"STRESS" has now become one of the
most common words a doctor gets to hear in practice. Being a physician
in the city of Mumbai, I get to hear it even more so. This is due
to the mad pace at which we live in this metropolis. Its uncanny
that no matter how many advances we make and how hard we try to simplify
things it only adds to the number of stressful events in our lives.
Job insecurities, marital problems, divorce, increased crime rate,
WHAT IS STRESS ?
Stress has been defined in medical
terms as a reaction to adverse circumstances that tend to disturb
the normal physiologic equilibrium. This is not something that has
come up in the recent past but has been there since evolution. These
are responses of the body that have developed over the centuries
but have come into focus now. Our body has fantastic defense mechanisms
to fight adverse situations and adapt. Hormones play a huge part
in this stress management. One of the key hormones are something
WHAT ARE ENDORPHINS?
I'm sure some of you must have heard
of this word ENDORPHIN being used but what really is it and what
is so special about it? Endorphins and other morphine like substances
are hormones produced in our body as a response to physical or emotional
stress. They bring about various chemical reactions and these send
signals to our brain to provide relief from pain and adapt to the
Endorphins have a wide range of functions
which include regulating body temperature, our digestive functions
and appetite, controlling the sexual and growth hormones and thyroid
functions. They help in reducing anxiety and pain. These are released
naturally when we exercise hence it is very essential to exercise
as a part of stress management.
WHAT DAMAGE CAN STRESS DO TO
STRESS can cause havoc in your body
producing a wide range of symptoms. Here are a few symptoms associated
gastric disturbances like colitis
high blood pressure
asthma and other respiratory disorders
skin problems like Psoriasis
Unfortunately the level stress is
only increasing in our daily existence. So how do we deal with it
in order to be able to cope, adapt and adjust to various stresses
that life offers you?
This can be tackled by efficient STRESS
MANAGEMENT AND HOMOEOPATHY.
HOW DO WE MANAGE STRESS?
Here are a few handy tips on how a
person can tackle their own stress.
EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Start moving, walking, exercising.
This makes your body naturally release the endorphins and make you
feel good and energetic. Also your cardiovascular gets charged up
like a car battery. Just as the car does'nt function when not used
for a long time your body to takes long to respond if not used regularly.
Research on the psychological effects of exercise have shown that
regular physical activity can improve your self esteem and state
of mind. It reduces depression, anxiety and improves the way you
deal with stress.
Daily routine should include at least
an hour of physical activity. It can be fast walking, jogging, stretching,
climbing your stairs etc.. try not to use the elevator, park your
car away from your work place and walk, play with your children
in the garden. Just remember to keep moving.
Most people require a minimum of
7 to 8 hours of sleep, some need more than this. Many studies have
confirmed that adequate sleep improves a person's ability to deal
with stress and a person's energy levels. If you can grab 15 minutes
rest in the afternoon after lunch by even putting your head on the
table and dozing, this will perk you up. This is known as a POWER
A few minutes of meditation a day
will bring a sense of calmness and peace in our fast paced lives.
By deep breathing we can release some of our stress.
WHAT ROLE DOES HOMOEOPATHY PLAY
IN MANAGING STRESS?
As we have seen stress is not a disease
but a group of symptoms produced by an individual's weakness. In
Homoeopathy we treat each patient individually according to his personality.
Each individual under stress reacts in way unique to that person
only. These symptoms can be taken care of with Homoeopathy while
also trying to treat what stress brought it on in the first place.
Each individual is genetically weak in some area and prone to affections
of that part so that when stress comes along that area is the first
to be affected. Homoeopathy tries to improve the body's immunity
and resistance especially in the weak areas therefore making it stronger
and more resilient to stress.
The Constitutional remedy is the drug
of choice in these cases. The commonest stress related problems that
we come across are physical and mental restlessness, fear and anxiety,
a great sinking of strength, heavy pulsating, bursting headache with
nausea and giddiness. Aconite 200 in repeated doses will reduce the
anxiety and fear.
Some people breakup in allergic skin
rashes (urticaria) when under stress. Small red, oedematus rash with
severe itching and burning, Arsenic Album 30 will give relief.
Due to examination fear many students
have failed or avoided appearing for exams. Gelsemium 200 will settle
If you are experiencing a discomfort
in the abdomen every time you go out of your house adding to your
anxiety then this can be helped by Argentum Nit 200.
Chronic illness like asthma, psoriasis,
gastritis, irritable bowel disease, all arising due to mental stress
can be very well controlled if treated correctly by diet, exercise,
rest and Homoeopathy.
Readers are advised
that the medical advice offered in this article pertains to the generalized
treatment of condition. Kindly consult your doctor before self-medication.