Functional Medicine approach to anxiety
Anxiety is a complex condition that can be caused by various factors. From a functional medicine perspective, which targets root causes always first, anxiety is often the result of underlying issues that need attention. Inflammation is one of the factors that can contribute to anxiety.
Inflammation in the brain can lead to neuroinflammation and consequent brain alterations, which have been suggested as possible neurobiological substrates of anxiety disorders. Stress-induced changes in the immune system can also lead to neuroinflammation and consequent brain alterations. Other systemic inflammatory factors like gastrointestinal inflammation, musculoskeletal inflammation, and energy depletion can also contribute to trigger neuroinflammation.
A Functional Medicine approach to anxiety offers a therapeutic option focused on uncovering the root cause of your condition through careful consideration of all potential contributing factors. A Functional Medicine approach to treating anxiety consists of a well-rounded, individualized plan that includes diet, nutraceuticals, and other lifestyle modifications, such as physical movement and stress management.
A Functional Medicine approach can be used in conjunction with conventional care for a well-rounded, comprehensive treatment plan to address anxiety. Conventional treatment for anxiety often includes a combination of medication and psychotherapy (talk therapy).
There are several natural remedies that can help alleviate anxiety symptoms. Some of these remedies include herbs, aromatherapy, meditation, and CBD. Herbs such as chamomile and lavender have been shown to help reduce anxiety symptoms. Aromatherapy involves using essential oils to promote relaxation and reduce anxiety symptoms. Meditation involves the practice of mindfulness. You focus on removing chaotic thoughts from your mind and replacing them with calm. Research indicates that meditation can help to relieve anxiety symptoms, helping you to feel more at ease.
Several studies have shown that CBD can help with many ailments, such as pain, inflammation, insomnia, and anxiety. While research is still in the early stages, studies show that it may have a lot of potential as an alternative anxiety treatment.
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Diego Rutenberg LAc IFMc