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Drumming Is More Effective than Antidepressants, Study Suggests

Shamanic Drum Journey, Health Mind Happy SoulGuest Writer

As our scientific and cultural understanding of mental health continues to progress, finding solutions for people struggling with depression become increasingly important. Long gone are the days when people who were struggling with mental health issues were locked up in prison-like asylums. However, modern drugs can often have a similarly oppressive effect on sufferers, as people’s emotional responses are numbed and they become unable to experience highs as well as lows.

These drugs are often thrown around without caution, and they fail to acknowledge the circumstances behind the individual’s depressive state. They attempt to treat the symptoms rather than the root cause. A group of UK-based researchers seems to have found an unlikely cure – group drumming.

The study, which was conducted earlier this year, worked with a group of 30 adults who were already being treated for depression but had refused the use of antidepressants. The participants were split into two groups, one being assigned a 90-minute group drumming session once a week and the control group enrolling in quiz nights and other social activities. All drumming sessions were conducted on traditional African djembe drums, with the group sat together in a circle.

The ten-week study involved participants who were matched exactly regarding their ethnicity, gender, age and employment status. Over the course of the ten weekly observations, the groups were monitored psychologically and physically for signs of depression. The results were overwhelming!

After ten weeks the drumming group had significantly improved their mental health. There was a clear reduction in depression and anxiety, as well as a vast improvement in the social resilience of each individual involved. Physically, every member of the drumming group shifted from a pro-inflammatory immune profile to anti-inflammatory. The study proved both the benefits of communal drumming and the link between mental health and underlying inflammatory immune responses.

The control group saw very minimal improvements and in the follow-up tests three months later; the drumming group had maintained their improved state of mental health. One theory as to why the drumming circle works is that the activity of producing music, alongside the sense of community that the circle gave the participants, led to an increased feeling of fulfillment and gave them something to look forward to each week.

The reason for the vast improvement is open for debate. However, the results are indisputable. The ancient art of group drumming helps people with depression and boosts your health. These findings and other associated research could continue to alter the way we view and treat mental health issues.

It is a move towards a future where doctors recommend drug-free solutions that treat us all as individuals rather than treating mental health sufferers as broken cogs in the machine.  A future set to the rhythmic sound of drums.

Study link

*Article originally appeared at The Hearty Soul.


The drum, sometimes called the shaman’s horse, provides a simple and effective way to induce ecstatic trance states. When a drum is played at an even tempo of three to four beats per second for at least fifteen minutes, most novices report that they can journey successfully even on their first attempt.

Shamanic journeying may be undertaken for purposes of divination and for personal healing. Its a way of communicating with your inner guidance and spirit self and receiving information.

Your inner self is in constant communication with all aspects of your environment, seen and unseen. You need only journey within to find answers to your questions.

If you are curious about the healing art of shamanic journeying and shamanic practices, you might be interested in exploring Walking the Path of Purpose Mentorship.

Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

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How to Treat Anxiety & Depression Without Medication

Healing, Health Mind Happy SoulGuest Writer
How to Treat Anxiety & Depression without Medication

It’s normal to feel a little apprehensive from time to time. Let’s face it–life can be stressful. All of us worry about things like financial problems, work, family struggles, or health. But sometimes anxiety can become so severe that completing simple, everyday tasks is difficult. When this occurs, it may be a sign of generalized anxiety disorder.

People with generalized anxiety disorder worry about many things, even when there is little reason to worry. Their stress level is so high that it interferes with their relationships and day-to-day activities.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in America. Approximately 6.8 million adults suffer from generalized anxiety disorder and women are twice as likely to be affected as men.  It often starts during adolescence and symptoms tend to magnify during stressful periods in life.

