Natural Treatment for Anxiety
Everyone experiences some form of anxiety in their life with racing thoughts, fears and worries. Formally, there are several types of anxiety disorders that can affect people’s quality of life such as phobias, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, acute stress disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Practically speaking anxiety is centered around fears and worries and is different than stress in that stress can be about working hard, but we can be happy and smiling even though we’re working long days. While a variety of different treatment options exist to help manage anxiety, more and more people are looking for natural treatment for anxiety.
We approach mental health and anxiety in a very different way by using functional medicine, a medical practice that focuses on biochemistry to optimize a person’s health and wellbeing. Of course, counselling, diet and lifestyle are very important. However, recent research has strongly shown a connection to mental health and inflammation in the body. Additionally, when someone has been put under extended periods of stress and are feeling worn out or even burned out, hormonal changes can occur that can lead to anxiety. For example, a drop in progesterone leading to a relative high estrogen is often associated with a more anxious mood. It’s also important to consider blood sugar regulation, because as blood sugar rises and drops our mood will follow suit. Lastly we need to consider the traditional view of anxiety and mental health with balancing serotonin, dopamine, and GABA in the brain.
How we can help
As you can see there are a lot of potential variables (biochemical and social) that can affect a person dealing with anxiety. It’s important to deal with anxiety by addressing the individual’s history and root cause. We can do this by using lab testing, and taking a thorough health history. Using this information we have a variety of well researched and very effective natural products. Of course we always need to address the foundation of health to make sure there is good diet, sleep habits and mental health tools. We also offer acupuncture which a great addition and has been well researched to show support for anxiety.
How we are different
In most circumstances when someone is dealing with anxiety they are given a pill to help them calm down. This is effective in the short term, but is not a solution. By using lab testing and understanding what is happening with the biochemistry inside of a person, we can address the root cause and not need any pill. Many important triggers are not often considered such as inflammation coming from a food intolerance. Our plan focuses on the whole person and not just the anxiety.