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  • Introduction 1

  • 2 Stress Relief – Through Holistic and Alternative Therapies

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  • Introduction 3

    PREFACE We all experience stress on a daily basis. Although stress is caused by many factors, researchers conclude that

    stress triggers one of the two basic reactions-active fighting or passive flight ( running away or acceptance), the so — called fight — or flight response. Physiologically, this stress response is a biochemical " Passing gear" involving hormonal changes that mobilise the body for extraordinary demands. Imagine how our prehistoric ancestors responded to the stress associated with a charging saber-toothed tiger. To avoid being eaten, they could stand their ground and fight their beast or run away. In either case, their bodies would have been organised by an identical hormonal change, involving the release of adrenaline into the bloodstream.

    In today's hectic urbanised and industrialised society, changing beasts have been replaced by problems such as deadlines, role conflict and ambiguity, financial responsibilities, traffic congestion, noise and air pollution, family problems, and work overload. As with our ancestors, our response to stress may or may not trigger negative side-effects, including headaches, ulcers, insomnia, heart attacks, high blood pressure and strokes. The same stress response that helped our prehistoric ancestors survive has, too often, become factors that seriously impair, our daily lives.

    Since stress and its consequences are manageable, it is important for managers to learn as much as they can about occupational stress The focus is on some approaches which specialise in helping with stress management directly.

    This book is made up of three parts. Part I – Introduction - Stress, Emotion, Brain and Alternative Therapies. Review of Literature Part II – Research - Research Findings. Part III – Western and Eastern Healing Methods. My presentation is as simple as possible for the common people to make it useful to all readers. In this book, I

    have written about many Western and Eastern therapies for healing and leading a happy and long life. Finally, I hope by adopting some of the remedial measures, managers will be able to create a stress-free office and the efficiency of the organisation will be elevated and the morale of the employees will be high with better performance.

    The students, research scholars and other professionals will be benefited by going through the various chapters of the book and get stress relief.

    Any suggestion is welcome which will be incorporated in the next edition of the book for the welfare of the readers. Finally Remember, that the Stress Management Plan is meant to act as a guide to help you focus on particular aspects

    of your circumstances that you may not have otherwise considered. We must point out that most of our distress results from our interactions with others and that in this book, we cannot prescribe individual tailor-made solutions. Each of us has to work on our own stress management plan, according to our own individual situation. We wish you success in managing stress by being wise about your stress.

    First of all, you must consult a physician or a Doctor before you start the treatment. As they can guide you to a better life and they know which therapy is suitable for you and can solve your specific problems. Wish you all a long and happy life.

    Dr. P.K. Dutta Author

    Mailing Address:[email protected] Dutta Nivas

    House No. 82, J.C. Chakroborty Road,

    P.O. & Vill. Duillya (ANDUL) - 711302 Dist. Howrah (W.B.) India.

  • 4 Stress Relief – Through Holistic and Alternative Therapies

    CONTENTS

    PART I

    1. Introduction ..............................................................................................................1-10

    2. Review of Literature ................................................................................................ 11-44

    3. The Stress Factor ................................................................................................... 45-125

    4. Biological Components ..................................................................................... 126 – 155

    5. The Nervous System ......................................................................................... 156 – 173

    6. Arousal and Stress ............................................................................................ 174 – 180

    7. Stress and Pain ................................................................................................. 181 – 191

    PART II

    8. Research Methodolody ..................................................................................... 192 – 244

    9. Research Findings ............................................................................................ 245 – 250

    PART III

    10. Alternative and Complementary Therapies ........................................................ 251 – 267

    11. Holistic Therapies – Complementary Treatements ............................................. 268 – 291

    12. Ayurveda ......................................................................................................... 292 – 322

    13. Herbal Healing ................................................................................................ 323 – 341

    14. Aromatheraphy, Rekhi ...................................................................................... 342 – 351

    15. Yoga Mantra Meditation ................................................................................... 352 – 381

    16. Beating Stress with Alternative Therapies .......................................................... 382 – 405

    17. Homeopathy .................................................................................................... 406 – 435

    18. Stress Management ........................................................................................... 436 – 473

    19. Development of Holistic Therapies ................................................................... 474 – 485

    20. Conclusion ...................................................................................................... 486 – 503

    21. Self Assessment — Stress Audit ......................................................................... 504 – 512

    22. References ........................................................................................