How can Ayurveda help with Anxiety?
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is a natural human response to life's uncertainties. Whenever your apprehensive about something that may happen, you are being anxious. All of us feel anxiety quite often.
However, if you have extreme feelings of anxiety that may disrupt your normal life, then you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder.
In Ayurveda, anxiety is a close term to chinta. The chinta means sorrowful or fearful ruminations.
How can Ayurveda help in anxiety?
According to Ayurveda, the mind is the source of the body. Therefore, the mind can cure the body. However, a material cure may not produce any permanent effect in terms of mental disorders. Therefore, Ayurveda has a distinct branch that deals with minor mental ailments like anxiety. This branch is called satvavjaya
Ayurvedic psychotherapy (Satvavjaya)
The word satvavjaya consists of two words – satva (mind) and jaya (victory). Therefore, Satvavjaya is an Ayurvedic therapy that helps the patient to control her mind and regulate her thoughts. This is the real treatment for all mental disorders, including anxiety.
Satvavjaya uses techniques like
- Ashwasana (Counselling and confidence-building exercises)
- Kala (Arts therapy that includes dance, music, cooking, etc. to pacify and divert the mind)
- Dhyan (Meditation)
- Mantra (Chanting to help stabilize the mind)
- Upvas (Intentional fasting)
- Vrata (Practicing austerities) and many more
According to Ayurveda, each person has a unique mind type or mental constitution (manasic prakrati). Hence, each individual has susceptibility towards different mental disorders. Besides, the mind type also defines the unique symptoms and the most effective treatment for an individual.
However, the most effective Ayurvedic treatment for anxiety is a combination of meditation and mindfulness. Meditation helps to bring a mindful attitude towards problems and naturally eliminates anxiety. A mindful person can trust the cosmos and need not worry.
The best health supplement for the mind (Aachar Rasayana)
According to Charak Samhita, the most authentic text on Ayurvedic medicine, the best prevention for anxiety is Aachar Rasayana (Aachaar – conduct, Rasayana – something that brings vitality or juice).
Aachar Rasayana means practicing proper conduct in all dimensions of life, whether it is personal, social, cultural, or spiritual. This unique Ayurvedic concept states that a person who is devoid of excessive desire, aspirations, anger, sorrow, hatred, and such negative emotions maintains perfect mental and physical health effortlessly. Today, science also agrees with this concept. Thus, practicing appropriate mental, physical and social conduct helps you to stay stable and confident in all situations.
Ayurvedic herbs for anxiety
Mediation, mindfulness, etc. are the permanent solution for anxiety. But what if you need help right now? Ayurveda has some extremely effective herbs that can bring you speedy relief from anxiety. These powerful neuroprotective herbs can support long-term treatment through counseling and meditation. They can protect you from the aggravation of the disorder and provide a safe and stable foundation to start the long-term treatment.
The best Ayurvedic herbs for anxiety relief are –
- Vacha (Acorus calamus)