Anxiety

Anxiety

Anxiety disorder is a type of mental illness which can stop a person from leading a normal life. Anxiety is usually a normal emotion of getting nervous about something that normally people don’t get nervous or scared of. It is often an emotion of serious nervousness and fear which are constant and this can be disabling. For example the fear that sets in before a stage performance or taking an exam. We don’t exactly know the cause of anxiety however it is a type of mental disorder which is result of combination of things like changes in your brain and stress in your environment sometimes in the genes too. Other reasons for this anxiety could be an unknown or known fear. It is also caused by a hyper-active body’s fear-processing system.

Sometimes they are also known as panic attacks, where you think you can’t breathe or there is less air around, anxiety also is caused by phobias. It is also often termed as extreme apprehension or worry to a stressful situation. In today’s world Anxiety, stress and worry are a normal a part of the life and simply having some anxiety attacks or panic attacks don’t mean you need medications or psychiatrists. However, you could consult a physician if these attacks persist, but they could subside if you take care of your mental health and the tress that you take. You could also control these attacks by conditioning your brain and emotions in such a way that you don’t get anxious for things that scare you.

Symptoms of Anxiety


Usually, who suffеr from pеrsistеnt anxiеty еxpеriеncе a rangе of symptoms that includе:

  • unnеcеssary worrying about hеalth, monеy, family, work, or school pеrformancе—еvеn whеn thеrе arе no signs of troublе
  • irrational еxpеctations and worsе outcomе in many situations
  • inability to rеlax
  • irritability
  • insomnia
  • tirеdnеss
  • hеadachеs
  • musclе tеnsion
  • difficulty swallowing
  • trеmbling or twitching
  • frеquеnt urination

CAUSES OF ANXIETY

  1. Early life events which set in fear in the person.
  2. Traumatic experiences.
  3. Genetic structure of brain

Anxiety is usually result of the brain perceiving threats overly in order to survive.

TYPES OF ANXIETY:

  1. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: People who have had traumatic experience in the past are more vulnerable to anxiety disorders. Their anxiety gets triggered on any events which may be identical to the ones that resulted in the traumatic event. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is the anxiety caused by re-experiencing of ordeal like childhood trauma, military combat, natural and unnatural disasters.
  2. Obsessive- compulsive Disorder: people suffering with this kind of anxiety are stuck in a repetitive unconscious thoughts and behaviour. If left untreated these could result in disabling a person’s capacity to work at any place. An example of OCD will be obsessively cleaning a house etc.
  3. Panic Disorder: this anxiety is identified to be accompanied with breathlessness, chest pain, and heart palpitations accompanied with fear. People suffering with this anxiety will have severe phobia of certain things.

HOME REMEDIES FOR ANXIETY:

  1. Yoga: Practising yoga helps the body to calm down and not be tensed all the time.
  2. Meditation: Sitting quietly and focusing your attention on the centre of the forehead helps you relax, subside your fears and help you to control your thoughts and mind which generally lead to anxiety.
  3. Almond Milk: Soak 10 almonds over night and peel them in the morning. Put the almonds in mixer and add 1 cup milk to it. Consuming this helps the body to balance.
  4. Orange Juice: this remedy has been believed to have calmed down your fears. By drinking a serving of orange juice with a pinch of nutmeg powder you can calm your mind.
  5. Relaxing Bath: putting ginger and baking soda in your bath can help you relieve anxiety.
  6. Healthy lifestyle: by avoiding drugs and smoking you can avoid anxiety attacks.try na dget 7-8 hours of sleep and do something for fun.

AYURVEDIC APPROACH TOWARDS ANXIETY:

According to ayurveda, anxiety is caused is by vata dosh in the nervous system, therefore ayurvedic approach towards anxiety is to balance vata dosha. Ayurdeva approaches anxiety and fear by using calming methods and balancing dietary requirements.

