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Anxiety and Depression: Medication, Herbs or Meditation??


What is the preferred treatment for anxiety, depression and related nervous problems? There is a huge assortment of products available today claiming to cure anxiety, depression and related problems. Obviously, one should always be careful not to overlook any serious medical problems that might be causing emotional imbalances in the first place. And it is just as important to make sure that one is not prone to eating junk and that the diet is wholesome, high in antioxidants, raw fruits and vegetables, and contains healthy super foods such as chlorella, pumpkin seed, bee pollen, raw sauerkraut, kefir, and goji berries.

I personally would have a very hard time trying to decide at first what form of treatment would be best for dealing with anxiety/depression. I am putting the two together here because they often do occur together, however not always simultaneously: as sometimes the victim may for a few days have anxiety and yet have more energy (adrenalin) and then go for a few days or weeks of depression and/or fatigue, yet with much less anxiety.

I think the form of treatment depends on one's inclination, degree of sensitivity (to side-effects of medication, etc.) and how severe the symptoms. I always have been quite sensitive to medications and they only seemed to create more side-effects and made my symptoms worse. However, I found herbs and antioxidants (such as glutathione, selenium, vitamin E, alpha lipoic acid, etc.) to be, by far the best thing for my sensitive nature and spiritual temperament.

The difference between herbs (botanicals) and medication (drugs) is that drugs seem to have a more forceful, unnatural, unbalancing effect, which is fine for some people if they are not that worried or sensitive about their bodies and not that concerned about side-effects and/or can't be bothered with taking the time to learn about all the possible, gentler, alternative treatments available. The correct application of the right amounts of botanicals, vitamins, minerals, and other antioxidants can be used to treat the cause of the problem with excellent results rather than just hide or artificially alter the symptoms like drugs tend to do. This difference is not absolutely always apparent regarding drugs verses herbs and/or supplements, but it is generally true. There may be some herbs taken at the right therapeutic dosages that do have side-effects like drugs. However, almost anything can create side-effects if too much is taken.

Now there is also a whole other side to treatment that uses neither herbs, diet, antioxidants or drugs which includes meditation, yoga, hypnosis, counseling, and mental reprogramming. Some of these techniques only retrain the mind to think differently, often involving the unlearning of bad habits to be replaced with good habits. Others actually attempt to suspend all thought and to guide the mind into deeper and deeper states of concentration until samadhi is reached.

In the mildest cases where all that is needed is some stress management, then meditation, hypnosis, counseling, or similar types of treatment may be all that's required. However in moderate cases, dietary changes, herbs, and antioxidants, etc. should also be considered. In the most severe cases, obviously professional

care, but preferably a physician who knows how to wean one off medication and then be able to find the correct mental balance through superior nutritional diets, herbs and antioxidants in combination with some counseling, hypnosis, and/or meditation.

In moderate to severe cases, meditation and yoga might not be the best thing, especially too much. Like I said before, too much of anything can have side-effects, however, those with moderate to severe mental symptoms, may be quite surprised and disappointed to find that too much meditation can make their symptoms even more exaggerated! If a severe case of anxiety disorder is not at first treated biochemically with correct nutrition, antioxidants, etc., then a good session of deep relaxation might actually lead to an even deeper state of anxiety and even possibly a few panic attacks!




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This increase in anxiety happens because anything out of the ordinary, and even the slightest change in consciousness can cause considerable fear in the highly strung or sensitive individual. Same thing regarding severe depression during meditation: if one who is depressed and feels poorly motivated is most likely going to be much, much worse after a long period of meditation because motivation or inclination to action is one of the first things that dissolve or disappear during deep meditation.

The transmutation of desire and motivation into inner peace, harmony, bliss, contentment and even outright joy is what is supposed to happen when a healthy person meditates. However, in a not so healthy individual, the opposite state can happen: creating the more pathological effects of an extreme lack of motivation, disassociation with life, extreme withdrawal, spacey feelings, and very poor appetite. The degree of concentration required meditate properly is also quite hard to reach when the mind is burdened or limited by depression and/or anxiety.

Medication is more forceful than herbal and other nutritional therapies, and tends to have many more side-effects and other complications than the gentle botanicals. However, the best long term treatment approach for very severe cases would be in conjunction with the help of a qualified health practitioner to gradually wean one off the drugs, figure out what metabolic problem is causing the distress in the first place, and apply the correct vitamins, minerals and herbs best suited to balance out any metabolic weaknesses. In most moderate to severe cases, the mind-body approach of meditation, hypnosis, etc., cannot stand on its own, and needs to be used in conjunction with herbs, diet, etc., otherwise it is possible that it can do more harm than good. In mild cases of stress or emotional upset, meditation, improved eating and supplementation habits can be just fine and even profoundly beneficial in some cases.

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Healing Anxiety Naturally by Harold Bloomfield - Editorial Reviews - Amazon.com Review - The bestselling author of Hypericum & Depression has compiled here the latest dosage information on kava kava, valerian root, ginkgo, ginseng, licorice root, milk thistle, and many other natural remedies for anxiety, nervousness, and insomnia. It's more than a listing of suggested herbs, though, and includes a natural self-healing program of mental and physical exercises meant to reduce stress and ease anxiety, tension, and anger and their requisite physical manifestations: rapid heartbeat, sweating, hyperventilation, dizziness, panic attacks, cigarette cravings, and more. Bloomfield encourages readers to try breathing exercises, visualization, mediation, music therapy, and anger therapy, and includes an extensive list of Internet resources, mental health associations, and self-help groups. --Erica Jorgensen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Description - Feeling anxious or stressed? If So, you are not alone. More people suffer from anxiety than any other mental health problem. However, few receive adequate help, and until recently the only choice for many has been to suffer in silence or take synthetic, often addictive tranquilizers and pills. Finally, there is a way to treat your anxiety that is safe, natural, and medically proven. In Healing Anxiety Naturally, leading psychiatrist and bestselling author Harold H. Bloomfield, M.D., presents a revolutionary selfhealing program using nature's own pharmacy of extraordinary herbal remedies, including:

* Kava--a natural tranquilizer that can often replace Valium-like drugs
* Valerian--improves sleep quality and naturally relieves insomnia
* Hypericum, or St.-John's-Wort--the herbal remedy for depression and anxiety
* Ginkgo--the brain booster and antidote to aging
* Milk Thistle--the best protection for your liver

These herbs are inexpensive, available without a prescription, and free of the side effects and addiction potential of artificial pills. Clear, informative, and based on the most up-to-date scientific findings, Healing Anxiety Naturally will help you relieve stress, promote sleep, and maximize performance. Put an end to anxiety today!


Herbs for Reducing Stress & Anxiety (Natural Health Handbooks) by Rosemary Gladstar - Product Description - One of America's foremost herbalists provides concise, simple-to-understand, and practical information for using herbs for health and well-being. Each book contains profiles of specific herbs, cautions, contraindications, and easy-to-make recipes to relieve common ailments.

From the Back Cover - Relax, Rejuvenate, and Lift Your Spirits Naturally Reverse the damage of daily stress and begin your journey of physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. You'll find effective treatments for stress-induced illnesses such as panic attacks, depression, migraines, and insomnia, using herbs such as ginseng, St.-John's-wort, and kava-kava. Rosemary Gladstar also offers simple techniques for continually building and strengthening the nervous system.


Kava Kava: The Anti-Anxiety Herb That Relaxes and Sharpens the Mind (Keats Good Herb Guide Series) by Ronald G. Reichert - Customer Review - For the busy person this is the brief info source., By pat@brunet.bn (Brunei.) - Many people want a quick info pack on the uses, benifits and cautions of Kava use, Kava Kava is all you need."What a relief!" Kava pushes the stress factor into the far back ground clear thinking is the result. You are still aware of the dead lines but that pointless rushed feeling is gone.

