Over the next few weeks we will be discussing alternative/holistic treatments for General Anxiety Disorder (GAD).
Even though medication may be the treatment of choice for some patients and in some situations, it is always a good idea to keep the following in mind in the event you choose to manage your anxiety without medication or at least with less medication.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and other forms of talk therapy have been shown to be very effective in treating anxiety. Neuro-feedback therapy (learning how to manage the electrical signals in your brain) has also helped people manage their anxiety.
And TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) has also proven to be helpful. As with chiropractic, TCM recognizes that there is no separation between mind and body. And from a TCM perspective, dysfunction in the spleen organ system can cause anxiety so this is where they would focus their attention.
Herbal remedies such as valerian and passionflower prove beneficial for some and it has been shown that deficiencies in calcium/magnesium and the essential fatty acids can lead to anxiety.
And unfortunately, the typical North American diet is deficient in all of these.
The B-vitamins are also very important as they are crucial for normal and healthy brain, spinal cord and nerve function so it is very important to make sure your are getting enough of these in your diet. Sources are green leafy vegetables, fortified cereals, bananas, poultry, tuna, salmon and avocados to name a few.
If you are taking any medication for the treatment of anxiety, you should not incorporate any of these alternative treatments without discussing with your specialist or doctor first.
We will continue discussing alternative treatments for GAD next week, but in the meantime if you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you or your family may have, please give us a call or contact us via email.
Remember that consultations are always free of charge and family appointments are always available because spinal problems and subluxations tend to run in families.
Our phone number is 905 335 LIFE (5433) and email contact can be found on our home page.
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