ANXIETY, FEAR, UNCERTAINTY
WHAT DOES IT MEAN? WHAT'S CAUSING IT? WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Are you prone to a problem with 'Anxiety, fear, uncertainty'?
Modern psychology seeks to conquer fear and anxiety in all its forms. However, some amount of fear is natural and healthy. In Ayurveda, unhealthy anxiety must be transformed into healthy anxiety that is natural and appropriate for health. We suggest you perfect your fear, instead of trying to eliminate it.
Healthy fear includes all anxiety that accords with natural risks. For example, a healthy fear is one that avoids unhealthy foods. However, in unhealthy anxiety one begins to fear everything, or becomes preoccupied with slight imperfections. No food is perfect. Those who tend to obsess about food will find themselves preoccupied with these imperfections. Unhealthy fear also includes any despair over one's ability to heal.
Anxiety Due to Deficiency (Vata Type)Deficiency is the root cause of unhealthy anxiety as a chronic pattern. In Vata individuals, chronic anxiety results from dehydration and hypoglycemia (deficient rasa dhatu), pale or anemic blood (deficient rakta dhatu), or toxins (ama) from constipation or indigestion. Blood plasma deficiency creates anxiety much the same way that a hungry person feels anxious about food. Anxiety due to deficiency blood plasma will show signs of dryness, including dry skin and a thin tongue.
Anemia creates a similar survival anxiety as dryness. Anxiety due to anemia will show a pale tongue with redness in the tip as the heart tries to overcompensate for the blood deficiency.
Toxicity irritates the nervous system, making a person feel anxious and uncomfortable.
Other Causes of AnxietyIn Kapha individuals, anxiety results from a deficiency in the adrenals - they simply lack the energy to deal with life's everyday problems. Then the Kapha individual withdraws as they become depressed and overwhelmed over these challenges. Kapha individuals may become anxious if their blood is congested and difficult to circulate, frequently associated with feeling tired and overwhelmed.
In Pitta individuals, anxiety is the result of heat in the liver and will be associated with feeling self-conscious, perfectionist, and critical.
Emotional factors could lead to high anxiety as well, including history of trauma, or PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and
Effects of Anxiety on the Body
Unhealthy anxiety, fear and uncertainty tends to shut down circulation by constricting blood vessels. This constriction of blood vessels is adaptive - it shunts blood flow from non-essential organs so that adequate blood is available to deal with a present threat. Anxiety activates the sympathetic "flight or fight" nervous system, and deactivates the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest). Circulation to digest organs is particularly affected.
Aromatic herbs such as peppermint and cloves open up blood vessels, restoring a sense of natural ease. For this reason, aromatics herbs are nervines that relieve anxiety. The root cause must be addressed as well.
STAGE OF DISEASE 2 - AFFECTING BLOOD & EMOTIONSAffecting Blood: Initially, imbalances are localized, often in the digestive tract. As an imbalance grows, it starts to affect your body systemically, via the blood. If you have symptoms in this category it means that your imbalances are starting to spread, have entered the bloodstream, and are now systemic. Pay particular attention to the gunas, tastes, and doshas out of balance systemically, so you know how to strengthen your body as a whole, and reduce physical stress on your organs. At this stage of imbalance you will begin to experience generalized discomfort, imbalanced emotions, and may develop sensitivities to temperature. It may take several weeks of strict adherence to a specific remedial diet to clear blood level imbalances. A several day cleanse may shorten the recovery time.
ARE YOU NEW TO AYURVEDA?Are you wondering what Ayurveda is and how to use it for 'Anxiety, fear, uncertainty' and health in general? LEARN MORE
REBALANCE YOUR BODY WITH DIET, LIFESTYLE & HERBS HAVING THESE QUALITIESEverything you eat has an effect on your body, which Ayurveda categorizes in a simple and easy way, using gunas. Gunas are qualities (like cold and hot) that describe the effect a food or herb has on your body. Cooling foods like cucumber, decrease metabolism. Heating foods like chili pepper, stimulate your body and increase metabolism. For 'Anxiety, fear, uncertainty', you should select foods with the following qualities (gunas). Individual results will vary, based on your body type and the root cause of your imbalance. For best results, get a one on one consultation.
QUALITIES THAT MAY CORRECT IMBALANCESRELATED TO ANXIETY, FEAR, UNCERTAINTY
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FAVOR HERBS WITH THESE MEDICINAL PROPERTIESIngredient and herbs each have unique effects on the various organs of your body. Herbalists study these effects and categorize them, so it is easy to identify which foods and herbs are most helpful for your unique body type. Click on the medicinal properties below to learn more about them, and to figure out which recipes, ingredients and products will be a good match for you. Individual results will vary depending upon the root cause of your imbalance. The following medicinal properties are useful for a general case of 'Anxiety, fear, uncertainty'. You must independently verify whether these medicinal properties address the root causes of your case of Anxiety, fear, uncertainty.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
GROUNDINGEncourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth.
RELAXES-MINDReduces mental agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.
RELIEVES-TENSIONAn herb that releases tightness, constriction, and rigidity in a muscle.
ANXIOLYTICHerbs that help people suffering from anxiety or panic. They promote a state of calm and often improve sleep. Most anxiolytic herbs are also nervines.
BRAIN-TONICAn herb that strengthens the brain, thereby improves either mental function, stamina, or stability.
NERVINEHerbs that specifically go to the nervous system and brain. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer?s, even chronic pain.
SEDATIVESedative herbs create a sense of calm in the mind and body by specifically calming or quieting the nervous system. Excellent for anxiety, stress and chronic pain.
MUSCLE-RELAXANTHerbs that relax muscles. Helpful for chronic pain or tension as well as healing from physical trauma.
DIET REMEDIES FOR 'ANXIETY, FEAR, UNCERTAINTY'
PRODUCTS REMEDIES FOR 'ANXIETY, FEAR, UNCERTAINTY'
REMOVE THE CAUSES OF YOUR IMBALANCE
ANXIETY, FEAR, UNCERTAINTY USUALLY MEANS THESE
|GUNA||DO YOU HAVE THIS IMBALANCE?|
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Mobile' guna
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Toxic' guna
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Light' guna
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Dry' guna
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Cold' guna
Status UnknownTake these quizzes to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Clear' guna
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On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food so you can easily match food to your imbalances (gunas). By eating an optimal diet that balances your gunas, your whole body is strengthened and the conditions that created the disorder are removed. Once the root causes of the disease are removed, the disease lessens in strength or disappears altogether. Additional remedies - such as herbs and lifestyle practices - focused on the specific disorder, can greatly enhance your healing.
About the AuthorJohn 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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