How to Heal Chronic Fight or Flight

Healing Fight or Flight

Healing Fight or Flight

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.

Meet the Author

Hello and welcome to my blog! There are several reasons I decided to start writing a blog on natural self-healing. The main thing I want to do is to share information on health and healing so that people can take action to heal themselves using natural techniques. I have met so many people who couldn't afford natural health care. They may have had health insurance, but they didn't trust that model. Many people want to know how to be healthy naturally. They want to know what really works and what doesn't. They want to be health conscious and often fail because of poor information, lack of knowledge, bad science and other factors. This blog is intended to help demystify the body and its various functions and to help people understand what is really needed to obtain optimum health. One of the great things about knowledge of the body is that once you know and understand how it works it becomes easy to know what the right things to do for it. And, it is much easier to do the right things when the consequences of the wrong things are fully understood. To do this I will be drawing from the knowledge of many people that I have learned from. I will talk about biochemistry relating that to what is needed to obtain optimum health. There will be information about the physical structure of the body and how to keep that aligned and functioning well. A major part of yoga has to do with health, so information about yogic techniques will be included. Mental and emotional health are important for the health of the body/mind, so articles about these topics will be included. And, there will be an occasional article about me and what I am up to. Hopefully I can relate that back to some health issue as well. The title Self Adjusting Technique comes from my technique for self-adjusting the structural part of the body, that is adjusting the body's various vertebrae and joints. For this blog it will include the idea of how to adjust health issues for yourself and those you care about. With a little knowledge there is a lot people can do to help heal themselves and stay healthy. I want to explain complex information about the body in a way that is easy to understand and useful. The comments section will help in that goal as people can ask for clarification if there is something they don't understand. And maybe we can get some helpful input from people smarter than me that will benefit us all. I hope you find information that can help you with your health issues. Kalidasa

16 comments… add one
  • Larry Mar 1, 2012, 5:15 pm


    I would like to get your book on Adrenal Fatigue, but I don’t want to use my business PayPal account to purchase it. Do you have any other suggestions.

    I am also possibly interested in setting up a time to talk to you.

    I look forward to hearing back from you soon!


    Larry Albright

  • Larry Mar 1, 2012, 5:28 pm

    Hi again Kalidasa,

    I was curious how you use applied kinesiology over the phone and I forgot to ask you in my first post.

    Thanks again,


  • Kalidasa Mar 1, 2012, 5:30 pm

    @Larry, Other options paypal offer are Eckeck where you can use your checking account, and it takes credit cards as well. Also, it is available on Amazon now as a physical book, I got that up recently. Search for Adrenal Fatigue Get Your Life Back. You can email me for a consultation, use the contact tab above. Payment can also be through paypal or you can mail a check if you’d rather.

  • Kalidasa Mar 1, 2012, 5:36 pm

    @Larry I do surrogate testing, it works pretty good.

  • aqua Mar 11, 2012, 5:47 pm

    How to Heal Chronic Fight or Flight-???
    Probably a good idea to address the topic, which you dont.

  • Anca Jun 23, 2012, 2:24 am


    You said you can give us more details about how to get out of the fight or flight response. Please, write more about this.
    Thank you very much for the important information.

    best regards,

  • Kalidasa Jun 23, 2012, 6:45 am

    There’s really not a lot more I can say about this other than in other articles I have already posted like this one on the HPA axis. I’ll think about it though.

  • Barbara Aug 2, 2016, 5:24 pm

    My mom passed away and i entered into severe anxiety as a result. Stuck in fight or flight for months. Issue was fear of being alone and unsupported in the world. Unconscious on my part, but figured it out. More inner child freaking out. My applied kinesiologst worked on the HPA axis a lot. I got better slowly, but since i sold my childhood home, it came back full force. Its hellish. How do you find and clear the emotion?

  • Kalidasa Aug 2, 2016, 6:42 pm

    So sorry to hear about your mother. Losing someone is very likely to cause a major fight or flight reaction. Since you have an Applied Kinesiology practitioner you can have them do this for you, or contact me for a phone session if you like. For the deepest F/F you make the statement, “I chose to be happy,” then they test an indicator muscle. If you go weak then you have a massive psychological reversal. The next step is to determine how many emotions there are. Then the practitioner clears them one at a time using whatever technique they use. I find that The Emotion Code is the best. I hope this helps.

