Mind Fog: Ayurveda understanding


Article by Dr Manasa S, B.A.M.S & Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay)

Mind fog is an ill-defined phenomenon however many individuals undergo from this situation. It’s an impact of quick paced and aggressive modern-day life.

Understanding ‘Mind Fog’ via Ayurveda Lens

It’s troublesome to correlate any situation defined in Ayurveda to ‘mind fog’. Fashionable science itself offers a lot scattered and improperly outlined details about this situation. This situation is a sum impact of many causes and its signs are additionally massively various.

On this article we are going to attempt to perceive mind fog making use of Ayurveda fundamentals to the illness and attempt to discover what it’d imply via Ayurveda lens.

Associated Studying – Mind Fog

By definition of Mind Fog

Mind fog could also be brought on by a wide selection of causes and will current with a broad spectrum of signs however it briefly encompasses psychological fatigue, forgetfulness, cognitive haziness and primarily psychological exhaustion.

The illness has an organ hyperlink i.e. mind getting fogged however the signs are primarily associated to thoughts.

So, we will take into account mind fog as a situation involving manas and manovaha srotas – channels associated to thoughts features.

The Rajo-Tamo join and the involvement of bodily doshas in manifestation of ‘mind fog’ 

Rajas and Tamas are the psychological doshas. When they’re imbalanced they have an effect on the thoughts and thoughts features. They’re even the contaminants of the thoughts channels.

Rajas could cause over-expression of thoughts features and feelings like excessive nervousness, confusion, instability, irritability, anger, temper swings and many others whereas Tamas high quality of thoughts is liable for slowing down of thoughts and its features and milder feelings like despair, feeling low, lack of focus and focus and many others. Related signs are present in mind fog.

Rajas and Tamas are interrelated with the bodily doshas. Vata and Pitta are wealthy in Rajas high quality whereas Kapha is wealthy in tamas high quality. 

Ayurveda considers physique and thoughts as two sides of the identical coin. So when there’s disturbance within the stability of bodily doshas they might sooner or later of time have an effect on the psychological doshas. Equally when the thoughts doshas are disturbed additionally they disturb the bodily doshas in the course of time in the long term. This exhibits the earliest description of psychosomatic problems. In bodily problems there’s a thoughts part concerned, and in psychological problems there’s a bodily part concerned. We are able to discover psychological signs in bodily problems and bodily signs in psychological problems.

We are able to see that mind fog can also be biphasic. It’s not simply the overuse of mind and cognitive features that result in the manifestation of mind fog, we additionally get to see a wide selection of bodily problems like fibromyalgia, power irritation and many others to be causal of mind fog.

Causes of mind fog – Ayurveda perspective

Manasika – Any causes which result in disturbance and imbalance within the thoughts, thoughts channels and in rajas or tamas or each attributes is causal of mind fog. Stress, tensions, nervousness, work strain and many others are contributory. Lengthy standing worries and grief are additionally causal. Consumption of meals and indulgence in actions which affect rajas and tamas qualities of thoughts are vital causative elements for mind fog.

Sharirika – Meals and actions which disturb the bodily doshas i.e. vata, pitta and kapha, viruddha ahara – mutually incompatible meals, santarpana – extreme satiation / vitamin, apatarpana – deficit vitamin, premature consumption of meals, mistaken selections of meals, imbalances in trayopastambha – meals, sleep and celibacy or way of life, and many others will trigger many pathological modifications within the physique as a consequence of disturbed metabolism and trigger big range of bodily and psychological problems together with mind fog. These causes are liable for irritation and imbalance within the nervous, hormonal and immune methods that are all liable for mind fog even in keeping with trendy medication. Lengthy standing illnesses concerned with extreme aggravation of doshas or power – un-treated illnesses will trigger mind fog. This facet can also be defined in trendy medication.

The opposite causes embody

Asatmya Indriyartha Sannikarsha – extreme, deficit or mistaken affiliation between sense organs and their objects is causal. Instance extreme publicity to screens is among the causes for mind fog.

Prajnaparadha – doing errors in a state of consciousness, performing in opposition to one’s proper consciousness / mental blasphemy – instance, working in night time shifts, staying woke up all night time resulting in insomnia or sleep deprivation which is among the causes of mind fog.

