Herbal remedies for anxiety
15 October 2015, Nirapad News: Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is becoming much common in younger age groups nowadays, especially younger men and women from IT, ITES, BPO etc are more reported than other industrial groups. Many companies have introduced the EIS – Emotional intelligence Score to analyze the employee’s psychological abilities, stress resistance, etc.
Anxiety disorder is characterized by the following symptoms
a. Unrealistic worries lasts more than six months – Subject could be anything job, money, marriage etc
c. Feeling body or head ache all the times
d. Insomnia or Disturbed sleep
e. Abdominal upset, Frequent motions
g. Constant and un wanted irritability
h. Poor concentration
i. Reduced memory
Anxiety disorder is classified based on the cause as follows
a. OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
b. Panic Disorder
c. PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
d. Social Anxiety Disorders
General causes include hereditary, brain chemical imbalances, life experiences etc.
Ayurveda concept of anxiety disorder
Ayurveda, unlike the modern medical system, takes a comprehensive approach in the management of Anxiety disorder. Ayurveda considers this condition is due to the vitiated Prana Vata which weakens the CNS and triggers the psychological imbalance. It also affects the Neuro-Hormonal systems and functions.
Ayurveda recommends a holistic approach to manage and heal anxiety disorder through diet, aromatherapy, color therapy, sound therapy and touch (massage) therapy along with yoga and meditation.
Ayurveda therapies for Anxiety Disorders
Ayurveda recommends a fourfold therapy process to heal Anxiety Disorder.
a. Abhyangam – Ayurveda Herbal oil Application After the understanding the nature of the person and nature of the diseases, suitable medicated oil is selected. This medicated oil is applied all over the body in a rhythmic action to reduce the vitiated Vata dosha.
b. Ayurveda medicated enema- Administration of a mild herbal enema after the massage and heat treatments completes the cleansing process. Ayurveda theory describes how the massage and heat treatments drive many of the impurities into the lower bowel area and, therefore, it is necessary to administer enema as the last step in the purification process.
c. Ayurveda Oleated sudation Therapies – This is again divided into three therapies.
Shirodhara Ayurveda medicated oil is poured on the third eye as a stream for 45-55 minutes. This therapy enhances the nervous system and removes the mental fatigue in no time.
Pizhichil Warm medicated herbal oil poured all over the body as a continuous stream for 45- 55 minutes. This improves the regeneration process and removes the psychological fatigue.
Swedana Herbal steam application to improve the blood circulation to remove the impurities.
Pinda Swedana Application of medicated bolus prepared from rice, herbs, meat and processed with herbal powders. This helps to regularize the excessive metabolic activities and eliminate the unwanted the toxic byproducts.
An Ayurveda physician after considering the ten diagnostic factors of Ayurveda recommends a treatment schedule varies from 14-28 days inclusive and mixture of the above mentioned therapies. This process helps the patient to completely detoxify and rejuvenate which in turn helps the patient to come out the illness quickly.