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Written by John Immel
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.
Symptoms Tell A StoryThe 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:
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 DigestionIf 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.
Please review these herbs & products below to determine which ones might be helpful for Nervous stomach / butterflies.
The following herbal actions and effects have been traditionally suggested for 'Nervous stomach / butterflies'.
|Oats / Oatmeal||Romaine Lettuce|
|Anxiety, fear, uncertainty||Light sleeper|
|Discomfort in abdomen||Staying up late|
|Gurgling Noises||Irregular meal times|
|Smelly Gas||Undigested food in stool|
|Candida / Yeast Infection / Thrush||Self Critical|
|Bulimia, past or current||Alternating Diarrhea / Constipation|
|Indigestion / Upset stomach||Stress under-eater|
|Colic / spasm / cramping||Irregular sleep schedule|
|Sores inside mouth||Strong abdominal pulse|
|Past emotional trauma||Forgetful / spacey / distracted|
|Lonely / isolated||Diarrhea quickly after eating|
|Low self esteem||Nervous stomach / butterflies|
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