Everyday stress has become part of the modern lifestyle, and so too are the rising medical bills that result from it. Unsurprisingly, the public is increasingly seeking natural alternatives to relieve their stress levels and to help them take charge of their own health, turning more often than not to the gentle, safe and effective remedies of homeopathy.

The Homeopathic approach to Stress
Homeopathy is a holistic approach to health. Its underlying principles are similar to that of yoga and meditation, and take into consideration the individual’s spiritual, mental, emotional and physical well-being.

An experienced homeopath always assesses the individual as both a whole and as a sum of individual parts to see how each reacts to various stress catalysts. They decipher the individual’s unique approach to stress, and match the underlying cause of the stress itself with a corresponding homeopathic remedy. This in turn reduces the frequency and severity of all physical, emotional and mental symptoms caused by stress.

The homeopathic approach to stress also educates the individual on their own internal processes, guiding them to effectively observe their own biorhythms, mental processes and habitual behavioral patterns. Similar to mediation, the individual is guided to observe the underlying causes of their thoughts and emotions, supporting the individual in the developing an awareness of stress-causing behavioral patterns that were previously being acted out unconsciously.

Homeopathic Stress Remedies
Homeopathic remedies may relieve stress levels by:

• Nourishing the immune system.
• Soothing the parasympathetic nervous system, reducing the risk of panic attacks, mood swings and phobias.
• Alleviating muscle tension.
• Decreasing susceptibility to headaches.
• Decreasing emotional sensitivity.
• Replacing some essential nutrients so you can make it through your day.

The words “stress” and “anxiety” are often used interchangeably, but bear different meanings in medical terms. Stress is caused by particular situations or events in one’s life that makes one feel frustrated, angry, worried or even anxious. The stress response is different for each individual such that the same event can often illicit disparate responses. For example:

• Public speaking excites some but terrifies others;
• Pressure from deadlines increases productivity in some but renders others paralyzed;
• Difficult circumstances in family or friend settings find some eager to take control and others stricken with panic;
• Social situations requiring people to voice their opinions are easy and comfortable for some but stressful for others;
• Changes in the work environment are welcomed by some but not by others.

Anxiety, on the other hand, is a general feeling of apprehension or fear, the source of which is not clearly defined.  Anxiety disorders are a group of psychiatric conditions that cause excessive anxiety.

Those suffering from anxiety disorders display such symptoms on a regular basis and thus have difficulty with daily activities and relationships. These symptoms present themselves sporadically and often without warning.

In many cases, anxiety is developed by overdue stress that is no longer linked to a specific cause.

Homeopathy is effective because it is a holistic medical practice that treats the person as a whole and thus addresses the underlying issues that lead to stress. Homeopathy recognizes the uniqueness of each individual and treats him/her accordingly.

Identifying the factors that cause stress, and the various reactions to such factors, are of utmost importance in homeopathy since symptoms are most often manifested when one is exposed to an external force stronger than his/her internal vitality and immune system. Therefore treating symptoms superficially will only act as a temporary palliative and will not provide a lasting cure. Classical homeopathy, in its aim to cure the underlying stress response, can permanently eliminate its symptoms.

Factors such as the mental/emotional state of a person, the location of the symptom, the behavior of the person towards the symptom, susceptibility, family history, and more are addressed and analyzed by the practitioner, allowing her to recognize underlying causes of stress or anxiety experienced by the individual, and to administer a fitting remedy.

Stress is an emotional and physical strain caused by one’s response to pressure exerted from the outside world. Long-term stress can sometimes turn into anxiety and cause an array of behavioral, mental and emotional symptoms. Constant stress increases blood pressure as well as the risk of a stroke. It can also increase the danger of heart attacks, particularly if anger and mistrust is involved. It triggers addictive behaviors that contribute to death and disability, such as smoking, alcoholism, drug abuse, and overeating.

Addictive habits and superficial attempts to change one’s lifestyle may not work in severe cases of anxiety or stress because they fail to address the root issues that lead to symptoms. Homeopathy, on the other hand, is one of the best ways to address underlying issues and ultimately remove stress and anxiety, which in turn brings physical health if the remedy is prescribed professionally.

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