Coping with Anxiety: 10 Simple Ways to Relieve Anxiety, Fear & Worry by Edmund J. Bourne and Lorna Garano - Product Description - Anxiety affects 25 million people in the United States, and treatment can be difficult and daunting. Coping with Anxiety takes a sensible, clinically based approach by teaching ten simple steps to overcoming the problem and maintaining an anxiety-free life. The tips range from "Thinking realistically" to "Taking constructive coping actions" and include friendly exercises for combating a particular aspect of anxiety. In the first chapter, for example, readers learn how to deal with physical symptoms by mastering three essential relaxation techniques. Each strategy provides something the reader can do in the moment. An afterword on medication is included.

Natural Relief for Anxiety: Complementary Strategies for Easing Fear, Panic & Worry by Edmund J. Bourne, Arlen Brownstein, and Lorna Garano - Product Description - Natural anxiety relief without costly prescription drugs

Written by the best-selling author of The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook and a naturopathic physician, this book offers you a complete strategy for overcoming anxiety without drugs. Begin by taking a look at the choices you make every day about your lifestyle and general well-being. Calm your anxious mind with healthy self-talk. Learn the importance of exercise and a healthy, natural diet in controlling anxiety. Discover techniques that promote deep physical relaxation. Find out which nutritional supplements and natural therapies can help you on your way to renewed peace of mind. Explore ways you can simplify your life to reduce stress. The book offers a broad range of self-care resources as well as information about how and when to seek outside help.

Complementary treatment approaches includes relaxation, exercise, and diet improvement, herbs and nutritional supplements, massage and bodywork, chiropractic care, mindfulness meditation, yoga, and t'ai chi, homeopathic and naturopathic medicine, and overcoming aggravating conditions like body toxicity, seasonal affective disorder, adrenal exhaustion, and PMS.

From the Publisher - Twenty-five million Americans suffer from diagnosable anxiety disorders, and millions more struggle with occasional feelings of fear, panic, and worry. Pharmaceutical companies spend billions each year developing drugs to counteract these feelings, but the truth is that there is no "magic pill" that can make anxiety go away. Anxiety treatments that rely on medication have a high incidence of relapse when the medication stops. And the side effects of these drugs can be more debilitating than the condition they were designed to treat. An alternative and more lasting way to control anxiety is to make gentle, natural changes to your lifestyle that promote wellness in mind and body.


Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You... That You Need to Know by Carolyn Chambers Clark - Editorial Reviews - From Publishers Weekly - Clark (Living Well with Menopause) offers a solution-focused approach to living with anxiety. A certified holistic nurse practitioner with a master's in mental health, Clark, who admits to being among the 30 million Americans who suffer from anxiety, is careful not to impose her bias against conventional medicine on readers. What makes this book stand out isn't the clinically accurate overview of anxiety's causes and effects or the contrast of medical and holistic treatments, but its person-centered, strategic action plans. Information-packed chapters provide a thorough examination of nutrition (to identify missing anxiety-reducing nutrients), herbal supplements and the impact of nicotine, alcohol and chemicals, time-management skills, the potent antianxiety benefits of exercise and much more. Clark also discusses situations that may require therapy or counseling and provides a comprehensive checklist for finding a practitioner. Finally, readers are encouraged to create an Anxiety Success Plan (sample included). For millions of sufferers from generalized anxiety, panic disorder, phobias and other forms of anxiety who don't want medication, this book provides viable alternatives to traditional medicine. (Apr.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Review - "Anyone who suffers from anxiety should read this consise, helpful, easy-to-follow guide. It can change your life!" --Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of Minding the Body Mending the Mind and Inner Peace for Busy People

"What makes this book stand out [are]...its person-centered, strategic action plans...[P]rovides viable alternatives to traditional medicine." --Publishers Weekly


St. John's Wort: The Premier Herb for Relieving Depression, Healing Wounds and Easing Nerve Pain (Keats Good Herb Guide Series) by Roy Upton - Product Description - No information available at this time.

Heinerman's Encyclopedia of Healing Herbs & Spices by John Heinerman - Editorial Reviews - From Booklist - Heinerman's encyclopedia of 268 herbs and spices gives each one's medical, nutritional, and cooking uses. Included are such familiar herbs and spices as allspice, anise, basil, chicory, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, ginger, nutmeg, sage, tarragon, and thyme; and highlighted are some not usually thought of as herbs and spices, such as apple tree bark, azalea, blue spruce, cactus, celery, cotton, elephant grass, iris, lilac, lily, morning glory, onion, and yucca. The author cites remedies for such things as increasing the flow of milk in nursing mothers; calming epileptic seizures; and curing shingles, heartburn, sciatica, migraines, nervous tension, and anxiety. Varicose veins can be reduced, memory loss restored, food flavor improved, physical strength increased, and sexual frigidity overcome, Heinerman says. --George Cohen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health Care by Richard P. Brown, Patricia L. Gerbarg, and Philip R. Muskin - Editorial Reviews - A go-to source for information on integrative mental health. --Mehmet C. Oz, MD, FACS, Professor of Surgery, Vice Chair, Department of Surgery, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons

[R]eadable by healthcare consumers...highly useful to mental health professionals....be they MD psychiatrist, PhD psychologist, CSW or LMHC psychotherapist. --Stephen Larsen, PhD, LMHC, BCIA-eeg is Psychology Professor Emeritus, SUNY, and has published ten books, including The Healing Power of Neurofeedback

[A] powerful book...has the potential to blow a gaping hole in the current wall of psychiatric ignorance of natural therapies. --Chris Kilham, Medicine Hunter, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Product Description - All you need to know about herbs, nutrients, and yoga for enhancing mental health. Leaders in the field of complementary medicine present a comprehensive yet compact guide to herbs, nutrients, and yoga as ad-juncts to mental health therapy.


The Food-Mood Solution: All-Natural Ways to Banish Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Stress, Overeating, and Alcohol and Drug Problems--and Feel Good Again by Jack Challem and Melvyn R., MD Werbach - Editorial Reviews - From Publishers Weekly - Best known as the "Nutrition Reporter" for consumer health publications (Alternative Medicine; Body & Soul; etc.), Challem (The Inflammation Syndrome) describes a familiar scenario: rising levels of anger, impatience, frustration, fatigue and anxiety due to minor daily irritations. Citing studies of increased violence traced to mood disorders, Challem contends that basic but highly specific diet and lifestyle modifications can lower stress levels and radically improve behavior and health. While the effects of poor nutrition on health take years to manifest, he says, such effects on mood are readily apparent, and he urges readers to notice how certain foods and beverages lead to headaches, fatigue, poor sleep, depression, compulsive behavior, panic attacks, bipolar disorder and other increasingly common conditions. His plan targets neuronutrients (vitamins and minerals needed to make critical brain chemicals) and nutrisocial factors (family, workload, environment, advertising, etc.) to boost mood. After taking a few quizzes, readers will be guided through a four-part program: supplements, diet, exercise and lifestyle. While the information is not entirely new, Challem does solidly address the hardest part of his equation‹and that's the lifestyle change itself. (Mar.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review - "...aims to help you understand and identify how your diet affects your moods...all backed up by recent scientific research." (Health & Fitness May 2007)

Best known as the "Nutrition Reporter" for consumer health publications (Alternative Medicine; Body & Soul; etc.), Challem (The Inflammation Syndrome) describes a familiar scenario: rising levels of anger, impatience, frustration, fatigue and anxiety due to minor daily irritations. Citing studies of increased violence traced to mood disorders, Challem contends that basic but highly specific diet and lifestyle modifications can lower stress levels and radically improve behavior and health. While the effects of poor nutrition on health take years to manifest, he says, such effects on mood are readily apparent, and he urges readers to notice how certain foods and beverages lead to headaches, fatigue, poor sleep, depression, compulsive behavior, panic attacks, bipolar disorder and other increasingly common conditions. His plan targets neuronutrients (vitamins and minerals needed to make critical brain chemicals) and nutrisocial factors (family, workload, environment, advertising, etc.) to boost mood. After taking a few quizzes, readers will be guided through a four-part program: supplements, diet, exercise and lifestyle. While the information is not entirely new, Challem does solidly address the hardest part of his equation‹and that's the lifestyle change itself. (Mar.) (Publishers Weekly, January 8, 2007)

"Šaims to help you understand and identify how your diet affects your moodsŠeasy-to-follow bookŠall backed up by recent scientific research." (Health & Fitness, May 2007) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Up the Down Hill: One Woman's Struggle to Survive Major Depression by Rozanne W Paxman - Product Description - Imagine waking up in a mental institution. Now, imagine that you are a woman who has a deep testimony of Jesus Christ. You have a wonderful family. You have a good job. You appear to be successful in every way. What would cause you to become so convinced that your life isn't worth living that you need to be hospitalized for your own protection?

