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Is aromatherapy effective for stress relief?

Is aromatherapy effective for stress relief?

Sometimes: Some people find aromatherapy very helpful in relieving stress. Certain fragrances like lavender, peppermint, and rose can be very relaxing. Smell goes directly to the thalamus and can relax stress centers in the brain. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Can acupuncture help relieve stress fractures?

Can acupuncture help relieve stress fractures?

Yes and no. : May help with pain if you. Believe in it But the fracture itself will still take time to heal ...Read more

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Does chamomile tea help relieve stress, anxiety , and help you sleep well?

Does chamomile tea help relieve stress, anxiety , and help you sleep well?

Chamomile tea: It is reputed to have those effects, but the bottom line is to test it for yourself. It is not known to be harmful. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture or hypnosis relieve for depression symptoms?

Can acupuncture or hypnosis relieve for depression symptoms?

Possibly: Published data do suggest that acupuncture -- including manual-, electrical-, and laser-based -- helps with depression on its own, and is well tolerated. It may also help with some of the side effects caused by antidepressants. More study of using it to augment antidepressant treatment is needed. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22762294 cognitive hypnotherapy may help depression. ...Read more

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Best herbal/natural supplements for stress and anxiety relief?

Best herbal/natural supplements for stress and anxiety relief?

Magnesium,B vitamins: Magnesium is the first supplement i advise- see http://bit.Ly/1dpai09 b vitamins often help, esp. B6 & niacinamide up to 500 mg 4x/day. I advise adults take 5-6000 iu of d3/day in fall & winter. Consider fish oil, l-theanine, 5-htp, tulsi tea, ashwagandha, rhodiola, valerian & skullcap. Avoid nutra-sweet. Exercise, meditation & counseling can really help, as can seeing a classical homeopath. ...Read more

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Would doing acupuncture cure stress and anxiety symptoms?

Would doing acupuncture cure stress and anxiety symptoms?

"cure"?: Acupuncture is exceptionally helpful for the treatment of anxiety disorders. However, that does not mean that it would necessarily "cure" the condition. ...Read more

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Can fishing help relieve stress?

Can fishing help relieve stress?

Of course: Like most activities, it depends how one approaches it. Fishing can be very relaxing —except to the fish! — or it can be a tense and/or frustrating experience. Whatever the activity, gently avoid "shoulds", time pressure, harsh self-judgments, unflattering comparisons with others, etc. Focus on the here-and-now and give yourself time. ...Read more

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Good homeopathic remedies for nerves from stress?

Good homeopathic remedies for nerves from stress?

MANY: Each person experiences "stress" in a unique way, and there are over 800 homeopathic remedies known to help people with anxiety, stress, etc. To find the remedy best suited to you, consult with an experienced homeopath who can take your case. S/he will work with you in a comprehensive way, and prescribe a remedy based on you as a complete being. http://www.homeopathyusa.org/. ...Read more

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If massage benefits pain relief, does fancy massage oil enhance those effects at all?

If massage benefits  pain relief, does fancy massage oil enhance those effects at all?

Not necessarily: Massage can be useful in managing myofascial type pain. It promotes relaxing spastic muscles and may also improve blood flow in the muscle. The latter can further enhance tissue healing if there is injury to the muscle. Adding oil may enhance the experience and decrease rough friction on the skin which may be irritating otherwise. However, it may not directly improve the benefit on its own. ...Read more

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Will reiki help with stress relief, headaches, and relief from autoimmune pain and pressures... ?

Will reiki help with stress relief, headaches, and relief from autoimmune pain and pressures... ?

Possibly: Reiki practitioners are in many clinics and hospitals. Research is not far along enough to "prove" reiki as an effective therapy, though. Many people with emotional and physical pain use reiki along with standard treatments for their conditions. Find a practitioner who is well-trained and professional in his/her approach. http://www.reiki.org/ massage therapists, rn's & some md's may be found. ...Read more

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Can self hypnosis help post traumatics stress syndrome ?

