Stress and Anxiety
When you suffer from stress it takes a toll on many other parts of your body too. For example, your metabolism and digestive system functioning can go haywire. Symptoms of stress can be manifold, from hair loss to lack of concentration and low immunity.
Ayurveda and Stress
According to Ayurveda, anxiety is associated with aggravated Vata dosha, so one must concentrate on pacifying excess Vata in the body.
Keep warm. Vata is easily pacified with warm foods. Consume haldi doodh with honey. Keep warm with a nice hot shower.
Vata is known to be a drying element. Keep yourself hydrated with regular oil massages, warm up the oil and massage on your feet.
Practice yoga. It help calm down the nervine system and improve mental health. It also helps regulates breathing. Vata thrives on routine, so try to stick to a fixed routine.
Treatment for Anxiety
Take a look at some Ayurvedic ways to deal with anxiety which will also improve your brain health.
Brahmi has been used in Ayurveda for many years to treat cognitive function and reduce symptoms of anxiety. Brahmi is known to improve impulse transmission among nerve cells in your brain, it can help increase levels of serotonin which is known to promote relaxation and reduce anxiety. Brahmi improves concentration levels too. You can start using Brahmi bati (buddhi vardhak) regularly to reap its benefits. This is known to boost your memory and concentration, reduce stress, strain and anxiety levels. Brahmi vati can also cure insomnia. It is a very popular Ayurvedic medicine for anxiety and is usually taken in tablet or capsule form.
Ashwagandha is another popular Ayurvedic medicine known to protect the nervous system and reduce anxiety. Ashwagandha has anti-ageing effects and can work as an immunity booster. The best part about using Ashwagandha to reduce stress and anxiety is that it has very few side effects unlike other prescribed antidepressants which you would otherwise take.
Natural Home Remedy for Anxiety
- Take a glass of orange juice, 1 tbsp of honey, 1 tbsp nutmeg, Mix these together and drink this juice daily.
- Soak 7-8 almonds overnight, peel off the skin and crush them the next morning. Add the almonds to a cup of warm milk. Add in a pinch of saffron and some honey. Mix well and drink every day.