Stress is a universal element in the modern human world. It is prevalent everywhere, while commuting to office, giving an exam, an important cricket match or as simple a decision as what to cook. Though a portion of the stress can prove productive, as it gets up working, too much stress can be quite harmful. It can affect our physical, mental and emotional well being.
When we are stressed, we experience the so called ‘adrenaline rush’. This is nature’s way of making us do things in times of emergency. But this was intended to be only an emergency response. Nowadays, we are in this ‘emergency’ situation so often that these adrenal glands are badly affected. They are overworked and hence can result in a large number of problems such as indigestion, weight loss, hair loss, insomnia, exhaustion, etc.
In Ayurveda, stress is related to the three vital doshas – Vata, Pita and Kapha. Maintaining the balance of these three energies in our everyday life while undergoing all kinds of stresses is vital for a healthy life. Stress occurs even when one of these dosha undergoes imbalance.
The first step in moving away from a stressful life to a liberating and carefree one is identifying the source of stress. Work pressure, financial problems, career related issues, relationship problems, etc are some common sources of stress in the modern world.
Ayurveda suggests various herbs which can help to reduce stress.
Brahmi decreases the level of stress hormone, Cortisol and counteracts the effect of stress by regulating it.
Bhringraj helps in detoxifying the body and energizing the brain by continuously supplying oxygen to them.
Jatamasi is anti stress and anti fatigue herb which keeps and the body and mind fresh and prevents any blockages.
Ashwagandha acts as an adaptogen which helps the body adapt itself to stressful situations and boost the endurance and immunity.
Vacha has calmative properties which help to sleep better. It also enhances memory power.
Taking a bath relaxes the nervous system and calms the mind. Use hot water for Kapha and Vata, warm water for Pitta. Gargling with warm sesame or coconut oil helps relieve jaw tension and improve taste. Abhyanga or Ayurvedic oil massage is a long standing practice of rejuvenation which relaxes both the body as well as consciousness. Another Ayurvedic process of dealing with stress Shirodhara which is as old as 6000 years old in Ayurveda India. It involves slowly pouring warm oil on the forehead. It helps relieve tension and relaxes brain cells.
Nasya is the process of applying oil to nasal passage. It soothes the tissues, allows for unobstructed breathing and relieves stress. Massaging your feet before bed with Sesame, Bhringraj or Brahmi oil also helps relieve stress and soothe the nervous system.
Shirobasti: Shiro simply means head and basti means pooling of medicated herbal oils on the surface. By this, we can extract that Shiro basti is a process where herbal oils are poured on the head of the patient, which will help in relieving stress.
Shirolepa: Various ayurvedic herbs and powerful combination of natural ingredients are mixed into a fine paste which is then applied on scalp.
There are n number of ways of relieving stress and anxiety. Chithrakoota Medical and Health Centre, situated at Kundapura, Karnataka aims at providing Ayurvedic remedies to reduce your stress, soothes nervous system, and helps in rejuvenation.