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Stress

The term "stress" is difficult to define and may mean different things to different people in divergent circumstances. The oldest definition is that of Hans Selye who defined stress as the "non-specific (i.e. common) result of any demand on the body, whether the effect be mental or somatic". According to latest health reports, Stress is said to be one of the largest killers of man today. Stress is now becoming more accepted as being crucially related to our total health - physical, mental and emotional. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, the majority of all physician visits are prompted by stress-related symptoms that are known to cause or worsen medical conditions. Stress is our response to specific stimuli called "Stress inducers". Or they are the events that generally produce stress. They may be temporary or chronic, leading to negative health consequences or outcomes changing a person's life. Although life itself is dependent upon certain forms of stress, it is only when stress is handled poorly by the body or mind that it becomes a health hazard. Stress that is expressed or experienced negatively can be linked to many physical complaints, from headaches and hypertension to symptoms affecting a person's mental state. Anxiety, depression and feelings of anger, fear, helplessness or hopelessness, and other emotions are often linked to stress. Two powerful body systems cope with stress. The nervous system controls the rapid body changes, while the endocrine system regulates the longer-term patterns of stress response by releasing hormones into the blood. The adrenal activates the sympathetic nervous system, reducing the normalizing effects of body function. This increases the metabolic rate, heart rate, circulation and blood pressure. In addition, effectiveness of the digestive system is diminished and disturbances in sleep patterns become common.

How stress is created?

Interchangeably used with the word anxiety, stress relates mutually to our social and psychological environment. Major situations like divorce, marriage, retirement, death in the family, pre-natal conditions, a job loss and other emotional upheavals as well as minor hassles like waiting in line for hours, getting struck in a traffic jam, misplacing or losing something, disputes, even daily household chores and competitive examinations in fact any unsettling human experience can sometimes become stressful and play havoc with a person's health. In the work place and even at home, stress can test a person's problem-solving abilities. The demands of everyday living are numerous and if a warning bell is sounding somewhere within you, it's time you pay heed to it.

Anxiety

Anxiety Anxiety is an unpleasant emotional state of uneasiness and distress, or feeling of impending doom, although there is no obvious threat. It is characterized by apprehension and worry. Some anxiety is normal; it becomes a problem when it interferes with normal activities. According to Ayurveda, anxiety is a classic sign of imbalance in the body. Prolonged anxiety, stress, and tension affects the nervous system, and can cause many further complications if left uncorrected. Ayurveda, the "Science of Life," provides a clear, concise, cohesive regimen to help people correct conditions such as anxiety in a natural way. Yet it is much more than just very effective holistic treatments. It provides a complete system of preventive medicine and health care which has proven its effectiveness over thousands of years in India.

Root Causes:

Negative thinking General Weakness Prolonged Malnutrition's Family/Personal Problem Fear Tension Menstrual Disorder for Female

Symptoms:

Typical symptoms of anxiety are shown below: Inability to relax Headaches Sleeplessness Heart palpitations Feelings of tightness in chest Belching, nausea, occasional diarrhea Emotional instability Tendency to be irritable without an obvious cause Tendency to be cry without an obvious reason

Insomnia

Denoting a complete lack of sleep, it has assumed alarming proportions among the upper classes in the present times. With sleep disturbances affecting the work of glands secreting hormones, there has been manifold rise in ailments as heart diseases & high blood pressure.

Symptoms

Sleeplessness Memory lapses Lack of concentration Loss of co-ordination Confusion

Root Causes

Aggravation of vata & pitta Mental tension Suppressed feelings & acute bitterness Constipation Dyspepsia Excessive intake of tea & coffee Environment Factors-excessive cold, heat or change of environment

Low Memory

Psoriasis (scaly Disorders of the skin) Psoriasis is one of the most stubborn skin diseases. It is a chronic disease, characterized by thick, red silvery, scaled patches of the skin. This disease affects both sexes equally, and is more common during the first fifteen to thirty years, although it may appear at any age. Psoriasis is not contagious.

Symptoms:

Generally, the skin of the person suffering from the disease appears and irritated and may be covered with bright silvery scales. Sometimes there is also a little itching .The areas usually involved are the elbows, knees, the skin behind the ears, the trunk, and the scalp. The disease may also affect the underarms and genital areas. The lesions vary in size from minute papules to sheets covering large parts of the body. Quite often they are discs from half an inch to several inches in size. The lesions are always dry and rarely become infected.

Root causes:

Recent studies have shown that psoriasis involves abnormality in the mechanism in which the skin grows and replaces itself. The abnormality is related to the metabolism of amino acids, the nature's basic building blocks for the reproduction of cell tissues. Heredity also plays a role in the development of psoriasis, as it tends to occur in families. The factors that aggravate and precipitate the outbreak of these diseases are physical and emotional stress, infections, and use of certain medicines for the treatment of other diseases.

Depression

Depression is one of the most common emotional disorders. It may be manifested in varying degrees; from feeling of slight sadness to utter misery and dejection. Depression is a very unpleasant malady and is far more difficult to cope with than a physical crisis, as well as the mental stress and strain of day-to-day life, usually leads to this disorder. There are three vital energy of mind as - Satwa, Raja and Tama. It is a emotional disorder due to aggravation of Tama.

Symptoms:

The most striking symptoms of depression are an acute sense of loss, inexplicable sadness, loss of energy, lack of interest in the world around and fatigue. A disturbed sleep is a frequent occurrence. Other symptoms of depression are loss of appetite, giddiness, itching, nausea, agitation, irritability, impotence or frigidity, constipation, aches and pains all over the body, lack of concentration, and indecisiveness. Cases of severe depression may be characterized by low body temperature, low blood pressure, and hot flushes and shivering.

Causes:

Prolonged periods of anxiety and tension can cause mental depression. The excessive and indiscriminate use of drugs also leads to faulty assimilation of vitamins and minerals by the body and ultimately causes depression.

Obsessive Compulsive

Urticaria or Cholinergic Urticaria is a skin disorder which is popularly known as Sheeta Pitta in Ayurveda.

Causes of Urticaria :

Intestinal worms, exposure to cold air, perennial bath with cold water, psychic reasons are few reasons due to that patients might suffer from urtication. This will be treated as a sort of allergic reaction poignant skin.In acute types of urtication and angioedema, a history of the events encompassing the eruption is that the most vital info which will be obtained:

Familial Cold Urticaria (FCU) :

Familial Cold urtication (FCU) is an immunological condition within which the affected person develops many symptoms once they are exposed to cold environments. Roughly 1-4 hours when a cold exposure rash, fever, chills, joint pains, and red eyes develop. Alternative less common symptoms embrace extreme thirst, drowsiness, nausea, and headaches.

Symptoms of Urticaria :

Intestinal worms, introduction to cool air, rehashed shower with cold water, psychic reasons are not many reasons due to which patients might experience the ill effects of Urticaria. This might be treated as a sort of hypersensitivity affected skin. • Elevated Thirst • Tastelessness • Heaviness in the body • Redness in the eye.

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