Category: Mental Health

Ayurvedic Treatment for Somatoform Disorders – Somatic Symptom Disorders (SSD)


Somatoform disorders are commonly known as Somatic Symptom Disorder. It is considered in psychiatric disorders and involves physical and mental illness. Somatoform disorders include different types of disorders such as somatization disorder, undifferentiated somatoform disorder, conversion disorder, pain disorder, hypochondriasis, and body dysmorphic disorder. The symptoms are unexplained and found in early patients. If the patient has a somatic disorder and experiences physical and mental distress the treatment can cure the symptoms and improve the quality of life of the patient.


In Ayurvedic terms, the Vata Kapha dosha and tamas guna are responsible for the somatoform disorder. The symptoms involve one or more organs or body systems such as Pain, Neurogenic problems, and Gastrointestinal complaints. Somatoform disorders occur in 0.2 – 2 % of women and less than 0.2 % of men.

Somatoform Disorder


The Cause of somatoform disorder is unknown but some risk factors are there which cause somatoform disorder. The risk factors are follows as

  1. Genetic and biological factor
  2. Emotional stress
  3. Childhood trauma
  4. Childhood illness
  5. Mental health condition
  6. Anxiety
  7. Depression


Somatoform disorder with the following symptoms

  1. Pain in any part of the body or the whole body
  2. Shortness of breath
  3. Anxiety
  4. Abdominal pain
  5. Altered bowel habits
  6. Digestive problems
  7. Abnormal movements such as tremors and seizures
  8. Blindness
  9. Hearing loss
  10. Loss of sensation in the body


  1. Somatic symptom disorder (SSD):- also known as somatization disorder. The disorder occurs between 18-30 years of life. More women than men are affected. The cause is not known but affects the person’s day to day life activities. The diagnosis is difficult as there is no physical cause for the symptoms. Some Somatic symptoms are diagnosed when the person has excessive thoughts, behaviour, and feelings relating to physical symptoms without a medical condition such as pain, weakness, and shortness of breath.
  2. Conversion disorder:- Also known as functional neurological symptom disorder. it occurs between the ages of 18 to 30 years. It is a condition where a person has symptoms that suggest serious neurological diseases such as brain or nerve diseases. For example total loss of vision (severe sight impairment), deafness, weakness, numbness, or paralysis of arms and legs. Symptoms appear for a few weeks but in some cases, it appears for a longer time.
  3.  Pain disorder:- It is a condition where a patient has persistent pain but not attributed to a physical disorder. Due to pain patients experience stress and discomfort. It is due to psychological factors. The severity and duration of psychological factors will affect the severity and duration of pain.
  4.  Hypochondriasis:-  Also known as anxiety illness disorder.  People think a normal symptom is a sign of a serious disease. For example -they believe that a common headache is a sign of a brain tumor, and a normal skin rash is a sign of skin cancer. Normal body sensations such as tummy rumbling may be thought of as a symptom of serious illness. The disorder is similar to somatization disorder but in this condition, people may accept that the symptoms are minor but fear they are caused by serious disease.
  5.  Body dysmorphic disorder:-  It is a condition where a person spends a lot of time worried and concerned about their appearance. A person spends most of the time thinking of minor or imagined defects in the body. The patient frequently examines their appearance in a mirror, consistently compares their appearance with others, and avoids social photos and communication.


  1. History of many physical complaints – Any drug or alcohol abuse, stress.
  2.  Physical examination – Pain, sleepiness, and fatigue that cause distress and have a negative impact on daily functioning.
  3. Psychological examination – To talk about symptoms, fears, concerns, stressful situations, relationship problems, and family history.


  1. Psychotherapy:- It includes cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or Trauma therapy
  2. Medication:- Antidepressant medication
  3. Relaxation therapy- It includes deep breathing techniques, meditation, massage, and music therapy.


In Ayurvedic aspects, Somatoform disorders come under Manovikaras. Due to an increase in vata kapha dosha (sharirik dosha) and rajas guna (mansik dosha) mental illness will occur.As Acharya Charak explained in Dashavidha pariksha and tells about the bala (strength ) of a person in which  Avara sattva people are commonly affected with somatoform disorder. Some symptoms are seen such as Anidra ( insomnia) due to vata dosha, Murcha due to  Pitta dosha, tandra, and nidra (sleep) due to Kapha dosha.