Up the Down Hill is the story of one woman's journey to the valley of despair and back.

"This book is a gift to us all. Most of us, in some way, have been touched by the hand of depression, whether within ourselves or through the association of those we love. If you suffer from depression, Up the Down Hill may help you in your journey. It may help you find strength, begin needed changes, start restoring a relationship, or commit to not giving up. You may discover within yourself the light, put there by God, which is a reminder that He is there and He will see you through the challenges of this life journey."

Larry Beall, Ph.D.- Director, Trauma Awareness & Treatment Center

About the Author - Rozanne W. Paxman received her B.M.E. from the University of Oklahoma. A former public school teacher, Rozanne is now enthusiastically walking new paths, zealously discovering new things, and is "happy just to be alive."


GPRX for Depression & Anxiety by Jordan Rubin and Joseph Brasco - Product Description - A total lifestyle program for the health of the spirit, mind, and body. - According to the latest government statistics, around 19 million Americans suffer from clinical depression. Depression and anxiety affect your thoughts, moods, feelings, behavior, sleep, eating habits, career, sex life, and relationships with your family and friends. Why are so many people depressed and anxious about the present or the future?

The yoke around our necks these days is our complicated, hyper-speed, shop-until-we-drop, always-on-the-go lives. Too many physicians, when facing a patient complaining about feeling depressed, reach for their prescription pads to solve the problem. Instead, this total lifestyle program for the health of the body, mind, and spirit is more comprehensive than a prescription for antidepressants. This plan is based on the Seven Keys to unlock your God-given health potential from The Great Physician's Rx for Health and Wellness but targeted specifically for depression and anxiety.


Depression-Free for Life: A Physician's All-Natural, 5-Step Plan by Gabriel Cousens and Mark Mayell - Editorial Reviews - From Publishers Weekly - Cousens, a psychiatrist and family therapist, and Mayell, former editor-in-chief of Natural Health magazine, offer a drug-free program for alleviating the symptoms of mild to chronic depression by treating the underlying physiological imbalances that are major factors in the disease. With a myriad of depression remedies on the market, from prescription drugs to herbs, and a rapidly increasing number of people seeking relief from depression, Cousens contends that his program incorporates the best of both conventional and holistic techniques. Cousens's five-step program aims to restore balance to disrupted biochemical processes by increasing the intake of mood-boosting amino acids, vitamin supplements and essential fatty acids and by creating a diet and lifestyle that promote physical and mental well-being. Cousens also discusses the reasons why women are more prone to depression, the limitations of antidepressants and how the suggestions in this book can help people break addictions, including alcoholism and related disorders (ADHD, eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder). Anyone who has struggled with depression and found little relief with prescription drugs (Cousens reports that some studies indicate that people who receive no treatment fare as well as those who receive counseling and drugs) will find a lot to consider in this far-reaching look at what remains a debilitating element of many lives. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal - Cousens is a psychiatrist and holistic physician who founded and directs the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Patagonia, AZ, which is dedicated to "the integration and renewal of body, mind, and spirit." Here he presents, in enormous and sometimes tedious detail, his "drug-free" regimen for treating depression. His premise is that all depressions are different, having multiple causes, including physical ones. He proposes an individualized five-step program for modulating brain neurochemistry in order to combat depression. This requires taking mood-enhancing amino acids, optimizing dietary supplements and essential fatty acids, eating a diet suitable for mental health, and living a lifestyle that includes exercise, a social network, a sense of humor, and relaxation. The information Cousens presents about depression, its causes and manifestations, and the need for dietary supplementation is plausible; however, it is questionable whether there is sufficient and compelling evidence in support of his program. Furthermore, customizing his directives for any given individual is complicated, and many consumers may find it difficult, if not impossible, to do so without a physician's supervision. Recommended for large alternative medicine collections. --Linda M.G. Katz, Florence A. Moore Lib. of Medicine, MCP Hahnemann Univ., Philadelphia Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Secrets of Native American Herbal Remedies: comph GT Native amern Tradition Using Herbs Mind/Body/Spirit Connection for ipvg (Healing Arts) by Anthony J. Cichoke - Product Description - A complete guide to centuries-old Native American herbs and other remedies.

The modern techniques of holistic and alternative healing and natural remedies have been alive in the "old ways" of Native American medicine for centuries. This comprehensive guide introduces the Native American concept of healing, which incorporates body, mind, and spirit and stresses the importance of keeping all three in balance.

Dr. Anthony Cichoke explains the philosophy behind American Indian healing practices as well as other therapies, such as sweat lodges, used in conjunction with herbs. He examines each herb in an accessible A-to-Z format, explaining its healing properties and varying uses in individual tribes. Finally, he details Native American healing formulas and recipes for treating particular ailments, from hemorrhoids to stress. Bibliography. Index.

About the Author - Anthony J. Cichoke, D.C., Ph.D., is a chiropractor with a doctorate in nutrition. He hosts an internationally syndicated radio talk show called "The Dr. Enzyme Self-Help Show." He has written several books, including The Complete Book of Enzyme Therapy for Avery, and hundreds of articles on the subjects of nutrition and chiropractic.


5-HTP: The Natural Way to Overcome Depression, Obesity, and Insomnia by Michael Murray - Editorial Reviews - Amazon.com Review - 5-HTP is a naturally derived amino acid that has been shown in comprehensive studies to be safer than prescription drugs for the treatment of insomnia and depression, and can also be used for treating obesity, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, and premenstrual syndrome. It may prove to be more popular than St. John's wort for the treatment of depression and other serotonin-related conditions, as it's been shown to produce results in as little as two weeks, while the herb may take a month or longer.

Author Michael Murray, N.D., a leading naturopath and coauthor of The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, delves very deeply to explain the hows and whys of depression at the neurotransmitter level, and the illustrations of presynaptic membranes may be a bit much for the lay reader. There are also several sections with intimidating titles along the lines of "Enhancing 5-HTP with Catecholamine Precursors." But the book's comprehensiveness makes up for its occasional denseness. Murray includes enlightening sections on nutrition for peak serotonin synthesis, other complementary herbal supplements, and many online and physical sources for obtaining 5-HTP. --Erica Jorgensen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal - Murray (Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements, Prima, 1996) believes that the symptoms of depression, obesity, headaches, insomnia, anxiety, hyperactivity, premenstrual syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia can be alleviated by taking the amino acid 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan). The body converts 5-HTP into serotonin, a neurotransmitter vital for brain function, and Murray argues that increased serotonin levels mitigate much of the discomfort associated with the conditions cited above. He devotes major chapters to depression, weight loss, insomnia, and headache, with each following the same format: exploration of the condition and orthodox treatment, review of studies using 5-HTP, and recommendations for therapeutic doses. Personal stories illustrate how patients have benefited from 5-HTP. It is apparent from warnings given throughout the book, however, that use of this natural supplement is not without danger, especially if taken with certain prescription medicines. Buy for alternative health collections only if demand warrants.AJodith Janes, Cleveland Clinic Fdn., OH - Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Moderate Drinking - Naturally!: Herbs And Vitamins to Control Your Drinking by Donna J. Cornett - Product Description - Kiss alcohol craving and binge drinking goodbye with alternative medicine! Moderate Drinking - Naturally! will show you how to do just that - exploring nutritional and ancient european, homeopathic, chinese and ayurvedic remedies to cut your craving and control your drinking. It's the first and only book to look into alternative medicine to prevent alcohol abuse and it's a fascinating and informative read.

