Category: Anxiety

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.

Alternative Treatment of Agoraphobia (Anxiety Disorder)

Abstract

Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder in which the person fears being in a situation where escape is quite difficult. People generally think that agoraphobia is a condition in which a patient is scared of open spaces but it is more complex than that. People suffering from this condition are scared of even very small things like visiting shopping centres, travelling in public transport or even leaving their house. Such people when find themselves in a stressful situation then they will experience panic attacks which include symptoms like rapid heart rate, flushed face, rapid breathing and many more. In this article we will be discussing the Agoraphobia causes, symptoms, its ayurvedic relation and management.

Introduction

Agoraphobia is believed to be a condition that arises due to genetic and environmental factors. Such a condition usually runs in the family, or certain emotional factors like death of someone near and dear can be the trigger factors. In the DSM-5 agoraphobia is kept under the category of phobia along with specific and social phobias. Agoraphobia can be related to other conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, and many more. If we talk about its relation in Ayurveda then it can easily be related to unmanda. It covers a wide range of insanity and manic disorders under it. Agoraphobia Is specifically related to bhayaja unmada. It is believed that sadhaka pitta is deemed to be predominantly responsible for mental functioning and emotions. It is seated in hridya and is responsible for mental functioning and emotions like fear (bhaya), valor (shaurya), anger (krodha), happiness (harsha), courage and buddhi (intelligence).

Agoraphobia

How does phobia manifest?

Rajas (action) and tamas (inertia) are two out of three guna of mana. These two guna causes the mind to deflect from its normal functioning and thus each and every emotion hits you hard. These two mana guna imbalances vata, pitta and kapha which result in mental disorders.

Causes of bhayaja unmanda

In ayurveda it is believed that the cause of unmada is antagonistic, defective or impure blood. It also includes causes like insult to gods, teachers and brahmins. Mental shock due to fear or any emotional trigger is also believed to be the reason for the occurrence of bhayaja unmada. (ch. Chi. 9/4)

Agoraphobia

Symptoms

The symptoms in this case are divided into two types, physical and cognitive symptoms.

Physical symptoms include rapid heart beating, rapid breathing, feeling a bit sick, chest pain, dysphagia that is difficulty in swallowing, diarrhea in some cases is also observed, trembling of hands and legs, feeling of being hot and sweat on forehead and face, dizziness, feeling faint and tinnitus. These are some of the signs of agoraphobia.

On the other hand cognitive symptoms include panic attack due to the fear of feeling stupid and embarresed in front of others, life threatening panic attacks, unable to escape froma space if you are feeling panic, loosing sanity and loosing control in public. Behavioural changes include avoiding going out, travelling in public transports, generally being housebound, avoiding to go far from home, irritation, usually staying alone and needing less people around etc.

Diagnosis

In Ayurveda the diagnosis of unmada or any other psychological condition is explained under manas roga vigyan. They acharyas have told specific lakshana when a person is suffering from manas roga. These lakshana involve fear(bhaya)- a person always seems like they are afraid of something, anxiety, sadness (mana shobha), self speaking, origin of many mana bhava at once like anger, fear, jealous, regret, lust, greed, pride etc. The correct diagnosis in this situation can only be made by observing and questioning the patient. The question must not be straight, try to choose situation based questions.

Treatment of Agoraphobia

Ayurveda explains mental health as the state of  well balanced and calm state of mind, being cheerful, pleasant sleep, steady mental faculties, pleasant and active state of sensory attributes, control over six dharnia vega that are kama, krodha, bhaya, lershya, shoka, lobha and moha. But if any of these is disturbed then it simply means mental health is disturbed. So for the treatment of mana vikara ayurveda explains three types of treatment that works on mana and body both.

These three types are

  1. Dev vyapashraya chikitsa
  2. Yukti vyapashraya chikitsa
  3. Satvavijya chikita

1. Dev vyapashraya chikitsa

Dev vyapashraya chikitsa works on controlling the mana and relaxes the mind.

2. Yukti vyapashraya chikitsa

It includes treatment, that is done by 3 ways:

  1. Antar bhimarjan chikitsa (treatment using internal medication)
  2. Bahir parimarjan chikitsa (treatment using external mind relaxing ways like shiro dhara etc.)
  3. Kshstra pranidhana

3.  Satvavajya chikitsa

This chikitsa works by developing a pravar type of stva in patients that prevents him/her from developing any mana vikar again.

Herbal Remedies for Agoraphobia

Alternative Medicines for Agoraphobia

For the treatment of agoraphobia Planet Ayurveda also offers some of it’s medication that can be used as antar bhimarjan chikitsa in this case. These medications are totally herbal and do not cause any side effects. The products offered by Planet Ayurveda are as follows:

  1. Arjun tea
  2. Brahmi capsules
  3. Ashwagandha capsules
  4. Stress support capsules

PRODUCTS DESCRIPTION

1. Arjun Tea

Arjun (Termenelia chebula) is a herb that helps in maintaining and regulating physiological functioning of the heart and strengthens it anatomically. It also helps in reducing symptoms of anxiety and palpitations in manas vikara. It acts as an antioxidant and reduces the accumulation of toxins in the body that are again responsible for manas roga.

Dose: Once a day preferably in morning

2. Brahmi Capsules

Bacopa monnieri (brahmi) also helps in reducing stress and anxiety. It helps the brain to fight with the fears and lowers the blood pressure that results in palpitations. It also has antioxidant properties.

Dose: One capsule twice a day after meals.

3. Ashwagandha Capsules

The botanical name for ashwagandha is Withania somnifera. This herb has many properties and can be used for the management of many conditions. Ashwagandha capsules help in fighting stress, depressive thoughts, fills you with energy and boosts mental function.

Dose: one capsule twice a day after meals.

4. Stress support capsules

It is a powerful combination that improves memory and mental concentration. It also behaves as a stress buster and reduces drowsiness. It has three herbs: Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), tagar (Valeriana jatamansi) and brahmi (Bacopa monnieri). These herbs work in a very wonderful way and give very nice results.

Dose: one capsule twice a day after meals.

Conclusion

“Chittam cheetah hrdayam svantam hrnmanasam manah iti”

(Amarkosh 1/43)

This stanza explains that mana is the entity through which the knowledge is obtained. This is closely related to atma and the seat of mana is hridya (heart).

In above article it is mentioned that how many vikar affects any individual and how such vikar can be managed. The products offered by Planet Ayurveda for conditions like Agoraphobia are totally herbal and are manufactured using standardized extract of different herbs. In case of any query kindly visit planetayurveda.com