Kala Parinama – impact of time – after we do mistaken issues by way of bodily deeds, psychological actions, speech, meals, life actions and many others they may sum up into situations like mind fog by disturbing psychological and bodily doshas.

Asatmya indriyartha sannikarsha and Prajnaparadha are liable for aggravation of all doshas – psychological and bodily and likewise head in the direction of kala parinama.

Dharaniya Vegas – These are the psychological urges which we have to management and have them in a state of stability. They’re –

  • Irshya – malice, jealous
  • Shoka – despair, grief
  • Bhaya – worry
  • Krodha – anger
  • Mana – vainness and
  • Dvesha – hatred, and many others

These unhealthy feelings are additionally included beneath psychological problems and prajnaparadha.

Causes of vitiation of manovaha srotas – thoughts carrying channels –A lot of the causes are the identical as described above. In addition they disturb the rajas and tamas and imbalance the sattva attribute of the thoughts. These imbalances will result in many psychological imbalances resulting in mind fog. The causes embody –

  • Meals and actions which worsen and imbalance rajo and tamo gunas of the thoughts and deterioration of sattva high quality of thoughts
  • Meals and actions which trigger aggravation of bodily doshas – vata, pitta and kapha
  • Excessively expressing the feelings associated to the thoughts like anger, greed, lust, worry, panic, jealousy and many others
  • All etiological elements talked about within the context of madness, epilepsy or fainting problems, atattvabhinivesha 
  • Psychological accidents / psychological trauma and any causes resulting in the identical
  • Incompatible or inappropriate affiliation of the sense organs and sense objects
  • Errors executed in a state of consciousness
  • Weak mindedness
  • Lengthy standing bodily and psychological problems

Chintaka – Chintaka means a thinker, an individual who’s all the time indulged (excessively) in psychological actions and works. Initially the time period ‘mind fog’ was used to explain psychological exhaustion amongst these immersed in intense cognitive pursuits, the time period developed over time, finally discovering a spot within the DSM-4 (Diagnostic and Statistical Handbook of Psychological Issues) in 1960, associating it with the pains of extreme educational calls for. These individuals are superb candidates for ‘mind fog’. Within the indications of sneha, grasp Charaka has talked about ‘chintaka’. This implies to say that oleation or administration of small portions of sneha – medicated ghee / oil each day in small portions could assist these folks to beat mind fog.

Dosha relationship in signs of mind fog

Vata / rajo guna relation – most signs of mind fog like problem concentrating, impaired attentiveness, studying difficulties, quick time period reminiscence loss, hassle in greedy info, struggles with multitasking, dissociative emotions, forgetfulness, distraction, problem in recalling, insomnia, complications, temper swings, low power, psychological fatigue are all as a consequence of excessive vata (vata-pitta) and compromised kapha.

Kapha relation – Issue in focusing, studying difficulties, hassle in greedy, forgetting issues can be as a consequence of extraordinarily excessive kapha and mandagni. Decreased motivation and despair are positively as a consequence of kapha.

Pitta relation – Psychological fatigue, complications, low power, simple comprehension, burn-outs, and disturbance in different cognitive features may be as a consequence of elevated pitta exercise as in power inflammations within the physique.

Sub-dosha relationship

Prana Vata, Sadhaka Pitta and Tarpaka Kapha are the doshas situated within the head. They assist in balanced functioning of the mind and your complete nervous system. Imbalance in these doshas, individually or collectively or comparatively would possibly trigger many problems together with brain-fog. Udana Vata which is expounded to speech, efforts, power and enthusiasm, and reminiscence can also be imbalanced in mind fog situations and so additionally the budhi vaisheshika part of Alochaka Pitta which contributes in the direction of processing the visible ideas within the mind.

Mind known as mastishka or mastulunga – i.e. the marrow contained in the cranial cavity. Shira – head is taken into account as uttamanga – one of the best organ within the physique and mastulunga is situated contained in the shira. In different phrases the phrase shira is inclusive of then mind. The shiras behold the sense organs and lots of very important factors i.e. marmas. Shiras can also be the seat of manas – the thoughts.

Bhrama – giddiness, partial lack of consciousness, Murcha – fainting, lack of consciousness and Tamo Darshana – experiencing darkness in entrance of the eyes, black-outs, are a few of the signs of contamination of majjavaha srotas. These signs clearly point out the reason of majja pertains to mind matter. Due to this fact when majja is vitiated, the signs pertaining to vitiation of bone marrow tissue and likewise affliction of mind tissue and nerves are manifested. Although not precisely, these signs could also be correlated to signs of mind fog.