You'll not only beat craving and bingeing, you'll love this book because it offers a holistic, healthy approach to you and your drinking - nurturing your physical, psychological and spiritual health as well. When you lead a balanced, wholesome lifestyle and feel relaxed and well mentally and physically you have no desire to drink alcohol.

This unique book is a breakthrough for drinkers and has started a revolution among drinkers and healthcare professionals worldwide!

From the Publisher - Donna Cornett is also the author of 7 Weeks to Safe Social Drinking: How to Effectively Moderate Your Alcohol Intake. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


The Prozac Alternative: Natural Relief from Depression with St. John's Wort, Kava, Ginkgo, 5-HTP, Homeopathy, and Other Alternative Therapies by Ran Knishinsky - Editorial Reviews - Offers a comprehensive look at St. John's wort - the most significant natural remedy for depression. --Health Products Business, June 1999

Review - "Offers a comprehensive look at St. John's wort - the most significant natural remedy for depression." (Health Products Business, June 1999 )

Product Description - A comprehensive guide to the use of St. John's wort and other alternative therapies for treatment of depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders.

* Offers a comprehensive look at St. John's wort--the most significant

* natural remedy for depression--including its history in herbalism,

* current clinical uses, safety, and side effects.

* Discusses other natural alternatives such as Kava, Melatonin, and

* 5-HTP as treatment options to depression.

In the early 1990's the sale of Prozac exceeded the sale of all other antidepressant drugs in both American and world markets. But today St. John's wort is recommended 3 to 1 over Prozac as a primary treatment for depression in European countries such as Germany--and its sales continue to skyrocket in the United States. Safe, all-natural, and less expensive than synthetic drugs, St. John's wort is the ideal natural therapy for many people's depression, anxiety, and other related mood disorders.

The Prozac Alternative offers a comprehensive look at St. John's wort, including its history in herbalism, current clinical uses, and safety and side effects, as well as how it compares with other natural alternatives such as Kava, Melatonin, and 5-HTP. It also discusses other uses of these natural substances as treatment alternatives to Western medicine for a variety of medical conditions.

About the Author - Ran Knishinsky is the author of The Clay Cure and coauthor of Integrative Homeo-pathy. He is the owner of Health Wise, a homeopathic dispensary in Phoenix, Arizona.


Herbs and Nutrients for the Mind: A Guide to Natural Brain Enhancers (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) by Chris D. Meletis and Jason E. Barker - Editorial Reviews - "This impressive book addresses natural healing methods for emotional conditions. The actions that herbs and nutritional supplements have on brain biochemistry is explained for 18 diverse conditions, such as insomnia, ADHD, anorexia, bipolar disorder, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's Disease. There are excellent discussions on the functioning of serotonin, GABA, and other aspects of brain chemistry, with profiles on the most popular remedies to enhance them. This is an authoritative, well researched, and highly referenced book, yet the science is nicely conveyed in laymen's terms. The recommended dosages and protocols make this an excellent reference for both practitioners and people seeking self-healing." --The American Herb Association

"Two professors of Naturopathic Medicine wrote this book dealing with the power of herbs and nutritional supplements in healing and/or in preventing psychological and psychiatric disorders as well as in enhancing mental health. The authors reviewed current research on eighteen mental disorders, such as ADD, Alcoholism, Alzheimers, Autism, Depression, Multiple Sclerosis and Schizophrenia, among others, to see if and how they can be helped by alternative natural "medicines"....The book is scholarly and well researched, as the detailed footnotes demonstrate. Three appendices list signs and symptoms of nutrient deficiency, toxic substances and foods that are good for avoiding allergies. The book is highly recommended for all health science collections and especially for hospitals libraries. However it will be also useful for an educated consumer." --E-Streams

Product Description - Two naturopaths introduce us to the world of brain biochemistry, translating the science into laymen's terms, so that the reader can understand the potential power of herbs and nutrients to enhance health, prevent disorders, and affect existing health disorders. These alternatives, or supplements, to medication are being used across the country to help treat health conditions with a psychological component--from ADHD and anorexia to insomnia, menopause, and Parkinson's Disease. Authors Meletis and Barker explain 18 of these conditions, and review the most current research into how--or whether--the use of herbs and supplements has been proven to prevent, affect or remove these health conditions, or at least some of their symptoms. Can the Chinese herb Salvia curb cravings in alcoholics? Can niacin help treat anxiety? Other herbs, nutrients, and conditions addressed include the use of zinc to reduce symptoms of anorexia and bulimia, ginkgo biloba for Alzheimer's, and 5-HTP for depression. One appendix to this volume lists the top 20 brain-enhancing herbs and supplements. Another lists nutrient deficiencies and their links to health and brain function. It is not the intent of this book to advocate for the replacement of standard drug therapy, but for the integration of these "natural medicines" with traditional medical treatments. Consumers are urged to discuss these herbs and nutrients with their physician before beginning use, as some allergic reactions or interactions with traditional medicines can occur. The central argument of this book is that when properly nourished people can operate at maximum physical and mental capacity, with maximum ability to fend off or recover from disease and disorder.


Calming Your Anxious Mind: How Mindfulness & Compassion Can Free You from Anxiety, Fear, & Panic by Jeffrey, M.D. Brantley - Product Description - The Mindfulness Solution to Anxiety Drawing on techniques and perspectives from two seemingly different traditions, this second edition of a self-help classic offers you a powerful and profound approach to overcoming anxiety, fear, and panic. From the evidence-based tradition of Western medicine, learn the role your thoughts and emotions play in anxiety. And, from the tradition of meditation and the inquiry into meaning and purpose, discover your own potential for presence and stillness, kindness and compassion--and the tremendous power these states give you to heal and transform your life.

Use this encouraging, step-by-step program to:
* Learn about the mechanism of anxiety and the body's fear system
* Develop a healing mindfulness practice--one breath at a time
* Start on the path to presence, stillness, compassion, and loving kindness
* Practice acceptance during mindfulness meditation
* Feel safe while opening up to fearful and anxious feelings

This book is a welcome addition to the anxiety disorders field. Comprehensive as well as clearly written, it provides a wealth of information on the use of meditation and mindfulness practice in recover from anxiety difficulties. --Edmund J. Bourne, Ph.D., author of The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook and Coping with Anxiety

Dr. Brantley's book is clear and warm. It takes the mystery out of meditation and explains how things that at first sight appear `ordinary' are in fact very important. His extensive clinical experience and his empathy constantly shine through the book. --Jonathan Davidson, MD, director of the Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Program at Duke University

From the Publisher - This is a major revision of the classic book using mindfulness to overcome anxiety. It includes information on the latest research into mindfulness, new step-by-step exercises, and new thoughts on taking daily mindfulness to deeper and more rewarding levels.


Indigo Dreams: Adult Relaxation-Guided Meditation/Relaxation Techniques decrease anxiety, stress, anger by Lori Lite (Audio CD - Editorial Reviews - I love this guided meditation CD. It's my first one, but I love this type of meditation anyways. I think it's great, it relaxes me and the affirmations help me feel better about myself. The visualization, breathing, and muscle relaxation are really useful in times of stress. I use this CD before I go to bed every night. I'm a chronic insomniac and

Product Description - Experience four research-based,stress management techniques that are accepted and used by both the traditional medical and holistic communities. You will not find any philosophies, theories or fluff presented here because frankly, we do not have time for that and chances are neither do you. Enjoy and learn four stress-management techniques; diaphragmatic breathing, affirmations, visualizations, and progressive muscular relaxation accompanied by soothing, uplifting music to further enhance your relaxation experience. Now you can watch your whole family manage stress and anxiety!

