Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. While stress and anxious feelings are a common response to a situation where we feel under pressure, they usually pass once the stressful situation has passed, or ‘stressor’ is removed.
Anxiety is when these anxious feelings don't go away – when they're ongoing and happen without any particular reason or cause. It’s a serious condition that makes it hard to cope with daily life. Everyone feels anxious from time to time, but for someone experiencing anxiety, these feelings aren't easily controlled.
Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, one in four people – one in three women and one in ﬁve men – will experience anxiety at some stage in their life.
In a 12-month period, over two million Australians experience anxiety.
Anxiety is common, but the sooner people with anxiety get support, the more likely they are to recover.(1)
What causes it?
- The biochemical driver of anxiety is the hormone adrenaline and it’s silent but equally dangerous side-kick cortisol, also created by the adrenal gland which is released in response to a stressor. A stressor may be the irrational demands of a sociopathic business partner, but it can also be something as blame-free as an infection, sports injury or even an excessively hot day.
- Genes may be a factor. Anxious parents beget anxious children, though whether this is nature or nurture is open for debate.
- Lack of sleep, whether due to insomnia, shit work or burning the candle at both ends, can cause or exacerbate anxiety.
- Anxiety may be a symptom of a physical or mental illness or a side effect of a medication.
- Trauma such as a car accident or death of a close friend or family member can instigate anxiety.
- Anxiety is often experienced by people who are withdrawing from drugs of addictions, including alcohol and tobacco.
Aims of Treatment:
Relieve symptoms of anxiety through the use of anxiolytic and sedative herbs. Support the nervous system and the adrenal glands. Relieve associated symptoms such as cardiac symptoms.
What to do
While it is important to manage the diet to reduce stimulants and settle the nerves, the most important thing of all is to find a way for your body to calm. When your physical body is calm, your mind will follow suit. This is fundamental to helping ease the awfulness that is anxiety. Find a technique or method that works for you, and faithfully and consistently use it.
We use various naturopathic principles to treat the cause and look for the disharmony in your body and mind to bring your body back to balance. Please see below a brief treatment (Rx) protocol and reference guide, with choices to help improve your health and wellbeing. Click on the headings and links within for more treatment information.
Listed here are a few of the medicinal herbal medicines that may be considered by a professional medical herbalist to create a specific herbal remedy formula (compound) to treat this condition and heal your body.
Bacopa, Black Cohosh, Californian Poppy, Chamomile, Damiana, Hawthorn, Hops, Holy Basil, Jamaica Dogwood, Japanese Knotweed, Kava, Kudzu, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lime Flowers, Lion's Mane, Magnolia, Mexican Valerian, Motherwort, Oats, Passion Flower, Rosemary, Saffron, Schisandra, Skullcap, St. John's Wort (Hypericum), Valerian, Vervain, Withania, Zizyphus.
Combining essential oils into a lifestyle routine that suits you is also a beneficial way to helping you improve ‘Your Style of Life’. Listed below is a suggestion you may enjoy.
3 drops of Frankincense – has the ability to slow and deepen the breath, carminative, tonic, sedative.
1 drop of Ylang-Ylang – sedative, soothing and calming.
2 drops of Vetiver – calming soothing sedating and a great tonic to the nervous system.
4 drops of Roman Chamomile – soothing, balancing, calming, restorative and sedating.
5 drops of Bergamot – revitalising uplifting, regulating balancing, anti-depressant.
- Once mixed together, 6 to 8 drops of this wonderfully relaxing, soothing and uplifting blend can be used in a room vaporiser.
- Mixed with jojoba oil, it can be worn as a personal perfume.
- Placed in a 30 ml spray bottle with essential oil dispersant and rose or orange blossom water, it can be used as a personal spray.
- Mixed into 1/2 – 1 cup Epsom salts makes for the most relaxing bath.
- Use as a massage blend in sweet almond oil for a full body relaxing massage.
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Tissue Salt Rx
Most important remedy – depressed; irritable, bad-tempered; sleep-walking, starts talking, wakes at slightest sound; timid, blushing, starts at the sudden noise, exhausted from overwork; phobias, hallucinations, raving.
Sad, apprehensive, negative thinker; hates being consoled, avoids company, easily annoyed; palpitations.
Below is a quick reference guide for low potency (1x – 30C) homoeopathic remedies safe for home prescribing. Make an appointment for a professional consultation and prescription for more information.
