Anxiety and Ayurvedic Remedies
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older (18% of U.S. population).
Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.
Ayurvedic herbs can bring about a calming influence on the body and mind, enabling a release into a happy and relaxed state. Anxiety is primarily associated with Vata imbalance.
In Ayurveda, three psycho-physiological categories are identified: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These need to be in balance as they govern the mind-body functions.
Vata Dosha – initiates and promotes the overall biological functions and activities
Pitta Dosha – is responsible for proper metabolism, and certain individual traits of the person
Kapha Dosha – balances fluids such as water, along with fats, and also promotes healthy growth of body tissues
The following Ayurvedic herbs are very helpful in reducing anxiety.
a) MANOMITRAM – blend of Ashwagandha, Brahmi and other therapeutic herbs
b) SUMENTA – blend of Ashwagandha, Brahmi and other therapeutic herbs
The above herbals products are very useful in treating anxiety and stress and both contain a variety of herbal blends with Ashwagandha and Brahmi among the main ingredients in the mix.
Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) is one of the most useful herbs in resolving anxiety. In Sanskrit it is translated to mean “the smell of a horse,” indicating that the herb imparts the vigor and strength of a stallion. It has traditionally been prescribed for strengthening their immune system after an illness. It is referred to as “Indian ginseng” because of its rejuvenating properties (although botanically, ginseng and ashwagandha are unrelated).
Brahmi ( Bacopa Monnieri) is another herb used to increase memory and relieve stress naturally. The herb has a soothing effect on the mind and is also used for treatment of depression. It brings down elevated hormonal levels in the body and can relieve insomnia and worries. Good for memory and concentration as it nourishes the neuron connections in the brain.
The herb is considered to be soothing agent for in older age, wherein the nature of an individual can become peevish. Elderly people can take Brahmi regularly in order to feel relaxed and to have undisturbed, flawless sleeps at nights.
One can also aid the process of relaxation by adopting the following lifestyle modifications:
a) Getting adequate rest and moderate exercise
b) Favoring warm milk and other light dairy products
c) Performing a full-body warm oil self massage everyday
d) Avoiding stimulants like coffee
e) Daily meditation sessions for 10-20 minutes