Herbal remedies for Stress
In this article the discussion is about herbal remedies for stress and the usefulness of different herbs.
Every one deals with stress and its related problems on a regular basis. Stress is always connected to the mind. As per Ayurveda, not only a healthy body but a healthy mind is also required to enjoy a good life.
Catastrophic events can create severe stressful conditions in humans. In such cases, immediate medications like pharma products are required.
The common anti-anxiety medicines like benzodiazepines and buspirone can be given only for a short term as these medicines produce side effects like drowsiness or lethargy. Pharmaceutical drugs work only after a problem has developed and they do not try to help any prevention.
Herbal remedies for stress-
Ayurveda is particularly helpful in treating chronic metabolic and stressful conditions. To avoid or to overcome stress related problems, herbal alternatives are always helpful. Certain herbs are also clinically proven for this stress relieving activity. Modern science has also accepted this fact.
Stressful conditions, whether long term or short term, produce a series of emotional symptoms such as a feeling of personality disintegration, anxiety, irritation, phobia and poor concentration. Stress also creates exaggerated emotional responses such as depression, confusion, disorganization, depression, forgetfulness, lack of motivation, etc.
The herb Ashwagandha acts as an Adaptogen. An Adaptogenic herb means, an agent that improves the body’s natural ability to fight emotional and physical stress. The active constituents of Ashwagandha are known for stress attenuating activity. Cortisol is a hormone related to stress. Ashwangadha delays the release of cortisol by the adrenals, which prevents the negative effect of long term cortisol production and prevents exhaustion of adrenals. This is the direct anti stress effect, recognized by scientists.
Seeds of Ashwagandha (Withania sominifera) showed a sparing effect on stress induced adrenal corstisol and ascorbic acid depletion and on adrenal weight increase. They also show protective effect against aspirin and stress induced ulcers.
A recent pharmacological comparison of Ashwagandha and Panax ginseng, demonstrated that this had similar potency to Panax in terms of adaptogenic nature.
Bacopo monniere increases concentration, ability and creativity. It decreases fluctuation of attention and distractibility.
Nardostachys jatamansi (Spikenard) promotes awareness, relaxation and strengthens the mind. Jatamansi is known as one of the best herbs for nervous disorders. It calms the muscles, reduces spasms and is effective in relieving stress and strain during menopause in women.
Anxiety disorders may include restlessness, feeling tense, impatience, irritability, muscles tension, disturbed sleep, dry mouth, chest tightness, etc. There is a harmless way to minimize the negative effects of anxiety or stress and strain through herbal remedies.
Neurostransmitters are the substances (as norepinephirine) that transmit nerve impulses. Serotonin a phenolic amine neurotransmitter is found in brain blood serum. All the herbs which relieve stress, strain related problems can support a healthy neurotransmitter balance.
I hope this artilce on herbal remedies for stress relief helps one and all.
By Veena Deo
Dr. Veena Deo is an expert Herbalist, a consultant and the author of this page.
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