Stress, anxiety, and depression are common but often debilitating conditions of the mind. Naturopathic medicine has always held importance on the mind-body connection. When our mental emotional state is out of equilibrium it affects our body physically, and can even lead to chronic disease. The opposite is also true, when our body is ailing it will inevitably affect our mental health. Luckily we do have pharmacological treatments that are affective but often have unwanted side effects. It is also true that there are several natural medicines and treatments, that in many cases, have proven to be as effective as their pharmaceutical counterpoints in the treatment of stress, anxiety and depression. These natural treatments will usually have minimal to no side effects and should therefore be considered as an initial treatment option before moving to pharmaceutical intervention.
Diet and Exercise: Guidance in diet and exercise routine can make a profound impact in how our body copes with stress, anxiety and depression. A diet providing vital nutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds can often help manage symptoms alone, without need for any pharmaceutical or nutraceutical intervention. Exercise has the ability to boost energy metabolism, regulate blood sugar and decrease inflammation. It’s an essential component to almost every treatment plan.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture has the ability to communicate directly with the nervous system. A well thought out protocol can work to re-establish equilibrium in the mind and body. Acupuncture has been scientifically proven to be an effective treatment for stress, anxiety and depression. Acupuncture has the added benefit of having no issues with interaction with other medications making it a perfect stand-alone or add-on therapy in the treatment of stress, anxiety and depression.
Nutraceuticals: There are many natural compounds (vitamins, minerals and herbs) that act similarly to pharmaceutical treatments for stress, anxiety and depression. The added benefit of nutraceuticals in comparison to pharmaceuticals is that they tend to be safer for long term use and have less adverse effects. A well researched and planned out nutraceutical protocol can have illicit effects comparable to pharmaceutical intervention without worry of short-term and long-term adverse effects. Nutraceuticals can also help patients come off of pharmaceutical therapy when properly supervised by a Naturopathic or Functional Medicine doctor.
There are safe and effective natural therapies for your symptoms. Interested in how the Naturopathic approach can be used to treat your stress, anxiety and depression? Let’s have a conversation about it. Feel free to contact me any time!
Dr. Shawn Meirovici N.D. is proud to be offering Naturopathic Treatment for Depression, Anxiety, Stress in Toronto and North York.