Spotlight on Stress, Anxiety and Depression.
Homeopathy, herbal medicine, massage, reflexology and hypnotherapy can all be very effective at helping to relieve those health monsters of the modern world: stress, anxiety and depression. Find out which therapy will be right for you.
Finding the therapy that suits you best is sometimes a challenge. It often comes down to the therapy you feel most drawn to. The one that resonates with you. We offer 20 minute free consultations to help you decide which therapy will be right for you.
Natural therapies take a holistic approach. That is, they look at the whole picture, the whole you. Mind, body and spirit are inextricably linked. They work in synchronicity with one another, and if one area is out of balance, then there will be a knock-on effect on other areas. For example, physical pain or disability can lead to anxiety, low mood and depression. Equally, feeling stressed, anxious or low can make us physically ill. So it makes sense that all areas of mind, body and spirit must be brought back into balance for a person to truly heal.
Psychological problems such as stress, anxiety and depression affect people in different ways. A homeopath will take into consideration not only what has triggered the symptoms you are experiencing, but also how you have reacted to the events that have unfolded. This helps your homeopath to select the correct remedy for you.
Think of a child playing with another child of the same age. They will interact differently with one another to how they would interact with a grandparent, or even an older child. Children intuitively adjust their response mechanisms according to the person they are talking/playing/interacting with. And actually, we behave in the same way as adults! However, when we feel overwhelmed by events and situations around us, our ability to respond appropriately becomes confused.
Homeopathy aims to restore that internal, intuitive equilibrium, enabling us to cope better with stress and anxiety, and alleviate depression.
Some people will have heard of the so-called ‘herbal antidepressant’, St John’s wort. There is lots of evidence to show that this can be very effective at relieving mild to moderate depression – without the side effects associated with conventional antidepressants. It can also help us cope with stress and anxiety.
However, there are many more medicinal plants that can help with stress, anxiety and depression. A medical herbalist will try to find the most appropriate plants to help you, personally. We are all different, all get ill for different reasons, heal in different ways and, therefore, are likely to respond differently to different plants. Often it is a specific combination of plants that is the most effective.
A herbalist will take into consideration other symptoms you may be experiencing as part of your depression, such as a suppressed immune system resulting in you picking up every cough, cold and bug that’s going around, digestive and sleep problems, and muscular aches and pains. These symptoms will influence the choice of herbal remedies for you.
Research shows that massage can have a profound effect on a person’s emotional and physical wellbeing. When delivered with love and care, it can make that person feel loved and cared for. This, in turn, boosts their body’s production of the ‘feel-good’ hormones serotonin and dopamine, kick-starting the body’s innate healing mechanism.
A massage can also help reduce levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, slow the heart rate and respiration, and thereby promote feelings of calm and relaxation.
On a purely physical level, a massage will help relax and relieve muscles in the body that have become tight and shortened from feeling tense and anxious. It will also boost blood flow and circulation.
When giving someone a massage to help relieve stress, anxiety and depression, the therapist is likely to focus on the torso, upper body and head. The aim is to enable the person to leave the therapy room feeling upright, tall and supported, physically and emotionally, and to stride back out into their world with greater ease and confidence.
Reflexology is a hands-on technique that involves applying gentle pressure to specific points on the body. These points influence other areas of the body via a network of energy pathways.
A number of points relating to the relief of symptoms of anxiety and depression are to be found in the feet and hands. They include those that relate to the solar plexus and help slow breathing, calm the nerves and enhance feelings of well being; points relating to the head and brain, which may reduce feelings of being overwhelmed, and increase the ability to focus and concentrate; points relating to the small intestines and colon, that can help with digestive problems such as IBS; and points relating to the adrenal glands, which are responsible for producing the stress hormone cortisol, and the pineal gland, which produces a hormone called melatonin associated with establishing sleep patterns.
There are different types of hypnotherapy. One of the latest ‘state-of-the-art’ techniques is called Solution Focused Clinical Hypnotherapy. Quite simply, this technique helps you focus on the solution to your problem, ie. your anxiety or depression, to bring about change.
This might sound a bit daunting, but it is actually quite straightforward. The actual process involved is described as being more like going into a trance than being ‘hypnotised’. And trance is a very ordinary state of mind to be in, in many ways.
We go into trance many times a day, without even knowing it: when we are driving, watching television, out for a run, for example. It is a period of time when the conscious and subconscious minds come together. Solution Focused Clinical Hypnotherapy teaches us to use our conscious and subconscious minds to work together to find the solution to our depressed state of mind. It can also instigate a chemical response in the brain that produces various neurotransmitters, including serotonin, that act as catalysts for healthy mental behaviour.
Book your free 20 minute consultation (skype consultations available) now to find out how a natural therapy can help you regain full health. Call us on 01326 212112.