Stress is commonly used to describe the inability to cope with something that is stressing a person. In evolutionary terms, the fight or flight mechanism was triggered by stress, but such responses can be inappropriate in modern society. Prolonged exposure to unresolved stress may lead to anxiety or insomnia.
There can be many causes of stress: physical, emotional or biochemical. The type of stress and the individual response to it determines the best method of coping with stress. 

In general there are two types of stress response: epinephrine, also known as adrenaline, is the short term stress response hormone. Cortisol is the long term stress response hormone. Individuals have varying ability to produce and maintain appropriate levels of these hormones depending on their genetics, environment and psychological history.

A naturopathic medicine consultation at Greenfields will assess your response to stress using appropriate measurement tools and a comprehensive case history.

Treatment may include cranial osteopathy, neuromuscular treatmentacupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, and specifically targeted nutrients and herbs to support individual genetic predisposition.

More complex situations may benefit from DNA testing and analysis where less common genetics are playing a part in individual stress responses.

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