Ayurveda more effective than popular anxiety drug: Study

Researchers with India’s National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) have made a dramatic discovery about the effectiveness of ancient Ayurvedic practices in the treatment of anxiety disorders. They have found Ayurveda to be more effective than one of the most popular conventional treatments, and able to deliver this relief without side-effects.

The study tested 72 patients who had been diagnosed with severe generalized anxiety disorder for seven years or more. Most also had a diagnosis of co-morbid generalized social phobia. Researchers analyzed their anxiety using the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HARS). Participants were split into three groups. One group received a standard daily dose of Clonazepam (Klonopin); the second received 200 mg of Manasamitra Vataka, an herbal Ayurvedic remedy, and the third group received the Manasamitra Vataka and Shirodhara therapy, where the forehead is treated with warm Brahmi oil. The three treatment regimens were used for 30 days.

While the Clonazepam group saw a 67% improved disposition, the Manasamitra Vataka group experienced an average improvement of 73%. The group who also received Shirodhara therapy saw the most dramatic change, with a 91% improvement in symptoms.

Thirty days of treatment with Manasamitra Vataka reduced the anxiety, severity of the disease, increased quality of life and improved clinical profile significantly. Shirodhara as an add-on therapy to Manasamitra Vataka decreased the daytime sleepiness and improved the quality of life in the patients.

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