Stress can be dealt with in a lot of ways, and for some, holistic or natural medicine can make a big difference. There are many alternative therapies available for people to try, and in our experience, we’ve found that it’s best for you to consult with a trusted healthcare provider first before beginning any treatments as everyone is different and everyone has specific needs.
At OVitaminPro.com, we put a huge emphasis on reducing the effects of stress on the body by focusing on nutrition and supplementation. We think about ways to support the body’s natural chemistry so that it can better manage stress while also equipping the body with the nutrients it needs to function at its best. Stress support supplements like AdrenaCalm, AdreStim, Cortisol Manager, and Stress Essentials can all help with the body’s ability to cope with stress using vitamins, minerals, and herbal extracts. We also offer free nutritional counseling to answer questions about how your diet may be affecting your body and its response to stress.
But outside of nutrition and stress support supplements, there can be other natural therapies to investigate. For example, you could try:
- Aromatherapy: The body’s response to scent can be powerful and this type of therapy focuses on using calming scents to incite feelings of relaxation. Popular aromatherapy scents used for reducing stress include chamomile, lavender, geranium, basil, or rose. Add a few drops of essential oils of these scents into bath water or make a hot compress using a wash cloth in warm water with a few drops of the oil on it. One can also put a few drops on a cotton ball and inhale deeply to gain an effect.
- Reflexology: There are over 7,000 nerves in the feet and for thousands of years natural healers have used reflexology to address many common health issues. The theory is that by manipulating, stimulating, or applying pressure to certain nerve groups in the feet, it can correspond with effects in other area of the body, including those who have been negatively affected by stress.
- Massage Therapy: The benefits of massage have long been touted and for stress, it’s a great therapy to try. Massage can help muscles by reducing pain and tension, plus, it boost blood circulation, releases endorphins, and can prompt detoxification. Different types of massage can address different health concerns, but if you’re looking to get started, the classic Swedish massage is perfect for general relaxation and wellbeing.
- Acupressure or Acupuncture: Similar to the techniques used in reflexology, acupressure – or using the fingers to apply pressure to specific pressure points throughout the body to address health and wellbeing – has been used in China for thousands of years. Later, needles were added to the process for further stimulation of these points. Both of these techniques are practiced around the globe for treatment of health conditions, relaxation, and reduction of anxiety.
Have another therapy you’ve used to try to reduce stress? Share with us in the comments!