4 out of 4 stars
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Natural Relief for Anxiety and Stress a Practical Guide by Gustavo Kinrys, M.D. and Alexandra Gold, M.A. is an extensive overview of the effects of stress and how to relive it without pharmaceutical medications.
The book begins with a thorough explanation of anxiety disorders. It covers the symptoms and the health problems related to anxiety. Some of the symptoms were unexpected such as a pale complexion due to reduced blood flow and shaking caused by tense muscles. This is followed by a chapter about how most doctors prescribe medication for anxiety. This can be a problem because it only treats and covers up the symptoms. Also, some of those medications can be addictive. The authors also discuss how stress and fear affect the body. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is suggested as a treatment. It involves finding and fixing distortions in the patient’s thinking. The rest of the book describes many nutrient-based and herbal-based remedies as well as natural remedies such as breathing exercises and yoga. All of this information is then summarized in clear, easy-to-read charts in the appendices.
The authors do a great job of defining stress and anxiety as well as explaining their effects. I appreciated the extensive explanation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I think this is a strategy that can be very helpful in building a more positive thinking process. Reading through the long list of nutrients and herbs dragged a bit, but it is a great reference for anyone wanting to look up information on certain ones. I appreciate that the authors included possible side effects and warnings about who should not take certain substances. They obviously did a lot of research for the book. The most surprising therapy described was using virtual reality to simulate something the patient fears and desensitizing them to it. I cannot imagine facing a three-dimensional image of a spider crawling on me. No thanks to that one for me.
I only had two complaints about this book. First of all, the preface and the introduction are repetitive. The first paragraphs of each one are almost word for word the same. Also, the authors often refer to research studies on various herbs and treatments, but they do not cite the studies. It would have been helpful to have a link to these in a footnote or in an appendix.
The book was well edited. I only found two errors. I highly recommend this book as a resource for anyone trying to reduce anxiety and stress in their lives. I have personally used CBT and the tapping technique. They are very effective. I did not find much change with aromatherapy, but I am considering acupuncture. Overall, I would rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I had a few small qualms with it, but they were not enough to take away a whole star. It is clearly written and detailed. I plan to keep this book to refer back to as I continue to incorporate natural healing into my own life.
Natural Relief for Anxiety and Stress
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