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Nervous stomach / butterflies

Written by John Immel, Asheville, NC
Feeling uneasy or fearful? Stress, anxiety, and emotional trauma can freeze the digestive tract, inhibit belly circulation, and disrupt the ability to make intuitive decisions. A healthy, tranquil gut bolsters identity and a sense of mission, facilitates feelings of security, and can soothe confusion. When you consider that one third of your brain is in your gut, the adage trust your gut takes on a new dimension. We all are familiar with gut feelings. That term is not just an expression, but a crucial barometer of health.

What is anxiety and where does it come from? Have you ever felt "butterflies in your belly"? Do you feel nauseous in certain situations? Your 'gut brain' interprets threatening situations and trauma. Everyone encounters a wide range of experiences and your emotional responses to these experiences strongly influences the outcomes. Your gut feelings influence your decisions, and shape your life. They are the thread that binds your life story, and the substance of relationships, security, passions, and goals. But if these feelings are so important, why are they hard to understand sometimes? Why are these important emotions difficult to manage in trying times? Why can it be so challenging to even identify the power of our feelings?

The muscles below the belly button and above the pelvis bone 'tense up' whenever we feel threatened, vulnerable or cold, creating a sensation of butterflies in the stomach. Easing gut tension can give you more emotional resilience, poise, and grace under stress. Awareness of tension below the belly button can lead to the discovery of buried emotional traumas, showing you how to penetrate the mysteries of your emotional life. Persistent loops of emotions that do not serve you are quieted.

On a physical level, digestive upset can make it all the more difficult to release subconscious tension in this area. If there are butterflies in the belly, Vata is aggravated. However, the cause may be Vata, Pitta, or Kapha. Vata nervousness is associated with gas and bloating. Pitta anxiety is associated with smelly gas. Kapha nervousness is associated with heaviness in the gut.

Aggravated Doshas & Qualities

Symptoms Tell A Story

The first step to healing is learning patterns from your symptoms. Symptoms are clues that reveal underlying imbalances, showing you where your body is weak. Specifically, they reveal the doshas & qualities that may have become aggravated. If you notice a quality or dosha appears next to many of your symptoms, it helps you establish a pattern that may be systemic.

Nervous stomach / butterflies indicates one or more of the following doshas and qualities may be aggravated. Generally you would avoid foods and lifestyle habits that would aggravate these qualities:

Vata aggravatingDigestive Effects Help

Key: V = Vata, P = Pitta, K = Kapha. A slash through a dosha means it an aggravated dosha. To learn more about the symbols above, click on them.

Stage of Disease: 1 - Affecting Digestion

If you have symptoms in this category, your body is sending you a warning sign. Ayurveda recommends paying careful, close attention to correct these warning signs before they weaken your body's resistance.

Educational Resources

Browse these educational resources for 'nervous stomach / butterflies'.
Good Riddance to Gas & Bloating: Remedies to Restore a Cheerful Gut
A solution to your gas & bloating problems is one of the most important steps you can take to restore your health & vitality.

Protect Your Body from Stress & Anxiety
Relieve stress, anxiety & tension in your body. Explore how stress & emotions create tension in your body.

Ease Your IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
A 44 minute comphrensive presentation of diet, lifestyle and herbal remedies for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Specialty Formulas by Joyful Belly

Please review these herbs & products below to determine which ones might be helpful for Nervous stomach / butterflies.
Digestive Comfort & Support Tea
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Easy digestion for sensitive tummies prone to gas, bloating, and constipation. Gentle, soothing, and nourishing.

Ayurvedic Herbs & Natural Products for Nervous stomach / butterflies

Please review these herbs & products below to determine which ones might be helpful for Nervous stomach / butterflies.

Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Calms the nerves while rebuilding strength and stability. Energy all day long and sound sleep are benefits of ashwagandha.

Dashamoola Powder
Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Ayurveda's classic warming, relaxing tea. Dashamula calms your mind, tones your colon, and supports your bones. Commonly used in enemas as well.

Ashwagandha Ghee (9oz)
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
Ashwagandha calms the nervous system while the ghee restores and replenishes. Also useful as a male reproductive tonic.

Oats, Fresh Milky Seed Tincture
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
Relaxes your body and digestive system.

Cramp Bark Tincture
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
A quick and effective remedy for any type of cramping. Helpful for relieving painful menstrual cramps, muscle cramps, and colicky pain in your abdomen.

The following herbal actions and effects have been traditionally suggested for 'Nervous stomach / butterflies'.

Pharmacological Effects
About Pharmacological Effects
The list of actions below have not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Diet for Nervous stomach / butterflies

A diet rich in these foods & nutritional supplements may help re-balance the aggravated qualities and doshas in nervous stomach / butterflies.
Almond MilkVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingChamomileVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
MilkVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingNutmegVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
Oats / OatmealVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingRomaine LettuceVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying

Comments & Personal Experiences

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