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According to psychiatrists, there are two kinds of depression: exogenous, depressed as a result of outside factors such as divorce, job loss, money troubles, or the death of a loved one. The other is endogenous, resulting from internal biochemical sources which is a medical form of depression. In some cases, symptoms of straigtforward anxiety mask a state of depression. Symptoms including feelings of worthlessness, inadequacy, isolation and despair. Physical symptoms may include loss of energy, a sense of ‘heaviness’, difficulty or slowness in movement, a dryness in the mouth, indigestion, sluggish bowel movements, and constipation. In some cases, sufferers may lose weight and women may have period problems.
Warning: If symptoms are severe, professional help should be sought immediately.
Anxiety, despair, loss of energy, sense of ‘heaviness’, sluggish bowel movements.
Doctors feel that alternative remedies should go hand in hand with conventional medicines or psychological treatments. In cases of mild depression, tranquilizers or sleeping pills will probably be prescribed. With more serious cases, a course of anti-depressant drugs may be advised. Sometimes a course of psychotherapy will be advised.
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
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
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
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
Shiatsu is a traditional hands-on Japanese healing therapy. It can help in a wide range of conditions – from specific injuries to more general symptoms of poor health. Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular Shiatsu sessions help to prevent the build up of stress in our daily lives.More Info