Being healthy is not only a focus on physical well-being, but it also incorporates healthy mental status. As per Ayurveda many ailments caused in the body also have the contribution to disturbed mental status/health. Ayurvedic treatment for stress and anxiety offers customized Panchakarma treatments, medication and lifestyle changes
In today’s world, stress has become a part of the day to day life. Stress, as such, if intensive is helpful to keep an individual physically and mentally active, but if its influence is extensive, in such conditions individuals’ physical as well as mental health will be disturbed.
Stress may lead to anxiety or depression, both being extremely opposite, and can cause a lot of mental disturbances, which in turn is responsible for other ailments caused to our body.
What are the causes that lead to STRESS? / Causes for stress
- Instability in the workplace.
- Emotional insecurity.
- Financial insecurity.
- Increased responsibility
- Disturbing health conditions like infertility, suffering from chronic disorders, injuries etc.,
- Pandemic conditions
- Following Unhealthy lifestyle
- Career Concern
- Relationship challenges
Signs and symptoms of stress and anxiety
- Disturbed sleep.
- Increased irritability.
- Lack of concentration.
- Loss of interest.
- In severe depressed cases, one may become prone to suicidal thoughts.
What are the effects of stress on the physical body?
- Digestive disorder.
- Extreme weight gain.
- Heart diseases
- Disturbed menstrual cycles in women leading to PCOD/PCOS, Hypothyroid, infertility etc
What are the changes happening in our body according to AYURVEDA?
According to Ayurveda, physical (shaaririka) and mental ( Manasika) health are maintained with balanced doshas i.e., Vata, Pitta, Kapha of body and Sathva, Rajas and tamas of mind respectively. Due to the above-mentioned causes, the doshas will be disturbed leading to multiple physical and mental disorders which in turn leads to “STRESS”.
What are the dietic regimens(Ahara) PATHYAS and APATHYAS to be followed?
The role of a properly balanced and healthy diet is major in maintaining a healthy lifestyle in an individual. Along with intake of a balanced diet, timely intake also plays equal importance in it.
Diet should include wholesome food in proper quantity.
Intake of previously leftover foods, partially spoilt foods, half-cooked food etc should be avoided.
Food at an untimely hour should be avoided.
Intake of food in a hygienic and healthy atmosphere should also be equally considered to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Ayurveda also emphasises regarding seasonal diet to be followed to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
What are the lifestyle regimens(vihara) to be followed?
One must follow the practice of Yoga, Pranayama and meditation which helps in keeping physical and mental health active and relaxed.
Regular practice of physical activities like walking, cycling, playing games etc should be followed.
Involving in some extracurricular activities/hobbies like dancing, singing, sports, playing instruments, reading books, listening to music etc releases stress and also helps in keeping oneself calm.
Ayurveda also accentuates the daily routine (Dinacharya) to be followed for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
How is the Approach of Ayurveda (Aushada) to such conditions?
Ayurveda approaches through both the ways, i.e.,
Internally through medications (Abhyantara chikitsa)
Externally through therapies (Bahya chikitsa)
Ayurvedic medicine for stress and anxiety /ayurvedic medicine to reduce stress and anxiety
Internal approach through medications like Ashwagandha, Brahmi, Shankapushpa, Jatamamsi, Vacha, Bringaraja etc herbs helps to maintain mental stability and helps in managing the stress.
As the mind comprises all the components to control the entire body, nourishment to the mind monitors the normal functioning of the whole body.
Ayurvedic treatment for stress and anxiety
- Shiro abhyanga which means massaging of the head, neck and shoulder using oil helps in calming.
- Pouring medicated oil or medicated Kashaya over the head continuously with a very mild massage which is called Shirodhara.
- Shiro Basti, in which medicated oils are poured and retained on the head using an elongated cap for a specific time under the guidance of an Ayurveda physician.
Apart from these external therapies, some of the shodhana therapies (cleansing therapies) like virechana ( Detox), Basti ( medicated enemas ), and Nasya (Instillation of medicine through the nostrils) also play a very important role in maintaining physical as well as mental stability by removing the toxic factor from the body.So, by following these regimens one can not only manage stress but also maintain healthy mental and physical stability throughout life.