: cells from each use many of the same chemical receptors and messengers, suggesting a link through which stress might affect immune function and enhance vulnerability to illness.

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Symptoms of stress
 

People experience stress in different ways. Some symptoms that one has when he or she is under stress are:

This does not mean that stress is the direct or principal cause of these illnesses; rather, researchers believe that some people may inherit a biological predisposition to developing a particular disease. And ongoing stress in such a person’s life may increase the chances that that illness will develop. Some authorities suggest that chronic and excessive stress may contribute to the development and progression of cancer.


Alternative medicines, remedies & cures for stress. You encounter overwhelming anxiety; inability to fall, or stay asleep; chronic or severe headaches; severe back or neck pain; binge eating; and the occurrence of physical signs such as eczema, irritable bowel syndrome or migraines.

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Causes of stress
 

There are many different causes of stress:

  • Excessive or extended physical effort without rest almost automatically leads to physical stress

  • Family worries including death of spouse, marital separation, death of close family member, health problems with a family member, gaining a new family member, child leaving home, pregnancy, wife beginning work, troubles with in-laws etc.

  • Personal worries like illness, sexual difficulties, change in living conditions, change in residence, some achievement, even a holiday, sleeping habits change and change in eating habits

  • Money difficulties like foreclosure on mortgage, change in financial state, taking on a large mortgage etc.

  • Work related like dismissal, redundancy, business readjustment, change in line of work, change in work responsibilities, change in working conditions and trouble with boss.

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herbal & homeopathic remedies for stress
 

In some more intense cases, an individual may feel totally overcome by stress and is left with a feeling of helplessness and defeat. In instances like this, it is sometimes necessary to seek professional help from a registered psychologist or counselor to help find the root cause of the stress and positive ways of dealing with it.

There are many natural herbal and homeopathic remedies that may be of assistance in providing all natural stress relief if you feel your stress levels are too high. A holistic approach encourages all natural stress relief by exploring physical and psychological effects of your stress and aims to treat the individual as a whole.

Some herbal remedies recommended for all natural stress relief are Hypericum perforatum (St John’s Wort), Passiflora incarnata, Scuttelaria laterifolia (Scullcap) and Valerian. Theses herbal remedies all serve to relieve the anxiety and tension related to stress.


Herbal & homeopathic cures for stress. Chamomile Tea consumptions was started by the ancient Greeks. It is a great stress buster and an estimated 1 million cups are consumed each day throughout the world.

  • Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm) has been studied for its beneficial effect on the nervous system

  • Natrium sulphate D6 (Nat. phos.) is derived from sodium sulphate. The principal function of Nat. sulph. is a cell cleanser and regulator. Optimal levels of Nat. sulph. in the body will help to ward off those common feelings of discouragement and dismay – when even the thought of getting out of bed seems too much to cope with! Short tempers, sudden furies and dismal moods – all respond well to Nat. sulph. - an excellent general mood tonic for people of all ages!

  • Lavandula augustifolia (Lavender) - It is best known for its soothing properties and as a tonic to support the nervous system.

  • Passiflora incarnata (Passion Flower) according to folklore, was given its name because its corona resembles the crown of thorns worn by Jesus during the crucifixion. Traditional herbalists regard Passionflower very highly for its soothing properties and as a general nerve tonic. In modern herbalism, Passiflora incarnata is known as a natural aid for the nerves, supported by clinical trials.

  • Kalium phosphate D6 (Kali. phos.) is derived from potassium phosphate. This biochemic tissue salt is a natural component of all fluids in the body. It acts as a nerve nutrient and is naturally present in all brain cells and nerve tissue. Kalium phosphate, also called Kali. phos., is an excellent nerve tonic and natural calmative, helping to soothe nerves and lessen the feeling of ‘being on edge’. Kali. phos. supports a healthy brain and nervous system and can help relieve occasional nervous tension and irritability in the body.

  • Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s Wort) – St. John’s Wort is often hailed as 'Nature's Prozac' and has been traditionally used for centuries to balance mood and safely support routine calm and mental equilibrium. In recent times, clinical studies have demonstrated that the administration of Hypericum may be more effective than a placebo. Studies have also demonstrated the effectiveness of St John’s Wort as opposed to prescription equivalents. Active ingredients include glycosides, flavonoids, volatile oils, tannins and resins. St. John’s Wort has also been shown to alleviate symptoms of ‘feeling blue’ commonly experienced during PMS.

  • Natrium phosphate D6 (Nat. phos.) is derived from Sodium phosphate. This tissue salt naturally supports the acid-alkaline balance in human cells. Natrium phosphate also helps to maintain pH balance in the body, break up lactic acid, support healthy bile production, and help with the process of assimilating fatty acids (important building blocks for cellular health in the brain).

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PureCalm for Stress

PureCalm™

Aids nervous system in stress resistance for balanced moods and feelings of well being.

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Anger-Soothe for Stress

Anger-Soothe™

Natural anger management remedy to help you control temper problems and emotional outbursts.