Can self hypnosis help post traumatics stress syndrome ?

Exposure: While medications may help treat symptoms associated with ptsd, exposure and response prevention therapy is likely to have longer lasting and enduring effects. This must be done with a trained professional. I would not recommend self hypnosis to anyone who has not gone through exposure therapy first. Ptsd is very treatable and you may find it very uncomfortable. ...Read more

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Can "gallows humor" help relieve stress?

Sometimes - yes.: Hello. I have worked with the military for the last 33 years. Gallows or dark humor often allows people to tolerate the horrors of combat. To those looking in from the outside it may seem inexcusably crude & they may be quick to judge. However, sometimes allows people to survive and keep a bit of their sanity. Sometimes gallows humor is just a learned vulgar behavior. Take care. ...Read more

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How does hypnosis work for stress relief?

How does hypnosis work for stress relief?

Relaxation: Hypnosis often but not always involves relaxation, which may help. But a trained therapist may also be able to use hypnosis to explore the reasons behind the stress. Ego strengthening during hypnosis may also help. This requires skill and experience; look for a therapist with credentials from asch- american soc of clinical hypnosis. ...Read more

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What is a good herbal remedy for stress relief or aleviating mild anxiety?

What is a good herbal remedy for stress relief or aleviating mild anxiety?

Talk to dr.first: Kava -- might relax you w/o the feelings of sedation, but in some studies was linked to liver problems. If you have liver problems, don't take it w/o discussing with your doctor first. Vit. B and Folic Acid are believed to affect production of neurotransmitters and thus help with anxiety. Valerian -- helps with sleep and is believed to help with anxiety. ...Read more

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What can I do that helps with stress relief? Aromatherapy? Teas? Herbs?

What can I do that helps with stress relief? Aromatherapy? Teas? Herbs?

Forrest Gump !: I'll paraphrase the tom hanks character : "stress is as stress does". We cannot escape stress. It's part of daily life for young, old, rich or poor. Managing the things that stress us : deadlines, duties and relationships, requires willful actions and good habits. Sometimes we need professional help, specially if anxiety gets the best of our sleep and relationships. Aromatherapy is good too ! ...Read more

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Help plz! Can peppermints be a good stress reliever?

Help plz! Can peppermints be a  good stress reliever?

How about this?: Selye distinguished 'eustress' which motivates us to achieve from 'distress' -- impossibile situations that make us sick. Dealing with the latter involves time management, communication, courage to change situations perhaps by decisive action, letting things / people go, and perhaps in the midst of it find time to eat sensibly and stay physically fit. And enjoy your peppermints if they help. ...Read more

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Can Lemon Balm help relieve daily anxiety and nervous nausea?

Can Lemon Balm help relieve daily anxiety and nervous nausea?

Lemon balm uses: Lemon balm is a perennial herb from the mint family. Some research shows that taking Lemon balm product (Cyracos) reduces symptoms of anxiety disorders. Daily anxiety is likely due to stressors in life affecting functioning. Lemon balm cannot relieve severe anxiety. Combination of lemon balm, peppermint leaf, and other herbs is used for nausea. See Psychiatrist for treatment of daily Anxiety. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Aromatherapy (Definition)

"Aromatherapy is used in a wide range of settings -- from health spas to hospitals -- to treat a variety of conditions. In general, it seems to relieve pain, improve mood, and promote a sense of relaxation. Several clinical studies suggest that when essential oils (particularly rose, lavender, and frankincense) were used by qualified midwives, pregnant women felt less anxiety and fear, had a stronger sense of well-being, and had less need for pain medications during delivery. Many women also report that peppermint oil relieves nausea and ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress Management (Definition)

"stress" is mental, physical, or emotional tension or strain. For each of us, the experience is a little different -- and the situations that trigger it are individual also. "stress management" is the process of using tools or skills such as guided imagery/visualization, meditation, biofeedback, breathing exercises, yoga, etc to decrease or contain this ...Read more