Ayurvedic Viewpoint - Anxiety, Stress, Forgetfulness & Other Nervine Problems
Date of Publishing: 18-Oct-2011
Ayurvedic Viewpoint - Anxiety, Stress, Forgetfulness & Other Nervine Problems

Mano-Roga (Diseases of The Nervous System) is a popular Ayurvedic term for any nervine disorder that causes imbalancement of The Nervous System. Mano (mind or brain), referred as the seat of Prana (Life) & Gyana (senses) and Roga (disease) has been referred as vitiation or excitation of the doshas (morbids), in the Ayurvedic texts. According to ayurvedic point of view, the five basic functional objects of mind are:

1. Thought

2. Consideration

3. Attention

4. Determination &

5. Direction

and controlling the sense faculties constitutes the action of mind. A healthy brain is a prerequisite for a healthy body and healthy life.

According to Ayurvedic, the vitiated or excited doshas when imbalance functioning of gyana & prana in the brain, the peace of mind and composure of an individual is disturbed with mental & emotional stress resulting to various neurological disorders like anxiety, depression, neurosis, psychosis, tension-headache, restlessness, etc.. These disorders may be reflected as defects in the cognitive functions, loss of concentration, impairment of memory, disturbed sleep & speech, communication difficulties associated with behavioral changes like rapid fluctuation of moods, rebellious & asocial behaviour, whimsical nature, tendency of unnecessary hurry & worry, forgetfulness and emotional disturbances. Whenever distressing factors like irritations, frustrations, disappointments, injuries, insults, anxieties etc. accumulate in the mind, stress is built up. Negative emotions such as anger, jealousy, greed etc. also contribute to stress. To sum them all, it can simply be quoted that "Distress leads to Stress and Restraints & Constraints lead to Strain". In modern life, unnecessary Hurry and Worry leads to unnecessary tensions. Ayurveda has described many herbs for purification, nursing and toning up of the nervous system and to keep the brain healthy.

MEDHYA RASAYAN : The Sanskrit word "Medhya" means anything, which is beneficial for Medha (intellect). "Rasayana" means Elixir that forms one of the eight clinical specialities of Ayurveda. The Medhya Rasayanas viz., Shankhapushpi (Convolvulus pluricalus), Mandukaparni (Centella asiatica), Brahmi (Bacopa monniera) and Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) are basically Brain Tonics. It has been clinically evaluated that these herbs improve mental functions & also produce a moderate degree of tranquility of mind. The term Medhya Rasayan is applied to the plants that are now called psychedelic or mind expanding. In bygone times the effects of such plants were thought to be magical; they are the miraculous herbs of old tales and legends. There are four particularly noteworthy members of Medhya Rasayan group (Bacopa monieri, Centella asiatica, Convolvulus pluricalus & Ocimum sanctum), which have bitter taste, with perhaps a touch of astringency. Their properties are light, oily and mobile, therapeutically they are cold and the product of digestion is sweet. They have also been found to invigorate memory and enhance brain activity, thus quite useful to forget forgetfulness.