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Anxiety can become a problem when worry or apprehension is experienced for no apparent reason. Although anxiety is an emotional state, it can induce physical symptoms of pain in the head, chest abdomen and back, insomnia muscular tension and dizziness. Often there is nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea or frequent urinating. The sufferer may show signs of panic such as sweating, palpitations and abnormally deep breathing. Generally, the symptoms disappear when there is no longer a reason to be anxious.
Worry or apprehension, panic attack, deep breathing, palpitation, tension.
Like alternative therapists, a doctor will be concerned to uncover the root cause of a patients anxiety, but will also check whether any physical symptoms are caused by some other illness.
You will be asked to discuss aspects of your life that may be causing anxiety such as money worries and difficulties at work. Tranquillisers or sedatives may be prescribed.
If anxiety is so severe that it interferes with your work or relationships, you may be referred to a psychiatrist.
An ancient Chinese therapy, patients are treated by sticking needles into their skin at particular points. These acupuncture points lie along invisible energy channels called meridians. The needles are said to unblock a flow of energy (called Qi) through the meridians. More Info
Hydrotherapy is the belief that water is the essence of life. If forms the major part of our bodies and is a constituent of most foods. It can be used to induce relaxation, to stimulate blood flow, to remove impurities, to ease pain and stiffness and to treat diseases. More Info
Treating illness with highly concentrated oils extracted from plants is known as aromatherapy. These highly scented extracts-called essences or essential oils-contain the substances that give plants their smell. Aromatherapists believe that many also have medicinal properties. More Info
The medicinal use of herbs is said to be as old as mankind itself. Tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant and their healing properties passed on from generation to generation. The armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids took a daily ration of garlic to ward off the pestilential fevers and infections that were rife at the time. More Info
Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info