Natural & Herbal Remedies for Stress

Coping with stress is not always easy, and our ability to manage it varies throughout our lives and according to the nature of the stress. Siberian ginseng can increase your resistance to stress: it works as a general tonic for all body systems including the nervous system, and it makes you more resilient to life’s pressures. I recommend using Siberian ginseng in specific situations when you expect an unusual increase in stress: for instance, during exams or when you need to meet deadlines at work. Korean ginseng works in a similar way, but it is much stronger and is considered not suitable for anyone under 40. The ability to cope with stress can be also related to your adrenal function, which can be improved with specific herbs but is best treated under the supervision of a herbalist. See also post 18.

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Treatment options

• Take Siberian ginseng tincture to increase your resistance to stress – this herb can be taken long term; for many months if necessary. For precautions see post 152. Adults: 1-4ml diluted with some water, 1-2 times a day, tincture strength 1:2.

• Take valerian tincture if your reaction to stress manifests itself as anxiety or irritab ility. Adults: 0.3-1ml diluted with some water, 1-3 times a day, tincture strength 1:1.

• Take liquorice tincture if prolonged stress has left you exhausted (for precautions see post 84). Adults: 0.4-1.6ml diluted with some water, 1-3 times a day, tincture strength 1:1.

• Take oats tincture if prolonged stress has left you exhausted and depressed. Adults: 1-2ml diluted with some water, 2-3 times a day, tincture strength 1:2.

Children (2-16years old): adjust the adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the child – see post 6. when and why you should see a professional medical herbalist

• Migraine: this condition has many causes, often related to dietary factors or hormonal imbalances.

• Depression that does not respond quickly to St John’s wort: there are many herbs that can lift mood but they need to be matched to the individual.

• Pronounced anxiety: this problem requires careful adjustment of specific herbs and their dosage.

• Neuralgia: this ailment requires a careful balance of herbal painkillers with the herbs that restore the nervous tissue back to health.

• Multiple sclerosis: this is a disease affecting nerve tissue that can, in the early stages, be successfully put in remission by individualised herbal treatment. In cases of advanced disease herbs can offer much in terms of supportive treatment.

• Shingles: this condition responds very well to herbal treatment but may require specific immune stimulation.

THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS WARRANT SEEING A HEALTH professional WITHOUT DELAY

• Prolonged or very severe headache.

• A sudden change to your vision or hearing.

• Unusual sensations in your limbs (pins and needles, numbness).

• Extreme anxiety.

• Severe depression.

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