  • Julio Sep 28, 2016, 3:28 am


    I’ve been in a chronic fight or flight for a while now. I’m in chronic hypervigilance as well. Is it true that with chronic fight or flight.. you can develop a pain in the spinal cord? It felt like this pain crept up from my back and “pushed” me into hypervigilance/derealization, if that makes sense. It doesn’t go away and I don’t know how to get it away.

  • Kalidasa Sep 29, 2016, 10:17 am

    I don’t remember having a case like yours where fight or flight causes pain in the back, it usually starts in the neck. But, it certainly is possible. The way to get it to go away is to treat the adrenals and take nervine herbs to stop the stress cycle — stress causes the release of stress hormones that cause stress… Removing the emotional trigger from the body with Applied Kinesiology techniques can help speed things along. Let me know if you’d like to have a phone consultation and I’ll do what I can to help.

  • connie Jul 11, 2017, 2:29 pm

    No cure for PTSD, HPA axis dysfunction, the depression, adrenal fatigue IT is prevention of child abuse and neglect and the horrors repeatedly going on. Neuro has not come any further than the invention of the wheel. Shame on them

  • S Khan Feb 9, 2020, 12:02 am

    I see the comments are old but still would like to ask my question anyway… Perhaps you can get a notification and answer me. How to heal the adrenals/HPA axis/stress if the emotional abuse is ongoing (by spouse)? Let’s just say he was emotionally abused during his childhood, as well as severe financial issues while growing up. He is doing fine now but his sudden mood swings, and greed for money (we’re in debt now partly due to my digestive health, but he was always like this), I’ve come to realize that he is the cause of my fight or flight & sympathetic dominance & my digestive downfall (all my tests are normal; functional tests too except mold & mycotoxins which came positive).

  • Kalidasa Feb 9, 2020, 5:17 pm

    I am writing an article that should help you out with your issues. And, I will email you directly to get you started on a technique you can do that should at least help with the stress.

    Here is the article for you on the HPA Axis, Adrenal Fatigue And Digestive Problems.

    I didn’t mention it in the article, but the infections you tested for can be helped with a phone session if you like. Let me know how it goes.

  • Valerie Feb 20, 2020, 6:38 am

    My situation is quite similar to the last post. I’ve been married for going on 20 years and my physical & mental health have been severely compromised due to ongoing emotional/verbal/psychological abuse. Starting from IBS and sleep issues, to fibromyalgia & chronic fatigue syndrome, to varied autoimmune issues with no diagnosis, to recurrent Epstein-Barrs virus due to my body’s inability to retain antibodies to EBV as well as a selective immune deficiency in two IgG subclasses. And C-PTSD. Now that I have guardianship of my young grandson since losing my daughter to cancer, it has been imperative that I extricate us from this toxic environment, as the abuse is affecting him. 😭 How do I do this when I hardly have energy to function on a day-to-day basis? My executive functioning skills are practically nonexistent, which is more debilitating than the physical aspects because it’s always been my greatest personal strength. I’m a shell of the vibrant woman I once was. I’d love to have a phone session with you, but honestly I haven’t been able to make phone calls for some time due to severe anxiety and deep shame. Sorry for the long post. I have been isolated from close friends/family once getting married, and have no other kids to rely on or any kind of support system. Thank you. I’ll read the article you recommmended in the last post.

  • Kalidasa Feb 24, 2020, 4:02 pm

    I am really sorry to hear about your situation, and the loss of your daughter — I can’t imagine anything worse that losing a child. It is very sad that there really aren’t services that help people in a situation like yours. 

    There is one thing I could recommend that would help you in the short term, it’ll give you energy that could help you move away somehow, maybe find a shelter for you and your grandson. It is very powerful and as such shouldn’t be taken very long. The supplement is Whole Desiccated Adrenal. I often have people take as much as one an hour for eight to ten hours, but only for five days or so. That is followed up with herbs and other supplements. Lately I’ve been skipping the adrenal because it can be too powerful and just go to the herbs and more mild supplements. But in your case the adrenal may be what you need for a faster shift so you can change your life. 

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