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.
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DISCLAIMER: The pathogenesis of each person's condition is unique, and so the diet must be fit to the individual and the unique root causes of the condition in your body. The information on this page is for educational purposes only and should not be used to treat a medical condition. It is not a substitute for medical care. Please check with your doctor before making any changes to your health and wellness routine.
HOW DOES AYURVEDA HEAL 'ANXIETY, FEAR, UNCERTAINTY'?
AVOID DIETS, LIFESTYLES & HERBS THAT AGGRAVATE THESE EFFECTSAccording to Ayurveda, one or more of the following doshas and qualities may aggravate 'Anxiety, fear, uncertainty'. If you have an excess of one of these doshas or qualities below, Ayurveda recommends reducing foods and lifestyle habits that aggravate them. Click on the quality to learn what foods and lifestyle habits should be reduced.
Symptoms Tell A StoryThe first step to healing is learning patterns from your symptoms. Symptoms are clues that reveal underlying imbalances. Symptoms show you where your body is weakened. Ultimately, all disease has a root in tissues too weak to defend itself. Ayurveda describes these patterns of weakness using doshas & qualities. If you notice a quality or dosha appears next to many of your symptoms, it helps you establish a pattern that may be systemic.
V = VATA, P = PITTA, K = KAPHA
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FAVOR DIETS, LIFESTYLES & HERBS WITH THESE MEDICINAL EFFECTSEverything 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.
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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.
ADDRESS ISSUES IN STAGE OF DISEASE 2ANXIETY, FEAR, UNCERTAINTY IS IN STAGE OF DISEASE 2 - AFFECTING BLOOD & EMOTIONS
Affecting 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. Blood cleansing herbs may reduce symptoms. A several day cleanse may shorten the recovery time.
REDUCE THESE RELATED SYMPTOMS & HABITSThe following symptoms & habits may be related to 'Anxiety, fear, uncertainty'. See your quiz results for a computerized assessment of your body type. Please click on the symptoms below to learn more about them.
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HOW AYURVEDA WORKSARE YOU WONDERING HOW AYURVEDA CAN HELP YOU?
WHY IS AYURVEDA THE RIGHT SOLUTION?Ayurveda strengthens the body, in addition to addressing the disorder. It take a holistic, systemic approach, instead of myopically focusing on the disorder in question. Ayurveda shows a person how to interpret signs and symptoms of imbalance, and how to address them using materials from home, so they can optimize their health on a continual basis. You can't take the doctor home with you, but you can take Ayurveda home with you. Ayurveda is the most advanced and easy to use home system for self healing with an exceptional focus on digestion.
HOW DOES AYURVEDA WORK?Ayurveda starts by identifying your body type, which identifies certain tendencies in your body to get sick (as well as identifying your strengths). It uses body type to determine the likely root causes of your disorders. Next, Ayurveda analyzes the nature of your disorder. It fits all your signs and symptoms into a pattern, expressed as a combination of gunas / qualities. For example, you may have a heat disorder, a cold disorder, or an oily disorder, etc. This simple categorical approach shows you how to correct systemic imbalances and strengthen your body as a whole.
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.
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