Anxiety disorders may be caused by environmental factors, medical factors, genetics, brain chemistry, substance abuse, or a combination of these. It is most commonly triggered by the stress in our lives. Environmental factors like stress from work, relationships, trauma from death of loved one, natural disaster, lack of oxygen in high altitude areas, medical factors like mental illness, anxiety caused due to substance abuse, genetic predisposition (family history of anxiety disorder) are some of the causative factors.
Research has shown that people with abnormal levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain are more likely to suffer from generalised anxiety disorder. When neurotransmitters are not working properly, the brain's internal communication network breaks down, and the brain may react in an inappropriate way in some situations. This can lead to anxiety.
According to Ayurveda, anxiety is caused due to imbalance in Vata dosha, mainly praana and vyaana vata. Various procedures that help in balancing vata should be followed. Acute anxiety, borne of fear/desire, falls under the general heading of Unmada (“Insanity”) in Ayurvedic medicine.
Sushruta describes Unmada as “a derangement of bodily Doshas affecting the upcoursing nerves and thereby producing a distracted state of Manas (mind). The disease manifests in both physical and mental symptoms, which can include: breathlessness, dizziness, faintness, fatigue, palpitations, chest pains, headache, paresthesias, tremors, insomnia, anorexia, nervousness, diarrhoea, vomiting, frequent micturition, increased sweating, forgetfulness, amnesia, phobias, incoherent speech, unsteadiness, agitation of the eyes, extreme fickleness of the mind, and mental confusion.
Home Remedies for Anxiety
You may try these home remedies for beneficial results:
- Take about 10 pieces of almonds and soak it overnight. Grind it and mix it with a cup of milk and a pinch of ginger. Drink this daily before going to bed.
- Consume orange juice with honey added with a pinch of nutmeg powder daily.
- Drink chamomile tea or mint tea daily.
- Indian Ginseng, which is called Ashwagandha has very large amount of anti oxidants like glutathione per oxidase and superoxide dismutase. It can also produce a little amount of tranquilising effect on the brain and can help anyone to de-stress the mind and ward off anxiety. Aswagandha powder 1/2 tsp with milk at bed time would be beneficial.
- Yoga alone is proved to relieve from stress and anxiety. Stretching exercises (asanas) relaxes the muscles. Meditation soothes the mind and calms the nerves. Daily practice routine should be followed for at least 3 months and continued for long lasting benefits.
- A hot oil massage twice a week is also highly beneficial.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Anxiety
If you are looking for Ayurvedic supplements for the same, I would recommend the following medicines:
- Drakshadi kashayam, 2 tablets,twice daily,1 hour before food.
- Sumenta, 1 tablet,twice daily.
- Brahmi oil for head massage.
Avoid spicy, deep fried food items, also cold food and drinks. Avoid night outs and suppression of natural urges.
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