Anxiety is a feeling of fear, dread and uneasiness; which is a reaction to stress. This may cause a person to sweat, feel restless and tense, accompanied with raised heart rate. For some people this feeling may be normal and important for making quick decisions; but for some people this may be overwhelming. There are various anxiety disorders, in which these feelings become worse and its symptoms may affect daily activities such as job performances, school work and relationships. The causes of anxiety are genetics, over stress, over-thinking, brain biology & chemistry, etc. During anxiety, a person may feel shortness of breath, changes in behavior, rapid heart-beat, unexplained pains, nausea, etc.
‘Chittodvega’ is the term for anxiety in the ayurvedic text. It is characterized by a psychological and physiological state that has cognitive, somatic, emotional and behavioral components. This is caused due to accumulation of toxins in the body and emotions. This comes under manasa roga in ayurveda, which is complicated and exact cause cannot be noted.
The treatment for anxiety in ayurveda focuses on clearing the toxins from the body and stabilizing the emotional state of a person. The line of treatment involves Nidana parivarjana, Panchakarma procedures followed by samana chikitsa, which involves procedures like- abhyanga, snehapana, shiroabhyanga, shirovasti, shirodhara, Pichu, takra dhara, nasya karma, etc. This is accompanied by the yogic practices that help in clearing the emotional ama and proper counseling does reverse the process of anxiety easily.
Ayurvedic anxiety disorder therapy provides a holistic approach to an individual's physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. These qualities have an influence on prana vata, a vata dosha subtype that is worsened by stress, anxiety, and depression. Prana vata causes mental imbalance by weakening the nerve system. The neuro-hormonal system and nerve impulses are also weakened. Ayurvedic therapy for anxiety disorder would entail reducing aggravated prana vata and boosting sattva guna, which entails self-realization and self-control, as well as proper dietary and lifestyle adjustments.
The line of treatment involves Nidana parivarjana, Panchakarma procedures followed by samana chikitsa, which involves procedures like- abhyanga, snehapana, shiro abhyanga, shirovasti, shirodhara, Pichu, takra dhara, nasya karma, etc. This is accompanied by the yogic practices that help in clearing the emotional ama and proper counseling does reverse the process of anxiety easily.
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