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Do you feel stressed, run down and emotional? 

Stress – Emotional Health

Do you feel stressed, run down and emotional? 

Stress is the emotional, physical, mental response to something that you find stressful. The effects of anxiety, particularly long-term stress, can manifest as a variety of physical and emotional symptoms.

Stress is often described as feeling overloaded, wound-up, tense and worried, and occurs when we face a situation we think we can't cope. 

Stress is referred to as a negative experience; not all stress is bad. Some pressure can be helpful, motivating us to get a task finished, or spurring us to perform well.

However, if stress is ongoing or the stress response continues over a long period, the effects of stress can impact negatively on our physical and mental health.

Symptoms

When we face a stressful event, our bodies respond by activating the nervous system and releasing hormones such as adrenalin and cortisol

Some of the changes in the body due to stress is fluctuations in your body chemistry (temperature, pH and electrical charge are affected and controlled by the autonomic nervous system

This autonomic nervous system controls our sympathetic (fight and flight) and the parasympathetic (relax & digest)

The sympathetic nerves message the adrenal glands to release adrenaline (our fight and flight hormone). 

These hormones (adrenalin and cortisol) cause physical changes in the body, such as increased heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle tension—our breathing and metabolism speed up. Our pupils dilate, and we sweat more. 

These physical changes help us to react quickly and effectively to get us through stressful situations. These may lead, including headaches, muscle tension, gastrointestinal symptoms, anxiety, depression, poor memory, bowel problems, recurrent colds, insomnia. 

These are the usual signs of ACUTE STRESS.

When stress continues and stays elevated, other symptoms present. 

Symptoms of chronic stress include can be classed in two groups!

Physical & Psychological

PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS OF CHRONIC STRESS

  1. Heart palpitations
  2. Fatigue 
  3. Sleep disturbance 
  4. Insomnia
  5. Stomach upset
  6. Diarrhoea
  7. Frequent headaches
  8. Muscular aches and pains
  9. Weakened immune system 
  10. High blood pressure 

PSYCHOLOGICAL SYMPTOMS OF STRESS

  1. Worry 
  2. Fear
  3. Anger
  4. Tearfulness
  5. Irritability 
  6. Anxiety 
  7. Helplessness
  8. Difficulties with concentration or memory, or 
  9. Feeling overwhelmed

Chronic stress is the stress that lasts a long time or occurs frequently. 

Feeling stressed

Chronic stress is potentially damaging, causing acute symptoms such as 

  1. Anxiety
  2. Diarrhoea 
  3. Headaches
  4. Indigestion and Gut Health
  5. Anger – EMOTIONAL FEELINGS
  6. Contributing to chronic disease such as 
  7. Diabetes
  8. Chronic fatigue 
  9. Low immunity

Aims of Treatment:

To enhance the body's capacity to tolerate stress

To nourish the nervous system

To treat the manifestations of stress in each individual

HERBAL REMEDIES – See Star Botanicals

Herbs for stress and anxiety:

  1. St John's wort (Hypericum), 
  2. Kava, 
  3. Valerian, 
  4. Oats, 
  5. Passion Flower, 
  6. Lemon Balm, 
  7. Vervain, 
  8. Magnolia, 
  9. Zizyphus and 
  10. Magnolia, to name a few.

Supportive long-term herbals are:

  1. Withania, 
  2. Rhodiola, 
  3. Rehmannia, 
  4. Licorice, 
  5. Astragalus, 
  6. Siberian Ginseng
  7. and Korean Ginseng, 
  8. Schisandra and 
  9. Gotu Kola, to name a few.

It is essential to develop a regular stress management routine, such as yoga, meditation or another relaxing activity, to prevent or alleviate the negative consequences of too much stress. You need to find some activities you enjoy!! I say to my patients “it is no use doing swimming if you prefer to walk”! Ha! You have to find something you like and maybe do something with a friend. You have to embrace it and want to make a positive difference in your life!

When the mind and body find it difficult to handle stress, it takes that happiness sparkle away! 

If you are dealing with any anxiety, fear, pressure, there is always a way to treat it. 

Working with a health professional and integrative medicine team to get the best sustainable results. 

Check out my emotional wellbeing package

You deserve to be happy!