PARTUS PREPARATOR – BIRTH PREPARATION
Homeopathy offers a safe and effective approach partus prep (2 – 4 weeks before due date). Late or overdue labour homoeopathy will assist rather than complicate matters. Safe for mother and baby.
Some homoeopathic physicians and midwives use pre-labour regimens four weeks prior to the expected due date. See above.
It is important to consult your health practitioner (NFM consultant, Naturopath, Homoeopath, Herbalist) to gain the personalised prescription that best suits you at this beautiful exciting time. Work with your practitioner and midwife to design a birth plan that you feel comfortable with. Your support team doula, midwife, practitioner, specialist or whoever you choose to be at your birth will want to help you, be informed, answer all your questions and abide by your wishes. Being prepared and designing a positive birth environment, gives you choices and you are in control. Very special and so exciting.
Nutritional Medicine Rx
Use Food as Medicine! Nourish your body and mind with fresh seasonal, whole foods. Clean unprocessed & unadulterated foods like nature intended. Support a back to the basic natural approach to eating. Visit your local farmer markets and buy organic produce where possible. Go vegetable crazy! Love your greens.
Food Sensitivity Testing is an easy way to take the guess work out of what may be contributing to you feeling unwell, suffering digestive problems, inflammation, bloating, skin conditions, asthma etc. A whole food natural diet is excellent to follow but what some people don’t realise is one man's food can be another man’s poison. Give your digestive tract a break and feed your body with food that heals. A stressed and inflamed digestive tract (gut) suffering dysbiosis needs help to build up a good microbiome balance. It is not only important for your ability to absorb and utilise nutrients but your gut health and immune system are inextricably linked. Seventy to eighty percent of your immune tissue is located within your digestive system and ninety percent of serotonin is made in the digestive tract. Serotonin is a key player in mood, anxiety, fear, and the general sense of happiness and wellbeing.
The intestinal microbiota (gut flora) helps in proper development of the host immune system, which in turn regulates the homeostasis of the microbiota. Good nutrition promoting good gut health microbiome promotes a healthy immune system.
The gastrointestinal tract is also sensitive to emotion. A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person's stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression.
Don’t diet! Listen to your body. Eat mindfully in a relaxed environment and choose quality, not quantity. Enjoy fuelling your body and treating it well.
Lifestyle Medicine Rx
Exercise and Fitness Management:Select an exercise activity or sport you enjoy. Choose something that works for you and aim for the 80/20 % approach and always listen to your body.
- Walking is a wonderful activity for all ages, shapes and sizes.
- Build up slowly but aim for 10,000 steps a day.
- I recommend investing in a motivational health monitor like ‘Fitbit’ and or an app like ‘MyFitnessPal’ to motivate you to have a go and strive to improve your fitness and maintain a healthy weight.
Hydration:Aim for 2 – 4 litres of clean, filtered water a day. One of the easiest ways to improve your health is to stay hydrated as your body is made up of 60% water and it needed by every cell of the body. Sugar, Salt and Coffee is dehydrating for the body. Often if you feel thirsty this is an early sign of dehydration. Make it a habit and drink throughout the day. Benefits include:
- Natural Detox – a naturally hydrated body purges the cells, eliminating stored toxins and bodily wastes.
- Digestion and Elimination – eliminates constipation, boating and helps improve general digestive disorders.
- Speeds Metabolism and helps with weight loss.
- Combats Fatigue – water is an important source of energy for your body.
- Reduces High Blood Pressure and Lowers Cholesterol.
- Speeds up Joint and Cartilage repair.
- Skin Health – improves Acne, Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis and Premature Skin Ageing.
- Slows the Ageing Process.
- Aim for 7 – 8 hours quality sleep.
- Turn off all electronic devices and avoid technology and hour before bed as this allows your brain to switch off and make it easier to fall asleep.
- Keep your bedroom just for sleeping & loving. Fresh Air – open a window. Light can make or break a good sleep cycle. Darken your room as much as possible.
- Don’t eat late in the night. Avoid caffeine and stimulants.
- Set your alarm to get to bed and wake at the same time every day.
- Night Cap: – Drink a warm lemon drink, herbal green tea or Golden Milk (Almond & Coconut Milk with beneficial spices) – “Turmeric Latte”, before bed.
- Create a nice environment with indoor plants, aromatherapy diffuser, soft relaxing music and anything that helps you promote a routine to wind yourself down to get much-needed sleep.