Anxiety and Stress Relief
Chronic stress and anxiety may lead to derangements of multiple organ systems and has significant implications for normal physical, mental, and emotional functioning. Early intervention has the best results, although support at any time may help. Homeopathy may be used acutely for grief, trauma, and anxiety; nutrition and herbs can provide long-term support and minimize sequelae.
The Role of a Naturopath?
Naturopathy can play a significant role in the management of stress by effectively lowering elevated cortisol, adrenaline and aldosterone levels and successfully improving insomnia and thus helping to alleviate “low-energy” mood swings and anxiety.
Benefits of Naturopathy
Stress Management also includes other techniques like cognitive restructuring, relaxation, exercise, meditation, expressive therapies (like Art Therapy and Journal writing), communication and management skills, and creative visualization – to name a few. Each person will have individual needs, and may benefit from an individually tailored stress management plan. Stress is, after all, an individual experience.
Stress and Anxiety FAQs
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders in Australia. Nearly one in 10 people will experience some type of anxiety disorder in any one year – around one in 12 women and one in eight men, very few will actually realize this and look for help. You may just know that you are feeling continually stressed, you have lots of headaches, maybe you are short tempered, perhaps the heart starts racing for no particular reason and your chest feels tight. Natural Medicine and other combined techniques have shown great benefits in reducing stress and anxiety.
- Neuroticism, extroversion, poor self-confidence
- Women > men
- The elderly and children
- Genetic predisposition
Signs and Symptoms
- Active avoidance of stimuli that prompts recollection—inability to recall aspects of the trauma
- Detachment, decrease in emotional responsiveness, restricted range of affect and activity, sense of detachment from the body, alterations in memory or cognition
- Stress is also implicated in and can exacerbate illness (e.g., gastrointestinal, cardiac, cancer) as well as recuperation time and outcome
How long is an Appointment?
The first visit is the most comprehensive in discussing your complete medical history and is the longest visit at 1 hour. Subsequent visits are approximately half that time, depending on the complexity of the issues being addressed.
Are Healthfund Rebates are available for Stress and Anxiety Management?
I am a qualified practitioner of all of the major modalities in Naturopathic Medicine and a member of Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA), and therefore registered with many different health funds. In regards of Anxiety and Stress Management I will choose together with you which modality is best for you. The rebate you get back will depend on your personal level of cover.
IHCNM is happy to announce that we have been selected as a preferred supplier by Medibank Private for all of our Naturopathy services including weight loss. We are one of only a few clinics within the North Side to receive this honour. Click here for more details.
In September 2012 I was diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome which is a debilitating autoimmune disease that can affect the nervous system, and incorporates a rheumatoid arthritis factor, Raynaud’s disease, fatigue and brain fog (problems with memory or difficulty focusing) along with extremely dry eyes and dry mouth – just for starters.
By the time I presented to my GP I was in bad shape with inflammation and pain – I could barely hold a brush to my hair and I needed help to cut my food or butter my toast in the morning. I was prescribed two drugs to assist with the inflammation and while they were wonderfully helpful (and I am grateful for the relief they gave me), they were equally dangerous.
Prednisolone is a steroid medicine which needs to be taken regularly and requires a gradual reduction in dose to be able to come off it. Side effects include weakness of arms and legs, development of a rounder face, mental health issues e.g. depression at high doses, and users can get infections more easily than usual, and these infections can be more serious.
Plaquinil can cause irreversible damage to the retina of the eye when high doses are taken over a long period (like I am). It can cause muscle weakness, twitching, uncontrolled movement, loss of balance, blurred vision, light sensitivity, pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, confusion, headache, ringing in the ears, skin rash and, my goodness, the list goes on!
Concerned about the meds and wanting to get my body to heal itself naturally, the way God meant it to, I decided to visit a Naturopath and chose Thomas Staudacher. Why him? A work colleague had been seeing Thomas for about 18 months and over that time I saw the change in her weight and her skin – her face glowed. I decided there had to be something to what Thomas was doing for her.
Four months after that first visit, my blood tests are showing great results. My rheumatoid factor has dropped from 106 to 35. My other readings are returning to normal and my GP is so happy with my progress that I can now slowly come off the prednisolone.
I’m also drinking Body Balance ‘juice’ and it seems to be maintaining my journey to health, (along with a diet suited to me, and a regime to get my ‘gut’ right). The ‘juice’ is a high potency vitamin / mineral hit that supports core body systems with a formula of nine varieties of sea vegetables. All natural.
I haven’t had to take an allergy tablet in four months, I have more energy, I can now eat food that caused me issues before and I’m feeling normal again. My sister saw my new photo on facebook and commented that I looked SO good and so young…she wants to know my secret!
G.B. Bray Park QLD 05/02/2013
I took Edwina to see Thom and he built a comprehensive picture of her symptoms. He then presciribed her a Homeopathic remedy. Within the first couple of days I noticed a difference in Edwina’s sleeping habits. No more getting upset when she stays away from home. After a week of the remedy she now has no more issues staying away home and regularly stays at friends houses.
M.A. Brisbane 2/02/2010