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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.

One or more of the following doshas and qualities may be aggravated.If you have a systemic imbalance of one of these doshas or qualities, Ayurveda would generally recommend avoiding foods and lifestyle habits with that quality.

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.

Correct Imbalance

Food and lifestyle habite with the following effects may reduce imbalances associated with 'Nervous stomach / butterflies'.
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.

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

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Specialty Formulas by Joyful Belly

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Ayurvedic Herbs & Natural Products for Nervous stomach / butterflies

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Dashamoola Powder
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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)
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Ashwagandha calms the nervous system while the ghee restores and replenishes. Also useful as a male reproductive tonic.

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A quick and effective remedy for any type of cramping. Helpful for relieving painful menstrual cramps, muscle cramps, and colicky pain in your abdomen.

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Pitta Shiro Oil eases stress and promotes sound sleep.

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

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.

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