We use expressions like having “gut-wrenching” experience, having situations that make us “feel nauseous” and feeling “butterflies” in our stomach.
These expressions tell us something and we use them for a reason. Emotions like anger, anxiety, sadness and elation can trigger symptoms in the gut. The gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to emotion and also to thoughts: the thought of eating can release the stomach's juices before food gets there, and this connection goes both ways. A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut – our stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression.
A review of 13 studies highlighted by the Harvard Medical School showed that patients who tried psychologically based approaches had greater improvement in their digestive symptoms compared with patients who received only conventional medical treatment.
In our approach to the mind, mental health and wellbeing, Manasa Ayurveda recognises the importance of the gastrointestinal (GI) system. As part of our assessment process we assess agnibala digestive function according to a scientifically validated Ayurvedic assessment.
Following personal consultation, our clients are issued a full personal report which includes analysis of their current digestive function and suggestions as to how this can be improved through diet, lifestyle and suitable therapies. We also monitor changes as digestive function is improved and re-balanced. If you would like to find out more about our approach, feel free to go ahead and contact us.