TAKE ACTION TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

  1. JOIN THE ENERGY PLUS PROGRAM
  2. Eat a nutritious wholefood healthy diet 80/20! 
  3. Reduce caffeine, stimulants and alcohol intake. 
  4. Maintain a healthy sleep routine (7 – 9 hours).
  5. Regular Exercise
  6. Reduce Stressors in all areas of your life!
  7. Create a healthy playtime! 
  8. Turn off your electrical devices, reduce screen time, remove social media from your phone and switch off from social media. Monitor your gaming time. Get outside and have fun! 
  9. Use ‘Prescription Only' Star Botanical Herbal Medicines 
  10. Use Tissue Salts, micro-mineral-dosing to prevent nutritional deficiencies.
  11. Use ‘Prescription Only' Nutraceuticals 
  12. Find time in the day for ‘relaxing', read books, listening to music, pampering yourself with a long bath, meditation, mindfulness. Whatever feels right for your emotional wellbeing! 
  13. Aim to improve ‘Your Style of Life' & find a Healthy Balance! 

Please see below a brief treatment (Rx) protocol and reference guide, with choices to help improve your health, lifestyle and wellbeing. 

Click on the headings and the blue links within this document for health tips and natural treatment information.

For personal advice and individualised treatment, please book a Naturopathic Consultation. 

I am looking forward to helping you!  

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Tissue Salt Rx

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”- Vincent Van Gogh

Indications

These tissue salts below singular or in combination may help with this condition.

For stress prevention:

Take 3 tablets of each salt and let them dissolve in your mouth. For best results use them once daily for 3 or 4 months.

For fast stress relief:

Take 5 tablets of each salt twice daily.

We recommend continuous therapy for 3 months or longer.

General Debility, Nervous Exhaustion, Convalescence

Calc Phos

In times of stress, the body may lack this tissue salt because calcium can be quickly depleted during times of stress.

Kali Mur

This tissue salt may be combined with others to treat any chronic condition.

Kali Phos

Main tissue salt for the proper functioning of the nervous system. It has a healing action on the brain, the nerves, the muscles and the heart.

Use with Kali Phos when you find it difficult to relax and you desire a state of general calm. Nerve nutrient, helping supply nutrients for the brain and nerves of the body. 

Useful in nervous conditions, stress, depression, anxiety, tension headaches and insomnia.

Kali Phos relaxes the nervous system; used for any nervous conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, general nervousness, insomnia, tension headaches and general relaxation.

Mag Phos:

The magnesium tissue salt plays a number of important roles.

Nervine relaxant, painkiller and muscle relaxant.

The main remedy to consider for restoring the nervous system to a balanced state. Excellent for stress, worry, nervousness, insomnia, headaches, muscle cramps, PMT.

This remedy combines when with Kali Phos.

As with calcium, too much stress can deplete your supply of magnesium, leading to symptoms such as insomnia, fatigue, agitation, anxiety, confusion and spasms. Mag Phos (and Magnesium) helps regulate calcium levels, energy metabolism and proper cardiovascular functioning.

Ferr Phos:

It is a natural chemical which helps in absorption of iron in the body. If you have an iron deficiency, then you might experience headaches, restlessness or dizziness throughout the day.

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Homoeopathy Rx

“Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.”-  Hippocrates 

Indication

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.

Aconitum

Anxiety due to sudden fright or shock. Sudden anxiety, palpitations, chest pain, fear he is dying. When fear comes on after a frightening experience. When death comes quickly and family and friend are in shock.

Argentum nitricum

Once he has had a panic attack, he often develops irrational fears about the situations he is in during the attacks and begins to avoid them. Anxious, always too rushed. Diarrhea from being anxious. Panic attacks on planes, bridges, fear in narrow places.

When fear comes from having to be in crowds or in front of a group. Anticipatory anxiety before an event that causes anxiety e.g. exam, speech.

Arsenicum album

When fear becomes terror (of death, crowds or a bad experience).

Gelsemium

Physical & mentally exhausted from anxiety and overwork. Anticipation anxiety; heavy head feeling; trembling body; excessive sweating; diarrhea and frequent urination due to anxiety. Restless fitful sleep, headaches, dull apathetic and withdrawn. Wants to be left alone.

