Thursday, June 26, 2008



Anxiety is the body and mind’s approach to a dangerous or distressing situation. Everyone experiences some degree of anxiety at some time or the other during the course of life journey. However anxiety can occur persistently, often triggered by vague notions of a threat, and interfere with normal activities. When this happens, it’s called an anxiety disorder. Symptoms may include irritability, difficulty concentrating, and muscle tensions, particularly in the head, neck and back. Conventional medicine aims to relieve symptoms of persistent anxiety with drug therapy and to treat any underlying disorders or conflicts with psychotherapy.

Interesting it is, most of the parts of the world have accepted, one has to select a word or sound that is pleasing and say it over and over again to him with the eyes closed. In India, according to American texts, devotees of meditation call this as a Mantra. Weirdly enough, the word doesn’t have to mean anything. They call it as complete gibberish but if anyone chants it long enough according to their texts, any one is sure to calm down anyway.

Popular homeopathic remedies for anxiety include aconite and arsenic, which are highly toxic. But surely in homeopathy, doses are so diluted that a chemist might not be able to detect any trace of the main ingredient. Nonetheless, homeopathic medicines seem to produce desired results for thousands of people across the globe.

Sniff a sprig…of lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) that is, Aromatherapists say the essential oil produced by this lovely garden plant works wonders to ease jangled nerves. In India, the traditional system of worshipping the Gods is a part of AromaTherapy where scented sticks are daily used during the course of worship time. Daily worship is a part of the system and there by the medical therapy has become an in-built technology in the routine life.

Squeeze the thumb…Practitioners of JIN SHIN JYUTSE, a Japanese touch therapy based on the principles of acupuncture; link various emotions with each finger. Worry is said to be the domain of the thumb. They suggest pressing of the thumb gently until one feels it relaxing.

Breathe easy with the Bible or other Religious Texts…Anxious Amish folks sometimes retire to a quiet spot and read the 23rd Psalm. I have personally seen this in the State of Pennsylvania in US. They close their eyes and breathe deeply allowing the psalm’s wisdom to soothe them. I have also seen some good sages in HIMALAYAN RANGES where chanting of religious texts is observed to overcome extreme situations.

Veg Out…Some people in Indiana relieve anxiety by eating two cups of raw or cooked onions and celery with every mean for a week or two.

According to Tibetan Buddhists the anxiety one experiences in this life may be linked to the behaviors from a past life, known as KARMA and this is called by the world as KARMIC CONNECTION. Tibetan medicine diagnosis of disease also takes into account an individual’s karma. And because all actions are said to occur under the influence of a mental state, the fundamental causes of disease are considered to be emotional afflictions such as desire, anger, and ignorance. These three mental states are seen as the actual causes of the diseases. Factors such as an unbalanced diet, inappropriate behavior, climate and harmful influences (such as spirits and inauspicious days) are considered secondary causes. They create the potential for negative actions in past lives to produce illness in the present. As per their theory, the activity of the mind, either in the past lives or in the present lays the foundation for disturbances of the body’s system in the on-going process of life.

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