As a psycholgist working with many adult patients dealing with anxiety disorders, I value Indigo Dreams: Adult Relaxation. With repeated use, my patients report an overall decrese of anxiety levels and improved sleep. A wonderful and useful tool that I have incorporated into my practice. --Dr. R. LeFavour


Anxiety Relief (Guided Self-Healing Practices) by Martin Rossman (Audio CD) - Product Description - "Human beings have the unique ability to compress a lifetime of stress into every passing moment," says Dr. Martin Rossman. When we worry, he teaches, the body prepares for "fight or flight," putting in motion a chain of physiological effects that can leave us exhausted, depressed, or physically ill. Anxiety Relief shows listeners how to reverse these debilitating effects through relaxing, rejuvenating guided imagery techniques Dr. Rossman has prescribed to thousands challenged by stress. One information-packed CD session includes: deep body-mind relaxation; the inner wisdom dialogue; and the "worry warrior" technique for converting fear and worry into positive energy.

Book Description - "Human beings have the unique ability to compress a lifetime of stress into every passing moment," says Dr. Martin Rossman. When we worry, he teaches, the body prepares for "fight or flight," putting in motion a chain of physiological effects that can leave us exhausted, depressed, or physically ill. Anxiety Relief shows listeners how to reverse these debilitating effects through relaxing, rejuvenating guided imagery techniques Dr. Rossman has prescribed to thousands challenged by stress. One information-packed CD session includes: deep body-mind relaxation; the inner wisdom dialogue; and the "worry warrior" technique for converting fear and worry into positive energy.


Power Over Panic: Freedom From Panic/Anxiety Related Disorders by Bronwyn Fox - Editorial Reviews - This is a truly wonderful book. I mean, just look at it! It contains an easily manageable five-step plan to recovery, it's just over one hundred pages long and you can read it in under an hour...When I first read this book I felt such a tremendous sense of relief and joy. I wasn't mad. I wasn't imagining it. I was definitely not a drama queen. I wasn't alone and my disorder was treatable without medication... --Gary McDonald, Australian actor

Product Description - This is the U.S. revision of a best-selling book from Australia that has helped thousands of people overcome the lifestyle limitations of panic and anxiety disorders. It is a creative and simple five-step approach that does not require drugs and relies on cognitive and mindfulness meditation techniques. Based upon award winning programs and workshops, this book contains numerous case histories, up-to-date research findings and a foreword written by Australian television star Garry McDonald, who was cured using this approach after 20 years of struggling with panic. attacks.


Indigo Teen Dreams: Guided Relaxation Techniques Designed to Decrease Stress, Anger and Anxiety while Increasing Self-esteem and Self-awareness (Indigo Dreams) by Lori Lite Audio CD - Product Description - Indigo Teen Dreams allows teens to manage stress, anger, and anxiety while increasing self-esteem and self-awareness. Teens explore the research-based, stress-management techniques of breathing, visualizations, progressive muscular relaxation, and affirmationsor positive statements. This straight forward, easy to follow approach encourages teens to take charge of their own feelings and stress. It provides a safe place where teens can be themselves while not worrying about peer pressure or living up to any ones expectations. The male narrator is motivating, encouraging and soothing at the same time! Additional uplifting music sound tracks are provided to further enhance their relaxation experience. Teens are encouraged to make good choices and believe in themselves while managing stress and anger. Great for teens entering Middle School through High School.

Indigo Teen Dreams is an approachable way to introduce your teenager to harnessing the mind s power to improve self-esteem, deal with difficult emotional or social issues, and instill calm during the tenuous years between child and adulthood. The introduction provides context for affirmation and positive thinking in a manner that is the perfect combination of welcoming and informative. Teenagers can be very resistant to trying new things, so the guidance is subtle enough to be effective without any over-the-top vibes that might make a teenager giggle or roll her eyes. The music for the exercises is relaxing and calming, devoid of screaming guitars or chest-pounding backbeats. The songs are suitably contemporary and pleasing, providing a seamless background for teens to practice their newfound skills of affirmation, breathing, muscular relaxation, and visualization. - Jennifer Sommersby Young, Reviewed in Rewind Resource Guide 2006

From the Author - I wrote these tracks after attending my daughter's High School orientation. The principal announced that the next four years would be the most stressful years of my teen's life! My husband handed me a note that said "what are they doing to help them manage the stress?"


Protect Us from All Anxiety: Meditations for the Depressed (Solace for Survivors) by William Burke and Mary Southard - Customer Review - Comfort and Rest for the Suffering, By Just-a-girl "abc-survivors.net"

This book is for those who have been thrown into chaos, doubt, and darkness by depression. It would also be enlightening for someone who has never dealt with depression but would like to understand it better. These meditations are short and appear to be simple. But if you are struggling with depression, they will open the floodgates of emotion, and they will remind you that you are not alone.

Priest Burke describes candidly many of the lonely difficulties that I have had in depression. He confronts his demons in this book; and in doing so, he helps me to confront mine. He learns to accept himself in these journal entries, and he encourages me to accept myself as well. Even in the darkest moments of depression, this book shows that there is light. Even the sketches are beautiful and sad at the same time. There is no easy cure found here, but there is so much more than that. I feel peace when someone else has the courage to voice the terrifying thoughts that come with depression. I am encouraged when I hear a godly man calling depression what it is - an illness. I am strengthened when I see him taking the steps to be healthy and whole.

One thing that I love about this book is its order and organization. It takes the reader through the process of healing slowly. The reader is not bombarded with too much information at once (or forced to deal with their issues all at once time, or told to have hope when they have none). The setup of the book is perfect for reading a couple of pages a day and then praying about those pages (short prayers are included). The book was obviously written and organized with respect for each individual's personal pain and process. Sometimes a meditation will leave the reader to discern its importance and meaning. Thus, these meditations go beyond all of the simplistic self-help guides out there and take the reader to a deeper level, their own personal level.

I don't know how I stumbled across this book, but I am so glad that I did. I've read it once through and am now reading it again. It is challenging me not to give up on healing. It is challenging me not to give up on my God or myself. This is the best work I have read on depression yet.


Relieve Stress & Anxiety: Guided Meditations and Subliminal Affirmations Help Boost Your Self Image and Banish Stress from Your Life by Barry Tesar and Roxanne Tesar (Audio Cassette) - Product Description - Guided meditations and subliminal affirmations help boost your self image and banish stress from your life.

Daily Meditations for Calming Your Anxious Mind by Jeffrey, M.D. Brantley and Wendy Millstine - Product Description - Trying to control your anxious thoughts can backfire, making them more prevalent, not less. The best way to calm these common feelings is by attuning yourself to your thoughts in a nonjudgmental, attentive manner, acknowledging your anxieties but choosing to act rather than react.

From the author of Calming Your Anxious Mind comes this collection of more than sixty-four daily mindfulness-based meditations to help you engage with the present moment, manage stress and anxiety, and rediscover the joy in living. Each meditation contains an easy-to-learn visualization exercise, affirmation, or activity, with meditations grouped into four sections: relaxing and feeling safe, embracing joys and fears, befriending your anxious mind and body, and connecting to the web of life.

"This book is a treasure--nourishing, sustaining, and skillfully crafted. Calling their approach to the release from anxiety `the way of awareness,' the authors have shaped a warm, authentic rendering of mindfulness practice into direct, easily understandable language. Step by step, they lead us into substantive, well-documented methods for becoming intimately familiar with an inner terrain and integrating what is discovered in this interior realm into a way of being that is the key to freeing us from the imprisoning tyranny of anxiety and fear." --Saki F. Santorelli, Ed.D., executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society and associate professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and author of Heal Thyself

From the Publisher - The best-selling author of Calming Your Anxious Mind offers a wealth of daily mindfulness meditations you can use every day to manage chronic anxiety, restore calm, and feel at peace.


