Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Emotions and Their Impact on Physical Health

We are given the impression that health is a matter of genetics, lifestyle and exposure to infection, by the conventional theory of medicine. But, now it has been proved with solid scientific evidences that, with rare exceptions, our emotional experiences play a greater role than those factors mentioned above. A strong correlation is seen between emotional experiences and a swarm of diseases from heart diseases to chronic pains. The book “ Your Body Never Lies” by Alice Miller says that, Whatever therapy is used — until there is improvement at the emotional level there won’t be any progress on a physical level.

The ACE Study estimates that 90% of all visits to the doctor are stress-related, and there are hundreds of medical studies linking stress to a host of diseases. It is shown in a recent study that sudden disturbing shock can cause heart attacks even in healthy people named “broken heart syndrome,” generally related to the loss of a dear one, dread of an event or activity, or sudden mishap.

Stress activates the adrenals to produce adrenaline and cortisol. Small doses of Cortisol is helpful but constant high cortisol levels due to  unremitting stress, have very disparaging effects on the body, including high cholesterol, weight gain, high blood pressure, acceleration of aging and suppression of immune function. 

The Center for Disease Control states that unfavorable emotional experience form the major single factor in deciding one’s health, and practically all of us have had such incidents in our life. All emotional incidents, whether positive or negative, affect our health, and whether from the past or the present. Negative occurrences have more enduring health effects. An emotion is the response of the body and mind to any specified situation. Several psychologists consider the five basic feelings: fear, anger, grief, Joy and love as the ones having an impact on our health. An emotion is what our body does with one of these arousing states. We are likely to replicate our own emotional habits after our family’s emotional habits.

Facts are recorded in various medical literature’s that emotions affect specific organs  and unsettled emotional issue on systemic inflammation acts as a contributing factor in a host of diseases, including Alzheimer’s, cancer and heart disease. 

Emotions affect behavior of individuals. The ACE Study uncovered a source and outcome link between objectionable early days experience and negative health habits like overeating, drinking, smoking, and sexual promiscuity.

Western medicine deals with every disease or condition as a separate issue. But our body does not function in that way. Health is not purely a physical issue. It has emotional components too. So it is important that we take care of our emotional health to maintain physical fitness. We may not feel better until we begin to deal with the emotional root of our illness.

Therapists these days use genogram to map our emotional inheritance and explore the pattern and relationships running through the family history. Free genogram softwares are available on the internet to keep a reality check on emotional inheritance.

Medical researchers have proved that emotional healing creates positive physical healing in our body. Yoga, meditation, pleasant music, good books pets and useful hobbies act as stress busters. One should learn to deal with the past and move on to kill stress and be more expressive rather than bottle up emotions and burst out. One can lean on friends or seek the help of experts if things get beyond control.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Can Phobias be Treated with Homeopathy?

We experience fear of something or the other at some point of our life and most of them seem quite insignificant and irrational, like getting into a dark room, the sight of snake or spider or taking a flight. Nevertheless, if our fears are extreme and interfere with our normal day-to-day activities then we may be suffering from Phobias which call for immediate treatment without further delay.

Phobia is an understandable response to definite things, activity or situations that may possibly cause injury or impairment to our physical and mental health and it is a deep-seated, lasting, unreasonable fear of something causing an anxiety disorder. Phobias tend to restrict our movements and force us to take ultimate measures to avoid the source that triggers it. This affects our life immensely and makes us critically disabled to function normally at home or workplace.

There is a long` list of phobias and they are broadly classified into three categories.

Social phobia is the fear of associating with others in social settings to avoid uneasy feelings such as embarrassment.

Agoraphobia is the fear of public places where the person stay away from busy places such as movie theatres, shopping malls, subways, travelling by airplanes, cars, and they might feel safe and secure only at their own home. They fear leaving their secure environment they consider safe. 

Specific Phobias like- Hydrophobia, Arachnophobia, Aviatophobia or Aerophobia, Claustrophobia, Monophobia, Achluophobia and many more form another group of phobias.

Reasons for developing Phobia might be early childhood experience with fearful parents, teachers or anyone who can influence us, making the world seem an unsafe place, Adopted phobias from Unhealthy stressful relationships, diseases like epilepsy or brain injury, Poverty, Social factors, terrifying events in childhood, lingering stress, anxiety and depression.

An effectual treatment of phobias is possible with homoeopathic medicines. By studying one’s constitution, a prescription can be made to effectively treat the specific uncommon fear. 

Homeopathy has an exceptional proven safety record of clinical effectiveness with the FDA.A healthy immune system controls our body's healing process and safeguards it against infections and diseases. The ability to strengthen mental calmness promotes liveliness, longevity and wellness. The specialty of homeopathy is that people on other medication can take homeopathy safely without any adverse reactions and the medicines do not have addictive characteristics. 

Homeopathic remedies are harmless and effective for adults as well as children and will escort to a permanent long-lasting cure, and also help to heal and promote mental health by strengthening the body to heal itself. The remedies of Homeopathic treatment include relaxation techniques such as Meditation, Yoga, progressive muscle relaxation and autogenic relaxation using imagery. Other measures such a Desensitizing fear through gradual measured and repeated exposure to the cause of phobia is also incorporated to conquer one’s fear. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is another method that goes hand in hand with homeopathic treatment to get rid of Phobia of certain types.

 Self help remedies such as these can be adopted

• Involve yourself in sports or exercising activities.
• Adopt ways to handle your stress.
• Seek the support of family and friends.
• Go for relaxation techniques and stay away from stimulants like coffee and alcohol.
• Focus on special qualities in you.
• List out irrational fears, and figure out why you have the fears and how to deal with them.
• Get adequate sleep.