Stress is a natural response of the body to the demands we place upon it. In ancient times, our stress response, also known as fight or flight, provided us with energy to preserve life during difficult situations, such as a wild animal attack. Unfortunately, the stress of modern life occurs more frequently and consistently than what our ancestors experienced. Our response to stress can either help or hinder the body’s ability to cope with stressors.
Bintee Gumman, acupuncturist, alternative medicine practitioner and chief executive officer of Harmony Healing Center, in Oklahoma City, suggests some effective methods for stress treatment. Acupuncture and traditional Eastern medicine provide safe, effective and drug-free relief from stress. Practitioners of these methods help to support and restore the integrity of the organs affected and depleted by the stress response. In addition, ayurvedic supplements, such as bacopa, gotu kola, ashwagandha, as well as tulsi and vata tea can combat stress.
Gumman also recommends massage with herbal oils, as well as shirodhara, which combats common side effects of stress, including burnout, insomnia, depression, fatigue and anxiety. In addition, she suggests diffusing essential oils, like tulsi and using rose water spray, as well as practicing pranayama (yoga breathing), a simple technique to reduce stress anywhere. Other strategies include mindfulness meditation, tai chi, yoga and colon hydrotherapy.
Harmony Healing Center is located at 3701 NW 62nd St., in OKC. For more information, call 405-947-4325 or visit HarmonyOK.com.