Stress Ayurvedic Treatment, Natural and Herbal Relief

Stress Ayurvedic Treatment About Ayurveda

About Stress Ayurvedic Treatment

The term ‘stress’ is difficult to define and may mean different things to different people in different circumstances. Stress is a fairly universal element of the modern human life.

 

When we are suffering from excess stress, many systems in the body can be negatively affected: the digestive system and metabolic function (including imbalances in body weight), the cardiovascular system, the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, the reproductive system, and the immune system. Excess stress can also impact our mental and emotional states, our relationships, as well as the health of our bones (and related tissues such as the teeth, hair, and nails). Stress tends to wear us down on a systemic level, so even though it is a contributing factor in a countless variety of ailments, its influence is easily overlooked. The bottom line is that, if you know that you are stressed (even occasionally), there is a good chance that making some supporting adjustments could benefit you immensely.

 

 

Causes of Stress

 

  • Professional causes like excessive workload, loss of job, failure of meeting targets,.etc.

 

  • Financial worries, poor relationship, loss of a close relative or friend

 

  • Addiction- alcohol, drugs, .etc

 

  • For children, these factors can cause stress- Pressure during exams, parental breakup, worries associated with growing up

 

Symptoms of Stress

 

Early symptoms of stress include:

 

  • Depression

  • Decrease or increase in appetite

  • Anxiety or nervousness

  • Loss of memory

  • Fatigue

  • Feeling of worry/ insecurity

  • Not wanting to get out of bed

  • Sleep disorders

 

Some noted physical symptoms are-

 

  • Upset stomach

  • Perspiration

  • Headache, diarrhea, indigestion

  • High BP; palpitation

  • Trembling hands

  • Weak immune system: cough, cold minor fever

 

In additional to these symptoms, stress also affects different functions of the body.

 

Effects of stress on-

 

  1. Cardiovascular system- one of the most common effects is hypertension. Psychological states such as anger, anxiety, etc will constrict the vessels causing an increase in blood pressure.

 

  1. Gastrointestinal System- Very often the symptoms like having increased or decreased appetite, or a feeling of nausea. Thus psychological factors have a big impact in the digestive system. The lining of the stomach offer a good example in situations that produce anger, resentment or aggression. The stomach lining increases its secretion of hydrochloric acid and becomes engorged with blood. The membrane becomes so frail that eruptions can develop ulcers.

 

  1. Muscular System- Some of the noted symptoms associated with stress are

  • Headache

  • Backache

  • Posture problems

  • Muscle tears

  • Arthritic problems

 

  1. Effect of stress on nutritional sufficiency- Lack of nutrition will inflict a greater stress on the body, plus other problems that pose a threat to your physical and mental health. When a person becomes overwhelmed with stress, a common reaction is a sudden urge to eat food. The foods craved are ‘junk food’ (fats and sugars) that the body believes will support its resistance to stress.

Stress causes unhealthy eating habits like-

 

  • Junk food intake

  • Forgetting/ skipping of meals

  • Urge for caffeine intake

  • Negative hormone side-effects

  • Weight issues

  • Poor immune system

  • Blood sugar variations



Ayurvedic Treatment of Stress

 

There are three different manifestations of day-to-day stress from the perfective of Ayurveda: mental, emotional, and physical and each requires different approaches and therapies.

 

Mental stress, according Ayurveda, is caused by imbalance of Vata-dosha, which regulates brain activity, energy and the mind. As a result, the individual loses the ability to handle day-to-day problems. The person’s mind becomes hyperactive, yet he or she loses the ability to make clear- decisions, to think positively, to feel enthusiastic, and even to fall asleep at night. To correct this imbalance it is important to favour vata-balancing foods, with sweet, sour, and salty tastes, and to include warm milk and light dietary products in one’s diet. A daily self massage with warm oil is recommended.

 

Emotional stress is caused by an imbalance of the pitta dosha. This causes signs like irritability, depression, and emotional instability. It affects sleep in a different way than mental stress, it can cause you to wake up in the night and not able to go back to sleep. To achieve a balance of the pitta dosha, have plenty of sweet juicy fruits and foods with sweet, bitter and astringent tastes. Drink a cup of warm milk with cooling rose petal preserve before bedtime, and cook with cooling spices such as cardamom, coriander, fennel, and mint, A daily self massage with coconut oil will helpful too.

 

Physical stress is caused when the balance of both kapha and vata is disturbed. The solution is to balance vata and to support kapha by getting adequate rest and moderate exercise, to follow a specific diet recommended by your physician, and to have a daily warm oil full body massage.

 

 

A typical Ayurvedic treatment procedure starts with-

Consultation with an ayurveda physician. (We at superbeing arranges free consultation over the phone or email with a specialized doctor, provided you have send a detailed description of the disease condition and the concerned medical reports)

The doctor performs thorough diagnosis of your body by analyzing your medical condition, body constitution and the doshas causing the illness. He then prescribes a treatment routine to be followed-

 

A typical treatment routine includes:

1. No of days required for treatment

2. The therapies to be followed in each stages of treatment

3. Number of total sessions required for each therapy

4. Internal medicines and its timings

5. Diet to be followed during treatment

6. Do’s and Don’ts  to be followed before and after each session

 

Panchakarma defines a number of treatment methods, for the removal of toxins. This involves both internal and external medications and an ideal diet. In addition to the diet , the stimulating massages and manual therapies are very important in order to stimulate the metabolism and to assist in its detoxification.

Its aim is to remove toxins from the body as well as to nourish and relax. It removes the negative energy that triggers stress, whether physical, mental or emotional.

