Herbal Supplements for Stress Management and Stress Related Disorders
Treating Stress Naturally with Herbs
Stress can serve an important function in our lives. It is part of that ancient "fight or flight" response that allowed early man to survive against incredible odds. It gives us that boost of energy/adrenaline to get out of the way of the car approaching us. However, life today can be extremely and chronically stressful. Stress is one of our most serious health problems we face because it affects every function of the body. Stress can depress the immune system and appears to be associated with a wide variety of diseases including high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, obesity, inflammatory illnesses (headaches, Crohn's Disease, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis), cancer, and others. It can have physical causes as well as emotional causes. Even welcome events like a promotion or the birth of a baby or moving to a new home can be stressful.
According to Julian Whitaker, M.D., it is important to support the adrenal glands during stressful times. He suggests a high potency multiple-mineral, vitamin C, and maybe a good, balanced B-complex. He further suggests the adaptogens Korean (Panax) ginseng or Siberian ginseng. Adaptogens usually have a normalizing effect on systems. In the late 50s and early 60s, I. I. Brekhman, a Russian pharmacologist, investigated Korean ginseng. Radio operators were given ginseng. Their transmissions were compared to a group given placebos. Those receiving ginseng transmitted more rapidly and more accurately. Another study compared two groups of soldiers, one given ginseng and the other a placebo. They were tested after a three kilometer race. Those given ginseng outperformed those who received the placebo. Ginseng appears to support the body in times of both physical and athletes.The Kava kava root from melanesia is also been proved to lower stress without affecting concentration
Stress management techniques are critical for many of us. Avoid the stresses you can and try the following to minimize its impact on your body.
Eat well, include plenty of vegetables and whole foods. Limit sugar, caffeine, and fast foods. Exercise to relieve tension. You may want to consider meditation or yoga Increase your fiber intake. Stress can increase bile output which increases your risk of bowel problems, elevates cholesterol, and eventually may lead to gallstones. Take a good, balanced, daily multiple vitamin-mineral like Super Supplemental Vitamins & Minerals. You may benefit from increasing your vitamin C and vitamin B-complex intake. Stress often is accompanied by depression, anxiety, insomnia.
Eight (100 capsules) $13.70
Eight ATC (50 capsules) $21.50
Eight is a combination of eight herbs (white willow, black cohosh, capsicum, valerian root, ginger, hops, wood betony, devil's claw) that relieve pain and inflammation in muscles and joints and may be useful to help manage cravings during withdrawal from smoking, alcohol, or other dependencies. This product strengthens the nerves while relaxing them. Note - Use with care if suffering from gastrointestinal inflammation.
The ATC product is about four times more concentrated than the regular product.
Hops (100 capsules) $10.95
Hops has a relaxing and sedative effect on the central nervous system. This herb is a good choice to ease restless tension, indigestion, or insomnia. Hops has also been recommended to reduce the desire for alcohol. Each capsule contains 250 mg hops.
Passion Flower (100 capsules) $11.70
Passion flower has a mild tranquilizing effect. It may also relax blood vessel spasms, which could make it helpful for migraines. Dr. Weil states that passion flower is calming without being sedating and is a useful adjunct to programs of stress reduction, much safer than pharmaceutical tranquilizers. Each capsule contains 350 mg of passion flower.
RE-X (100 capsules) $13.20
RE-X is a botanical source of calcium, manganese, niacin, selenium and zinc in a formula designed to nourish the nervous system, calm nervous tension, and relax tight muscles. It is helpful for stress, anxiety, insomnia, cramps, some headaches and muscle spasms. RE-X improves peripheral circulation and does not impair reflexes or reaction time. It contains black cohosh root, valerian root, capsicum fruit, passion flower herb, catnip herb, hops flower, and wood betony herb.
Quick Kava Premium - 100g $85.50
The quick and friendly way of getting the benefits of Kava without the after effects and bad taste.Add a teaspoon to a glas of water, stir and then drink.
STR-J (100 capsules) $13.70
STR-J Liquid Herb (2 oz) $17.00
STR-J is a combination of chamomile, passionflower, hops, fennel, marshmallow and feverfew. This combination of herbs helps with nervous indigestion, spastic colitis, and tension headaches. They promote relaxation and relief from symptoms of stress. STR-J may help moderate attention deficit symptoms. Chamomile is especially soothing to the digestive tract and uterus thus aiding in digestion and relaxing menstrual cramps. Studies in rats show passionflower significantly prolongs sleep time. Passionflower is given to relieve hyperactivity in children. Michael Tierra states this herb is used for insomnia and with various neurological disorders including Parkinson's Disease, epilepsy, shingles, anxiety, and hypertension. The liquid extract is helpful for quick absorption.
Stress Pack (10-Day Program) $28.20
This is a convenient, prepackaged program containing 30 packets for a 10-day supply. Each packet contains 2 STR-J, 2 SUMA Combination, 1 Nutri-Calm, and 1 Hops Concentrate. The products in Stress Pack help us to relax and cope with stress.
SUMA Combination (100 capsules) $14.70
This combination helps to bring the whole body into balance. It assists in coping with both internal stress (degenerative diseases, immune deficiency, and chronic fatigue) and external stress (situations requiring stamina, and emotionally demanding circumstances). Each capsule contains suma root, astragalus root, Siberian ginseng root, ginkgo, gotu kola.
Distress Remedy (1 fl oz) $11.50
Distress remedy is a homeopathic flower medicine that provides for the relief of minor accidents, injuries and bruises; pain and inflammation; and emotional upset due to physical trauma. It contains all the ingredients of other flower remedies on the market, plus the added benefits of comfrey, arnica and calendula. Use before, after, and/or during times of physical and associated mental stress.
Nervousness (1 fl oz) $10.75
Nervousness is a natural homeopathic medicine for relief of occasional nervousness and irritability caused by simple nervous tension and stress.
Vitamins and Minerals
Nutri-Calm (100 tablets) $29.00
Nutri-Calm (60 tablets) $16.95
Provides vital support to the body under both long-term and short-term stress. It helps to relieve symptoms related to an overactive nervous system. It improves stress response by building adrenal glands and glands that produce nerve-regulating hormones. Nutri-Calm contains the complete B-complex family, plus vitamin C and citrus bioflavonoids in a complementary base of herbs and other nutritional factors.
Skeletal Strength (SKL) (150 tablets) $17.15
This balanced formula is composed of vitamins, minerals, digestive acid and herbs and is formulated to provide nutrients that must be present for proper structural system function. Calcium, a critical nutrient in the prevention of osteoporosis, can be difficult to absorb. This formula combines calcium citrate, calcium amino acid chelate, and dicalcium phosphate to encourage maximum assimilation. Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency. Iron absorption is helped by calcium. For more information, click http://www.Bhia.org.com/skl.htm
In a base of horsetail, betaine HCL, papaya fruit, parsley, pineapple fruit, valerian root and licorice root, two tablets twice a day provide the following.
Iron (ferrous gluconate)