An interactive infographic to learn more about the symptoms of stress on your body

In my practice, I see many patients suffering from the effects of stress. You have probably heard of the terms “adrenal fatigue syndrome” or “adrenal insufficiency” or more commonly “burnout”. These stress factors might be emotional, relationship, work, family etc. and interfere with our daily living. Some people or even practitioners confuse this with depression as they portrait similar symptomatology. I have previously wrote other articles about stress such as this one. Click here for the interactive functionality of the infographic below.

the Effects of  stress on the Body

Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea)

Rhodiola is an adaptogen used for centuries to improve physical endurance, memory, work productivity, energy, sexual stimulation and reduce altitude sickness. It is an antioxidant, immune stimulant, antidepressant, anti-anxiety and helps with insomnia.

rhodiola

It is believed that Rhodiola works via neurotransmitter activity such as serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine within the brain stem, cerebral cortex and hypothalamus.

I usually combine it with St John’s wort to treat depression, Withania for anxiety or Withania and Siberian ginseng for decreased energy and vitality. Rhodiola standardised to contain 3.0 mg/mL rosavins and 1.0 mg/mL salidroside is available in 200mL through Herbal Store.

Insomnia and Sleep disorders

A regular good night sleep will:

  • sharpen your attention
  • avoid accidents
  • improve your athletic performance
  • lower your stress levels
  • spur creativity
  • curb inflammation
  • improve memory and concentration
  • improve school grades
  • maintain a healthy weight
  • help with depression
  • live longer

There are a lot of nutritional and herbal supplements that may help with insomnia depending on the cause of insomnia such as melatonin and 5HTP.

Herbs that help with insomnia are called hypnotics and include Valerian, Zizyphus, Passion flower, Wild Lettuce, Chamomile, Lavender, Hops, Californian Poppy, Kava Kava and St John’s wort. These herbs posses several other therapeutic activities such as anxiolytic, antidepressant, anodyne, anti-inflammatory etc.

The “Sleep tonic” formula contains two great herbs that are regarded mild sedative and hypnotic, Valerian and Zizyphus. This formula is indicated in conditions such as insomnia, difficulty falling asleep, waking up frequently, mild anxiety, nervous tension and stress.

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