Causes of somatoform disorder according to Ayurveda

  1. Mithya aahar ( improper diet )
  2. Mithya vihara ( improper activities)
  3. Ratri Jagran ( inability to sleep at night )
  4. Manashika hetu ( psychological stress )


In Ayurveda, Manovikaras are treated as follows

  1. Daivavyapasraya chikitsa ( A Spritiual therapy ):-  It includes Mantra, Mani , Aushadhi, Bali, Homa,  Upahara, Upavasa, Niyama
  2. Yuktivyapasraya chikitsa ( A Logical therapy):- Administration of medicine such as nasya, Shirolepa, and as well as diet.
  3. Satwavajaya chikitsa ( A Psychotherapy ):- It is an Adravyabhoota chikitsa.

Other treatment strategies

  1.  Medhya Dravayas:- A group of brain tonics that help improve memory and keep the mind in a state of balance. For example- Mandukparni, Yasthimadhu, Guduchi, Shankhapusphi.
  2. Chittodvega chikitsa:- Refers to a set of anxiety disorder
  3. Unmada(Insanity) /Apasmara(Epilepsy)  chikitsa
  4. Atatvabhinivesha chikitsa:- It means lack of judgment and loss of discrimination between which is good or which is bad.


Planet Ayurveda is an ISO-certified company. It deals with the manufacturing of different ayurvedic products which are available in the form of tablets, syrup, capsules, and decoctions. Planet Ayurveda products are totally herbal and free from any type of adulterant. The preparations prepared by Planet Ayurveda are potent and used in various conditions. The formulations offered by Planet Ayurveda for somatoform disorder are follows as

Product list

  1. Boswellia curcumin capsules
  2. Neurogenie capsules
  3. Phyllanthus niruri capsules
  4. Kalyanaka ghrit
  5. Saraswatarisht

Herbal Remedies For Somatoform Disorders

Herbal Remedies for Somatoform disorders

Product Description

1. Boswellia curcumin capsules

Boswellia curcumin is a useful ayurvedic capsule that contains curcumin (Curcuma longa) and shallaki ( Boswellia serrata). Curcumin boosts the brain and nervous system as curcumin regenerates and protects the cells of the nervous system, uplifting mood and improving brain health. Both herbs have analgesic properties. As patients suffer from anxiety and stress that causes recurrent headaches so for that Boswellia curcumin helps the patient.

Dosage:- 1 capsule twice daily, after meals with plain water

2. Neurogenie capsules

Neurogenie capsules are pure extraction of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri). Ashwagandha and Brahmi provide relief from stress, and anxiety and are useful in enhancing memory and instantly giving memory alertness. Ashwagandha is useful in managing anxiety attacks, stress, and post-traumatic disorder. They calm the nervous system and increase the physical and mental performance of the patient.

Dosage:- 2 capsules twice daily, after meals with plain water

3. Phyllanthus niruri capsules

It is an Ayurvedic formulation that contains a pure form of Bhumiamla (Phyllanthus niruri). To prevent gastrointestinal symptoms and hepatic damage these capsules are given in somatoform disorder. As capsules are anti-fungal or anti-viral they prevent the body from infections.

Dosage:– 1 capsule twice daily, after meals with plain water

4. Kalyanaka ghrit

Kalyanka ghrit contains Badi elaichi ( Ammonium subulatum), Hariaki (Terminalia chebula), Vishala (Rakta indravaruni), Devadaru (Cedrus deodara), Bhibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica),  Elavaluka (Prunus avium), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) and Ghrita ( cow ghee)  and many other herbs. It balances vata and pitta dosha. It boosts memory and mental health and relieves stress so it is useful in somatoform disorder. It is also useful in convulsions, tremors, psychosis, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Dosage:– 1 tsp twice with milk (warm)

5. Saraswatarisht

Saraswatarisht is a great medicine that contains Vidarikand (Pueraria tuberosa), Harad (Terminalia chebula), Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Vidarikand (Pueraria tuberosa), and many other herbs. It is helpful in acute anxiety, partial loss of memory, fatigue, and depression. As the vitiated vata dosha is responsible for the behavior of the patient it pacifies the vata dosha and helps in relieving symptoms.

