[box type=”info” ]An estimated 2.34 million people die each year from work-related accidents and diseases. Of these, about 2.02 million die from a wide range of work-related diseases. This is according to the International Labour Organization (ILO) report, “The Prevention of Occupational Diseases,” in line with the celebration of World Day for Safety Health at Work on April 28, 2013.[/box]
Deaths and injuries take a particularly heavy toll in high stress jobs, this is not only restricted to the physically hazardous jobs such as agriculture, construction, fishing, and mining. Work stress is universal, even mental and emotional stress leads to a great number of diseases.
Each year, thousands of workers become victims of diseases that can be fatal without proper treatment and stress management.
Ayurvedic Herbs to Combat Stress
The best way to combat stress at work place is to prepare the body and mind. Waking up early, consuming a balanced nutrient rich diet, yoga and certain herbs can help in managing and relieving stress. The following are some of the best herbs to relieve stress.
Mandukaparni (Centella asiatica):
Centella is a mild adaptogen, is mildly antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antiulcerogenic, anxiolytic, nervine and vulnerary, and can act as a cerebral tonic, a circulatory stimulant, and a diuretic. Centella asiatica may be useful in the treatment of anxiety. It is also a great stress reliever.
Ashwagandha, or Withania somnifera, is a perennial herb found throughout western India. It is also known as the Indian ginseng because of its revitalizing actions. Ashwagandha is a rejuvenating tonic in Ayurveda, and practitioners use the roots to treat general fatigue, nervous exhaustion, insomnia and stress.
Tagara, or Valeriana wallichi and V. officinales, is a perennial herb rich in volatile oils. Ayurvedic practitioners use it to treat emotional stress, nervous tension, insomnia, muscle spasms, headaches and anxiety.