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.

 

 

 

 

Arand (Ricinus communis) | Castor Oil | Ayurvedic Properties

Its annual or perennial plants are cultivated or grown wild in forests at height of 600 ft. the oil extracted from its seed’s kernel is an excellent purgative. It is a beneficial herb for dermatoses and is also analgesic. It can be used as a medicinal herb to cure constipation and other gastric disorders. In the case of piles and fistula in the anus, cooked seeds soften the stool and relieve the misery. In addition to its medicinal value it is also nutritive. It is of two types – red and white. Also some trees produce large seeds and some small. The oil from the large seeds is used for burning that from small seeds is used in medicines.

APPEARANCE

These are annual plants, 8 – 15 ft tall and thin. The stem is greenish white and smooth the branches are greenish white and of medium size like sticks. The leaves are board with 7-11 cleavages. The leaf stalk is usually one foot long and hollow.

PROPERTIES

Castor cures cough, gastric disorders, swelling and oedema, and relieves body pain. It is penetrative and lubricating, anthelminic, anti- dermmatoses, and antipyretic.

MEDICINAL USAGE

EYE DISORDERS:-

  1. Due to dust in eyes: Use Castrol oil to eyeliner the eyes. It causes watering of eyes which actually rinses the eyes. Put 1drops of Castor oil in eyes. It releases the impurities from the eyes and in kukunak disorders. It reduces the impact of the disorder.
  2. Prepare poultice of castor oil with berley flour and tie on the eyes. It cures the swelling in eyes due to pitta.

SKIN CRACKS ON BREAST AREA:-

  1. Apply castor oil all around the breasts. It rejuvenates the skin.
  2. Grind 2 castor oil seeds in vinegar and apply the paste on breasts. It cures the swelling.

JAUNDICE:-

  1. In case a pregnant women suffers from jaundice in the early stages, give 8gm juice of castor oil leaves every morning for 5 days. It cures jaundice and also cures the swelling.
  2. Take 4gm juice of its leaves and mix peepal powder in it. Give this to the patient as nasya or eyeliner. It cures jaundice.
  3. Give 5ml juice of its root in 200ml milk to the patient. It cures jaundice.

COUGH:-

Take 2gm extract of its leaves and mix equal quantities of oil and jiggery. Give this to the patient. It cures cough.<

STOMACH DISORDERS:-

In case of severe stomach pain, every night before going to bed, give 1 lemon’s juice in 120ml warm water with castor oil mixed in it. The pain gets cured soon.

DYSENTERY:-

In case of blood and pus in stools, give 8gm castor oil. It controls the amount of pus and blood in stool.

APPENDICITIS:-

At the start of illness, start giving 4-8gm castor oil. It can even help avoid the surgery.

INTESTINAL WORMS:-

Apply 1-2 times a day, the juice of its leaves on the child’s abdominal area. It kills the worms in the stomach.

GASTRIC PAIN:-

Grind castor oil and mehandi leaves and apply the paste. It cures pain due to indigestion.

SPLENOMEGALY:-

Mix 15 gm ash of its whole plant in 30 gm cow urine and give this to the patient.

FAT DEPOSITION:-

To remove the extra fat deposited on the stomach area, wash and clean 15-40 gm root of castor oil plant and boil in 150 ml water till 40 ml water is left. Drink this regularly. It reduces the fat deposition.

LABOR PAIN:-

To ease the delivery, after 4 months of pregnancy, give mild enema of castor oil after every- 14 days. At the time of delivery, give 20 gm castor oil with tea or milk. It ensures early delivery.

VAGINAL PAIN AND UTERUS SWELLING:-

  1. Dip a piece of cloth in castor oil and place this in the vaginal area. It gives relief in the vaginal pain.
  2. Uterus swelling is common after delivery and causes high fever in patient. In this situation, dip a piece of cloth in castor oil and place this in the vaginal area. It gives relief in the vaginal pain and also cures swelling.

BLOOD DISORDERS:-

Take one kernel of its seeds, 120 gm milk, and 200 gm water. Mix them all and boil till only milk is left. Mix 9 gm sugar candy in it and give this to the patient. In this way starting from 1 kernel, increase 1 kernel every day for seven days and then reduce 1 everyday till next seven days. It cures blood related disorders. This treatment is also very beneficial as vata shamak.