Dosage:– 2 tsp twice daily

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Symptoms of the somatoform disorder cannot be ignored because it affects the physical and mental health of the patient and decreases the quality of life of the patient. The exact cause is unknown but some risk factors are there that cause somatoform disorder. In Ayurveda, there is no direct correlation of the somatoform disorder, but as Acharya Charak mentioned Avara satva patients are commonly affected by this disorder. In the ayurveda aspect Satwavajaya chikitsa, Daivavyapasraya chikitsa, and Medhya Dravayas can be effective and in modern cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy can be given.

Shaken Baby Syndrome Causes, Symptoms and Treatment


The term shaken baby refers to violent back-and-forth movements of the head by the carer, which can result in severe clinical results such as bleeding. This aggression may not result in external damage, but it has a significant impact on inside organs. Repeated acceleration and deceleration produced by shaking are also linked to brain damage. According to studies, a common activity that accompanies shaken infant syndrome is the prolonged wailing of a healthy baby. The cause, symptoms, and treatment of shaken baby syndrome are now discussed briefly.

Shaken baby syndrome

Shaken baby syndrome is a type of mental illness that occurs when an infant or young child is violently shaken. When this happens, the nerve travels back to the skull, causing bleeding, bruising, and swelling. Shaken Baby Syndrome is known to cause long-term brain damage and even death.

Causes of Shaken Baby Syndrome

Shaken Baby Syndrome occurs when a parent shakes the baby out of anger or stress. Babies cannot support the weight of their heads because of weak neck muscles. This can cause bruising, swelling, and bleeding.

Symptoms of Shaken Baby Syndrome

  1. Drowsiness
  2. Poor eating
  3. Excessive irritability
  4. Vomiting
  5. Seizures
  6. Coma
  7. Paralysis
  8. Breathing problem
  9. Bluish or pale skin
  10. Thrive failure
  11. Lethargy
  12. Difficulty staying awake
  13. Head enlargement
  14. Trouble sucking
  15. Dilated pupil

Risk Factors of Shaken Baby Syndrome

  1. Stress
  2. Domestic violence
  3. Depression
  4. Alcohol abuse
  5. Unrealistic expectations of babies
  6. Single parenthood or young parenthood
  7. History of mistreatment of the child
  8. Unstable family situations

Complications of Shaken Baby Syndrome

  1. Irreversible brain damage
  2. Total or partial blindness
  3. Seizure disorders
  4. Cerebral palsy
  5. Intellectual disability
  6. Learning problems
  7. Developmental delays
  8. Behaviour issue

Physical Findings of Shaken Baby Syndrome

  1. Retinal haemorrhage
  2. Retinal haemorrhages
  3. Concussions
  4. Abdominal injuries
  5. Swelling of soft tissue
  6. Tense fontanel
  7. Lacerations
  8. Bruises occur on the abdomen, arms, or face.
  9. Bruises occur on the scalp and back.
  10. Head injury
  11. Abnormally low blood pressure
  12. Contusion


  1. History
  2. X-rays
  3. CT scan
  4. MRI
  5. Optic fundus examination
  6. Drug screening
  7. Nuclear scan
  8. Routine blood sample

Ayurvedic Aspect of Shaken Baby Syndrome

In Ayurveda, the shaken baby syndrome is correlated with vitiated vata vyadhi. In Ayurveda, the brain or head is mentioned as the body part in which vitality resides. The brain is a production of kapha and rakta dhatu. All sensations and movements are derived from the brain, in which vata is involved. Prana vata is a type of vata dosha that is present in the whole body, commands the sense organ and brain, and is responsible for all types of reflexes, movements, and all vital functions.

Samprapti (Pathophysiology) of Shaken Baby Syndrome

Because of nidana (causes) like violently shaking the baby or a head injury, vata gets aggravated and causes degenerative changes in the nervous system that cause various disorders.

