Anxiety Disorder or Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is psychological condition in which the patient panics, suffers from social anxiety, feel excessively self-conscious and is worried about unrealistic problems. Anxiety disorders can last for six months or more and can affect normal activities, job performance and relationships. Patients with anxiety disorders worry excessively about their health, money & career among other things. Some common symptoms of anxiety disorder are restlessness, fatigue, irritability, muscular aches, insomnia/sleep disorders, abdominal upsets, dizziness, irritability and poor concentration. At Kayakalp Ayurveda Anxiety Disorder treatment begins with first identifying the root-cause of the disease and based on that a personalized course of treatment is designed.
Anxiety disorder can be caused by an underlying health problem such as heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disorders, alcoholism, IBS or hereditary. Other known causes are past trauma, mental health problems and life experiences.
Nausea, Palpitations, Sleep disturbances, Breathlessness, Dry mouth
Feeling of panic, fear & uneasiness, Cold or sweaty extremities
Ayurvedic Anxiety Disorder Treatment
Anxiety Disorder treatment in Ayurveda takes a comprehensive view of an individual’s physical, emotional and spiritual conditions. These attributes have an effect on prana vata, a subsidiary of vata dosha which become aggravated with worry, anxiety and depression. Prana vata weakens the nervous system and triggers mental imbalance. It also weakens the neuro-hormonal system and nerve impulses. Ayurvedic treatment of anxiety disorder would involve curbing aggravated prana vata and increasing sattva guna, which envisages a stable and peaceful mind through self-realization and self-control, and appropriate changes in diet and lifestyle.
Diet & Lifestyle Advice
Fresh fruits, fruit juices, vegetables (raw or cooked or boiled), vegetable juices, sprouts, nuts, dry fruits, honey, milk, ghee, fresh butter, and buttermilk are the best to increase sattva and enrich the mind. Try to cut down, or if possible stop, the use of black tea, coffee, white flour products, chocolates, white sugar products, deep fried foods, hot spices, meat, fish, and eggs. Such restrictions benefit in anxiety disorders.
Breathing exercises: Mind has a very close relation with breathing. A person has short and shallow breathing when anxious or stressed and has deep breathing when relaxed and happy. Next time you become stressed, watch your breathing. Try to slow it down. Take a relaxed position and breathe deep using the abdomen muscles. Let the diaphragm expand while breathing in, and contract while breathing out. This will immediately relax you and reduce anxiety attacks. Exercise, meditation, relaxation techniques and Yoga postures are also recommended.
Have 1 teaspoonful of licorice root powder with water empty stomach in the morning. This is mentioned as a medhya rasayana in Ayurveda i.e. a mind rejuvenator.
Dr Aurora is a qualified psychotherapist from Apollo Hospital, Hyderabad and had designed very effective counseling courses packages for anxiety and depression.
These courses are also conducted online through skype and whatsaap video calls for the needy clients by Dr Aurora & his team.