Before sharing natural remedies for anxiety we need to understand well the concept of stress and anxiety as there has been much confusion over its meaning. With a better understanding of its mechanism of action, we will be better prepared to prevent and manage it.
Hans Seyle coined the term in 1936. He defined it as “the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change”. Seyle noted, in numerous experiments, that laboratory animals subjected to acute but different noxious physical and emotional stimuli (blaring light, deafening noise, extremes of heat or cold, perpetual frustration) all exhibited the same pathologic changes of stomach ulcerations, shrinkage of lymphoid tissue and enlargement of the adrenals. He later demonstrated the development of illnesses in animals with long term exposure such as heart attacks, stroke, kidney disease and rheumatoid arthritis.