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Acupuncture, aromatherapy and massage therapy are a few of several natural remedies that can help to reduce stress-related heart disease.

Acupuncture: Acupuncture has been used for approximately 3000 years for optimal health. Studies have proven acupuncture to reduce the heart rate, lower blood pressure, and increase heart health in those living with heart failure. Acupuncture is calming and allows the body to destress naturally.

Herbal remedies: Herbal remedies such as lavender, chamomile, and valerian can help to reduce stress and improve heart health. Teas are another wonderful way to implement these herbs into your life, sip on it while you are meditating or enjoying your 15 minutes of quiet time.

Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy can help to reduce stress/anxiety and improve heart health. Research shows Basil, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lavender and Ylang Ylang can help reduce blood pressure and heart rate and promote relaxation.

Massage Therapy: Massage can help to reduce stress and improve heart health. According to research massage can decrease blood pressure and heart rate, relieve anxiety and improve mood and emotional states. Many places offer membership options to keep you on track with your self care.

Yoga: Yoga can help to reduce stress and improve heart health with a new study suggesting that regular yoga practice may be linked to reduced anxiety and fewer shock-related cardiac episodes.

Meditation: Meditation can help to reduce stress and improve heart health. Research has confirmed those who practice meditation are significantly less likely to have a heart attack or stroke. Meditation turns off our “flight or fight response” and activates our “rest and digest” functions, allowing our body to be calm and heal.

Using a combination of natural remedies is most effective but if you are only able to do one at a time it can be helpful as well. Remember to discuss any herbal therapies and aromatherapies with your practitioner as some may interact with medications.