Complementary Medicine for Anxiety and Stress

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For most people, intermittent anxiety and stress are normal parts of life. However, when these feelings persist over time or interfere with work, school, or relationships, it can result in significant mental and physical distress. While psychiatry and psychotherapy offer traditional treatment, the most effective plans often combine these with a complementary approach to ease patients’ suffering. Several different elements may comprise our concept of complementary medicine for anxiety and stress. In Poway, CA, Dr. Bret Mosher offers a functional approach to treatment that may include meditation, acupuncture, exercise, and a customized diet. To learn more about how achieving a sense of calm and wellness can ease symptoms and promote overall health, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Mosher.

Related Health Problems

Anxiety is an arousal response to a perceived threat. Also known as the fight-or-flight response, it invokes a series of hormonal changes in the body intended to prepare us for danger. Chemical messengers like adrenalin cause the heart to beat faster and stronger, which raises blood pressure and diverts blood away from the skin’s surface. Breathing becomes more rapid and the digestive system shuts down. Because most of the perceived threats in modern life do not require actual fight or flight, the arousal often persists with no avenue of release for the tension. If anxiety attacks happen often, or for extended periods, problems may begin to develop:

  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Irritability
  • Chronic high blood pressure    
  • Heart disease
  • Depression
  • Digestive problems
  • Weight gain
  • Premature aging

Due to the long-term health risks, it is extremely important to obtain a proper diagnosis and begin treatment for your symptoms as early as possible.

Benefits of a Complementary Approach

There are several reasons that a complementary medicine approach to controlling anxiety and stress can be both attractive and effective. In many cases, patients want to avoid (or at least limit) pharmaceutical treatments. For example, they may wish to avoid undesirable side effects and the high cost of treatment, or they may find prescribed drugs to be ineffective. Many patients also like the approach of complementary and functional medicine, which strives to treat the whole body. Complementary medicine for stress and anxiety will not conflict with psychotherapy, and many patients find that combining Dr. Mosher’s approach with traditional treatment works very well.

Individualized Treatment

Dr. Mosher offers a completely customized treatment plan for each patient to experience improved health and quality of life. A leader and innovator in the field of natural medicine, Dr. Mosher will use his expertise to integrate one or more techniques into your treatment plan:

Choose a Qualified Practitioner

If you are interested in a natural, functional approach to controlling anxiety and stress, it is crucial to select a qualified complementary health practitioner. Dr. Mosher is a licensed, highly trained, respected provider with a passion for helping patients achieve and maintain optimal health. Contact us today for a personal consultation.

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