IMPORTANT

5- 9 gm castor oil of red Castro oil plant when taken with hot milk helps cure vaginal pain, flatulence, gout, heart problem. Chronic fever, backache and dermatoses pain. It is beneficial in promoting intelligence, skin glow, health, memory, and physical strength. It also enhances longevity the age and strengthens the heart.

Coriander (Dhania) – Benefits, Medicinal Usage and Properties

Coriander, Dhania

INTRODUCTION

Every household in India uses dry Coriander (Dhania) fruit as spice. Everyone is aware of its importance in spices. So only the medicine properties and use are discussed here.

APPEARANCE

Coriander plant is an annual herb with branches and sub branches with a soft, distinctive odour. It is 1-3ft tall. The leaves are serrated. Leaves on the lower side are serrated and those on the upper side are like thin vertical rtrands.

PROPERTIES

It cures tridosas, swelling and oedema. It relieves pain, and also thirst. It is a natural purgative and improves digestion. It excites liver and is rakta pitta shamak. It is beneficial for heart and cures cough, urine infections.

MEDICINAL USAGE & BENEFITS:-

EYE PROBLEMS:-

  1. Grind 10gm coriander and boil it in one glass of water and then strain the solution through fine cloth. Put 1 drops each in both the eyes. It cures conjunctivitis disorder and also cures pain in the eyes. It reduces the itching in the eyes and also cures watery eyes.
  2. Put 1-2 drops of coriander juice in the eyes. It prevents the chicken pox boil in eyes.
  3. Boil 10gm coriander in 200ml water is reduced to 1\4th. Use this water to rinse the eyes. It cures whiteness of eyes, swelling and wound in the eyes due to chicken pox.
  4. Take and grind equal quantities of coriander and berley seeds. Prepare a poultice of the paste and apply on the eyes. It cures swelling of the eyes.

MULTINODULAR TUBERCULOSIS:-

Grind 15-20 gm coriander and mix with barley powder (sattu). Apply this regularly. It cures multinodular tuberculosis.

THROAT PAIN:-

Chew 6- 10 seeds of coriander every morning and evening. It cures throat pain.

HEADACHE:-

Soak equal quantities of coriander and Indian gooseberry overnight in water. Next day morning, grind and strain the solution. Give this with sugar mixed in it. It cures headache due to heat.

NASAL BLEEDING:-

Grind 30 gm coriander leaves and mix a little amount of camphor in it. Put 2-3 drops in the nose and also apply a few drops on the head. It controls nasal bleeding.

COUGH IN CHILDREN:-

Grind 20-30 gm coriander in the rice water and add sugar to it. Give this to the child every morning, afternoon, and evening. It cures cough and also is beneficial in asthma in children.

PILES: –

Boil 7-14 gm seeds with a glass of water and 5gm sugar candy. Give this to the patient. It stops the bleeding from boils.

JOINT PAIN:-

Give 5-10gm of coriander powder with 5gm sugar, every morning and evening. This helps cure joint pain due to heat.

STOMACH DISORDERS:-

  1. In case of stomach pain due to heat, give 1gm coriander powder with 3gm, 1-2times a day.
  2. In case of gas due to indigestion of food, give 5-10ml coriander oil. It brings immediate relief.

VOMITING:-

In case of vomiting during pregnancy, give 50gm decoction of coriander with 10gm sugar and 10gm rice water mixed in it. Give this solution repeatedly in small quantities to the pregnant woman.

Cinnamon (Dalchini) – Benefits, Medicinal Usage and Properties

Cinnamon, Dalchini

INTRODUCTION

Cinnamon (Dalchini) is found in Himalayan region, Ceylon and Malaya. Based on the countries of origin, it is categorized into three forms:-

  1. Cinnamomum cassia: It comes from China and its bark is thick.
  2. Cinnamomum spp.:- It is imported in India from Sri Lanka. It is thinner than that found in China, sweeter and less bitter. For medicinal purposes, cinnamon from Sinhal Island is the best.
  3. Cinnamomum tamala: – It is thick, less bitter and when grinded with water, it becomes sticky. Its leaves are known as tejpat. This variety found in India and China is called Taj. Taj does not have oil and only the bark is used. Cinnamon is used as a common spice in cooking.

