The root cause of a disease. Functional medicine is an approached which is based on biology that analyzes all of the symptoms in order to address the root cause. It is important to understand the illness can be caused by various problems. As an example, stress and depression can be caused by varying factors. Like inflammation. Digging deeper inflammation can lead to varying different diagnoses which one could be stress, or another could be depression.
A person genetics, the actual environment and how the person is living their life have a strong impact how a person responds to the correct treatment. For example, if you smoke 5 packs of cigarettes everyday most treatments will be largely impacted by this. Of course this is an over exaggeration of but the point is to always improve your life style or the things you control. Albeit your genetics is not one that you can control.
We live in stressful times. There is so much uncertainty with politics, the economy, inflation, the virus, work and family life, what can we DO about it?
Certainly exercise, eating healthy, sleeping adequately, meditating, and taking a bath can help to reduce stress. Everybody knows that and yet most people still find themselves leading stressful lives.
Unfortunately, stress is the leading contributing factor in many preventable life-threatening illnesses. Therefore, it is vital for us to get our stress levels under control!
Often we feel as if we don't have time in the day to accomplish everything that we wish to and self-help practices on our list (such as meditating or praying) get postponed- it's difficult for us to catch up with our busy agendas!
There is good news, however, for even the busiest people! There is something that can be done to reduce stress which doesn't take hardly any time at all. If you have time to breathe, you have time for aromatherapy!
These are the effects of STRESS on the body:
Clinical research has shown that aromatherapy has measurable psychological and physiological effects such as reducing pain, fatigue, depression, stress and anxiety, drastically reducing stress related biomarkers (i.e. blood pressure, heart rate and cortisol) and has considerably enhanced well-being. It has even outperformed other stress management techniques, such as progressive muscle relaxation.
Aromatherapy has been used with cancer patients to boost lymphocyte production (immune system cells)! Even animals who are nervous due to travel (or other stressors such as thunder) have been calmed by lavender aroma therapy! The fact that it works on animals and children demonstrates that this powerful aromatic plant therapy is not merely a placebo effect since those results were not biased by expectation, belief, or desire and are therefore indisputable.
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