Treating Fear, Anxiety, Depression, Panic

Myths about anxiety | Aruma
I keep getting messages from people asking for relief from these issues. These requests have increased after coronavirus hit the scene. What can be done to help?

What is of concern is that these problems are the signs of an overactive immune system. Just the ripe conditions for getting flu or flu like symptoms. Immunotoxicity brings on the flu to help relieve the internal toxicity. Such people will also face stomach upsets and repeatedly visit the toilet. They can have acidity and gas problems and suffer from gut issues. These symptoms lead to a vicious cycle with each aggravating the other. The COVID-19 epidemic and the lockdowns are worsening the condition.

Usually a course of Panchakarma/ naturopathic detoxification or constitutional homeopathic treatment can help. As the aggravating toxic factors are reduced the body settles down and the mental symptoms vanish. But certain remedies can allay the symptoms and provide temporary relief.

Fear & Panic

  • Rescue Bach Flower remedy
  • Aspen Bach Flower remedy (fear from unknown cause)
  • Kali Phos 6x
  • Ashwagandha
  • Brahmi if insomnia is present
  • Mindfulness meditation to keep the mind away from past and future worries. Stay fixed on the present. The future will take care of itself.


  • Arsenic is a leading remedy for anxiety if accompanied with restlessness
  • Kali Phos 6x with Magnesia Phos 6x
  • If accompanied with acidity Natrum Phos 6x and Iris Vers are good remedies
  • If accompanied with dysentery Merc Sol may help
  • If accompanied with gas and bloating remedies like China, Carbo Veg and Lycopodium help
  • Anxiety due to monetary issues can be helped with Calcarea Fluor 12x
  • Pranayam deep breathing exercises
  • Mindfullness meditation
  • Ashwagandha and Brahmi
  • Taking curd or other fermented food


  • Kali Phos 6x
  • Five Phos 6x
  • Scutellaria Q for insomnia
  • Remedies like Ignatia, Natrum Mur, Pulsatilla as per symptoms
  •  Ashwagandha and Brahmi
  • Yoga and other exercise is a must
  • Taking fruits like Banana
  • Socializing

In all cases try to spend time with nature. Go to a forest, visit rural areas, go and sit near lakes, rivers, and oceans. Certain vitamins and minerals, essential for the day to day needs of the body are Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin C (natural form), Vitamin D, Folic Acid, Vitamins B, and flaxseed oil/ fish oil. People with mental issues benefit from medicated ghee if they are able to tolerate it. 

Avoid watching TV. Stay away from the idiot box. As these are vata disorders you should avoid food and actions that aggravate vata. Read about this on the net.

Please read basic books on ayurveda, homeopathy and Bach Flower Remedies. Such knowledge is essential in these troubled times. You are responsible for your own health. If you are in the habit of using over the counter drugs to have immediate relief you are in for big trouble ahead. Holistic health must be understood. Do not shut down fevers, cold, cough, tolerable diarrhea and dysentery, skin issues with drugs. This is a prime reason why you are suffering so much now.

Good nutritious and diversified food is a must. You should choose your food depending upon tolerance and allergy issues you suffer from.

Attending Kirtans or mass prayers regularly often have a marked effect on relieving such symptoms. This is a feedback I have received from many.

These are often very deep seated issues and indicate underlying problems. They are not be ignored or managed long term with self medication. It is always good to contact a qualified holistic healer for sustained treatment. Relief from such symptoms will also rectify the physical problems you have and lead to better health.

Added by Dr K C Bhattacharya, MD (Ayur);
I would also add... to this very good advice.
1. Drink sufficient [2 litres per day] pure water, especially one large glass immediately upon waking
2. Don’t eat a complex meal, especially food high in protein, after the sunsets.
3. Don’t drink water with meals.
4. Sleep at least 8 hours per night and have your children sleep by 8pm at the latest.
5. Get at least half an hour direct sunlight each day
6. Walk at least half an hour per day
7. Read from one of our shastras [particularly Bhagavad Gita or Srimad Bhagavatam] once per day preferably with your family.