Grasp Charaka has included ‘being effectively realized’ and ‘one having particular information of science’ among the many majja sara lakshanas i.e. individuals having enriched majja. (Cha.Vi.8/108)

Different points of manas which signifies the imbalance of thoughts in ‘mind fog’ via Ayurveda lens

Phrase derivation and that means of the time period manas

मन्यते अवबुध्यते ज्ञायते अनेन इति मनः।
manyate avabudhyate jñāyate anena iti manaḥ|

That which helps in realizing one thing known as manas. That which helps in acquiring the information of one thing known as mana.

That which has the aptitude to suppose known as mana or manas. This capability is misplaced as a consequence of mind fogging or when the manas can’t suppose it’s a state of ‘mind fog’.

Indicators and attribute options of thoughts

लक्षणं मनसो ज्ञानस्य अभावो भाव एव च।॥च.शा.१/१८॥
मनः पुनः सराणि इन्द्रियाणि अर्थ ग्रहण समर्थानि भवन्ति।च.सू.८/७।
lakṣaṇaṃ manaso jñānasya abhāvo bhāva eva ca|||ca.śā.1/18||
manaḥ punaḥ sarāṇi indriyāṇi artha grahaṇa samarthāni bhavanti|ca.sū.8/7|

Absence or presence of data is the principle attribute characteristic and signal of presence of thoughts. Being in a suspended animation between these two points is a state of mind fog.

The senses can understand their objects solely within the presence of the thoughts i.e. when the senses are related to the thoughts. This connection is misplaced in mind fog and therefore the particular person suffers from signs like lack of focus and focus, dissociation, and many others.

Topics of the thoughts

चिन्त्यं विचार्यं ऊह्यं च ध्येयं सङ्कल्पम् एव च।
यत् किञ्चिद् मनसो ज्ञेयं तत् सर्वं हि अर्थ संज्ञकम्॥च.शा.१/२०॥
cintyaṃ vicāryaṃ ūhyaṃ ca dhyeyaṃ saṅkalpam eva ca|
yat kiñcid manaso jñeyaṃ tat sarvaṃ hello artha saṃjñakam||ca.śā.1/20||

Under talked about are the themes of the thoughts –

  • Chintya – fascinated by many issues
  • Vicharya – scrutinizing and analyzing between good and unhealthy
  • Uhyam – making guess and inference
  • Dhyeya – aiming, specializing in one thing with focus of thoughts
  • Sankalpam – dedication and choice on the premise of discrimination made between good and unhealthy

Other than these, another topic which falls into the territory of greedy and understanding to the thoughts, these that are match to be understood by thoughts, i.e. happiness, grief, want, hatred, rejection and many others are all the themes of the thoughts. There’s a failure in all these topics in an individual with mind fog.

Features of thoughts

इन्द्रियाभिग्रहः कर्म मनसः स्वस्य निग्रहः।
ऊहो विचारः च, ततः परं बुद्धिः प्रवर्तते॥च.शा.१/२१॥
indriyābhigrahaḥ karma manasaḥ svasya nigrahaḥ|
ūho vicāraḥ ca, tataḥ paraṃ buddhiḥ pravartate||ca.śā.1/21||

Under talked about are the features of the thoughts

  • Indriyabhigraha – to indulge / affiliate the sense organs of their respective objects
  • Swasya nigraha – to regulate self and maintain indifferent from undesired topics / objects
  • Uha – to know out the that means of topics and treatises skillfully and set up (perceive) their exact that means
  • Vichara – to have a thought course of and reasoning about accepting or rejecting a topic / thought

Following the features of the thoughts (on its backdrop), the mind comes into motion and the actions are taken accordingly, relying on what must be executed and what not.

We are able to see that each one these features are disturbed to numerous proportions in these affected by mind fog.

Ayurveda Therapy Ideas for ‘Mind Fog’

Nidana Parivarjana

It is vitally vital to maintain away any and all causative elements that are inflicting the mind fog, be it bodily, psychological, emotional or social trigger or associated to meals, exercise or habits. The in the beginning responsibility of the doctor is to determine these elements and educate the individuals about their consequence and significance of isolating them. Any destructive feelings or elements associated to asatmya indriyartha sannikarsha, prajnaparadha and manasika vegas ought to be screened for whereas analyzing the affected person.

