Your nervous system is a network of cells, called neurons, that transmit signals to different parts of your body. When you are feeling stressed, or have not received enough rest and sleep, your nervous system is affected and you may experience irritability and discomfort. Your nervous system also plays a major role in your gastrointestinal tract, mainly in the stomach. Ayurveda can treat and control your nervous system with the use of medicinal herbs and through diet. Always consult your doctor before trying alternative forms of medicine if you are under medical treatment of any sort.
Purchase organic ashwaganda powder from your local health food store. Ashwaganda is an adoptogen herb, which according to herbalist Simon Mills in his book "The Dictionary of Modern Herbalism," means it supports your body in adapting to stress by nourishing your nervous tissue. It is considered to be a nerve tonic and sedative agent that can help treat fatigue and control your nervous system by addressing nervous exhaustion, suggests the website Ayurveda Herbs. It is a safe herb to be used during pregnancy as it has the quality of helping stabilize the fetus.
Mix two tbsp. of ashwaganda powder with 1/4 tsp. of honey and one tsp. of ghee, or clarified butter, used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine to cook and make herbal lozenges.
Divide your mixture into balls the diameter of a penny so you can take them throughout the day as a nerve tonic. You can also put two ashwaganda balls in a cup with warm water and dissolve them to make ashwaganda tea. If you prefer your tea without the ghee, simply add two tbsp. of ashwaganda powder to the water and sweeten with honey to taste.
Include dairy products in your diet, as according to Ayurvedic medicine tradition they are thought to nourish your nervous system. Oils, grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and certain spices that help reduce gas in the digestive system, such as cardamom and ginger also help nourish the nervous system and relieve anxiety.
- Ayurveda Herbs: Ashwaganda
- "The Dictionary of Modern Herbalism"; Simon Mills; 1988
- Pukka: Anxiety Relieving and Nervous System Nourishing Diet