APPEARANCE

Cinnamon (Dalchini) ever green tree is 15-20 ft fall. Its leaves are frontal, leathery, 3-5inch long and upper part is shiny with 2-4 veins. When crushed, leaves release a pungent odour. The taste of leaves is bitter. Flowers are long, and grow in bunches. They also have a pungent smell. The fruits are 1\2 to 1 inch long, oval, dark purple and bell shaped.

PROPERTIES

Cinnamon (Dalchini) promotes digestion, cure gastric problems, and improve liver function. It is pitta shamak, analgesic and purifies mouth. It cures foul smell of the mouth and sore throat. It also strengthens heart.

MEDICINAL USAGE & BENEFITS

TOOTH PAIN:-

  1. Soak a piece of cotton in cinnamon oil and apply on the aching tooth.
  2. Use its 5-6 leaves to brush the teeth. It cleans the teeth and the teeth become shiny, white.

INFLUENZA:-

Take 2 ½ gm. cinnamon, 500mg cloves, and 1gm ginger root. Boil them in 1/2 liter water till water is reduced to 200ml. Strain the solution. Give 40ml of this solution thrice a day. It cures influenza fever.

DEAFNESS: –

Put 2drops of cinnamon oil in ears. It cures the deafness.

EYES: –

Apply the cinnamon oil on eyes. It cures the flickering of eyes and also improves eyesight.

COUGH, CHRONIC RHINITIS:-

Give ¼ teaspoonful cinnamon powder with 1 teaspoonful slightly warm honey three times a day. It cures cough.

HEADACHE:-

  1. Apply paste of 7-9 leaves of cinnamon on forehead. It gives relief in headache due to excessive cold or heat. After the patient gets the relief, wash off the paste.
  2. Apply cinnamon oil on forehead. It cures headache due to cold.
  3. Prepare paste of cinnamon and apply on forehead, or take the juice of cinnamon and apply on forehead. It cures headache due to cold.

HICCOUGHS:-

Give 5-15gm decoction with 150gm mastagi. It cures hiccoughs due to cough.

TUBERCULOSIS: –

Give very little quantity of cinnamon oil. It kills the warms.

OSTEOARTHRITIS:-

Take 5-10 gm. cinnamon powder and 10-20gm honey and form a paste. Use this paste to massage. Along with the massage, give 1 cup warm water with tablespoonful honey and 1 gm cinnamon powder mixed in it, thrice a day to the patient.

BLEEDING:-

  1. Decoction of cinnamon stop bleeding. Therefore, in case where there is bleeding in lungs, uterus or any other type of blood loss, give 5-10gm decoction very morning, afternoon, and evening.
  2. In case of blood loss from any part of body, give 1 teaspoonful cinnamon powder with 1cup water, 2-3 times a day.

CHOLESTEROL:-

Give 1gm teaspoonful honey and 2 teaspoonful cinnamon powder with ½ cup water, thrice a day. It reduces the cholesterol level.

STOMACH DISORDERS:-

  1. Give 4gm cinnamon powder in 1 teaspoonful honey, thrice a day. It cures stomach problems, diarrhea, indigestion, loose motion and swelling of the stomach caused by indigestion or accumulation of wind.
  2. Mix 650mg cinnamon powder and 650 mg catechu powder. Give this to the patient to be taken orally with water. Repeat this 1-2 times a day. It cures diarrhea.
  3. Massage the cinnamon oil on stomach. It cures the intestinal spasm.
  4. Prepare paste of 2gm cinnamon and 8gm catechu. ADD 150gm boiled water in it and keep it covered for at least 1hour. Strain the solution after 1hour and give half portion of it to the patient twice. It cures loose motion.
  5. Give 5-10 gm decoction of cinnamon and clove. It stops vomits.
  6. Give bael fruit juice with 3-6 gm cinnamon powder sprinkled in it, every morning and evening. It cures diarrhea.
  7. In case of vomiting , give 15-20 gm decoction of cinnamon.
  8. Incase of stomach pain and vomiting, give 6-10 ml oil with 16 gm sugar candy to the patient.

FEVER:-

In case of communicable fever, give 2 teaspoonful honey with 6 gm. cinnamon powder, every morning afternoon and evening.

ADVERSE EFFECTS

Excessive intake may cause headache in people with warm nature. Cinnamon should not be given to pregnant ladies as it aborts the foetus. It placed in vagina, it may cause abortion.