Category: Mental Health

An Ayurvedic Guide to Sleep Disorders With Herbal Remedies!

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Abstract

Just like any man made machinery needs some rest in between to work properly, so is the case with a human body. While we are continually burning calories and performing various activities like cooking food, walking to our workplace, travelling to some destinations or simply doing some household work, we also need some rest so that the body can recharge its energy levels. This can be done in various ways like sitting ideally for some time or listening to your favorite songs or the best way possible is to get some sleep. The best sleep that is recommended to adults is for 8 hours per day. Any changes in the sleep timings more than or less than 8 hours is not a healthy sign, unless you are indulging in some activities that have been demanding more time recently. For example, if a student is staying late till wee hours, he/she might not be able to sleep for 8 hours per day for a few weeks, but that is not considered a warning sign. But, the problem lies where people have plenty of time to have a sound sleep, but they are busy in their unimportant tasks like watching social media sites, playing video games, chatting with friends late at night causing a lot of problems as they are not having adequate sleep. So, the question arises why is it necessary to have a sleep.

Sleep Disorders

Introduction

One might think that people with sleep disorders like insomnia (where an individual finds it difficult to fall asleep) also live, and perform their daily routine activities without much difficulty. The answer to this question is that the energy stores are recharged while one sleeps. You might not feel energetic, if you didn’t have a good sound sleep and you might not be able to be as efficient as the individual who is getting sound sleep. The molecule that is used for short term storage and transport of energy, ATP (Adenosine triphosphate), is restored by the brain during sleep, and the brain uses 20 percent of the body’s energy while we are awake. Growth hormone, one of the important hormones responsible for the overall growth is also secreted in bursts during sleep. Sometimes, the pattern of a person’s sleep is to be studied, the process is called Polysomnography which is performed in a specialized sleep laboratory.

General Physiology Of Sleep

If we have to see the physiological changes occurring during sleep, then we need to take the role of the brain into consideration. While we are awake it is the brain which controls our actions, be it walking, jumping, driving vehicles, dancing or reacting to any stimulus in the environment. It is our brain itself, which sends signals to the different parts of the body which further enables the body to react to a particular stimulus. So, the physiological changes in the brain are very remarkable, as it restores the supply of ATP which is a molecule that is used for short storage and transport of energy. Another change that happens while sleeping is release of Prolactin hormone which is responsible for breast development and milk production in mammals, that is why it is suggested in pregnant women to have a sleep in daytime also.

Types Of Sleep

There are mainly two types of sleep

  • Non REM Sleep (non-rapid eye movement sleep): It is the first phase of sleep, and during this phase the heart rate and temperature falls considerably and the brain uses less energy.
  • REM Sleep (rapid eye movement sleep): It is also known as paradoxical sleep. Dreams and nightmares occur in this very phase of sleep.

Sleep Disorders

As per medical science the average and recommended time for an ideal sleep is 8 hours. Anything less or more than this prescribed time may lead to cardiovascular diseases, obesity and mental illness.

There are various types of sleep disorders, out of which the following are the most common.

  1. Insomnia
  2. Sleep Apnea
  3. Restless Legs Syndrome
  4. Narcolepsy

1. Insomnia

In this sleep disorder, an individual finds it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep. Insomnia can be further divided into 2 main types. First is acute (short term) insomnia and second is chronic (long term) insomnia. Short term or acute insomnia can be there because of some recent change in the life of a patient, like death of some relative, change in location, job stress/job loss, or environmental factors like noise, extreme temperature etc. Whereas, chronic or long term insomnia can be caused by stress, physical ailment that aggravates at night etc.

2. Sleep Apnea

It is a sleep disorder that includes interruption of the breathing of a patient while he/she is sleeping. This sleep disorder can be divided into 2 main types. Obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. In obstructive sleep apnea, one has to gasp for air while sleeping followed by daytime sleepiness and fatigue. Snoring is a common symptom. In central sleep apnea also there is gasping for air, but awakening during night is more common.

3. Restless Legs Syndrome

It is a kind of sleep disorder that doesn’t let the patient fall asleep as while in bed, there is an irresistible urge to move the legs. It might be because of some association with daytime sleepiness and irritability.

4. Narcolepsy

In this sleep disorder one can not control his urge to sleep during daytime and falls asleep with excessive daytime sleepiness.

Herbs For Healthy Sleep

1. Brahmi

It is known by its latin name Bacopa monnieri. It helps in maintaining a good and sound sleep. It helps to maintain a healthy mind, memory and intellect. Not only sleep, but Brahmi also helps in attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), irritable bowel syndrome, and hair growth.

2. Ashwagandha

The Latin name for the Ashwagandha is Withania somnifera. It is a general well being herb, which has a tremendous effect on the central nervous system. It also nourishes tissues and strengthens them to fight infection and calm down anxiety by lowering the stress and hence very useful in acute (short term) insomnia.

