Stress and Ayurveda

Please note: As Ayurvedic system of treatment is strictly personalized; the exact treatment and medicines can be fixed after detailed consultation with the doctor.

Now a days our life has become very fast and busy and we don’t have time to think even about ourselves. This faster pace of life and departure from nature’s rhythm is the main cause of many health problems in the present time. There comes the relevance of Ayurveda, the science of life, the science of our life style.


Stress and Ayurveda


The literal meaning of the word Ayurveda is science of life. It is a science dealing not only with the treatment of some diseases, but a complete way of life. Ayurveda teaches to live in harmony or in friendly with the nature. This science traces its roots to the 5000-year-old Indus valley civilization. So, it is a science tested by the time.



These are truly stressful times we live in. Body, mind, heart and spirit are all subjected to the ravages of day-to-day stress. Worries about security, economic difficulties, emotional trauma-stressors like these can take a toll on health and longevity if not addressed in a timely fashion. To be effective in treating stress, it’s important to be specific. There are three different manifestations of day-to-day stress – mental, emotional, and physical.


Mental Stress:

Mental stress, according to Ayurveda, is caused by an overuse or misuse of the mind. For instance, if you perform intense mental work many hours a day, or if you work long hours on the computer, it can cause an imbalance in Prana Vata, the mind-body operator concerned with brain activity, energy and the mind. The first symptom of Prana Vata imbalance is losing the ability to handle day-to-day stress. As the person becomes more stressed, it impacts mental functions such as acquisition, retention, and recall. The person’s mind becomes hyperactive, yet the person loses the ability to make clear decisions, to think positively, to feel enthusiastic, and even to fall asleep at night.

To address day-to-day mental stress, it is important to begin by managing mental activity. Secondly, you can take measures to pacify Prana Vata by performing full-body warm oil self-massage everyday with head massage with Maha chandanadi keram; thungadrumadi keram, etc. will be helpful. It is important to get plenty of rest, and if you are having trouble falling sleep, avoid stimulants like caffeine and sip on herbal tea instead.


Emotional Stress:

Emotional stress can be caused by a problem in a relationship, the loss of a relative, or any situation that might hurt the heart. Emotional stress shows up as irritability, depression, and emotional instability. It affects sleep in a different way than mental stress – it can cause you to wake up in the night and not be able to go back to sleep.

Emotional stress disturbs Sadhaka Pitta, the mind-body operator concerned with the emotions and functioning of the heart. To balance emotional stress, you need to favor Pitta-pacifying foods and routine, such as: · A daily self-massage with a cooling oil such as Chandanadi keram, Arukaladi keram, etc. · Going to bed before 10:00 p.m.


Physical Stress:

Physical stress is caused by misuse or overuse of the body, such as exercising too much or working for extended periods at a job that is physically taxing. This can cause a person to experience physical fatigue, along with mental fogginess, difficulty in concentrating, and dullness of the mind. Excessive physical strain causes three sub-doshas to go out of balance: Shleshaka Kapha, the subdosha concerned with lubrication of the joints and moisture balance in the skin, Vyana Vata, which governs the circulation, nerve impulses and the sense of touch, and Tarpaka Kapha, which governs the neuro humors.

Another reason for physical stress can be too little exercise, which results in a sluggish digestion and the formation of ama, the digestive impurities that clog the channels. In either type of physical fatigue, the process of regenerating cells slows down, and thus the cells themselves become physically tired. The solution is to balance Vata and to support Kapha to make the body more stable and nurturing, for example, by: · Getting adequate rest and moderate exercise

· Performing the full-body warm oil self-massage everyday with oils like Maha masha thailam, Narayana thailam, etc.



The mind, body and spirit are intimately connected, and Shirodhara, by calming the mind, relaxes the entire physiology. Shirodhara is especially effective for those experiencing anxiety, insomnia, depression, and stress in general. Stress, according to Ayurveda, is a state of imbalance of prana vayu, sadhaka pitta and tarpaka kapha. Shirodhara reestablishes the functional integrity between these three doshic subtypes and thus helps to alleviate stress. Shirodhara stimulates the pituitary gland which helps bring hormonal balance.

Shirodhara indirectly helps strengthen ojas, maintains the life function of the vital organs, the heart and the brain and it’s immunological and rejuvenate actions. In relation to the doshas, Shirodhara is specifically indicated for Vata and Pitta imbalances. Vata individuals, plagued with fear, nervousness, anxiety, insecurity and ungrounded ness, typically experience a calming and centering effect from Shirodhara. Through the use of cooling oils such as coconut, sunflower and brahmi, Shirodhara relieves Pitta individuals of anger, irritability, judgment, criticism, and excess heat in the head. Through its balancing effect on the doshas and its stress relieving capabilities, Shirodhara thus enables the natural expansion of consciousness, thereby leading one to experience his/her natural state of bliss.

The essence of treatment is the removal of the cause and avoidance of causative factors. Ayurvedic treatment does not mean suppressing the main symptoms and creating some new ones as side effects of the main treatment. It is to remove the root cause and give permanent relief. The medicines for the treatment mainly comprises of powders, tablets, decoctions, medicated oils etc. prepared from natural herbs, plants and minerals. Because the medicines are from natural sources and not synthetic, they are accepted and assimilated in the body without creating any side effects and on the other hand, there may be some side benefits

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