Articles — Mood & Stress Management

The Numerous benefits of Mucuna Pruriens

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The Numerous benefits of Mucuna Pruriens

  Mucuna Pruriens is also known as Velvet Bean Extract.  It is an established herbal medicine, containing L-dopa, also known as levodopa, which is linked to improvements in nervous disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.  Known as the magic Velvet Bean, powder from all parts of the plant are believed to have powerful medicinal properties. Mucuna is a legume and is grown in tropical and sub-tropical regions in the world.  Good news for growers is that the plant is a vigorous climber and is widely cultivated in China as a crop.  It is one of the most popular green crops in...

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Natural Ways to Treat Depression

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Natural Ways to Treat Depression

What is depression? Depression is more than just feeling blue.  We all go through varying mood states, depending on events in our life and the make-up of our bodily chemicals at that moment in time.  These emotions, even if they present as deeply sad, do not constitute depression as such.  Prolonged sadness or feelings of despair should certainly be taken notice of and advice sought.  However, depression is most often a result of a physiological imbalance of chemicals in the brain that bring about a deeper, more difficult low mood.  This chemical imbalance can be a result of genetics or...

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How Stress Causes the Body to Deteriorate

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How Stress Causes the Body to Deteriorate

Stress is a natural mental reaction to both good and bad experiences. The body responds to stress by releasing hormones and increasing heart rate. We can be physiologically experiencing stress yet mentally numb to it because we have become so tolerant of it. Stress can be triggered by the pressures of everyday life at home, school or work. Some have become so adapted to the pressures, irritations and annoyances of life that it starts to seem normal. These small stressors can accumulate quickly and we may not realize how they impair our emotional and mental well-being until it shows drastic...

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How Estrogen Affects Women’s Emotions

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How Estrogen Affects Women’s Emotions

Estrogen is a hormone that is vital for a woman’s sexual and reproductive development. This hormone is also found in men, albeit in small amounts. It has a range of functions in a woman’s menstrual cycle and in controlling the growth of the uterine lining during the first part of the cycle. Estrogen also affects processes of both the brain and body. A series of complex mechanisms is directly influenced by the presence and lack of this hormone. Neurotransmitters in the hippocampus, prefrontal lobes, and amygdala are affected by estrogen. These three areas in the brain are highly related to...

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