By Monique Zamir, BounceBack Editorial Staff
Broken-heart syndrome may seem like a fabricated name to describe in three fitting words how awful you feel after you go through a relationship breakup. Well, you're in for a surprise. It is an actual syndrome that, in its most extreme state, is coined as stress cardiomyopathy, something that results in severe but reversible heart muscle weakness that can mimic a heart attack. This happens when people undergoing extremely stressful situations, like the loss of a loved one, experience a surge of stress hormones like adrenaline (epinephrine). This, of course, is the most severe consequence of broken-heart syndrome.
However, there are key symptomatic physiological reactions to a broken heart are exhibited by sufferers of an achy heart, though they may not be as severe as a weakened heart. Five of the key symptoms include insomnia, nausea, mental lethargy, fatigue, and anxiety. For those of you that do want to avoid taking chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs, there are natural herbal remedies that can help you to alleviate these symptoms:
Insomnia is a fairly common plague of the broken-hearted, you may feel too anxious, shocked or depressed to fall asleep. In such instances, you can try herbs like lavender in its aromatic form or even as a tea; the plant contains sedating phytochemicals that can help you to fall asleep. Other herbs that have similar effects are chamomile and valerian root.
Nausea is another common ailment, and can be cured by numerous remedies. An effective one is ginger root. Capsulated ginger is preferable because you can get more concentrated doses in smaller forms (most people don't have the tolerance to consume the raw ginger required for its desired effects.) If you have mild symptoms, ginger ale or ginger snaps may also work.
Mental lethargy can be particularly inhibitive towards your lifestyle, there are, however, ways to bypass it. Firstly, examine your diet. Vegetables, fruits-especially berries and even dark chocolate (for the antioxidants) can all help you in improving your mental clarity. They contain elements like folic acid and vitamin K, which are thought to help in proper brain functioning.
Oil of basil and black pepper have also been used by herbalists as aids for improving mental clarity.
Fatigue is a natural derivative of insomnia but can be aided by things other than stimulants like caffeine. Ginseng has been scientifically shown to lengthen mental and physical endurance, and can be prescribed for chronic fatigue. Oats, in medicinal doses, have also shown to provide aid for those suffering from exhaustion. Finally, wormwood and mugwort, both kinds of bitter herbs, can help improve your digestive processes, thereby giving you a boost in your overall energy.
Anxiety is another common factor of broken heart syndrome. The California poppy, the state flower of California, can help to relieve you of your anxiety. It is closely related to the opium poppy, it is calming and has anti-inflammatory qualities to it, but it lacks the opium poppy's addictive and disorientating qualities. It can induce relaxation in lower doses and sleep in higher doses.
So, if you're feeling any of the above symptoms after a relationship breakup or divorce, look into these natural remedies for help to bounce back and move forward! Of course, you may want to consult a doctor if you are on other medications.
Any other suggestions for natural remedies to help heartbreak?
Monique is a writer and recent college graduate transitioning to the working world. She currently resides in New York.
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