Insomnia & Ayurveda - Dr. Anita Kembhavi
Dr. Anita Kadagad Kembhavi, MD(Ayu - Kaya Chikitsa), DYS, D.NAT - YOGA (AYU), DAc, MA (Child Mental Health), MSc Yoga,- Karnataka, India - is the Director of Astanga Wellness Pvt Ltd, at Hubli, Karnataka, an Ayurveda, Yoga and Research oriented Health and Wellness company which she runs with her husband, Dr Aakash Kembhavi . She is a qualified Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Acupuncture and Panchakarma Specialist and a Mental Health Counselor as well with an experience of more than 20 years. She is also a Reader in the Department of Kayachikitsa at SGVVT'S SJG Ayurvedic Medical College and Hospital, Koppal, Karnataka, India. She is a Board Member of Europe Ayurveda Academy, France. She has been invited as Resource Person at various State, National and International Seminars, Conferences and Workshops and has published articles in National and International journals. She is also the Secretary of Smt Nagammatai Mahila Mandal and a Life Member of Red Cross Society and Hemophilia Society. She is a member of Gandhi Peace Foundation at Dharwad, Karnataka. She is passionate about Ayurveda, Yoga, Nature, Waste Management, Eco-friendly Living, Organic Agriculture, Women and Child Welfare.
Topic: Understanding Primary Insomnia and its Management : An Ayurveda Perspective
Abstract: Insomnia, an under diagnosed disease, has prevalence in India of nearly 15%. It affects about 40% of women and 30% of men. Sleep disturbances can contribute to or exacerbate medical or psychiatric conditions. Insomnia may not be a life threatening illness, but it has a tendency to damage a persons' social and occupational life. . Ayurveda too has understood and described normal and abnormal sleep patterns. Nidra nasha, a Vataja Nanatmaja Vyadhi, with the involvement of Manas (Rajas) bears close resemblance to Insomnia. The author will present an Ayurvedic understanding of Primary Insomnia and discuss the importance of Shirobasti and Yoga in its management based on a clinical study conducted by the author.
Key Words: Ayurveda, Primary Insomnia, Nidranasha, Shirobasti, Yoga