  1. Abhyangam: It involvеs thе full body massagе with mеdicatеd hеrbal oils. Abhyangam thеrapy incrеasеs blood circulation to rеmovе mеtabolic wastеs and toxins from thе body. It stimulatеs vital prеssurе points, which lеads to nеrvous stimulation and rеduction in Strеss and Anxiеty. Thе massagе goеs on for 45-50 minutеs in sеvеn diffеrеnt positions. Abhyangam balancеs thе Doshas and trеats Mеntal, Еmotional, and Physical disordеrs.
  2. Padabhyangam: This Ayurvеdic massagе includеs thе stimulation of nеrvе еndings and vital prеssurе points prеsеnt in thе foot to balancе thе Doshas. This also promotеs mеntal calmnеss and rеliеvеs Strеss and Anxiеty.
  3. Nasyam: Nasyam is a part of Panchakarma thеrapy and involvеs thе administration of mеdicatеd oils or drugs through nostrils. This trеatmеnt stimulatеs thе vital cеntrеs of thе brain to ovеrcomе problеms such as Strеss, Anxiеty, and Insomnia.
    Nasyam starts with a facial massagе or stеam application to thе facе, forеhеad, еars, and nеck. Aftеrwards, a thеrapist instills hеrbal oils, juicеs, or powdеrs through nasal routе, which thеn sprеad through vеnous (blood circulation) and nеrvous systеm into thе arеas prеsеnt around thе nostrils. Finally, thе patiеnt is givеn lukеwarm watеr to garglе and mеdicatеd smokе for inhalation.
  4. Pizhichil: Pizhichil trеatmеnt involvеs thе squееzing of warm mеdicatеd oils to hеlp thе systеm rеtunе itsеlf thеrеby inducing both physical and mеntal rеlaxation. Pizhichil starts with a gеntlе and synchronisеd massagе on all parts of thе body еxcluding thе hеad. A cloth dippеd in lukеwarm hеrbal oil is squееzеd on thе body of thе patiеnt followеd by oil rubbing ovеr thе body. Thе dipping of cloth in mеdicatеd hеrbal oil is rеpеatеd pеriodically, and thе еntirе procеdurе takеs about 1 hour.

The following herbs help relieve the symptoms of anxiety:

Ashwangandha, Vacha, Jyotishmati, Shankhpushpa, Tagara, Jatamansi, Brahmi and Harikat.

 

 

 

 

Bach, Vacha (Acorus calamus) – Properties & Medicinal Usage

Bach, Vacha, Acorus calamus

INTRODUCTION

It is a native of Europe and central Asia. There is no reference available to state that how this plant spread to the Indian soil. Today, its plants are found in Himalayan region at the height of 6000ft. It is commonly found in Manipur and Naga hills and in the lakes of Kashmir, and around the farms. Its dried root or stem is sold in markets with the name of Gboda bach. It many varieties are found. BAL Bach or parseek bacha is the main one.

APPEARANCE

Its 1-2 ft tall, soft plants are found near water bodies, around the clay soil.Leaves are 1-3 ft long and ½ to 1 inch wide, green in colour with wavering edges. Flowers are small, white and dense. Fruits contain many seeds and are pulpy. Its root or the underground stem, like ginger, is spread in the ground. It is thick like middle finger with 4- 4 mounts, round and wrinkled surface. It is fragrant and hariy and is brown in colour. It leaves are also fragrant. The plant which has strong smell is considered to be of the supreme quality.

PROPERTIES

It has strong smell and is hot and pungent. It causes vomiting and improves the body fire. It purifies urinary system and has binding properties. It cures swelling of the stomach caused by indigestion or accumulation of wind, shool, epilepsy, cough , anxiety, and insect bite. It is antipyrectic and strengthens heart. It is beneficial for throat and cures bronchitis and bronchial asthma.

BALA BACH

Its properties are also similar to bach. It is mainly vata related diseases.

MEDICINAL USAGE

HEADACHE:-

  1. Give its powder along with powder of peepal to be inhaled. It cures Suryavrat .
  2. In case of headache , apply the paste of its whole plant on the painful area.
  3. Grind it in water and apply the paste on the forehead. It cures headach.

INTELLIGENCE:-

  1. Give 200 mg powder of its bark with water or   ghee or milk, twice a day for 1 year or atleast 1 month. It enhances the memory powder of the person.
  2. Cook its 5 gm powder with 200 gm powdered sugar and give 5gm of it every morning and evening. It cures the forgetfulness in the person.

THROAT PAIN:-

Mix its 400 mg powder in milk and give this to the patient thrice a day. It releases the congestion due to deposited phlegm and also cures the throat pain.

GOITRE:-

Give its powder with peepal powder mixed with honey or Neem oil to be inhaled. It cures the throat pain.

EPILEPSY:-

Give 250 mg to ½ gm of its powder sieved through a fine cloth with honey, every morning and evening. It is beneficial in anxiety and epilepsy.

ASTHMA, COUGH:-

  1. In case of cough in children, grind it in mother’s milk and give this to the patient.
  2. In case of cough in children, grind 120 mg of it in water and give this thrice a day.
  3. Keep its powder in a cloth and let the patient inhale. It cures chornic rhinitis.
  4. In case of asthma patients, to start with , give only 1gm of it and then after every 2 hours, give   500mg of it.

DIARRHOEA IN CHILDREN:-

Mix 120 mg ash of its coal in water and give this to the patient.It cures diarrhea in children.

WORMS:-

Mix 1 gm of its powder with 80mg roasted asfoetida and give this to the patient. It kills the worms in stomach.