For apprehension accompanied by fear, diarrhoea and trembling.

Ignatia

Anxiety often related to grief, romantic break up or worries. Mood swings, changeable symptoms.

A tendency to spasms,  lump in the throat, chest constriction, abdominal spasmodic pain.

For grief that lingers; when there is silent brooding, sadness, hysteria, or deep crying.

Lycopodium

Anxiety. Fear of failing and overwhelmed with too much to do. Digestive uneasiness, loose sool and lots of wind Crave sweets. Headaches from low blood sugar.

Natrum muriaticum

When there is deep depression from grief and the patient shuns consolation and wishes to be alone.

Nux vomica

Sluggish, touchy and irritable. Inclined to pick quarrels.

Can't switch off and often wakes @ 3 – 4.00 am. Relieves on stimulates – caffeine, coffee, sugar, cigarettes, alcohol etc.

Phosphorus

Where there is fear of thunder or of darkness.

When grief returns to indolence, indifference, despair or apathy.

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Nutritional Medicine Rx

“Health is much more dependent on our Habits and Nutrition Than on Medicine.”- John Lubbock

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.

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Flower Essence Rx

“Healing with the clean, pure, beautiful agents of nature is surely the one method of all which appeals to most of us.”  –  Dr Edward Bach

Listed below are some of the flower essence remedy ranges that we utilised to improve ‘Your Style of Life’ and help you treat various conditions

Bach Flower Essences

 Agrimony, Aspen, Cherry Plum, Chicory,  Elm, Hornbeam, Impatiens, Mimulus, Olive, Red Chestnut, Rock Rose,

 Star of Bethlehem, Sweet Chestnut, Wild Oat, Rescue Remedy

Australian Flower Essences

Pink Everlasting, Red Beak Orchid, Woolly Banksia, Cowkicks, Leafless orchid, White Spider Orchid,

Shy Blue Orchid, Purple Eremophila, Violet Butterfly,  Yellow Flag Flower

Purple Flag Flower, W.A. Smokebush, Hybrid Pink, Fairy/Cowslip Orchid, Pink Fairy Orchid, Dampiera, Rose Coneflower

Futurplex

#1 Spiritual Clarity, #2 Energy Flow, #3 Energy Flow, #4 Heart Chakra, #5 Bioenergy Protection, #6 Inner Chi, #7 Inner Voice, #10 Etheric Body, #12 Kundalini – Chi, #17 New Hope, #18 Positivity, #21 Harmony, #24 Joy, #25 Inner Balance, #27 Relaxed Thoughts, #31 Life Changes, #32 Adaptation, #34 Clear Thoughts, #37 Set Point, #39 Mind Body Balance, #40 Body Mind Balance, #49 Anger-Energy Release, #50 Fear-Energy Release, #51 Urban Harmony, #52 Happy Motherhood, #53 Serene Transition, #54 New Born Tranquility, #55 New Life Serenity, #57 Inner Peace, #58 Peace of Mind, #59 Letting Go, #60 At Ease, #65 Self Esteem, #68 Flexibility, #69 First Rescue, #70 Love Within

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Lifestyle Medicine Rx

“To live is the rarest thing in the world.Most people just exist.”- Oscar Wilde

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.

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Sleep Hygiene:

  • 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.

Fun:

Life is about balance and taking time out to play and enjoy activities you like with friends and family as it has a huge benefit on your health. Laughter is the best Medicine. Having fun and enjoying activities that you like has the benefit of reducing stress and lowering the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is known as the “stress hormone” and spikes to unhealthy levels when you are continually stressed with one of the side effects being weight gain.

Having fun increases serotonin, which is the hormone that regulates sleep patterns, body temperature, memory and mood. When you do activities you enjoy, that help you to relax and connect with people the body will naturally increase serotonin levels.

Research has proven that making time to relax, engaging in activities you enjoy, spending time with people that make you happy improves positive emotional, mental health and overall wellbeing.

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Conditions We Treat

*Disclaimer: 
The information listed here is a guide. Please read our disclaimer and if symptoms persist or you are taking prescribed medication do not modify your existing treatment without making a booking for a professional Naturopathic Consultation and consulting with your ‘Health Care Practitioner’.