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Anxiety & Stress Relief 
Consumer Guide by Dr. Bob Martin

[Medical Help for Anxiety and Stress | Homeopathic Remedy for Anxiety and Stress
[Additional Tips for Anxiety and Stress]

Stress and anxiety are two of the most common feelings in America today.  More than 30 million people in America experience some form of anxiety each year.  Women are twice as likely as men to develop anxious or stressful feelings which typically strike in young adulthood.  The median age of daily anxiety onset occurs at 24 years of age, but children and adolescents can also experience daily stress.  

Anxiety is not fun for the millions of people who experience it (or for the people around them).  For some it can be a sense of apprehensive or uneasiness of mind -- or worrisome thoughts and tension (and sometimes panicky feelings) -- about the ordinary stresses associated with everyday routine life events and activities.  For others anxiety may be an undesired sense of uneasiness that may be accompanied with self-doubt about one's capacity to cope with it.  An anxiety sufferer may anticipate something worse even though there is little reason to expect it.  

Anxiety and stress cost the U.S. billions in direct and indirect costs annually.  One survey found that people experiencing stress and anxiety make more trips to their health care provider than the general population. 

Stress is a term widely used in our current fast-paced society.  Often the daily demands placed on us build up and accumulate to a point where it becomes challenging to cope.  Job pressure, family arguments, financial pressures, deadlines, etc. are common examples of "stressors". It can be almost anything which creates a disturbance, including something physical or emotional.  

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Medical Help for Anxiety and Stress

Many people suffer from more serious mental disorders, such as phobias, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, cognitive dysfunction, neurophsychiatric problems, etc. Anxiety Relief is NOT indicated for the treatment of any of these or other serious mental disorders.  See your health professional for any conditions which may require his services.  

However there are two effective forms of psychotherapy that are used to treat anxiety, behavior therapy and cognitive-behavior therapy.  Behavioral therapy tries to change actions through techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing whereby slow, deep breaths are taken to reduce anxiety.  Cognitive-behavioral therapy teaches people to understand their thinking patterns so they can react differently to the situations that cause them anxiety.  Psychotherapy in the form of biofeedback, or short-term individual counseling, has sometimes proven successful.  

An increase in physical exercise also appears helpful.  Many people find that daily leisurely walks markedly reduce symptoms, probably due to the known stress reduction effects of exercise.  

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Homeopathic Remedy for Anxiety and Stress

Homeopathic medicines for anxiety and stress have been successfully used by thousands of people.  They bring prompt symptomatic relief of occasional minor anxiety, fear, worry, panicky feelings and apprehension associated with everyday life without synthetic drugs or side effects.  And they don't require a prescription.  If anxiety feelings continue to occur regularly, you should consult a physician.  

Homeopathic medicines have demonstrated unsurpassed safety for nearly 200 years, and are safe for children, the elderly, and pregnant and nursing women.  There are NO synthetic drugs, function impairment, or side-effects.  Homeopathy is a scientific system of health care that is among the safest remedies known to modern medical science.  Homeopathic medicines work gently with the body by activating the body's own defense system.  

Homeopathy is safe for children, elderly people, people who are very allergic, pregnant women and women who are nursing.  IN fact, homeopathy represents the safest form of effective medicine known.  And since only minute quantities are needed to stimulate the body's mechanisms for relieving anxiety, they are administered in small doses.  

Eleven homeopathic remedies address anxiety and stress.  They are:  

(3x, 6x, etc. refers to the potency)

Ignatia amara (St. Ignatius' bean) 6x, 12x - for anxiety associated with a letdown or sad event, and for minor anxiety following alarm, apprehension, and emotional worry.

Natrum muriaticum (Sea Salt) 6x, 12x, 30x - for anxiety associated with minor, occasional fear.

Piper Methysticum (Kava Kava) 3x, 6x, 12x, 30x - for feelings of anxiety, daily stress and worry associated with everyday life.

Argentum nitricum (Silver Nitrate) 8x - for minor fear associated with enclosed places, heights, or stressful anticipation.

Gelsemium sempervirens (Yellow Jessamine) 8x, 30x - for anxiety and stressful emotions associated with minor setbacks, a sad event or apprehension.

Moschus (Musk) 12x - for anxiety associated with stressful nervousness.

Kali carbonicum (Potassium carbonate) 12x, 30x - for an anxious feeling in the stomach associated with the ups and downs of everyday life.

Aurum metallicum (Gold) 8x - for anxious feelings associated with everyday bothers, hassles, and minor moodiness.

Arsenicum album (arsenious oxid) 8x - for feelings of minor anxiety when one is alone or at night, under daily stress, or mild apprehension.

Aconitum napellus 9x - for feelings of minor anxiety associated with large crowds.

Hyoscyamus niger (Henbane) 6x, 12x - for feelings of minor anxiety and daily stress associated with common jealous feelings, occasional sleeplessness and simple nervousness.

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Additional Tips for Anxiety and Stress

The single most important thing you should know about anxiety and panicky feelings is that real relief is there for you.  Buy you need to help yourself by taking advantage of the information and programs that are available.  

Exercise is for everyone. According to Andrew Weil, M.D., in his book Spontaneous Healing, even the more severe forms of anxiety can often be treated with something as simple as breathing exercises.  By gradually changing the tone of the involuntary system, it allows deep, internal relaxation that promotes emotional healing, he says.  Regular exercise is also important and, obviously, relaxation training can be very helpful.

