The WHO has recently recognised Burnout as an official medical diagnosis.

Burnout is defined as, “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”

According to the WHO it refers specifically to phenomena in relation to work t and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life.

The WHO characterises burnout using three main symptoms:

  1. Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion
  2. Increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job
  3. Reduced professional efficacy

As you can see these symptoms relate to the workplace.  However,  we have seen similar symptoms where people have multiple life stresses over a long period of time.

Naturopathic approaches using nutrition, lifestyle and herbal formulations can all help in this instance.  This approach also works well alongside cognitive focused approaches.

Burnout can be related to “adrenal fatigue”.  We have many herbs at our disposal which can help here, including plants such as licorice, ginseng, ashwagandha and wild oats.

We will then add in good brain herbs and other brain supports – gingko biloba, gotu kola, lions mane mushroom and rosemary.

and finally calming herbs, such as lavender, passionflower and skullcap.

The skill is matching these herbs to the person.  Some herbs suit people better than others and the art of a herbalist is finding this balance.  We rarely prescribe a herb on its own (known as a “simple”).  It is the bringing together of different herbs, each contributing its piece to the puzzle which encourages a more effective response.

Are you suffering from any of the above, or just want more energy?  Contact us now at

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