Symptoms of Vitiated Vata

  1. Body tremors
  2. Involuntary movement spectrum
  3. Confusion
  4. Altered higher mental functions
  5. Decrease in strength
  6. Decrease in the capacity of sense organs
  7. Delusion
  8. Delirium
  9. Insomnia


Shaken baby syndrome is a serious condition. In Ayurveda, we can only
provide supportive care to slow the progression of the disease. There are many herbs that balance vata energy and improve intelligence. This drug is particularly good for brain function and general body function. There are some herbal remedies that are given by Planet Ayurveda, especially for this syndrome, that are described below.

Some Herbal Remedies for Shaken Baby Syndrome from Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda is a registered Ayurvedic company that formulates various supplements for the treatment of disease. They follow all the basic principles of Ayurveda, which are given in the ancient textbook Ayurvedic Samhita. The products manufactured by Planet Ayurveda are pure and free of any adulteration. These products are pure, gluten-free. And for shaken baby syndrome, Planet Ayurveda has created various supplements that are beneficial.

Products List

  1. Kumar Kalyan Ras
  2. Neuroplan Syrup
  3. Arvindasava
  4. Kumar Kalyan Ras

Herbal Remedies for Shaken Baby SyndromeHerbal Remedies for Shaken Baby Syndrome

Products Description

1. Kumar Kalyan Ras

Kumar kalyan ras is a polyherbal tablet that is formulated by Planet Ayurveda by using Aloe vera juice extract (Kumari rasa), Shuddha parada (Purified mercury), Mukta bhasma (Pearl calx), Swarna bhasma (Gold calx), Abhrak bhasma (Mica calx), Loha bhasma (Iron calx), Swarna Bhasma (Gold calx), and Makshika bhasma (formulation of iron and copper ore). Aloe vera is bitter, cold, unctuous, and heavy. It reduces all three doshas according to their action on the human body. It is an accumulation-breaking herb that alleviates ophthalmic disease. This remedy helps in the treatment of fever in children.

Dosage: after meals, 1 tablet twice daily.

2. Neuroplan Syrup

It is a polyherbal syrup that is formulated by Planet Ayurveda using Mandukaparni (Centella asiatica), Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Pippali (Piper longum), Sonth (Zingiber officinale), and other ingredients. This syrup is effective for the brain and nervous system. It is helpful in promoting energy and the health of the brain and is useful in preventing nerve damage. It enhances the strength and stamina of the body. Garlic helps in paralysis, whereas its daily consumption in the diet reduces body toxins besides controlling the lipid profile.

Dosage: after meals, 2 teaspoons twice daily.

3. Arvindasav

It is a polyherbal syrup that is formulated by Planet Ayurveda using Kamal Phool (Nelumbium speciosum), Khus (Vetiveria zizanioides), Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia), Nagarmotha (Cyperus rotundus), Shahad (Honey), Pitta papda (Fumaria parviflora), water, and some other ingredients. It is bitter, pungent, and astringent in taste and light, dry, and cold in effect. It pacifies vata and kapha. The decoction of nagarmotha and pitpapra is the most commonly used for excessive thirst arising from fever. Honey is rich in energy. Its natural sugar serves as fuel for muscle activity and provides an instant source of energy.

Dosage: after meals, 2 teaspoons twice daily.

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The word shaken baby is characterised by violent back-and-forth throws of the head by the caretaker that can lead to severe clinical outcomes like haemorrhage. Shaken baby syndrome is a type of mental illness that occurs when an infant or young child is violently shaken. When this happens, the nerve travels back to the skull, causing bleeding, bruising, and swelling. Shaken Baby Syndrome is known to cause long-term brain damage and even death. In Ayurveda, the shaken baby syndrome is correlated with vitiated vata vyadhi. Because of nidana (causes) like violently shaking the baby or a head injury, vata gets aggravated and causes degenerative changes in the nervous system that cause various disorders. For ayurvedic treatment, Planet Ayurveda provides some herbal remedies that are formulated by their practitioners and give effective results without causing any side effects.