Numerous studies have shown that lack of physical activity is a risk factor for health problems.  Overall, the results show health concerns are almost twice as likely to develop in inactive people than in those who are more active.  The best exercise to strengthen your overall health are aerobic such as brisk walking, jogging, cycling and swimming.  Regular aerobic exercise (at least 30 minutes, three to four times per week) reduces one's chances of becoming overweight or developing other health problems.  In addition, your overall health, including sinus and respiratory health, becomes stronger through regular exercise.  

You'll need a two-part program of strength training and aerobic exercise to help optimize your respiratory function.  Strength training builds a larger musculature, which burns more calories and helps to keep weight down -- which is important to reduce risk.  Aerobic exercise strengthens your respiratory system and benefits your system by speeding up your metabolism.  But when you exercise, build slowly.  Do what you can handle to start with, but regardless of how long your exercise, make it fairly intense.  

There is no reason for one to wait to start leading a healthy life, eating a satisfying diet, and optimizing nutrition.  Exercise leads to greater support for a healthy outlook and more energy -- a great incentive for everyone!

Everyone needs adequate rest.  Research has demonstrated that if human beings don't obtain enough sleep, physical as well as psychological distress may eventually occur.  This would include fatigue, daytime sleepiness, concentration difficulty, anxiety, panicky feelings and other unwanted feelings.  Ideally, one should attempt to achieve a sleep cycle of seven to eight hours. 

Self-Talk Therapy Plan.  Another way to help control these emotions is by "filtering": them in a beneficial manner.  This technique, known as cognitive therapy, is a deceptively simple, powerful self-help technique for handling these kinds of emotional feelings.  The process, pioneered by Aaron Beck, M.D., involves becoming aware of our negative thoughts and feelings by writing them down and then taking a rational look to see of they are really true or somehow illogical.  Here are seven quick and easy self-talk steps: 

Step 1: Write everything down.  The act of writing automatically puts some distance between you and your negative thoughts.  Jotting things down provides perspective and helps people detect distorted thinking more easily.  If you are in a situation where you just can't put pen to paper, consider saying things out loud. 

Step 2: Identify the upsetting event.  What's really bothering you?

Step 3: Identify your negative emotions.

Step 4: Identify the negative thoughts that accompany your negative emotions.

Step 5: Identify distorted thinking and substitute rational responses.

Step 6: Reconsider your upset and despondent feelings.  Are you still heading for an emotional tailspin?  Probably not.

Step 7: Plan corrective action.

Nothing replaces a positive, healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise, daily walks in nature and a healthy diet.  The rapid pace of our lives often interferes with us taking the time to really take care of ourselves.  Caring for ourselves helps to keep our bodies healthy, and maximizes the mind/body's inherent healing potential. 

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Healthy Diet.  Changing the way you eat will change the way you feel.  The right foods can lower the risks for potential health problems while also promoting longevity and overall health.  Choose to eat right by eliminating problematic foods and increasing your daily intake of fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.  By following simple guidelines for lifestyle, diet and nutrition -- by changing a few habits and getting the right nutrients -- you can protect your health from potential problems.  Every person should adopt four "do not" diet rules: 

  1. Reduce saturated animal fats. The simplest way to do this is to consume fewer dairy products, less red meat, and fewer processed meats like ham, bacon, and bologna and hydrogenated fats.
  2. Consume fewer processed carbohydrates like processed cereals, breads, bagels, crackers, cakes, cookies, or anything containing white flour.
  3. Avoid diet sodas and colas.  Many people believe soft drinks help them maintain their weight.  But sodas can make a person's bones brittle because they have a high phosphoric acid content -- and phosphoric acid literally leaches calcium out of the bones.
  4. Avoid caffeinated beverages such as coffee, black teas, and caffeine laced soft drinks. 

It may be easier for you to follow these recommendations if you follow a modified Mediterranean diet -- a diet usually heavy on olive oil and vegetables and low on saturated animal fats.  This diet includes foods such as fish and nuts that are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, olive oil (a source of monounsaturated fats), and loads of fresh fruits and vegetables.  Meat is used only to flavor sauce; onions and garlic are prominent condiments.  This diet can take a major bite out of the risk for potential sinus and allergy symptoms! 

What we call a modified Mediterranean diet is primarily a vegetarian, whole foods diet consisting of fruits and vegetables, raw seeds and nuts and their butters, fermented bean products, fish, and whole grains -- all considered health-promoting foods.  These foods are high in dietary fiber, which helps move food and wastes through the digestive tract before they have a chance to form toxic substances. 

Many degenerative illnesses are related to a diet low in fiber.

Whole (unprocessed) foods are rich in the nutrients needed to fight destructive free radicals, promote skin and tissue health, repair bones, muscles, and tendons, and promote regularity.  In addition, being more nutrient-dense, whole foods are more filling and decrease the likelihood of overeating and subsequent weight gain.  Whole foods also put less overall stress on the body, because they are more easily digested and contain fewer toxic substances than processed foods.  

Today, there are so many things you can do about anxiety disorders to help you live a fuller, more active life.  So don't suffer needlessly.  Learn all you can about anxiety and stress. You don't have to miss out anymore.  

Reprinted with the exclusive permission of NaturalCare, Inc. 

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