Homeopathic Remedies To Help You Manage Stress Symptoms, Before Stress Manages You

Homeopathy for Stress

Stress seems to be a normal part of life, and according to some experts, in just the right amounts stress can be motivating and possibly good for us.  But too much stress can lead to anxiety, depression and other emotional and physical issues.  The trick is to manage stress before it manages you.  One of the best pieces of advice I've heard is to step away from the TV and 24 hour news cycle, take a walk and breath in some fresh air.  Beyond that, homeopathy has an uncanny way of helping the body disconnect from pressure and stress whether in the throes of emotional turmoil or just unable to relax.

Because homeopathic remedies are natural and worry free, you can call on these specially formulated remedies anytime to help your nervous system and body chemistry minimize the effects of stress.  As everyone responds differently to stress, each of these offers a unique range of  homeopathic support so you can calm the stormy sea of nervous tension.

Tranquility #74

A stressed, aging, grieving, tired and/or sleepless nervous system can encourage a range of agitated, irritable, moody, weary, sad or sleepless symptoms plus headaches, stomach aches, backaches, etc. This formula can send a simple message: Take it easy!  Kali phos, the nerve nutrient cell salt, calms sore, sad or jittery systems aggravated by mental or physical stress. Ignatia brings relief when frayed by emotional stress due to grief, breakups, anger, jealousy or sadness. Agnus castus is called in to lighten the weary sadness that can haunt the weary. This simple solution can help take the weight off of life at any age.

Homeopathic Ingredients: Agnus castus, Ignatia, Kali phos

Anxious/Low Spirits #304

With a little help, the body can calm its stress responses, to let you relax and put your best foot forward. Whether the stress involves stage fright, midterms, work, homesickness, grief or sadness, this highly trusted combination offers
your symptoms a break– occasional sleeplessness, tummy aches, a lump-in-
the-throat sensation, restlessness, irritability, diarrhea and low spirits included.
All this calm is yours with no groggy side effects.

Homeopathic Ingredients: Agnus cast, Gelsemium, Ignatia, Kali phos, Lycopodium, Passiflora

Nervousness #4

Whether stress, fear, grief, disappointment, homesickness, or illness tax the nervous system, Nervousness #4 is specially designed to step in before emotions spiral out of control. When touchy irritability, listless indifference or stubborn disobedience dominate, its natural balancing support can prove highly beneficial, especially if debility, illness, emotional strain, growth or hormonal changes contribute.

Homeopathic Ingredients: Cinchona, Ignatia, Kali phos, Phosphoricum acidum

Ignatia

As one of the key ingredients in each of these homeopathic combinations, it's worth saying a few extra words about Ignatia.  Whether natural to the individual or induced by emotional stress, the individuals who need Ignatia’s support the most are sensitive, idealistic, sometimes secretive. Their moods may alternate frequently - tears turning to laughter and back again. They may internalize their feelings so well that only their sighs let you know what is beneath the surface. Over time, they can become very defensive, touchy, suspicious, jealous and even rude. The line between Nat mur and Ignatia for grief and suppressed feelings is narrow. One way to tell the difference is their response to sympathy, Nat mur may resent it, while Ignatia just prefers to be alone. Ignatia should be considered first when overwhelmed by recent grief.  Isn’t it fitting that such an emotionally stabilizing plant is the namesake of the patron saint of ‘spiritual retreats and exercises’ who introduced the plant to Europe from the Philippines?

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Please note: these statements are based upon traditional homeopathic practice. They have not been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration.


1The Effects of Stress on Your Body, Available online at Web MD - http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/effects-of-stress-on-your-body
27 Kinds of Stress, Elson Haas, MD Available online at Care2.com http://www.care2.com/greenliving/7-kinds-of-stress.html
3Stress is not all bad, Available online at Health Status http://www.healthstatus.com/health_blog/depression-stress-anxiety/stress-is-not-all-bad-it-may-boost-immune-system/

5 things you should know about stress

1) What is Stress? Web MD defines stress as “the body's reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response. The body reacts to these changes with physical, mental, and emotional responses.”1 This definition of stress reveals how complex and far reaching stress can be.

2) What are Stress Triggers? From physical to mental to emotional, the potential triggers are numerous. In the physical realm, it might be lack of sleep, over exertion, injuries and even exposure to viruses and other infectious agents. Mental and Emotional stresses are often thought of as the same, but in reality they are two unique things. Mental stresses are in the scope of the mind and can happen with thought processes like worry and anxiety. Whereas, emotional stresses have more to do with a reaction to news or stimulus, like anger, guilt and loneliness. Emotional stress can contribute to mental stress, and mental stresses can certainly trigger emotional stress.2

3) Not all stress is bad. No discussion of stress would be complete without mentioning that some stress may actually be a good thing, so avoiding stress triggers is not necessarily the answer. We know that controlled physical stress from exercise leads to improved physical and mental health. Additionally, a recent review of scientific research led to the conclusion that short term stressful situations can improve immune function, rather than suppress it. This results from the release of hormones that provide the body with an energy burst, but remember that these benefits do not apply to chronic stress.3

4) Why Stress Matters. When considering the topic of stress it’s important to distinguish between “Acute” stress and “Chronic” stress. Healthline defines acute stress as “your body’s immediate reaction to a new challenge, event or demand,” while chronic stress happens if those situations are not resolved and allowed to persist for long periods of time.4 Both long term and situational stresses can cause more serious mental illness. We also know it impacts our physical well-being. Web MD reports that stress can contribute to headaches, high blood pressure, heart disease, skin problems and even diabetes. 75-90% of all doctor’s office visits are related to stress and 43% of all adults suffer from the adverse effects of stress.1

5) What to do for stress. For most of us, stress is unavoidable, so the key to optimal health may lie in managing stress. First, if you suspect that you suffer from chronic stress, or a more serious mental illness, seek help from your doctor or another health care professional who specializes in these matters. Keeping it simple, for acute stress, try and recognize what your stress triggers are. Then make a conscious effort not to "over do it". Take frequent breaks to try and limit stress to small doses. Exercise regularly, but within your limitations and give your body time to recoup. Get plenty of rest, eat nutritious foods more so than not, and use homeopathic remedies to address symptoms as needed. For a more comprehensive guide to managing stress, we like Help Guide's 6 Step Strategy to Stress Management.  

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