FEVER:-

  1. Grind it in water and apply the paste on nose. It cures cough and the accompanying fever.

Bakuchi (Psoralea corylifolia) – Benefits, Medicinal Usage and Properties

 

INTRODUTION

Bakuchi (Psoralea corylifolia) tiny plants grow naturally in the rainy season all over India. In many places they are also cultivated. Typically plants have a life of one year but with due care they can survive for 5-7 years. For medicinal purpose its seeds, and the oils extracted from the seeds are used. Plants bear flowers in winter and the flowers turn into fruits in summer.

APPEARANCE

The plants are 2- 7 ft. tall, straight and soft. The branches are relatively hard and have knots. The leaves are normal with a mid-vein and are 3-5 inch long and round. They are oily and have black spots on the upper and lower surfaces. The flowers are bluish which grow from a light purple joint of the leaf and the main stem.

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION

The seeds have a volatile oil, a resin, a stable oil and two crystalline chemicals known as psoralen. The peel of fruit contains psoralidin chemical. Its anti-dermatoses and anthelmintic properties are due to these two chemicals only.

PROPERTIES

It is sweet, bitter and pungent when cooked. It is a purgative, cool, tasty and dry in nature. It is beneficial for curing heart related problems and cough, bleeding diathesis, bronchial asthma, dermatoses, urinary disorders, fever and is anthelmintic. Fruits enhance pitta and are beneficial for hair and skin.

MEDICINAL USAGE & BENEFITS

TOOTH INFECTION:-

Grind its root to form a paste and add a little amount of roasted alum in it. Use the mixture to brush the teeth every morning and evening. It cures any infection in the teeth.

BRONCHIAL ASTHMA:-

Take ½ gm. seed powder with ginger juice, 4-7 times a day. It gives relief from cough. The phlegm loosens and is easily released.

DIARRHOEA:-

Cook and eat the leaves, every morning and evening regularly for a few weeks.

JAUNDICE:-

Take 20 ml juice of spreading hogweed, ½ gm psoralea seeds powder and mix them well. Give this mixture to the patient every morning and evening.

PILES:-

Take 3 gm harad, 3 gm ginger root and 1 gm psoralea seeds. Grind them all. Give ½ teaspoonful of this mixture with jiggery every morning and evening.

STERILITY, INFERTILITY:-

After the menstrual cycle is complete, grind the seeds in oil and apply in the vagina. It reduces the potential for conceiving.

DERMATOSES:

  1. Take 5 parts of psoralea seeds, 1 part arsenic sulphide. Grind them all in cow urine and apply the paste on the white patches. It cures white patches.
  2. Take equal quantities of psoralea seeds and ringworm plant, and grind them in vinegar. Apply this paste on white patches.
  3. Grind equal quantities of psoralea seeds, sulphur, and gudmar. Soak 13 gm of this powder in water overnight . Next day morning, strain the solution and give to the patient. Apply the sediment part on white patches. It cures leucoderma.
  4. Take 2 parts psoralea seeds oil, 2 parts turak oil and 1 part sandalwood mix them and apply. It cures skin problems and leucoderma.
  5. Take 1gm psoralea seeds powder and 100 ml decoction of Indian gooseberry or kbair. Give these together to the patient it cures vitiligo.
  6. Soak psoralea seeds in curd for 3 days and then let it dry. Extract its oil and store in a bottle mix nausadar in it and apply on patches.
  7. Take equal quantities of psoralea of psoralea seeds, kalaunji and poppy seeds and grind them with madar leaf extract apply this paste on white patches
  8. Take equal quantities of amounts of psoralea seeds, tamarind, borax and anjeer roots. Grind them with water and apply the paste on white patehes it cures vitiligo.
  9. Take equal quantities of psoralea seeds, ringworm plant, and geru. Grind them and kbaral with ginger juice. Apply it on white patches and let dry in the sun it cures leucoderma.
  10. Take equal quantities of psoralea seeds, geru and gandhak. Grind them and kharal with ginger juice. Prepare tablets of 15 gm each. Soak 2 tablet in 35 ml water at night. Next day, give this solution to the patient, followed by fresh water.
  11. Take equal quantities of psoralea seeds, celery seeds, ringworm plant seeds, and lotus stem. Grind them and mix with honey. Prepare small tablets. Give 2 tablet in the morning with decoction of anjeer root.
  12. Take 2 gm pure psoralea seeds, 3 gm sesame seeds, and 3 teaspoonful honeys. Give this to the patient every morning and evening. It cures vitiligo (white patches).
  13. Take 150 gm psoralea seeds, 30 gm geru and 60 gm ringworm plant seeds. Grind them all and sieve through a soft cloth. Store the powder in a cloth and dry over the fumes of extract of trailing eclipta alba. Store this powder and every morning and evening take little amount with cow urine and apply.
  14. Take 2 parts psoralea seeds, 1 part each of neela thotha and borax. Grind them and sieve through fine cloth. Mix it with trailing eclipta juice and keep it for a week. Mix lemon juice in it and apply. It cures white patches. This treatment is quite bitter for skin. In case of acne or boils, stop this treatment.

