One in 7 Australians will experience depression in their lifetime. Anxiety disorders affect 14% of all people aged 16-85 in Australia. These are big numbers (3.28 million people with depression in their lifetime), and with modern hectic lifestyles, this occurrence is likely to increase.
It’s easy to take the brain and nervous system for granted, but they are involved in every single process in the body and once they cease to operate, death will occur. When the nervous system becomes ill or diseased, there are often severe consequences ranging from multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, to depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder. What causes them? Toxins, prescribed medications, recreational drugs, alcohol, lack of nutrients and antioxidants and gene susceptibility will all contribute.
How it works
The nervous system is the processing centre of the body divided up into the central nervous system (CNS) which consists of the brain and spinal cord and the peripheral nervous system (PNS) which innervates the organs and extremities of body, taking information to and from the CNS. The CNS is the control centre of the body, regulating what sensory information is acted on, all the internal processes of the body that are responsible for keeping us alive, memory, emotion and so on.
The PNS is further divided into the somatic nervous system (which gives us voluntary control over our movements) and the autonomic nervous system which takes care of all the day to day activities that are not under voluntary control (like keeping the heart beating, digestion and our metabolism).
Biochemistry of the brain
In order for our neurones to operate correctly, the cells need to be able to send messages to each other across synapses by use of chemicals known as neurotransmitters. Some of the better known neurotransmitters are serotonin, dopamine, GABA and acetylcholine. An imbalance of these has been strongly linked to the development of mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety. Depletion of these neurotransmitters can happen through use of certain drugs, poor diet, stress, sleep deprivation or lack of production due to genetic factors.
How natural therapy can help
During your consultation and in conjunction with your patient history, neurotransmitter levels can be assessed, then a treatment plan may be implemented. A wide variety of herbal medicines and nutritional supplements are able to produce beneficial effects on the brain by influencing neurotransmitters and their receptors, helping not only with mood, but also sleep and feelings of well-being.
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