Ayurveda Therapy

Ayurvedic treatment for anxiety

treatment of anxiety

Anxiety treatment

Anxiety is caused basically to aggravation of vata dosha in the nervous system. To heal anxiety, there are several effective Ayurveda to balance vata; and heal fear and improve insomnia associated with anxiety.  Since Ayurveda considers all life to be a union of your mind, body and soul where all three in harmony, promotes general well-being, it has divided your bodily functions into different main categories. Ayurvedic treatment of anxiety is best treatment by herbs, meditation, therapy and massage.

A relaxing bath – this is also a good way to get rid of stress and anxiety and will also help to bring your Vata Dosha back into balance.

Add 1/3 cups each of ginger and baking soda and relax in the bath for 10-15 minutes. Generally good after a long tension filled day

Ayurvedic Massage  – given generally before the morning bath, or just before going to bed at night, the massage oil used for Vata Dosha is Sesame Oil. A goodly 6-7ounces of warmed oil is needed and should be rubbed all over you body. The oil shouldn’t be too hot when applied. The massage can be done either by yourself or a trained masseuse although the later option will help you to relax better if you can bring yourself to go to a masseuse

For a healing “quick fix” if you don’t have the time for an all over body massage, then rub the oil thoroughly into your scalp in a soothing motion, and proceed to do the same for your feet

Have this massage before the morning shower or, if you have insomnia or high anxiety, you can do it before sleeping. You can also benefit from a mini-massage using the appropriate oil. Rub some on the scalp and bottom of the feet, massaging for a few minutes.

Find a quiet and comfortable place to sit, paying attention on the top of your head while doing the So-hium meditation.

Yoga forms a part of Ayurvedic medicine. ‘Veda’ the book of knowledge explains the benefits of yoga positions in controlling medical conditions and as an aid to staying healthy and preventing illnesses.

Relaxation pose
Lie on your back with arms by your sides in the yoga position, savasana also called the ‘Corpse’ or relaxation pose.

Calming pressure point
This is an exercise you can do anytime and anywhere to help calm the agitation of prana, which causes anxiety.

Soothing drinks can also help control anxiety:

Almond milk
Eliminate anxiety with almond milk.

A cup of milk
10 raw almonds

Soak 10 raw almonds in water for a night and peel off skin before blending with milk. Best to use a blender. Whilst blending, add pinches of nutmeg, saffron and ginger.

Calming tea
another good way to relax and draw all the anxiety from your body is tea, and this tea will give you an all round uplifted feeling.

Use 1 part Valerian (Tagar) to 1 part Nutgrass (Musta).Steep 1/2 teaspoon of this in a cup of boiling water for between 5-10 minutes. Strain and drink. This tea can be drunk twice a day if needed.

Orange juice
This natural fruity drink is best for anxiety with a fast heart rate.

A cup of orange juice
1 teaspoon of honey
pinch of nutmeg powder

Add honey and nutmeg to orange juice, stir well and drink.


Shirodhara works primarily on the mental sheath or “manomaya kosha” as it is referred to in Ayurveda. Shirodhara is traditionally used to calm the nerves, harmonize vata constitutions, restore the nerves, release stored emotions, and purify the mind. It is the best therapy for anxiety patients.

Ayurvedic Herbs

The herbal remedy for anxiety is as much effective for mild and moderate form as conventional medicine. Some of the best herbs are Aswagandha, Jatamansi, Brahmi, Shankhapushpi, fennel, lavender, Ginseng.

Ayurvedic Medicine:

Brahmi vati, Aswagandha churna,  Vacha churna, Vacha rasayan

About the author

Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari

Experienced holistic doctor, healer, teacher, and writer
Specialized in Ayurvedic detox (Panchakarma)
Trained in India and Nepal, the original lands of Ayurveda
Graduate in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) from the Institute of Medicine at Tribhuwan University in Kathmandu.
Professional member of Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA)
Owner of Sunshine Ayurveda


  • Excellent information. We all must strive to revive Ayurveda as “The” preferred medical school by one and all as Ayurveda in deed is the system with no side effects and with the ability to provide complete integration of mind, body, soul and nature. The sooner the modern scientific see the veracity of this truth by ascertaining it using systematic procedures and techniques and develop dependable & convincing data base, the better it would be for the mankind as well nature who have been overtly burdened with chemicals and artificial ingredients. The wake up calls have been coming time and again and it is only upto all of us to wake up. The sooner, the better, the later we will be compelled.

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