AYURVEDIC REMEDIES FOR HYSTERIA
It is a common form of the emotional
reaction in which a patient tends to act out his or her distress in exaggerated and dramatic form. The purpose of hysteria is to attract the attention of the people and gain
sympathy. These patients may develop symptoms which have no anatomical or clinical basis. The illness is often precipitated by dramatic events, such as an accident, meeting an
unwanted person, separation from the beloved, which the patient considers much worse than what it actually is. Hysterical attacks appear abruptly. The patient becomes excited,
noisy and full of complaints, or may remain unduly quiet.
In Ayurveda, this is treated as unmada. This is also called yoshapasmara. Women outnumber men in this particular disease. Often children are affected by this condition.
The symptoms of hysteria are connected with neurotic or emotional factors. However, physically the patient may suffer from hyper-acidity or heart burn, indigestion, or even an ulcer.
They may affect the intestines resulting either in acute form of constipation, or severe diarrhoea, depending upon the response to emotionally charged situation. It may take the form
of colitis with the acute ulceration of the intestinal valve. No organ of the body is immune to the psycho-somatic symptoms or diseases and they may manifest themselves in the form
of an allergy, skin eruption or other types of organic and physical illness.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Hysteria: Sarpagandha, brahmi, vacba and Shankhapushpi are the drugs of choice for the treatment of this disease. They correct both the body and the mind of the
All these drugs are made into a powder and mixed in equal quantities. The patient should take it in a dose of one gm. three times a day, mixed with a cup of milk. These patients
usually suffer from sleeplessness or disturbed sleep which is corrected by these medicines. Use
of ashvagandha gives considerable relief to these patients. A preparation of this drug is known as Ashvagandharishta. Six teaspoonfuls of this liquid medicine is given to the
patients after food, twice daily, mixed with equal quantity of water.
The above mentioned therapy is to be given to all types of hysterical patients. The other symptoms from which these patients suffer automatically subside, when there is improvement
in their neurotic and emotional conditions. Drugs containing cannabis are often used for the treatment of hysteria. For those suffering from chronic colitis, jatiphaladi churna is
considered to be very useful. One teaspoonful of this powder is to be given to the patient, three times a day, mixed with a cup of buttermilk. This promotes the tranquility of his
mind and relieves him of his colitis.
Diet to taken by Hysteria patients: Hot and spicy food should be avoided. Fried things and pulses are not good for patients. Almond and almond oil are good for these patients. A patient should
be given almond
oil in a dose of one teaspoonful, mixed with a cup of milk at bedtime. It strengthens the nervous system. Mangoes, oranges, apples, peaches and bananas are useful in this
Other regimens: The cause for the emotional upset of the patient should be located, and efforts should be made to make him free from it. The hysteria patient should be
loved and taken care of.
He should not be teased, and as far as possible, there should be no mention about the disease before the patient. He should be permitted to have full night's sleep. Walk in the early
morning considerably helps the patient to develop his will power which is essential to overcome this disease.