Whether we realize it or not, most of us experience some level of stress in our day to day lives. The speed of contemporary life of today makes it very challenging to avoid some type of traumatic scenario affecting our day to day routine. How we deal with stress differs from individual to individual. For example, if you work in an office where you typically have more work than you can get through in the working day then you probably feel pressure from this traumatic scenario even after leaving work – however, some individuals can completely switch off from this work pressure when they leave the workplace. For others, this stress may get on top of them from time to time. Stress can cause a plethora of ailments such as:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Recurring colds
- Sexual dysfunction
- Memory loss
- Lack of focus/ concentration
Herbal medicine sales continue to grow with the market projected to reach 115 billion US dollar by 2020.Herbs are used either independently or in conjunction with conventional care; many people turn to herbal medicine treatment after conventional treatment has been unsuccessful. Some individuals believe more in Herbal medicine than contemporary day medicine. It is important to note that herbal medicine treatment should be under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional due to the danger of herb-drug interaction and to determine the specific herb required to treat the specific type of stress rather than guessing in the dark. Herbal medicine treatment for acute stress can include:
- Milky Oats
- Lemon Balm
- Gotu kola
Holistic healthcare treatments are important when treating stress as Holistic medicine addresses the individual as a whole, not just the individual’s symptoms. Natural healings are obtained much faster when the underlying cause of the stress is uncovered. Holistic healthcare treatment provides an entire body program with the correct nutrition, appropriate herbal medicine treatment, rest and proper exercise.
When treating the mind and the body there may be included one or a combination of complementary therapies such as Yoga, Meditation, Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, Biofeedback, Cognitive Imagery, Kampo and Aromatherapy to name but a few. Using this holistic approach of mind-body interventions is important when treating chronic stress.