Signs of Anxiety in Women

  • Constant feelings of worry and tension
  • Worrying about simple, everyday tasks
  • Inability to relax
  • Unrealistic view of problems
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Restlessness and being “on edge” or easily startled
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Frequent headaches
  • Depression symptoms
  • Muscle tension, aches and body pains
  • Trembling or twitching
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Sweating
  • Feeling light-headed or short of breath
  • Stomach pains and nausea
  • Feeling the need to go to the bathroom frequently

Medications to Treat Anxiety

Common medications used to treat generalized anxiety disorder include benzodiazepines such as Xanax, Valium, and Ativan. The problem with these medications is that they are highly addictive. When a person becomes dependent on these chemicals, they can develop further psychological and physical distress as well as experience withdrawal symptoms if they stop taking the medicine. Sometimes, antidepressants are prescribed to treat chronic anxiety and panic attacks. These medications include Paxil, Effexor, Prozac, Lexapro, and Zoloft. However, these medications can cause a slew of side effects and often are ineffective.[2]

Lavender Reduces Signs of Anxiety in Women : research shows that lavender oil is just as effective as Xanax, Valium, or Prozac for signs of anxiety in women.

Lavender Reduces Signs of Anxiety in Women : research shows that lavender oil is just as effective as Xanax, Valium, or Prozac for signs of anxiety in women.

Lavender Oil is an Effective Non-Drug Alternative

Lavender is an herb that has been proven effective by leading researchers as a natural remedy for treating signs of anxiety. In a study published in the journal Phytomedicine, lavender oil was shown to be just as effective as the pharmaceutical drug lorazepam (Ativan). Furthermore, lavender oil showed no sedative effects (a common side effect of lorazepam) and it had no potential for drug abuse or dependence.[3] Other studies have confirmed the anti-anxiety properties of lavender as well as many other medicinal benefits:

  • Lavender helps with restlessness, nervousness and insomnia.[4,5]
  • Lavender helps with depression symptoms.[6,7]
  • Lavender can be used for painful and inflammatory conditions including migraines and joint pain.[8]
  • Lavender can help people who suffer from agitation related to dementia.[9,10]

How to Take Lavender Oil to Calm Nervousness and Other Signs of Anxiety

Lavender essential oil in liquid format, lavender leaves and lavender flowers are more readily available than capsules and can be added to bath water.  Six drops of lavender oil extract or 1/4 to 1/2 cup of dried lavender flowers may be added to bath water.  You can prepare lavender tea using 1 to 2 tbsp. of whole, dried flowers for each cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 to 15 minutes, and use a tea infuser or strain before drinking.

Precautions

Lavender used as aromatherapy or by mouth may increase the amount of drowsiness when taken in combination with pharmaceutical medications such as benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Valium), narcotics such as codeine, or certain antidepressants. If you are taking prescription medications, consultation with a healthcare practitioner is strongly advised.

Source: http://universityhealthnews.com/daily/stress-anxiety/lavender-reduces-signs-of-anxiety-in-women/

Other Natural Remedies for Depression and Anxiety

The effects of stress on your mental and physical health are being studied more intensively these days. Anxiety can be considered a type of stress response, typically involving a sense of fear, dread, or apprehension. Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT can be very effective for reducing anxiety by correcting the bioelectrical short-circuiting that causes your body's reactions—without adverse effects. You can think of EFT as a tool for "reprogramming" your circuitry, and it works on both real and imagined stressors.

EFT is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture for more than 5,000 years to treat physical and emotional ailments, but without the invasiveness of needles. Following a 2012 review in the American Psychological Association's journal Review of General Psychology, EFT is moving closer to meeting the criteria for an "evidence-based treatment."

Recent research has shown that EFT significantly increases positive emotions, such as hope and enjoyment, and decreases negative emotional states, including anxiety. EFT is particularly powerful for treating stress and anxiety because it specifically targets your amygdala and hippocampus, which are the parts of your brain that help you decide whether or not something is a threat.

Energy Medicine Practitioner EFT Pracitioner

Although you can learn the basics of EFT on your own, if you or someone you know has serious anxiety disorder, and you are interested in learning more about EFT you can book an appointment with Chloë → here. She is a professionally trained EFT practitioner.

 

What It's Like to Have 'High-Functioning' Anxiety

This kind of high functioning, isn't healthy, isn't success. Isn't sustainable. There is help, and there is good living beyond the anxiety. I know, I've been there and I've recovered.


Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!