Indigo Ocean Dreams: 4 Children's Stories Designed to Decrease Stress, Anger and Anxiety while Increasing Self-Esteem and Self-Awareness by Lori Lite (Audio CD) - Product Description - Indigo Ocean Dreams is a 60 minute CD designed to entertain your child in an ocean setting while introducing them to four research-based, stress management techniques. Each story integrates either progressive muscular relaxation, visualizations, breathing, and affirmations (positive statements). Children follow their sea friends along as they use progressive muscular relaxation and breathing to release and manage anger with Angry Octopus. Chirldren build self-esteem with positive believe in yourself statements with Affirmation Weaver. Diaphragmatic breathing is fun with sea otters in Sea Otter Cove. Children enjoy a bubble ride through the ocean as they visualize colors with Bubble Riding. This CD offers longer stories than the first in this series, Indigo Dreams. Ideal for older children ages 6-12, or as step two for those already familiar with Indigo Dreams. Engaging characters present these adult level techniques in an easy to follow format that makes it fun for any child to learn. The male narration is accompanied by calming sounds of dolphins, sea otters, and gentle waves. An additional music sound track is included to further enhance your child's relaxation experience. These proven techniques encourage wellness and provide tools for children who suffer from anxiety, stress, trauma, hyperactivity, anger, pain, sleep issues, and lack of confidence.

About the Author - Lori Lite began creating stories to insure her own children's strong state of mind and peaceful sleep. Her own experiences with stress and anxiety ailments sent her searching for techniques that people could utilize in their everyday lives. Ms. Lite's books, CDs, and curriculums are considered a resource for psychologists, therapists, child life specialists, teachers, and yoga instructors. Her Indigo Dreams audio book/CD series has been awarded the CNE Award of Excellence. Ms. Lite has been interviewed and written articles for several media outlets, including: ABC Radio; CBS News; Prevention Magazine; USA Today; Web MD; Stress Free Living; Mind, Body, and Soul; and Evolve Magazine. She has also been featured in several publications which include Parents Guide New York and Atlanta Parent Magazine. Lori Lite s love of the ocean and her family inspired her to create Affirmation Weaver, Angry Octopus, Bubble Riding, and Sea Otter Cove. Books, CDs, curriculums, and other products designed to empower children, teens, and adults are available at LiteBooks.net.


The Anxiety Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Deal With Anxiety & Worry by Lisa M. Schab - Product Description - If you feel anxious most of the time, you're not alone. About one in three people your age struggles with feelings of worry, fear, and panic. And the scary thing is, if you don't find a way to cope with anxiety, it can get worse as you get older. The good news is that there are a lot of effective techniques you can use, both on your own and with the help of a counselor, to reduce your feelings of anxiety and learn how to keep them from taking over your life. This workbook offers a set of simple activities you can do to make it happen.

The Anxiety Workbook for Teens will show you how to deal with the day-to-day challenges of anxiety. It will help you develop a positive self-image and recognize your anxious thoughts. The workbook also includes resources for seeking additional help and support if you decide you need it. What are you waiting for? Don't spend another minute paralyzed by anxiety.

From the Publisher - About one in four teens suffers from mild to serious problems with anxiety, and many of them get little or no help. This workbook, written by an experienced therapist, gives teens a collection of tools to help control anxiety and face day-to-day challenges. This workbook both gives anxious teens insight into their problems and offers practical guidance for overcoming them.


Meditation As Medicine: Activate the Power of Your Natural Healing Force by Dharma Singh Khalsa - Editorial Reviews - Amazon.com Review - Long-term meditators experience 80 percent less heart disease and 50 percent less cancer than nonmediators, according to a large body of studies. Meditation has been shown to improve sleep and reduce chronic pain. Not all meditation is equally effective, however. Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., has developed a form of advanced meditation he calls "Medical Meditation," which "more fully addresses every element of our physical and ethereal makeup... a full-service approach." Medical Meditation is an adaptation of kundalini yoga combined with meditation, using specific breathing patterns, posture and movements, mantras, and mental focus.

Different Medical Meditation focus on different physiological benefits for specific conditions, so once you've learned the basics, you can choose a specific Medical Meditation for high blood pressure, to improve digestion, or to strengthen the immune system or the heart, for example. Line drawings illustrate the postures, and Khalsa's stories about his patients are inspiring and involving.

Meditation as Medicine is not a brisk read or a "read-today-do-tomorrow" guide, however. Be prepared to immerse your mind in a study of chakras, mantras, breathing exercises, movement exercises, poses, and meditations--and discipline yourself to practice Khalsa's techniques patiently. Are the benefits worth all the work involved? Khalsa thinks so: "For the ill and injured, Medical Meditation is not a problem. It's a solution."

Khalsa is both a physician and a yogi. He is board certified in anesthesiology, pain management, and antiaging medicine, and president and medical director of the Alzheimer's Prevention Foundation. Cowriter Cameron Stauth, author of 12 books, was named Journalist of the Year by the National Health Foundation. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal - Here, Khalsa presents a compelling look at the value of "medical meditation," a form of therapy based on the principles of kundalini yoga, a discipline that he has practiced for over 20 years. Using references to current medical research and case histories from his medical practice, Khalsa builds a case for the efficacy of medical meditation to assist in healing many diseases. A firm proponent of the power of mind, body, and spirit to overcome illness, he believes that the ethereal body can help the physical body to heal and vice versa. Throughout the program, the author stresses the need to use traditional Western medical techniques in combination with medical meditation to achieve the best results. Khalsa's narration is excellent; however, it is hard to follow some of his instructions for meditation positions. Those who are not already motivated to meditate, or who are not facing life-threatening illness, may find his daily regimen for maximum results overwhelming. Highly recommended for libraries that serve audiences interested in current techniques to increase the healing connection of mind and body. Kathleen Sullivan, Phoenix P.L. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review - The Dallas Morning News Intelligent, accessible, and free of cant and hyperbole. --Review

Review - Meditation as Medicine is a new concept, but the techniques that it uses are ancient, part of the wisdom tradition of India...Clear and engaging...I found much practical advice here. --Andrew Weil, M.D. author of Spontaneous Healing and Eating Well for Optimum Health

In Meditation as Medicine, Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa shows us how the tremendous power of medical meditation can heal not only the body but also the mind and soul. I strongly recommend it. --Deepak Chopra, M.D. author of How to Know God

Product Description - Proven effective by scientific research and presented here by Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa and Cameron Stauth, the practice of Medical Meditation revolutionizes the healing process. By balancing and regenerating the body's ethereal and physical energies through simple meditations, Medical Meditation unites the mind, body, and spirit into a powerful triad.

Each Medical Meditation here has a specific physiological effect, targeting afflictions from arthritis to ulcers to cancer. Dr. Khalsa details the five unique attributes that endow this type of meditation with far more power than standard meditation. The combination of special postures and movements; exact positioning of the hands and fingers; particular mantras; specific breathing patterns; and a unique focus of concentration can change your entire biochemical profile, easing you into a calm, healing state. Practiced in conjunction with conventional or alternative medical treatments, cutting-edge Medical Meditation activates the healing force within you.


Finding Serenity in the Age of Anxiety by Robert Gerzon - Product Description - Are you among the millions affected by the stress and anxiety of modern life?

In this groundbreaking book, Robert Gerzon approaches the age-old problems of anxiety, stress, and fear from a new perspective, one that leads to personal and spiritual growth. He dispels the myth that all anxiety is bad and shows that it is a natural--even sacred--part of life. Gerzon brings the surprising message that "learning how to be anxious about the right things in the right way" may actually be our most direct route to serenity. In a brilliant analysis, he unravels three distinct strands from anxiety's tangled knot and demonstrates how to get them working for us instead of against us:

Transform Toxic Anxiety's exaggerated, self-destructive fears and worries into emotional healing and self-awareness.