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Mood Tonic for Stress

Mood Tonic™

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Dietary recommendations in stress

Good nutrition is a powerful ally when it comes to fighting off stress. Also, research shows that prolonged periods of pressure can weaken the immune system and cause a high incidence of minor illnesses such as colds, coughs and flu.

Certain nutrients are used up more quickly when you are under stress: your body needs extra B vitamins for a healthy central nervous system, and vitamin C and zinc for resistance to fight infections. These extra requirements can be easily met by eating plenty of foods listed below.

Also, remember to eat small, frequent meals to boost your energy levels and reduce fatigue caused by stress. These meals should ideally be based around complex carbohydrates such as wholemeal bread, pasta, rice and potatoes. Also, set aside a peaceful time for eating – so that you can eat slowly, relax and enjoy your meal – no matter how busy and rushed you may be during the rest of the day.

Also remember, that excessive amounts of tea, coffee and sugar are far more likely to stimulate feelings of anxiety, rather than to calm them. Some people turn to smoking and drinking during times of stress, but both of these rob the body of valuable nutrients. While the short-term effect of alcohol is to reduce a sense of well-being, long term use can lead to depression.


Homeopathic medicines for Stress. All of these substances can fire up your body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ response, contributing to physical symptoms of stress such as racing heart, tremblimg, clammy hands, anxiety and irritability.

Foods rich in different vitamins and minerals discussed above are as below:

  • B Vitamins – Green vegetables, potatoes, wheatgerm, wholegrain cereals (like brown rice), fresh fruit, eggs, dairy products, yeast extract, seafood, lean meat, kidney, liver, poultry, nuts, pulses (peas, beans and lentils), seeds and dried fruits. This will release energy and maintain a healthy nervous system.
  • Vitamin C – Fresh fruits, especially citrus fruits and blackcurrants, fruit juice and fresh vegetables. This will help the body to resist infections and help in wound healing.
  • Zinc – Liver and red meat, egg yolks, dairy produce, whole grain cereals and seafood – particularly oysters and other shellfish. Zinc helps in resisting infections and for wound healing.
  • Complex carbohydrates – Bread, rice, pulses, pasta, oats and potatoes. These will boost energy and calm the mind.
Helpful dietary habits for Stress.

Dos & don'ts (precautions) in stress

The best things you can do to cope with stress in your daily life are perhaps obvious, but nevertheless important: eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, exercise every day, and take time to do the things you enjoy.

Stress, in fact, is not only something you can beat but a force you can turn to your advantage. You don’t have to run from it, and you don’t have to go to a special stress-management seminar to find out how to manage it. The following doctor-tested tips show you how to combat stress – and win.

Work on your attitude

Usually, it’s not the problem that causes stress, but the way you react to it, and your reaction is determined by how you perceive a particular stress. Chinese, for example, have their word weiji for crisis (crisis generally induces stress); two characters that separately mean danger and opportunity. Every problem we encounter in life can be viewed that way – as a chance to show that we can handle it.

Aromatherapy

Take a stress relieving bath with aromatherapy oils and Epsom salts. Sandalwood and ylang-ylang are especially soothing to the nerves, while magnesium-rich salts reduce physical & emotional tension. Add 1 cup of Epsom salts to the bathwater, then swoosh 5 drops of each oil in as well. Make sure the oils are well dispersed so that they do not form ‘hot spots’ on the water’s surface. Relax in the scented water for 15 minutes.


Herbal supplements for Stress. Gardening, knitting, doing jigsaw puzzles, reading or some other favorite pastime can help you to take a breather from the stresses of life.

Listen to calming music

Research has found that certain types of music can reduce heart rate, blood pressure and even levels of stress hormones in the blood. Additionally, relaxation tapes prove to be invaluable at times. They facilitate your relaxation response, and are inexpensive too.

Progressive Relaxation

When you are acutely tense, try this. Sit or lie down in a quiet, comfortable place. Close your eyes, curl your toes as hard as you can for 10 seconds, then relax. After your toes, tense and relax your feet, legs, tummy, fingers, arms, neck and face, so that you progressively work the tension all the way from tips of your toes to the top of your head and then, metaphorically, ‘let it go’.

TM, Yoga or Zen

Transcendental meditation (TM), yoga, Zen – they all work by inducing something called the relaxation response. This phenomenon shuts off the distracting, stressful, anxiety-producing aspects of what is commonly called the fight-or-flight response. We recommend Yoga as it is a complete physical & mental exercise when done under proper guidance and with regularity.

Massage

Massage your target muscles – the ones that get tense under pressure, usually in the back of your neck and upper back. Massage them or get them massaged for a few minutes to get rewarding results. This is nothing but giving & receiving the healing power of touch. This leads to reduction in the production of cortisol and other stress hormones.

Quit smoking

It is generally said that people with a lot of stress should curb down on drinking, caffeine etc. but when it comes to smoking, quitting it completely is something that is invariably advised.

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herbal & homeopathic products for stress

PureCalm™

Aids nervous system in stress resistance for balanced moods and feelings of well being.

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Anger-Soothe™

Natural anger management remedy to help you control temper problems and emotional outbursts.

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Mood Tonic™

Optimizes nervous system health and promotes balanced mood and peacefulness.

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