Baheda (Bibhitaki, Terminalia Belerica) – Benefits, Medicinal Usage and Properties

INTRODUCTION

 

Baheda (Bibhitaki, Terminalia Belerica) is found all over India, especially in the lower hilly areas. The plant sheds its leaves in Feb.-mar and bears new, copper colored tender leaves. It bears fruits in may which ripen in the following January- February.

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION

The fruits contain tannin, B-sitosterol, galic acid, chebulasic acid, mannitol, glucose, galactose, fructose and ramnose. A yellow colored, shining, oil comes from the seeds kernel. The bark contains tannin.

PROPERTIES

It cures tridosas and is mainly used for curing cough related disorders. It is beneficial for the eyes, hair and cures jaundice, voice disorders, nasal problem, blood disorders, throat and breathing problem. It is anthelmintic.The seeds of the fruits help to cure eye problem. The bark is useful in anemia, liver disorders like jaundice and white ieucorrhoea. The seed is bitter and a toxicant. It cures thrist vomiting, vatta and also helps cures bronchitis. The fruits peel cures cough. It mainly affects the throat ans air passages. The seeds are analgesic and cure swelling and oedema also. Its excessive quantities may lead to vomiting. Herbs like baheda, Indian goosebeery, and black harad are beneficial in curing cough and vaginal problems. They purify milk and are digestive in nature.

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES

  • GUNA (Quality) – Laghu, Ruksha
  • RASA (Taste) – Kashay
  • PRABHAV(Impact) – Chedan
  • VIPAK (Metabolism) – Madhur
  • VIRYA (Potency) – Ushan

MEDICINAL USAGE & BENEFITS

Hair:-

Oil of the fruit kernel is extremely nutritive. It strengthens hair.

Eye Power:-

Mix equal quantities of baheda and sugar. Take this mixture every day. It cures pain in eyes.

Pain in Eyes:-

Prepare a paste of the bark with honey and apply on the eyes. It cures pain in the eyes.

Headache:-

Prepare 40-40 gm decoction of baheda and jawasa. Add 1b teaspoonful ghee in the decoction; give this to the patient thrice a day. It cures pitta and kapha fever. It also controls dizziness.

Heart Problems:-

Take equal quantities of powder of its fruit and Ashwagan.Take 4 gm of this mixture and mix with jiggery. Give this to the patient with warm water. It cures heart problems due to vata.

Mouth Dripping: –

Mix 2-1 ½ gm each of bahada and sugar. Give for a few days. It cures mouth dripping disorder.

Cough:-

  • Suck the peel of baheda.It controls cough.
  • Cook Malabar nut, black salt and bahada in goat milk and then give it the patient. It cures dry and wet cough.

Breathlessness and Asthma:-

Take equal quantities of baheba bark and grind to from a fine powder. Give 3 gm of this powder to the patient. It cures cough and asthma.

Loss of Appetite:-

Take 3-6 gm powder of fruits after meals. It enhances digestion power and cures loss of appetite. It also strengthens the stomach.

Dysuria:-

Take 2-3 gm seeds of fruits and mix it with honey. Give this to the patient every morning and evening. It cures dysurea and stones.

Chyluria:-

Grind baheda, rohidi, kutaj, kaith, chattiban, Sal and Kabila flowers to form powder. Take 2-4 gm of this powder with 1 teaspoonful honey and give it to the patient 2-3 times a day.

Impotency:-

Take 2 gm baheda powder and add 6 gm jiggery patient every morning and evening. It enhances sexual desire and eliminates impotency.

Diarrhea:-

  • Take 1-4 gm tree bark, 1-2 cloves and grind them in 1 teaspoonful honey. Give this to the patient 2-4 times a day. It controls loose motions.
  • Take 1-2 roasted baheda it cures chronic diarrhea problem.

Tumor:-

Roast peel of Baheda in castor oil and grind it in strong vinegar. Apply this paste on the tumour. Within 1-3 days, the tumour gets cured.

Inflammation of Liver:-

  • Apply paste of baheda kernel. It dissolves and spreads out the swelling.
  • Apply the baheda paste on the eyes.

Fever:-

Drink 30-40 gm decoctions of beleric every morning and evening. It cures kapha, pitta and fever.

Liver problems:-

Apply oil of fruits kernel. It is beneficial in liver problems. It is also an effective pain reliever. Massaging by this oil also cures itching and burning sensation of skin.