Ayurveda Q&A: Remedies for anxiety in children

Dr Gowthaman, Medical Director, Dr Gowthaman’s Ayurveda Panchakarma Center, Chennai, answers readers’ questions on Ayurveda. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Tuesday.

This week’s answers:
1. Dear Sir/Madam, I am 72 years old. Since years I have non toxic goitre. Recently my THS Level has gone up to 5.4. I am taking thyroxin of 50 mcg thrice a week. My digestion is weak since my childhood. I am underweight like anything. Look like skeleton. I would like to know some ayurvedic remedy for all these ailments.

Hi Khorshed,

In Ayuvreda, this condition is named as pandu – Mal absorption syndrome. Please take the following medications

1. Indukantam Kashayam – 15 ml + 45 ml of warm milk – Twice daily 30 minutes before food

2. Dhanvantharam gutika – 1 tablets thrice daily 5 minutes before food with warm water

3. Kaishora Guggulu – 1 tablet thrice daily + Vita Noni 1 tablet thrice daily after food with warm water

4. Dasamoola Haritaki Lehyam – 1 teaspoon bedtime followed by warm water or warm milk

These medications generally improves the digestion and metabolism which in turn reduces the toxicity which helps in assimilation of essential nutrients and minerals from the food.

Please take the following remedy as diet supplement. 100 ml of curd + 200 ml of water – Churned in the mixer for 5 minutes. Remove the fat. Again add 100 ml of water + 5 gm of curry leaves, Coriander leaves and fresh ginger each and again churn it for 5 minutes. Take this as a diet for 90 days. This medicated buttermilk improves your digestion, appetite and weight.

Avoid spicy, salty non vegetarian foods and drinks, alcohol and smoking. Drink at least 2 liters of water for better digestion and removal of toxins.

Ayurveda recommends a special rejuvenation therapy called Kuti Pravesika Rasayan – a 40 day treatment ritual with Ayurveda oil therapies and diet. This can help you in complete healing. Try reaching near by Ayurveda Centers for more details.

2. Sir how to reduce my body weight through ayrvda height: 156cm

weight: 92.9kgs Age: 40
Suresh Basvi

Hi Suresh,

Weight loss is the specialty of Ayurveda. Ayurveda medicines and therapies with therapeutic yoga can help you to extra kgs in short time and more importantly helps to maintain the weight.

Udvartanam: This Dry Powder Massage involves application of herbal powder mixed with oil/buttermilk/medicated juice. The powder, recommended for weight reduction and skin disease treatment, is rubbed upwards on the body.

Yoga: Special weight reduction exercise under the supervision of Yoga experts.

Diet and Lifestyle: A special diet and lifestyle chart prepared by Ayurveda experts. A chart based on your specific needs.

Ayurveda Medication: Medication prescribed by Ayurveda experts based on your specific requirements.

Understanding the cause of Obesity helps to deal it better. As i have recommended many times Simple apple diet is one of the eaziest and best ways to loose weight. Take one apple before breakfast, Two before lunch and dinner for 90 days. I have seen patients loosing more than 10 Kg in just 90 days with out much diet and exercise.

3.Dear Sir, I have melasma, which is not spreading in T-ZONe. Request you to suggest some urgent medication as its impacting me a lot. Details given below. Age :43

Devyani Khanvilkar

Hi Devyani,

External application of Maha Thiktakam Gritam, an Ayurveda medicated ghee all over the face followed by warm water wash after 30-45 minutes twice daily. This will help you stopping the spreading and lighten the mark.

4. Dear Doctor Gowthaman, I am having dandruff with severe itching of the scalp for past many years. I am 43 years and a vegetarian.
From 1995 on Doctor’s advice, I was using Yeradi Keram for few years without much relief.
Later, I was told to use Vetpalai Thailam with the same result. Himlaya Dandruff Shampoo was also not of use.
In April this year another Doctor advised Ayyapala Thailam along with Atrimed hair cleanser. Initially it gave relief but now severe itching has come back especially after the rains.
Request you to kindly advice. Whether any other oil or thailam needs to be applied and whether any other shampoo needs to be used.


Hi A. R. Ramanarayanan,

Dandruff is not just related to skin. please check your Vitamin D and Folic acid levels. Avoid non vegetarian, salty, spicy foods and drinks and alcohol. Drinking good amount of water does help in healing.

Ayurveda recommends a special therapy called ‘Thala Podichil’ – External application of medicated oil on the scalp followed by external pack of herbal powders followed by warm water bath after 15-30 minutes heals this condition in no time. Please check the near by Ayurveda Centers for more details

Please use the Surasadi Thailam for external application and use Keshmani shampoo for scalp wash for better results.

5. Hi is there any medicine for kids to control their tantrum, anxiety?

Hi Anuradha,

Understanding the cause helps to solve the problem better. Nutritional deficiencies can cause tantrum and anxiety in no time. Please give Saraswatha Arishtam 5 ml – twice daily after food + 1 Manasamitram gutika. This combination is very effective for anxiety in children and adults. It also help improves IQ, concentration and memory in children. Giving the proper nutritional diets, small meals with regular intervals and adding boiled vegetables, fruits, egg white etc can reduce the anxiety levels in children.

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