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Can Holistic Medicine Stop a Panic Attack?

Are you one of those people who dislike using medication or drugs to treat their illnesses or disorders.  Instead, you may choose to use holistic medicine.

What is Holistic Medicine?

This is a theory of medicine that focuses on treating the body as a whole, rather than just the affected area. This theory focuses on whole body wellness, and often has a focus on spirituality as well. It typically features natural ingredients and supplements that aim to cure the root of the problem, rather than treating the symptoms like traditional medicine tends to do.

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Holistic medicine is useful in treating a wide array of symptoms and illnesses, but can it be used to stop a panic attack? Let’s take a look at what a panic attack is, and what type of holistic remedies can treat it.

What is a Panic Attack?

In short, it is a disorder in which a person is overcome by incredible strong feelings of anxiety. These attacks can be irritating and frightening, and a result of environmental stress, or can be caused by underlying problems.

There are many healthcare providers who practice natural alternative medicine. Whether you see a holistic doctor or a traditional doctor, it’s best to meet with a healthcare professional if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Extreme anxiety
  • Racing or rapid heartbeat
  • Hyperventilation or trouble breathing
  • Excessive sweating
  • Shakiness
  • Odd sensations in your extremities, such as numbness or tingling
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • A choking, closed-throat feeling
  • Tightness in your chest
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Chills
  • Hot flashes
  • Trouble gathering thoughts
  • Trouble focusing
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Feelings of lack of control
  • Urge to escape

The symptoms can be very serious, and potentially life threatening if they are the result of an underlying problem or medical condition. Fortunately, most attacks are the result of environmental factors and can be controlled with holistic medicine.

You could say that alternative medicine is useful for any type of anxiety because it employs a variety of natural, drug-free techniques to make you feel better and healthier. Let’s take a look at some natural treatments for panic or anxiety disorders.

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Natural Holistic Medicine Treatments

There are many natural treatments available for treating any type of attacks. Some of the most popular and effective include the following:

  • Herbal Supplements– Kava Kava and St. John’s Wort are very effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders. They act like a natural anti-depressant or anti-anxiety drug, and can reduce the frequency and severity of panic attacks.
  • Dietary Changes– Holistic treatments focus largely on diet, with the understanding of what we put into our bodies effects what we get out of it. That is, our food affects how we feel.

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Limiting foods such as caffeine, sugar, carbohydrates, and processed convenience foods can help control and reduce feelings of anxiety. Unfortunately, many people become addicted to caffeine without even realizing it.

Likewise, your body can become addicted to processed foods and sugar. Because of this, it is necessary to make dietary changes slowly. Start by cutting out one food a day, and watch as the health benefits manifest.

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  • Vitamins– Vitamins are other popular and effective home remedies for panic attacks. Vitamin B, Calcium, and Magnesium are all strongly recommended by holistic doctors for the whole-body health benefits they offer.  They can reduce your symptoms over time

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  • Relaxation Techniques– The best thing you can do when you feel panicked is to practice relaxation.  Techniques that you can use  include breathing techniques, meditation, or engaging in other relaxing activities like warm baths or other soothing activities that you enjoy. 

Therefore, you could say that panic attacks are completely treatable and controllable through the use of holistic alternative medicine. This natural outlook on medical care focuses on whole-body wellness and is useful in reducing symptoms that stem from environmental factors or poor lifestyle choices, such as a chemical filled diet.

By making the recommended changes, holistic medicine can help you control your panic attack symptoms, making it easier for you to live your life the way you want to, rather than the way your feelings of anxiety dictate.  I will be going into further detail on a number of these natural remedies in later articles.

Bowen Therapy and Depression

What is Bowen Therapy?

bowen therapy for stress reliefBowen Therapy is a holistic health technique that works on the soft connective tissue (fascia) of the body.  This holistic treatment is directed at the whole person and aims to treat the cause of the problem rather than the symptoms. It is gentle and relaxing and does not use forceful manipulation, making it safe for people of all ages, infants and the elderly. 

“This method of therapy promotes the body as a self-regulating bioenergetic and biomechanical entity that tends toward self regulation.  As long as the proper neurological and neuromuscular context exists, the body has the innate ability to self-regulate and return to balance.  Neuromuscular imbalances can develop throughout the body causing the manifestation of illness. If these imbalances are resolved, then the body would again regulate itself.” (Tom Bowen) To fulfil this process the Bowen Therapy helps the body’s own healing resources to achieve balance and harmony.   

Is Bowen Therapy Used For Depression?

This therapy is known to cure a number of ailments.  It can result in the rapid and long-lasting removal of pain and discomfort, often where other treatments have not been effective.  It is not uncommon to see results after the first session. Because constant pain can trigger depression, the Bowen Therapy is useful in combating this disorder. 

What Can You Expect from a Visit to a Therapist?

holistic healthThe therapy works on the superficial and deep facia, or soft tissue, the part of the connective tissue that envelops, separates and influences every organ and tissue in the body.  The facia is one of the largest sensory organs in the body and has a huge effect on the body’s physiology and function.

Depending on the severity of the imbalance, treatment can take from one to several 30-35 minute sessions to achieve a desirable and long-lasting result.  The sessions are very gentle and non-invasive, with no forceful manipulation.  The treatment consists of a sequence of specialized ’moves’ which are directed in a specific and systematic manner.  The ‘moves’ are pleasant – therapists using light, cross-fibre gentle manipulation of muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves, using varying pressures, spaced by resting periods that allow the body to reintegrate.  During this resting time, the therapist may leave the room for periods of 2-5 minutes at a time.  This allows time for your body to respond to the treatment and for the necessary changes to occur in your body before commencing the next sequence of moves.

Treatments can be done either through the patient’s clothing or directly on the skin.  Generally the patient is asked to remove heavy or thick clothing. 

Are There Any Side Effects or Conditions After Bowen Therapy?

bowen therapy for stress reliefThe therapist will discuss possible side effects from the treatment that show that the body’s self-healing process is working.  They will emphasise the importance of body hydration (drinking plenty of water) and will recommend any other exercise, environmental or lifestyle changes necessary to maintain your wellbeing.

It is advised that you do not have any other physical therapy or other form of manipulation such as massage, chiropractic, physiotherapy, acupuncture or kinesiology for one week after the treatment.  These things may undo the balance achieved through the Bowen treatment. 

For the first week after treatment, it is advised that you avoid excessive heat or cold to the areas being treated

Avoid sitting for periods longer than 30 minutes on the day of your visit without moving around

Walk as much as possible for 3 days after your visit for at least 15 minutes a day

Drink as much water as is possible to flush toxins from the body

Avoid stimulating substances such as coffee for the first week

You may experience some reactions such as hot and cold flushes, emotional releases, headaches and body aches, however, they are a positive sign that the healing process is working.

How do You Choose a Bowen therapist?

It is best to choose a registered therapist. The Bowen Therapist State Associations and Federation only register members who have adequate training at accredited institutions and hundreds of hours of clinical practice. These therapists must maintain their level of expertise by completing continuous study and workshops each year. Before they can renew their membership with the Association, they must also have current Senior First Aid and professional indemnity insurance.

Is Bowen Therapy Safe?

Speak to your doctor and potential therapist about your complaint.  Ask for advice and ask for testimonials. Some alternative therapies do not have specific evidence to support their claims.If you are looking for an alternative therapy and do not have a life-threatening complaint, this therapy cannot do you any harm.  If you are suffering from a chronic complaint, the best practice  is to seek the advice of your medical practitioner.  Sometimes, traditional medicine and holistic medicine have been known to complement each other.

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