Alternative Healing Options for Anxiety and Stress By Bret Mosher on December 30, 2013

Alternative Healing Options for Anxiety and StressThe modern world means a lot of advances in medical treatments and pharmaceuticals, but these often pale in comparison to natural remedies and alternative medicines. It's true that the use of advanced synthetics have enhanced many lives, but natural remedies allow patients to become more attuned with themselves and the nature of their own body and wellness.

In addition to modern advances in medicine, the modern world is also a major source of stress and anxiety. Thankfully there are many effective methods of dealing with stress that we can discuss at our functional medicine facility. Some basic remedies are below.

Why Stress and Anxiety Should Be Managed

First a few words about stress and anxiety. Not only is stress an undesirable feeling, it can impact a person's overall health. The following health problems have been linked to stress in a number of patients:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Depression
  • Premature aging
  • Obesity
  • Digestive problems
  • Headaches

By getting your stress under control, you can avoid these issues and experience an improved quality of life. That's why the following natural remedies are worth considering.


Meditation brings about a sense of calmness, serenity, and peace of mind. Thanks to meditation, you can achieve a sense of balance and wholeness that allows you to reduce sensations of stress.


The use of acupuncture is also common for dealing with stress. It's important to consider how energy within the body is channeled and how this can be of great benefit to you and your overall sense of well being.

Chamomile Tea and Green Tea

Both chamomile tea and green tea contain natural compounds that promote a sense of ease. In the case of chamomile tea, it's matricaria recutita. For green tea, it's L-theanine. Taking a break to have a cup of tea is a nice calming activity in itself as well.

Herbs and Supplements

A number of herbs and supplements exist that can help promote a feeling of relaxation, such as hops, valerian, lemon balm, lavender, and passionflower. These can be helpful whether they are added to foods or simply part of an aromatherapy plan.

Regular Exercise

Not only does exercise allow you to maintain a healthy weight, it's also a great means of relieving stress. Getting regular exercise will allow you to clear your mind and put your day in perspective. Consider cardio and strength training, of course, but also keep yoga in mind. The flexibility and stillness of thought involved in yoga proves very helpful to many patients.

Controlled Breathing

Sometimes when confronted with stress, it's helpful to return to the basics. Take a moment to take a deep breath and compose yourself. Controlling your breathing and regaining control of it is a way to put your mind at ease and keep anxiety tamped down. This is a key part of meditation as well.

Learn More About Alternative Medicine and Natural Remedies

For more information about your many different options for dealing with stress and anxiety as well as natural remedies for other matters, we encourage you to contact our Poway alternative healing center today. By visiting with our experts, we will be able to help you achieve wellness and a sense of calm that will benefit your overall health.

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