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Holistic Medicine TechniquesTo Treat Stress And Anxiety

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Holistic therapies or complementary medicine is an approach that focuses on the overall well being of the body that not just includes physical health but the mental and spiritual health as well. The goal of this treatment is to bring a proper balance in all aspects of an individual’s life.


Functional medicine in Denver focuses on various alternative therapies like breathing exercises, Reiki, meditation, aromatherapy, acupuncture, Tai Chi and much more. These therapies can treat a number of conditions including pain, Stress, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, etc. Here is a list of all the alternative techniques that are used for the treatment of stress and anxiety.



Aromatherapy is the practice in which scented oils called essentials oils are inhaled by an individual or massaged into the body. Research has found aromatherapy to be helpful in relieving conditions like anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, and nausea. The oils used are basically high concentrations of extracts from various flowers, stems, leaves, seeds, roots, bark, resins and fruit rinds. 


Different scents have different impacts and studies have found that certain aromatherapy especially lavender improves mood and reduces anxiety. A study was published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing that showed that aromatherapy helped patients in the intensive care unit to feel less anxious and calmer and positive.


Progressive muscle relaxation

Progressive muscle relaxation or PMR is a relaxation technique that involves tensing and relaxing the muscles in different parts of the body, one body part at a time that induces relaxation in your body.

PMR is an effective technique that evokes relaxation responses in the body by reducing tensions in the body, lowering heart rate and thereby calming the mind. Visit a holistic doctor in Denver to begins progressive muscle relaxation sessions.



Yoga is a practice that involves joining the body, mind, and spirit by combining breathwork, movements, meditation, and relaxation techniques. Yoga goes beyond some general practices and exercises, in the broader sense yoga is a lifestyle. Yoga practices like breathwork and meditation significantly help calm a busy mind and assists in reducing stress and manage fear, anxiety, and panic.


Guided imagery

Guided imagery also known as visualization is a practice that involves closing the eyes and imagining sights, smells and sounds to bring your body and mind to a relaxed state. The practices use a number of different visualizations to help reduce anxiety in an individual and manage negative emotions. Guided imagery has proven to be beneficial especially in treating social anxiety disorders.



Meditation is a focusing technique that is used to train the mind to stay in the moment. It allows you to observe your thoughts or feelings without any kind of judgment and thus help you understand them better. Regular meditation practice calms your mind, increases alertness and brings about physical and psychological balance. A number of psychologists and functional medicine doctors suggest meditation for anxiety. Meditation reduces stress and fatigue, improves sleep quality and also improves moods.


Massage therapy

Massage therapy is a hands-on technique that focuses on manipulating the soft tissues in our body with the help of hands, fists, and fingertips with varying pressure. Massage is an alternative therapy that can help reduce symptoms of anxiety. Studies have found that an hour-long massage session can lower the level of cortisol, a stress hormone by as much as 30 percent. Also, a study published in the Depression and Anxiety journal stated that individuals who regularly received massage therapies for 12 weeks had about a 50 percent reduction in their anxiety symptoms and the impact wasn’t short term either. They continued to feel more relaxed long after the therapy had ended.


Music therapy

Music can be used in a therapeutic way to reduce the symptoms of anxiety. Music therapy uses live or recorded music to provide distractions from the symptoms of anxiety and thereby facilitates relaxation. A music therapist often asks questions about your situation to formulate a tailored therapy plan for you. The therapy sessions might involve you listening to music, playing music, performing music, writing songs or discussing what various lyrics mean to you.