Finest cures for a thoughts dysfunction

There are numerous methods during which psychological problems may be handled. Amongst them, the three fundamental ideas of treating the psychological problems are –

  • Dhee – correct and skilful use of / coaching the mind
  • Dhairya – seeding braveness in a single’s thoughts and eradicating destructive ideas
  • Atmadi Vijnanam – to make one to comprehend the significance of ‘self value’

These embody counseling of the sufferers and psycho-therapy – sattvavajaya chikitsa. The doctor ought to work on deviations of dhee – mind, dhrti – braveness and choice making capability and smriti – reminiscence, all that are disturbed in case of ‘mind fog’.


Vamana, Virechana and Basti / Vasti are useful for kapha, pitta and vata, influencing the physique and thoughts in relation to mind fog. Nasya would possibly work magic in these instances. These therapies additionally will assist in comprehensively eliminating morbid doshas, treating power inflammations, hormonal imbalances and compromised immunity that are liable for causation of mind fog.

Exterior Therapies

Under talked about therapies will probably be useful in enjoyable the physique and thoughts and therefore addressing the ‘mind fog’ –

  • Abhyanga and Swedana
  • Sarvanga Dhara – Kshira Dhara or Taila Dhara
  • Murdni Taila – oil therapies on the pinnacle – Shirodhara, Shiro Abhyanga, Shiro Vasti, Shiro Pichu

Therapy ideas of ‘contamination of majja vaha srotas’

  • Madhura tikta anna – candy and bitter tasting meals and drinks
  • Vyayama – indulgence in workouts
  • Shodhana – evacuation / cleaning therapies – panchakarma therapies

Tikta Ghrta

Use of medicated bitter ghee within the type of oral consumption and enemas are perfect for balancing the richness of majja dhatu – bone marrow and mind tissue. Enemas may be administered within the type of anuvasana and matra vasti or tikta ksheera basti i.e. milk processed with bitter herbs.

Different remedy ideas

Mind fog may be handled on the traces of treating –

  • Unmada – madness, lunacy, psychological problems
  • Apasmara – epilepsy, reminiscence problems
  • Atattvabhinivesha – failure in judging between good and unhealthy
  • Murcha – fainting
  • Lengthy standing illnesses that are inflicting thoughts signs and mind fog

Medhya Rasayanas

  1. Juice of Mandukaparni – Centella asiatica
  2. Powder of Yashtimadhu – Glycyrrhiza glabra blended with milk
  3. Juice of Guduchi – Tinospora cordifolia together with its root and flower
  4. Paste of Shankhapushpi – Convolvulus pluricaulis

Essential herbs

  • Brahmi – Bacopa monnieri
  • Shankhapushpi – Convolvulus pluricaulis
  • Kushmanda – Benincisa hispida
  • Ashwagandha – Withania somnifera
  • Shatavari – Asparagus racemosus
  • Amalaki – Emblica officinalis
  • Mandukaparni – Centella asiatica
  • Kapikachchu – Mucuna pruriens
  • Bala – Sida cordifolia
  • Tagara – Valeriana wallichii
  • Jyotishmati – Celastrus paniculatus

Essential formulations

Different issues to do

  • Eat meals on time
  • Sleep on time
  • Don’t maintain physique’s urges
  • Stay away from destructive thoughts feelings
  • Create a contented zone for assist
  • Observe correct dinacharya and rtucharya
  • Achara Rasayana
  • Spend time with household and mates
  • Take breaks from work and display screen
  • Journey to your favourite locations
  • Do yoga
  • Train repeatedly
  • Meditate
  • Discuss to folks / assist teams

Helpful Yoga postures

  • Adhomukha Svanasana – Downward going through canine
  • Viparita Karani – Legs up the wall pose
  • Balasana – Little one’s Pose
  • Shavasana – Corpse Pose
  • Garudasana – Eagle pose
  • Supta Baddha Konasana – Reclined butterfly pose
  • Janu Shirsasana – Head to knee ahead bend
  • Chakravakasana, Bitilasana, Marjariyasana – Cat cow pose
  • Vrikshasana – Tree pose
  • Sethu bandhasana – Supported Bridge Pose
  • Uttanasana – Standing ahead fold / bend
  • Padmasana – Lotus pose