Stress is something that many of us encounter daily, to varying degrees. In small amounts, stress can actually be of benefit to us. It can challenge us, encourage us to change and adapt, and even make us stronger – emotionally and biochemically. That said, we also live in a society that exposes us to constant, chronic stress, which can leave us feeling powerless and can impact negatively on our health. Fortunately, there are a number of natural treatments for stress that can ease symptoms.
Anxiety is a symptom of excessive stress. It is a complex feeling of apprehension, fear and worry. Pulmonary, cardiac and other physical sensations often accompany it. The stress that causes anxiety can be either physical or perceived stress, but either way it can be extremely frightening and debilitating. It is characterised by muscle tension, increased heart rate, palpitations, trembling, sweating, impaired concentration, sighing, excessive worry, and even a sense of impending doom.
The Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic offers natural medicine for anxiety and stress to help you manage emotional and physical effects.
Our bodies are made up of a variety of systems, each of which can be negatively affected by too much stress.
Cardiovascular System: Palpitations, flushing, and increased blood pressure, heart rate and respiratory rate.
Digestive System: Suppression or increased appetite, indigestion, poor absorption of nutrients, diarrhoea, and an irritable bowel.
Immune System: Increased susceptibility to recurrent infections.
Reproductive system: Lowered libido, impotence, reduced fertility, and inhibition of foetal growth.
Endocrine system: Imbalances in hormones, including thyroid hormones and sex hormones.
On a cellular level, exposure to chronic stress has been shown to contribute to increased free-radical damage and reduced longevity. This means stress can increase the rate at which we age!
To begin your natural treatment for stress or anxiety, we’ll first take a thorough case history and gain a clear picture of how stress is affecting you personally. Your naturopath is trained in a variety of screening tools that can assess your different signs and symptoms and determine how they relate to your health on a cellular level. If you are having difficulty sleeping, they may discuss the use of a natural sleep medicine with you.
They will then support you through a process to minimise the impact of stress and low moods on your life. Your program will aim to:
For more information on our natural sleep medicine, our naturopaths, or any of our natural medicine for stress, anxiety and low moods, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or by calling (03) 9686 2566.