Let’s face it: the holidays can be stressful.
We love having time off to spend with family and friends. However, different stresses and anxieties fester in the back of our heads and affect our peace of mind. These can build up over seemingly small concerns, from long lines to certain extended family. The stress of the season affects people of all ages, from baby boomers to millennials. Before you know it, you’re burnt out when you’re supposed to be refreshed.
You aren’t powerless against stress and anxiety. Some healthcare practitioners recommend antidepressants to combat symptoms. While these can provide relief, they often have addictive properties and dangerous side effects. However, there are natural, non-addictive treatments that can alleviate your symptoms. They provide relief by helping your body return to homeostasis, or its natural balance.
Herbs to Reduce Stress
Bupleurum root and licorice root have been proven effective against stress. Bupleurum root acts as a mild muscle relaxer to relieve stress headaches while also promoting liver detoxification. Licorice root helps regulate cortisol, a major stress hormone. Cortisol, when activated for a long time, can suppress our immune system and cause poor digestion.
Some herbs, such as astragalus, scabrous gentian and the jujube seed, help reduce symptoms particularly related to anxiety. Astragalus has effective anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties, preventing and reversing damage to organs. This herb can help relieve stress on the brain. It is used in conjunction with scabrous gentian, which promotes regeneration of brain cells. The use of these herbs leads to improved brain function, including improved memory.
The jujube seed has powerful anti-anxiety properties. It can calm hyperactivity and lower blood pressure. It helps with insomnia and can produce a sedative-like effect1. Western herbalists are also considering the jujube seed as an alternative to kava kava and valerian, due to the latter two herbs’ possible negative impact on liver function.
Bupleurum root and licorice root work with other herbs in our new formula, LessStress. This natural combination is a powerful alternative to antidepressants, and it is proven to have less side effects2. It also has the capability of alleviating posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In one study, a similar formula effectively treated PTSD in victims of an 8.0 earthquake3.
Astragalus, scabrous gentian, and the jujube seed are found in our new PeacefulCalm formula. The featured combination of herbs effectively relieves other symptoms of anxiety, such as heart palpitations, trouble focusing and fatigue.
With the use of herbs like these, you can conquer any stress and get the most out of your time off this season.
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- Meng X-Z, Wu F, Wei P-K, et al. A Chinese Herbal Formula to Improve General Psychological Status in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial on Sichuan Earthquake Survivors. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : eCAM. 2012;2012:691258. doi:10.1155/2012/691258.
- Zhang, Yuqing & Han, Mei & Liu, Zhijun & Wang, Jie & He, Qingyong & Liu, Jianping. (2012). Chinese Herbal Formula Xiao Yao San for Treatment of Depression: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM. 2012. 931636. 10.1155/2012/931636.