When it is already distress
Here are some methods used to treat or at least attenuate the adverse effects of distress.
Autogenic training, biofeedback, yoga and meditation
These are powerful means for managing distress, without using any medications. The mechanisms by which they work have still to be researched, understood and explained. Thus we have not prepared our own database but rely on resources developed by professionals.
What chemistry offers
The medicines used for stress relief are tranquilizers. Tranquilizers target the limbic system - that part of the brain, which is responsible for perception and emotions. Tranquilizers "ease" the perception of stressors - under their influence we react to stressors more calmly, less emotionally. There are also drugs affecting directly the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, but they have shown unwanted side effects.
Recent research shows great promise in drugs that bloc cortisol receptors.(To read about how increase/decrease in hormone secretion is regulated go to)
A very effective drug for treatment of insomnia is melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland, with effect on a great variety of body functions. The pineal gland is an organ in the brain which detects changes in the environment and is very much responsible for biorhythms, sleep rhythm included.
Massages; water therapy
The positive effect of these methods has been known and used for centuries. Combined with modern knowledge and technology they are an excellent and 100% efficient means for relaxation. To read more go to:
Colour therapy, music therapy, aroma therapy
Relatively new methods, whose effect is not to be underestimated. To learn about them go to:
Here are some methods which have not been explained by classical science yet, but which claim to show positive results. Some of them such as acupuncture have been used with success for centuries and now begin to receive recognition and serious research.
- magnet therapy
- bioenergy therapy
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