Harness Natural Anxiety's arousal and excitement to surmount real dangers and take advantage of new opportunities.

Embrace Sacred Anxiety's sense of awe and wonder and its existential questions of meaning and purpose to discover your true self and the unique gift you have to give the world.

Destined to become a classic in the tradition of The Road Less Traveled, Finding Serenity in the Age of Anxiety offers inspiration and new insight into the most fundamental problem of human life. Weaving together psychology, spirituality, mindbody medicine, myth, case studies, and practical self-help techniques, Robert Gerzon's book can free you to live your life with greater passion and deeper serenity.

From the Publisher - "Robert Gerzon provides genuine insights into the powers we all possess to transform our lives and embrace the boundless opportunities for positive change." --Deepak Chopra, M.D., author of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

"In warm and inspiring prose, Gerzon offers understanding, practical help, and emotional support for all those who endure the fear and the relentless strains of modern life." --John Gray, author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

"Our anxious age desperately needs the lesson of this book." --Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Prayer Is Good Medicine


Kundalini Yoga Meditation: Techniques Specific for Psychiatric Disorders, Couples Therapy, and Personal Growth by David Shannahoff-khalsa - Editorial Reviews - Immediately practical and applicable. (Keeping in Touch: The United States Association for Body Psychotherapy Newsletter) REVIEW: A valuable and accessible tool for the psychotherapist and yoga teacher. (LifeForce Yoga News and Research)

Review - A valuable and accessible tool for the psychotherapist and yoga teacher.

Product Description - For several decades, yoga has been a popular mainstream approach to health conscious living, and is used by those with medical disorders. Now, following a bevy of recent research studies, yoga has exploded onto the mental health scene, and clinicians and patients alike are embracing the use of yoga to effectively help combat psychiatric disorders.

In Kundalini Yoga Meditation, Shannahoff-Khalsa--researcher, Kundalini yoga teacher for over 30 years, and worldwide authority in the field of alternative therapies for psychiatric disorders--weaves scientific insights, clinical trials, case histories, and disorder-specific techniques to explain how the ancient science of Kundalini yoga can be a useful stand-alone or supplemental treatment for psychiatric disorders.

Written for all those in the mental health profession, the book begins by laying out a number of landmark scientific studies based on Kundalini yoga, all of which have led to a new understanding of mind-body dynamics, physiological states, and ways of noninvasively altering the brain and body. Included are novel yogic concepts on rhythms of the brain, personality structure, models for the mind and consciousness, and other fundamentals to enhance our understanding of health and disease processes.

With this scientific overview in place, Shannahoff-Khalsa goes on to explore, chapter by chapter, how Kundalini yoga can be applied to the treatment of psychiatric disorders--including OCD and other anxiety disorders; major depressive disorders; bipolar disorders; addictive, impulse control, and eating disorders; insomnia and other sleep problems; chronic fatigue syndrome; ADHD and co-morbid disorders (conduct and oppositional defiant disorder); PTSD; and the abused and battered psyche. His work also illuminates the treatment of complex co-morbid disorder patients. Most importantly, each chapter includes the full set of disorder-specific meditation protocols and techniques described in complete detail--64 in total. Photographs help illustrate poses for easy simulation. The final section of the book covers the application of Kundalini yoga for individuals, couples, and groups in therapy, and includes an epilogue that discussed the future of psychiatry.

Mind-body medicine is at the forefront of current mental health research and treatment, and the introduction of this ancient technology of the mind into the equation is a major breakthrough in our understanding of improved treatment for a wide variety of psychiatric disorders. Kundalini Yoga Meditation skillfully introduces this exciting new frontier, and equips psychiatrists, psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, and other clinicians with the tools and techniques necessary to incorporate yogic meditation into their practices, and bring hope and healing to their clients.

About the Author - David Shannahoff-Khalsa is the Director of The Research Group for Mind-Body Dynamics, Institute for Nonlinear Science, University of California, San Diego. He has published widely in scientific journals and routinely presents at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meetings. He is a world authority in yogic medicine, a Kundalini Yoga teacher, and a leader in the field of alternative therapies for psychiatric disorders.


Meditation: Achieving Inner Peace and Tranquility In Your Life (Little Books and CDs) by Brian Weiss - Product Description - Weiss, presents a new book to help with the practice of meditation (a CD is also included to help guide people through the process).

In Stillness Conquer Fear: Overcoming Anxiety Through Meditation by Pauline McKinnon - Editorial Reviews - No information available at this time.

Words That Heal the Blues: Affirmations & Meditations for Living Optimally With Mood Disorders A Daily Mental Health Recovery Program by Douglas Bloch - Product Description - Every thought produces a neurochemical reaction that in turn affects the way we feel. With this in mind, author and counselor Douglas Bloch developed a daily program of self-care strategies to enhance one's mood. Based on his best-selling book Words That Heal, WORDS THAT HEAL THE BLUES uses the power of daily affirmations to alleviate the painful symptoms of depression, anxiety, addiction, and other mood disorders. Each day includes a self-care lesson, a series of affirmations, and an activity to help transform the lesson into positive action. These healing words will comfort and inspire you to let go of fear and worry, and let wellness and harmony into your life, one day at a time.

From the Publisher
* Includes a 30-day program for alleviating depression, anxiety, and negative thoughts and feelings, from the author of HEALING FROM DEPRESSION.
* According to the Surgeon General, 22 percent of all Americans experience a mental or emotional disorder in any given year, and 50 percent do so in their lifetime.
* Lessons include "Setting the Intention to Heal," "Letting Go of Worry," "Overcoming the Stigma of Depression," and "Finding Your Purpose."
* The original Words That Heal sold more than 85,000 copies and has been translated into five languages.


Yoga for Depression: A Compassionate Guide to Relieve Suffering Through Yoga by Amy Weintraub - Editorial Reviews - From Publishers Weekly - Long-time yoga teacher and writer Weintraub offers readers yoga as an alternative to antidepressants, which, she explains, treat the symptoms of the problem but not the whole person. By contrast, "a daily practice of yoga will bring your physical body and your emotional body into balance, restoring a sense of well-being and energy." Weaving in her own triumphant story and those of her students, Weintraub seems to beg readers to give yoga a chance to relieve their suffering. She constructs a convincing, if at times plodding, case by reviewing the medical evidence, such as the practice's impact on stress levels and the healing principles of yoga, which include developing both your energy and your self-awareness. Weintraub also discusses the roles of breathing and meditation, and, most interestingly, explains how holding certain poses can help release trauma that may be "stored" in the body. Although descriptions and pictures of specific stretches, poses and breathing exercises are scattered throughout, Weintraub encourages readers to use the book as a guide and to find a class taught by a qualified yoga instructor. Perhaps some readers will be motivated to do so because of the author's enthusiasm and well-researched material. But the New Age language-"Ishvara-pranidhana can mean that separations between you and your partner may begin to dissolve so that you experience the wholeness of sacred union with the divine through your partner"-might discourage others. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist - Depression has become a worldwide epidemic; in the U.S. alone more than 17 million Americans are diagnosed with clinical depression each year. Weintraub makes a viable case for incorporating yoga in the treatment of depression. A writer and yoga teacher, she suffered from debilitating chronic depression and spent many years on antidepressant medications. Through yoga, Weintraub was able to gradually go off medication, and she has been free of a recurrence of depression for more than 15 years. Through her own story and the stories of others, she defines and describes various types of depression, anxiety, and other emotional disorders, and offers yoga techniques for their treatment. Beyond anecdotal evidence, Weintraub presents summaries of several scientific studies that show that various yoga techniques have measurable effects on relieving depression for people all over the world. Jane Tuma - Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved


Meditations for Overcoming Depression by Joan Borysenko (Audio Cassette - Product Description - Learn how to combat depression and live life more joyfully!