3. Shankhpushpi

The Latin name for Shankhpushpi is Convolvulus pluricaulis. It is used in Ayurveda as an enhancer of brain functioning. It is also very useful in reducing the level of the stress hormone that is cortisol, therefore providing a sweet and peaceful sleep which one desires the most.

Lifestyle changes to have a Better Sleep

  • As we reach offices, schools, churches on time. Same should be applied with our sleeping time. We must stick to a fixed and earliest time possible to go to bed leaving behind our gadgets to avoid distraction.
  • Tea and coffee or alcoholic drinks with stimulants should not be consumed after 6 pm in the evening, because doing so will keep mind overactive and it will become difficult to fall asleep.
  • We should include daily and regular exercise in our regime. It will help in better circulation and sleep.
  • Avoid using mobile/tablets or any other source of blue light 30 minutes prior to the bedtime.
  • Use the best and the appropriate bed and bedding according to your fit, so that you should not be wandering in your bed the whole night for a soft corner.
  • Keep a gap of 2 hours between dinner and bedtime, as it will not cause regurgitation of food while sleeping.

Conclusion

To lead a productive and healthy life, one has to have a healthy body. And to have a healthy body it is required to have a calm and healthy mind which is only possible if we are getting good quality and not just quantity of sleep. For those who are in search of some unanswered questions regarding their sleep disorders, Planet Ayurveda is an answer, where you will get consultation from experts holding years of experience. The Ayurvedic natural health care system is spread worldwide because ayurvedic treatments are very helpful for each and every disease. For more details of our products, you can check our website www.planetayurveda.com. For more queries, you can send your queries to our email id herbalremedies123@yahoo.com.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Anxiety and Panic attacks

Abstract

Anxiety and panic attacks are the most common mental problems worldwide. According to the Data given by the National Institute of Mental Health, around 31 % of adults experienced  some type of anxiety or panic attacks in their lifetime. Panic attacks and Anxiety problems are now increasing due to today’s fast-paced lifestyle. The person who has suffered anxiety or a panic attack knows how terrifying and horrible an experience it can be. But very few people who experienced anxiety or panic attacks seek formal treatment. But this is a serious issue that should not be avoided and needs to be cured at the right time. Here in this article, we are going to discuss anxiety and panic attacks and their Ayurvedic management.

Introduction

Anxiety is an emotional disorder characterised by feelings of tension, fear, worried thoughts that also includes physiological changes like raised blood pressure and further it may give rise to depression. Panic attack is a  sudden episode of unreasonable intense feelings of fear and anxiety that triggers severe physical reactions and symptoms like palpitations, fast breathing and sweating, racing heart, even when there is no apparent cause or real danger. Panic attacks can be very terrifying as when they occur, you might think you are having a heart attack, losing control or even dying.

Anxiety and Panic attacks

Types of Anxiety

  • Generalized anxiety disorder  This is a long lasting type of anxiety in which a person worries about non specific objects, life events and situations.
  • Panic disorders – These are the sudden and brief panic attacks characterised by shaking, dizziness, confusion, nausea and breathing difficulties which arise because of some frightening experiences.
  • Phobia –  Phobia arises out of anxiety and is different from other anxiety disorders. In this the fear may be unnecessary but the person is unable to control anxiety.
  • Social anxiety disorder – In this type of anxiety a person fears from opening up in front of society or other people because of a fear of being negatively judged by the people.
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder –  In OCD, a person is obsessed with cleanliness, keeping on checking light switches or the locks.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder – This type of anxiety disorder is due to flashbacks of any trauma, serious accident or a sexual assault due to which a person may often change his behavior to avoid the triggers.
  • Separation anxiety disorder – This type of anxiety is due to a feeling of separation from a person or place close to the heart.

Ayurvedic Aspect of Anxiety and Panic attacks

In Ayurveda, Anxiety is an imbalance of Vata dosha. During a panic attack, the Vata dosha impairment results in a sudden extreme stress response and agitated state of mind. Ayurvedic principle of diagnosing and treating a disease based on three doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The balanced state of these doshas signifies a healthy state whereas the imbalance of these doshas leads to a disease. When Vata dosha is  disturbed the person feels ungrounded, has trouble sleeping and has a hyper-excitable nervous system. Thus the Anxiety (Chittodvega) is an aggravated Vata dosha disorder and the management is based on balancing the Vata dosha.

Symptoms of Anxiety and Panic Attacks

The symptom of Anxiety or panic attacks are

  • Trembling or shaking
  • Fear of losing control
  • Feeling like you’re going to die
  • Intense feeling of terror
  • Chills
  • Choking or smothering sensation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea
  • Racing heart
  • Sweating
  • Tingling sensation or numbness on fingers or toes

Causes

The causes of Anxiety or panic attacks are

  • Genetics and hereditary –  Anxiety can  run in families
  • Hormonal/ biochemical imbalance – Imbalance of hormones like serotonin and dopamine.
  • Personality type –  Certain people who have poor coping skills or  low self esteem are more prone to anxiety
  • Social factors – People who are exposed to violence, abuse and poverty are more prone to anxiety and panic attacks
  •  Medical causes – Cardiopulmonary  or Endocrine disorders or any other chronic disease can lead to anxiety
  •  Drugs and other substances –  Some drugs like amphetamine, transquillsers, or steroids etc. can lead to anxiety and panic attacks.

