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Natural Relief for Anxiety and Stress: A Practical Guide is a nonfiction self-help health and wellness book written by Gustavo Kinrys, M.D. and Alexandra Gold, M.A. Anxiety and stress seem to be an integral part of living in modern society, but the fact remains that these disorders can have serious and lasting effects upon one’s emotional and physical well-being. And while there are pharmacological remedies that can be prescribed by one’s physician or obtained over the counter, those medicines often have side effects or can be habit forming. The authors discuss the causes and effects of stress and anxiety; describe the symptoms often signalling those conditions; and offer ways to alleviate the problems experienced. They also introduce Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT as an effective and natural way to come to terms with those things which bring on stress responses and to effect lasting change. There is a chapter which includes nutrition-based remedies such as inositol, l-lysine and l-arginine as well as one which delves into herbs and flowers and the ways stress and anxiety can be treated with those natural remedies.
Natural Relief for Anxiety and Stress is a well-written and comprehensive guide that is suitable for both the novice and the more experienced student of natural remedies. I’ve read a number of books on the subjects of herbs, CBT and relaxation techniques, and was quite impressed with the breadth and depth of the topics the authors covered while maintaining a format that is easy to read and understand. I especially appreciated their discussions on nutrients, herbs and relaxation techniques as well as their chapter on stress and anger management. I especially liked what I found in the Appendix where the authors present tables summarizing many of the remedies they discuss in the book, a shopping guide and an extensive list of recommended readings. Natural Relief for Anxiety and Stress: A Practical Guide is most highly recommended.