After the article on the fight or flight response came out I started getting requests for more information on how I release that from the body. Great questions.
What is the fight or flight response?
To review, the fight or flight response is an instinctual and physical reaction to a threat. This was very important in ancient times since attacks from wild animals or other humans could be sudden and deadly. The reaction causes a lot of very powerful chemicals to be released into the body causing intense changes to the physiology and chemistry. At one time it was essential for the body’s survival.
The threat doesn’t have to be real as the response is emotional, and emotions don’t need a reason. In other words, you don’t have to have an animal jumping out at you, your boss yelling at you or a near miss on the freeway will do it. How we respond to any situation is strictly individual and has to do with many factors that I won’t go into here.
The problem is that we don’t have a way to release from the chemicals that are released into the body. Ancient people used to run away from the animal or fight it off which would burn off the chemicals that are the fight or flight response.
Today we just don’t have that luxury — we have to sit in the car feeling our heart pound, or take it when some authority figure is doing their thing. And, that’s not all, processed foods cause the same chemicals reactions. There’s a little more to it than the above, but the result is that the body gets stuck in the fight or flight response.
That is a condition you don’t want to have constantly going on in your body. The body shuts down everything except what is needed to get out of there. This causes many physical conditions that you can read about in this fight or flight article.
What are some fight or flight problems?
The list of conditions that chronic fight or flight can be responsible for is long including: digestion problems, anxiety, immune system dysfunctions, toxicity, slow wound healing, constipation, high heart rate, heart palpitations and loss of libido. One of the worst is that nothing seems to help a physical condition, that is, supplements, herbs and even medication don’t seem to help physical and emotional problems. Even life issues like, ‘nothing seems to work in my life,’ can result from chronic fight or flight.
Fight or flight and adrenal fatigue
The chemicals that are used in fight or flight are mostly produced by the adrenal glands. Adrenal fatigue is sure to follow when there is chronic fight or flight. The issue can become even worse as the brain chemistry is usually affected if this goes on long enough.
What you can do to heal fight or flight.
If you want to find out how to take care of the fight or flight response with herbs and supplements I suggest you get Adrenal Fatigue — Get Your Life Back. It gives a lot of details of what you can do to heal the condition.
The main thing that would help would be a very long vacation. Short of that you can get calming herbs either from the health food store, or online. You want to look for ground up herbs in capsules. Tinctures aren’t usually of good quality and so won’t work. Also, get something with an assortment of herbs in them because they have a synergistic effect.
How to heal from fight or flight fast
If you’d like to speed up your healing then you might like to consider a phone consultation with me. I have a very limited amount of time to do phone sessions, but I am offering them because so many people have asked for help.
You can email me through the contact tab above to set up a time. Tell me what your availability is and be sure to include your phone number or skype id if you are out of the US and Canada as well as what time zone you’re in.
Usually I can get people out of the deepest level of fight or flight within a few minutes. I use applied kinesiology to find and clear the emotion(s) that are causing your fight or flight. If there is a life issue then you may need another treatment as stress can cause it to come back. But, there are other things you can do about that. Let me know in the comments if you’d like me to go into some of those in another article.