Risk Factors

  • Trauma:  history of a mental trauma in certain condition of life is a major contributing factor in developing anxiety.
  • Stress: Worrying or stressful situations in life may trigger anxiety.
  • Gender : Females are more prone to anxiety than males.
  • Other mental health disorders. Persons who are already suffering from depression may also develop anxiety disorder or panic attacks.
  • Having blood relatives with an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders may run in families.
  • Drugs or alcohol.  Alcohol or drug overdose or withdrawal can cause or trigger anxiety and Panic attacks.

Diagnosis

Your doctor rules out the diseases having similar symptoms through some tests. If they are normal then he can diagnose it through your history or symptoms. Some tests to rule out anxiety are –

  • Hamilton anxiety rating scale
  • Anxiety disorder interview schedule
  • ECG

Treatment of Anxiety and Panic attacks

In modern medicine, it is managed with some anti anxiety drugs, antidepressants drugs and with psychotherapy. But there is no permanent cure of this and the long term use of these medications can cause side effects too. In Ayurveda, this is an imbalance of Vata dosha so the line of treatment is to pacify the aggravated dosha. Ayurveda focuses on Nidan Parivarjana (avoid the causing factors) to manage the disease. In anxiety or panic attacks some Panchakarma procedures like Abhyanga, Shiro- abhyanga, Shiro vasti, Shirodhara, nasya with medicated oils are also recommended along with some Ayurvedic herbs like Ashwagandha, Jatamansi, Brahmi, Mandookparni, etc.

Herbal  Remedies for Anxiety and Panic attacks by Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda is a worldwide leading herbal manufacturing company, the products of Planet Ayurveda are 100% pure herbal, natural and are made under the guidance of Ayurveda experts. Planet Ayurveda offers Panic Care pack for the effective management of Anxiety and Panic attacks

  1. NeuroGenie Capsules
  2. Calm Easy Capsules
  3. Pitta Balance
  4. Indian Valeriana

Anxiety and Panic attacksHerbal Supplements for Anxiety and Panic attacks

Description of the Products

1. NeuroGenie Capsules

NeuroGenie capsules are the polyherbal formulations by Planet Ayurveda that contain Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), etc and acts as a powerful antioxidant, boosts brain function and prevents anxiety or stress. The ingredients of this capsule helps to combat physical and mental stress, lowering blood pressure, reduces inflammation, and boosts the immune system.

Dosage – 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals

2. Calm Easy Capsules

This is a polyherbal formulation by Planet Ayurveda that contains Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and Tagar (Valeriana Wallichii). These capsules act as a wonderful nerve tonic and help in managing anxiety. It relaxes the body, reduces the number of thoughts, enhances memory, grasping power, learning capacity, useful in stress, anxiety, phobia, fear and insomnia. This helps in the pacification of Vata  and Pitta dosha and thus useful in Anxiety and panic attacks.

Dosage– 1 capsule twice daily with plain water after meals

3. Pitta Balance

Pitta balance capsules are polyherbal formulations by Planet Ayurveda that contain Praval Pishti (coral compound), Akik Pishti (Agate compound), Jahar Mohra Pishti, Kamdudha Ras, Mukta Pishti (Pearl compound), Giloy Satva (Tinospora cordifolia extracts). This herbal formulation helps in managing anxiety and panic attacks as it balances the pitta dosha so the symptoms like aggression, anxiety, anger, palpitations, hyper activity, etc are also controlled by these capsules.  Thus this product has magnificent results in Anxiety disorders.

Dosage- 1 capsule twice daily with plain water after meals

4. Indian Valeriana

Indian Valeriana is a single herbal formulation by Planet Ayurveda that contains  standardized extracts of Tagar (Valeriana Wallichii) The root of this wonderful herb is used to make medicine which has magnificent results and is used in the management of sleep disorders, mental stress, controls anxiety, depression,etc.

Dosage- 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals

Conclusion

Thus from the above mentioned details we can conclude that Anxiety and Panic attacks can be managed with Ayurvedic formulations, counselling of patients, some yogas and meditation.  Ayurvedic herbs have wonderful results without any side effects. Planet Ayurveda offers a Panic Care pack which has very good results in this condition. Planet Ayurveda products are 100% pure, effective, vegetarian, and natural. We hope the above-mentioned information regarding  Anxiety and panic attacks will be beneficial for the one who suffers. For more details of our products, you can check our website www.planetayurveda.com. For more queries, you can send your queries to our email id herbalremedies123@yahoo.com.