Alternative Stress Relief Practices?
Stress is an inevitable fact of life. Although we can’t remove all the stress from our lives, there are herbal stress relief remedies and practices to help our bodies better cope with its response to stress. Our bodies are hard-wired to react to stress in order to protect us from predators. In modern life we may not need protection from predators, but our body still responds as if we were hunter-gatherers.
A Natural Response to Modern Day Stress
Driving in traffic can be a very stressful experience. We change lanes in heavy traffic and another driver honks their horn at us, triggering an alarm in our brain, thus setting in motion a series of responses in our body. The first of which is a surge of adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline increases our heart rate and boosts our energy and alertness, all of which allow us to respond more quickly than our relaxed state. The release of cortisol reduces all non-essential functions while we are in flight or fight mode such as digestive and immune responses.
It is important to remember that these are our body’s natural responses to stress. Once the stress or perceived threat has abated, cortisol and adrenaline levels return to normal levels and our body’s normal processes resume.
When Stress Relief is Needed
When we are under constant stress with work, personal relationships, family, health, etc., these stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol are present constantly in our system. This over exposure of stress hormones can increase the likelihood that we will experience one or more of the following:
Natural and Alternative Stress Relief Practices
We live in a culture where we treat symptoms instead of the underlying issues which then lead to the presence of these sometimes debilitating symptoms. Alina Sepeda Herbal Medicine takes a holistic approach to health and wellness. In addition to our herbal stress relief formulas we encourage the following practices:
Acupuncture is a wonderful way to improve circulation within the body. It has been shown to be an effective solution by many to treat systems associated with stress. Stress tends to tighten up the muscles, leading to bodily aches and pains. Acupuncture helps to alleviate this pain by activating the immune system and increasing circulation to relax the muscles.
2. Chinese Herbs
There are many herbs within the Chinese Medicine pharmacopeia specifically designed to work on balancing the body to reduce stress. Chinese Medicine looks at the entire body as a working organism, so a good herbalist will be able to tell where the imbalances are.
In China, the city parks are filled with thousands of people engaging in some type of meditation. The doctors in China encourage people to meditate because of its effect on reducing stress and promoting health, well-being, and longevity. There are several forms of meditation used in Traditional Chinese Medicine such as QiGong, Tai Chi, or sitting meditation.
4. Regular Exercise
The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are numerous. In addition to maintaining a healthy weight, exercise also improves mood, boosts energy, relieves stress, and can even help you fall and stay asleep at night.
5. Chrysanthemum Tea
Chrysanthemum is a light yellowish flower that has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine In China. It is drunk on a daily basis to relax and maintain a healthy liver.
6. Jujube Seeds
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Jujube seeds are used to reduce stress and produce a calm state of mind. These seeds have also been used to help people sleep.
7. Valerian Root
Valarian Root been used for several thousand years in China as a way to relax. It has also been used by the Greeks as a natural remedy for stress. It’s most commonly found as an ingredient in teas.
8. Xiao Yao Wan
Xia Yao Wan is one of the most purchased Chinese medicine herbal formulas in the world. It is used to help relieve an overloaded liver which is believed to help balance the emotions. It also strengthens the digestive system to improve bowel regularity while strengthening the blood as well.
If you are experiencing unwanted symptoms associated with high levels of stress, we encourage you to consult with an alternative healthcare practitioner such as an herbalist or acupuncturist to begin a treatment plan that does not just prescribe pharmaceuticals. Feel free to contact us for a free herbal consultation to learn more about herbal stress relief formulas made only from the highest quality Chinese herbs.