Some for the Panchakarma therapies performed in migraine condition are:


Shirodhara: "Shiro," means head, and "dhara" is the continuous flow of a liquid. In this process, warm herbal oils, milk or buttermilk, or decoctions are poured in a slow steady stream on your forehead.



This treatment is profoundly relaxing, nourishing. A steady flow of warm oil onto the forehead will be very effective in the treatment of Migraine.



Nellika Thalam: The treatment involves applying a herbal paste containing ‘Nellikka’ (Indian gooseberry or ‘amla’) on the crown or forehead.



Amla paste is applied during a headache at the point of greatest pain. This is very effective in getting relief from headache caused by migraine.


Shirovasti: In shirovasti a bandage is tied and a cylindrical compartment is sealed to head in the form of a cap. Warm medicated oil is poured into the compartment and allowed to soak into the scalp.



This is a very effective therapy for treating insomnia, depression, migraine, headache etc.


Talapodichil: Here a herbal paste is applied to the entire head and covered with a plantain leaf. It is beneficial for Headache, Depression, Migraine etc.


Nasya: Nasya is a Panchakarma treatment which involves administration of medicines through nostrils. It is applied in case of diseases surrounding the head and neck. The patient is made to sit or lie down in a comfortable posture. He has to undergo gentle massage over the head, forehead and face followed by mild Swedana, Slightly warm oil is instilled in prescribed dose in each nostril.



Gentle massage is performed on the plantar and palmar regions, shoulder and back. The patient is allowed to spit if he feels any discomfort due to oil in the throat. After the completion of procedure, oil on the face is to be wiped off and complete rest is advised to the patient. Gargling with warm water may follow Dhoomapana (inhalation of medicated smoke) though mouth may be given after Nasya. Nasya is normally done for 7-14 days depending on the condition of the disease.


Nasya is very effective in treating headache, migraine, ENT disorders, facial paralysis, cataract, cervical spondylitis etc.


Takradhara: 'Takra' means butter milk and 'dhara' means stream. In this treatment procedure, buttermilk is continuously made to flow on the forehead.



Takradhara Ayurvedic Treatment are very similar to that of shirodhara. However, the major difference being use of medicated buttermilk.


Abhyanga: Abhyanga is a part of Panchakarma treatment method which involves application of warm medicated oil over the body with mild pressure. The medicine is rubbed over the body in directions comfortable to the patient. It improves strength and alleviates Vata. Abhyanga is a type of Bahya Snehana which can be performed as therapeutic procedure as well as preventive procedure.


The patient is made to sit on the Abhyanga table with leg extended. The oil is to be heated to optimum temperature and applied over the head, ears and soles of the feet. And then the oil is applied uniformly with mild pressure over the body by two masseurs standing on both sides of the table. Massage is started from scalp, head and moves down to neck, upper back, shoulders, upper arms, forearms, hands and then chest, abdomen, lower back and lower limbs.

Abhyanga should be done in sitting, supine, right lateral and left lateral positions and prone position. At the end of the procedure the oil on the body is wiped off with tissue or towel. The procedure normally takes 30- 40 minutes.

Patient is advised to take complete rest for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Bath can be taken with hot water and soap to remove the oil from the body. Light semisolid digestible diet is advised after the bath.


Ayurvedc Herbs for  Stress Management

 

Ayurveda explains a number of herbs for their ability to foster clarity and health in the mind. These herbs specifically act on the mind and the nervous system, and can help to encourage a sense of case in the face of our daily challenges.

 

Ashwagandha: This has long been celebrated for its ability to support the body in coping with stress while calming the mind. As a highly regarded adaptogen, ashwagandha encourages quality energy throughout the day and sound sleep at night.

 

Brahmi: This herb is incredibly sattvik in nature and is renowned for its ability to balance the nervous system and the mind. It is a cooling, relaxing tonic for pitta, and it helps to calm vata in the mind,

 

Chamomile: This is a natural sedative that is best for mild anxiety. It is used to calm nervousness, both in the mind and stomach. It can reduce digestive discomforts and improve appetite in those with a great deal of stress. It is also used to reduce headaches and improve the health of liver and lungs. It is also effective in anxiety for children.

 

Fennel: This is used to treat some of the most common symptoms of anxiety, including digestion problems, asthma,.etc. It may also act as an analgesic, diuretic, and antispasmodic.

 

Passionflower: This is considered best for mild to moderate anxiety, although it may still be valuable for severe anxiety. It works by reducing muscle tension and insomnia, calming the nerves to prevent agitation, mood swings, headaches, and hot flashes from anxiety.

 

Valerian Root: This is an incredible effective sedative. It is used primarily as a sleep aid, but the sedative qualities of valerian are effective at soothing muscles and reducing mental and physical tension so that you can easily relax. It may also be used to relieve uterine cramps, persistent coughs, and bronchial spasms. It is not recommended for children under 12, pregnant women, or anyone taking other antidepressants or anti-anxiety drugs.


About Ayurveda

Ayurveda, which means the science of life. (Ayur = Life, Veda = Science). Ayurveda is a traditional System of treatment (medical science) which was developed in India more than 5000 years ago. Ayurvedic treatment which helps to cure most of the diseases. Major treatment methods are massages, Pizhichil, Njavarakizhi, Sirodhara, Vasthi, Sirovasthi, Udvarthanam, Abhyangam, Nasyam, Thalam etc. The main Advantage of taking ayurveda treatment is, its completely natural because herbal medicines are used to treat any disease conditions. Its a natural medical system focused on physical, mental and spiritual growth of human beings and it focus on treating and get rid off the root cause of the disease (Complete cure) rather than suppressing the symptoms.Special Ayurveda packages available in kerala for most of the ailments

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