The Zen Path Through Depression by Philip Martin - Editorial Reviews - Amazon.com Review - Since depression sometimes responds well to drugs, it's natural to think that, without medicinal intervention, we're helpless in the face of it. Like John Tarrant's groundbreaking Light Inside the Dark, Philip Martin's The Zen Path Through Depression offers a powerful alternative. A psychiatric social worker having recovered from depression himself, Martin is a sympathetic voice, urging the reader not to escape from depression or fight against it but to face it and work through it. He says that the mindfulness exercises appended to each short section of his book are optional, but they seem essential. It's true that the book could stand alone with its one- and two-page sections devoted to trenchant explorations of fear, death, sufficiency, choice. But the exercises bring you through the quagmire of depression and back into life. They are true experiences that untie knots impervious to thought alone. Instead of thinking your thoughts, you watch them, and where they can take you finally is back into joyful living. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly - At age 37, Buddhist scholar and psychiatric social worker Martin found himself in the grips of a depression that initially eluded his reliance on Buddhist practice to stay balanced. However, like Jonathan Zuess, M.D., the author of last year's The Wisdom of Depression, Martin eventually found in depression an unexpected opportunity for spiritual exploration. He has distilled the lessons he learned into 43 brief essays on topics such as pain, impermanence, death, faith and selflessness, each of which aim to encourage the patient to accept and examine depression rather than attempt to escape or heal it. In contrast to popular conceptions of Buddhism as "a dry, joyless, intellectual exercise," Martin asserts that "the path Buddha offered is one of turning toward and moving into joy." His meditative exercises will have a familiar ring to readers already versed in the subject. Among the more innovative ones are those dealing with thoughts of suicide and death, in which he recommends writing one's prospective obituary or imagining in detail the genuine effect of one's suicide on others, including those who discover the body. Agent, Scott Edelstein. Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review - "An insightful book that includes techniques drawn from his experience with Zen practice and his own major depression, for healing and/or working with depression...In his book, Martin writes movingly of the acute awareness of death, decay, and impermanence that was a major feature of his year-long depression." --Tricycle

"Philip Martin has written a wise, compassionate, and nurturing guide through the self-oppression of depression." --Harold H. Bloomfield, M.D., author of How to Heal Depression and Healing Anxiety Naturally

Product Description - Drawing on his own struggle, Philip Martin reveals another path people can travel to get through depression ­ one that not only eases the pain, but mends the spirit. Extremely accessible to people with little or no Zen experience as well as to longtime students of Buddhism, The Zen Path Through Depression shows how the insights and exercises of Zen offer relief for those suffering from depression. This groundbreaking guide shows how to cope and heal, and even how to see the experience as an opportunity for spiritual growth and learning. Leading readers step-by-step through a recovery process that uses walking meditation and other meditative ways of enhancing awareness, koans, and other Zen teachings, Martin offers true help and spiritual guidance on the path to healing and contentment.

About the Author - Philip Martin has worked as a psychiatric social worker and case manager for Washington County Community Services in Minnesota for many years. Martin has a degree in Buddhist psychology and is also a workshop leader.


Healing Depression the Mind-Body Way: Creating Happiness with Meditation, Yoga, and Ayurveda by Nancy Liebler and Sandra Moss - Product Description - Ayurveda is the world's oldest system of natural medicine, originating in India thousands of years ago. Yoga, now practiced by tens of millions of Americans, is derived from it. This unique book reveals the ancient yet ultramodern Ayurvedic perspective on depression. Filled with time-tested techniques to untangle the root of depression, it offers a holistic approach that includes wisdom on yoga, breathing techniques, meditation, nutrition, exercise, lifestyle, and spirituality.

Nancy Liebler, PhD (Bloomfield Hills, MI), is a clinical psychologist, professor, and lecturer. Liebler is on the board of the David Lynch Foundation and has spearheaded conferences for Stress-Free Schools. Sandra Moss, MSPH (Ann Arbor, MI), is an Ayurvedic practitioner in private practice. An active researcher and writer, Moss lectures and consults throughout the country.


The Instinct to Heal: Curing Depression, Anxiety and Stress Without Drugs and Without Talk Therapy by David Servan-Schreiber - Editorial Reviews - "Written with grace and elegance, this book might well become the most important mental health landmark of this generation."-Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D., author of Flow, Creativity, and The Evolving Self

"A brilliant, absorbing synthesis of science, experience, and thought . . . essential reading for all those who want to understand the frontiers of mind-body health."-Michael Lerner, Ph.D., author of Choices in Healing

"This refreshing alternative is sound. Highly recommended."-Library Journal "A fascinating account of unorthodox approaches to treating the emotional brain and mind."-Joseph LeDoux, Ph.D., author of The Emotional Brain

Product Description - Millions of Americans try drugs or talk therapy to relieve depression and anxiety, but recent scientific studies prove certain alternative treatments can work as well or better-often bringing on a cure. In this extraordinary international bestseller, award-winning psychiatrist and neuroscientist David Servan-Schreiber, M.D., Ph.D., presents seven natural approaches, each with proven results, that together form a treatment plan that builds on the body's relationship to the brain, yielding faster, more dramatic, and permanent changes. People who want to leave suffering behind now can live joyful, happy lives.

About the Author - DAVID SERVAN-SCHREIBER, M.D., PH.D., is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and has published more than 90 scientific monographs. He is one of the original founders of Doctors Without Borders, USA.


Facing Life's Challenges: Daily Meditations for Overcoming Depression, Grief, and "the Blues" by Amy Dean - Product Description - Daily meditations that suggest a simple "mental conditioning exercise that can help muster an optimistic attitude even when things are most chaotic.

Peace of Mind: Daily Meditations for Easing Stress by Amy E. Dean - Editorial Reviews - Stressful tension can be overwhelming, stifling, and frightening. This little book suggests getting in touch with a peaceful side through relaxation exercises and meditative reflections promoting stress reduction. Packed with approaches and suggestions. --Midwest Book Review

Product Description - When facing demands at work, dealing with emotional situations at home, or struggling with a relationship, stressful thoughts and feelings can be overwhelming and may cause stress-related physical or emotional problems. This meditational will help readers identify the source of their stress and will offer techniques to reduce unhealthy tension, anger and frustration.


The Depression Book: Depression As an Opportunity for Spiritual Practice by Cheri Huber - Customer Review - This is a must read! - By "urzula" (Chicago) - This book turned my life around. I first picked it up in 1996 and I have never felt better. I have bought copies for my friends because I feel that it is so important for people who are looking to get out of the cycle of depression. I can't say enough great things about this book.

Genuine Happiness: Meditation as the Path to Fulfillment by B. Alan Wallace and His Holiness the Dalai Lama - Editorial Reviews - From Publishers Weekly - Wallace, founder of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies, explores key Buddhist meditation-related concepts that aid the "conquest of our inner obscurations" and "present a path to inner fulfillment and human flourishing." He first examines several particular methods--such as "mindfulness of breathing"--for cultivating shamatha, a state of "meditative quiescence" in which people's capacity for attention is refined and stabilized. They can then use these techniques to make a direct, delusion-free investigation of their own bodies, feelings and thoughts. These insights, in turn, help them nurture hearts of compassion and equanimity and, ultimately, realize more advanced teachings such as cultivating bodhichitta (a "spirit of awakening"), dream yoga and a highly developed meditation technique known as dzogchen. Wallace's discussions are usually clear and helpful (on why meditation works: "sustained, continuous effort can actually reconfigure your brain"), and his questions invite readers to see for themselves if his assertions resonate. Moreover, each chapter contains guided meditations to help readers encounter the teachings more directly. Nevertheless, the text can become dense and self-referential, and if readers miss a particular point early on, the effectiveness of later sections may be lessened. The result is a solid‹if advanced‹examination of some key Buddhist meditation techniques that will appeal to the serious student more than the casual seeker. (Apr.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Review - "[Genuine Happiness]...is a practical guide." (Publishers Weekly, February 14, 2005)




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