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Our alternative health panel: One problem, three solutions.

This week's problem... My partner of 15 years recently left me. I am finding it very difficult to cope with my feelings of anger, despair and anxiety. I feel like I am going through a bereavement. Is there anything I can take to help me through this difficult time?

Ko Chohan is director of studies at the College of Naturopathy. She says: It is so important that we acknowledge and express our feelings during an upsetting situation. We need to call upon all our reserves to support our physical, mental and emotional body. Holding on to grief will eventually affect your health. Share your feelings and release emotions at every given opportunity. You could try Bach Flower Remedies, which have been available for many years and have helped millions of people through traumatic times. My favourite is Rescue Remedy, pounds 3.70, which I always have close to hand. I would recommend Star of Bethlehem, pounds 3.15, as it eases emotional pain and lightens feelings of sorrow, and Cherry Plum, pounds 3.15, which can help you handle the turmoil caused by anxiety and depression. All of these are available at GNC or Holland & Barrett health shops.

Dr Damir Shakambet is an authority on psychosomatic and oriental medicine. He is director of London's Biomedic Centre. He says: The end of a relationship is always an opportunity to re-establish yourself in your own right. It can be painful but is also a very potent learning process. Focus on your self and not your ex-partner or his girlfriend. Get out and about; endeavour to be more active and learn how to unwind by taking up yoga, t'ai chi or even aerobics. Try St John's wort in capsule form, which will lift any depression. If you are at a crisis point, anxiety can be relieved by massaging the acupuncture point Pericardium 6, located one inch above the wrist crease on the inside of the arm.

Dr Neil Slade lectures at the College of Homoeopathy. He says: You could take Aconite to help you cope with the general shock of the situation, but you will need something more specific to address the deeper feelings. With your loss feeling like a bereavement, the best remedy for you might be Ignatia, especially if you can't do anything but ponder your situation and get upset. If you're keeping quite a stiff upper lip and declaring you'll never have a relationship again, take Nat. mur. If you're having trouble expressing anger, Staphysagria might help. You might also like to try Australian Bush Flower Essences, available from John, Bell & Croyden (0171-935-5555), which will help rebalance you emotionally and bolster your confidence.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 14, 2000
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