Stress- a major problem in youth

National Youth Day is celebrated in India to mark the birthday of Swami Vivekananda every year and is also commemorated to highlight the youth related problems and needs. Mental health issues or stress among youth are more pervasive than one may think; affecting one in five young people, of which fewer than 25% receive treatment. Ayurvedic physicians’ highlights the availability of natural remedies to cure youth related health ailments in ayurveda.

As per WHO reports, Worldwide 5% of all deaths of young
people between the ages of 15 and 29 are attributable to alcohol use. In some countries up to 60% of all new HIV infections occur among 15-24 year olds.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth, after accidents, accounting for 24% of all deaths among youth aged 15 to 24 years. More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than the combined toll due to cancer, cardiac problems, AIDS and other chronic diseases. The reason for suicidal tendency among youth is high competition, youths' unaddressed emotional problems, unemployment, pressure from society etc., they resort to bad habits like smoking, drinking, drug consuming etc.

Acharya Balkrishna, Ayurvedic Physician and co-founder of Patanjali Yogpeeth said, “In Ayurveda, stress is called as ‘Vishada’. This is also described as “one of the most disease aggravating factors” leading to other numerous disorders. Herbs known as adaptogens are beneficial in alleviating stress. Ayurvedic preparations like intake of Brahmi (Bacopamonnieri) as helps to relax the mind and bring it to a comfortable state. Its oil has a cooling and soothing effect on the mind. Regular use of this oil can prevent the person from feeling depressed. Other herbs like Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis), Jatamansi (Nardostachysjatamansi), Ashwagandha (Withaniasomnifera), Guduchi (Tinosporacordifolia) and Turmeric (Curcuma longa) also helps in relieving stress. Tulsi oil is known for its anti-stress, anti-oxidant and anti-depressant properties.”

Dr. Ketan Mahajan, Sr. Physician of Patanjali Yogpeeth expressed, “As evidence from statistics and the experience shows that adolescents who are healthy and happy are better equipped to contribute to their communities. Effectively addressing the special needs of these youth is a critical challenge for the future.”

“It is important to attend to these issues with proper care and management through PanchaKarma, Yoga and Pranayama. Bhastrikapranayam, Kapalbhanti, Anulom-Vilom are especially useful during stress. Since stress reduces the body’s immunity, nutritious diet is very beneficial in counteracting this depletion. In Ayurvedic terms reduce ‘rajasic’ and ‘tamasic’ foods and add ‘sattvic’ diet. Avoid maida flour and sugar products, frozen, preserved and leftover food. Do not use coffee and other caffeinated beverages, because high doses of caffeinated substances produce jitteriness, restlessness, anxiety, and insomnia. As far as possible, try to avoid carbonated and alcoholic drinks as well. Non-Vegetarian foods should be avoided as these increase levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain, which are associated with higher levels of anxiety and stress. Always eat lots of fresh green vegetables, fruits and fruit juices. Include whole grains and cereals in regular diet as they promote the production of the brain neurotransmitter serotonin, which induces a greater sense of well-being, he further added.”

About Patanjali Yogpeeth (Trust):

‘PatanjaliYogpeeth (Trust)’ was founded in Delhi on 4th February, 2005, under the humble guidance of Yog Guru - Baba Ramdev and revered ayurvedic expert - Acharya Balkrishna. The aim and objective of Patanjali Yogpeeth is to provide holistic, natural and effective ayurvedic treatment to all countrymen through indigenous treatment systems of Yoga, Ayurveda and Naturopathy.

In addition, the trust is also working for the promotion of education, eradication of corruption and minimisation of economic disparities and financial inequalities. Other trusts under Patanjali’s umbrella are ‘Divya Yog Mandir (Trust)’ and ‘Bharat Swabhiman (Trust)’.

Several services and facilities provided by the trust include; free medical consultation to 6,000-10,000 patients in the yoga and ayurvedic O.P.D. It has World’s largest ayurvedic O.P.D. center operating ayurvedic surgeries with exceptional success rate and zero side effects. They also provide diagnostic facilities and pathology services using ultra-modern machines and set-ups. The Yog research department is also equipped with modern facilities. Free ayurveda and yoga therapeutic consultation by well-trained vaidyas and health experts. Shalakya is a specialised division for dental, eye care and ENT treatment services at very nominal charges. High quality ayurvedic medicines manufactured by ‘Divya Pharmacy’ are also available at the lowest price considering the affordability of poor patients. It is one of the largest Ayurvedic ISO, GLP, GPP certified pharmacy in India.

Patanjali Herbal Park is the centre of scientific research where more than 450 medicinal plants are available. A huge pancakarma and satkarma centre of 44,000 sq. ft where about 1000 persons could be benefited daily. The group also operates ‘Patanjali Ayurved College’, ‘Patanjali Chikitsalayas’, ‘Yog Gram’, ‘Gaushala’, ‘agriculture farm/organic agriculture’, ‘Gangotri Sadhana Kendra’, ‘Patanjali Yog Samiti’, ‘Patanjali University’, ‘Divya Prakashan’, ‘Divya Yog Sadhana’, ‘Yog Sandesh’ and ‘Patanjali Ayurved Ltd.’. Patanjali Yogpeeth has also spread its wings internationally at UK, USA, Canada, Nepal, Mauritius, Arab countries and Dubai.

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