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Stress
What is it?
Stress is part of everday life. Many of the happiest and most successful people are those who have learned to respond to high levels of stress in a balanced way. A stress victim, by contrast, fails to adapt to pressures and problems as well. For example, he or she may habitually bundle unpaid bills into a drawer and try to forget about them, or lose his or her temper. Coping with stress is a continual task of trying to respond in the best possible way to each new situation. Stress affects the whole person and symptoms can take many forms. Most result from increased tension in the muscles: headaches, teeth-grinding, high-pitched or nervous laughter, trembling and shaking. If untreated, muscular tension can also lead to more serious symptoms and disorders such as high blood pressure. Vague anxiety or fear for no apparent reason are all signs of stress. Other warning signs include self-destructive behaviour such as smoking excessively and relying on tranquillisers.
Symptoms:
Loss of temper,tension in the muscles, headaches, teeth-grinding, high-pitched or nervous laughter, trembling and shaking, high blood pressure, vague anxiety or fear for no apparent reason.
Conventional Practice:
Doctors can offer patients general advice on reducing stress and may also prescribe tranquillisers for shot-term relief.
Alternative Treatments:
  Naturopathy
  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
  Herbal Medicine
  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
  Homoeopathy
  Homoeopathy aims to treat the whole person. Illness is seen as a sign of disharmony or inner imbalance. More Info
  Massage
  Therapeutic massage has grown into the art of creating and maintaining the best possible health for its devotees. It does this by relaxing, stimulating and invigorating mind and body. More Info
  Reflexology
  Reflexologists treat diseases in parts of the body they claim to be related to reflex areas. It is thought that illness occurs when energy channels in the body are blocked, causing damage to one area or another. Massage is aimed at destroying these blocks, allowing the energy to flow freely again and so heal the damage. More Info
  Hypnotherapy
  Somewhere between wakefulness and sleep is the state of consciousness that hypnotherapists use to try and improve a persons health. More Info
  Yoga
  Yoga is a system of spiritual, mental and physical training. YogaпїЅs underlining philosophy stresses the influence of mind over body, and holds that mental and spiritual development are necessary to reinforce the benefits that the physical exercises can bring. More Info
   



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