How to Beat Fatigue
May 5, 2014


IMG_0020 Are you feeling mentally frazzled, emotionally stressed out, or just plain pooped? If so, you have company. Researchers report that the majority of adult Americans today suffer from stress and tiredness.

A stress-driven body and mind is the major cause of fatigue, and unfortunately, for many people this is a normal state of living in today’s hectic world. Most people have lost touch with the normal experience of “calm energy,” which is a state of low tension and high energy that allows for optimism, confidence, and the stamina necessary to enjoy success, love and happiness.

Happily, Maharishi Ayurveda is well-equipped to restore balance and combat the underlying causes of the general, stress-related tiredness that many Americans suffer from today. Here’s how to beat fatigue the natural way, with diet, exercise and herbal supplements.

Causes of Fatigue

According to Maharishi Ayurveda, fatigue is caused by overuse, misuse or no use of the mind, emotions or body. For instance, your job may be easy for you, but if you have to put in a lot of overtime, that can result in fatigue.

Misuse is doing something that is against your nature. If you are an honest person, and you find yourself in a situation where you feel pressured to lie or cheat, that misuse of your mental faculties could cause you to feel fatigued.

An example of physical misuse is knowing that a physical task is beyond your capability, but doing it anyway. Or perhaps your heart is very tender, and you are surrounded by people who are habitually angry—an example of emotional misuse.

Even lack of use can cause fatigue. “Use it or lose it” applies not only to the body, but to the brain and emotions as well.

The first step in correcting fatigue is to determine the cause. You can ask yourself if your fatigue is caused by physical, mental or emotional factors. And is it caused by overuse, misuse or lack of use?

Once you know which behavior is causing the fatigue, one should try to modify or stop the behavior. Become familiar with your stress-point and your own level of comfort. The solution to the problem of fatigue is found in one sentence: proper use of the mind, body and emotions.

Three Kinds of Fatigue

There is a relationship between the three doshas(mind-body operating principles) and the three main types of fatigue. Mental fatigue is associated with an imbalance in Vata dosha, emotional fatigue is caused by an imbalance in Pitta dosha, and physical fatigue is caused by an imbalance in Kapha dosha.

Ama, or impurities caused by undigested food, is a major cause of all three types of fatigue. To avoid all types of fatigue, avoid leftovers, fast foods, foods grown with chemical fertilizers or sprayed with pesticides, or packaged, canned, frozen or processed foods. And practice the Transcendental Meditation technique to gain deep rest, release mental and physical stress, and bring all three mind-body types into balance. TM is a holistic way to rejuvenate, re-energize and re-enliven your inner  intelligence, as shown by over 350 peer-reviewed research studies that report improved sleep, more energy, clearer thinking, less doctor visits, reduced blood pressure, enhanced well-being and improved mental health among people who practice the TM technique twice daily.

To burn away ama, boil two quarts of water and steep with the following herbs:

  • 3 leaves of holy basil
  • 3 leaves of mint
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin seed
  • 1 piece of clove
  • 1/4 tsp. coriander

Drink it throughout the day. Depending on your mind-body type and imbalances, you may be more susceptible to certain types of fatigue.

How to fight fatigue

For Mental Fatigue:

For Emotional Fatigue:


For Physical Fatigue:

By consulting a physician trained in Maharishi Ayurveda, you can learn specific recommendations for restoring your natural energy levels based on your body type and imbalances.

(I originally wrote this blog for the Maharishi Ayurveda Blog [MAPI], August 14,2012. Reprinted with permission.)

1 Comment »

  1. Hi Linda. Bravo on a great web site with well presented knowledge.
    (:-) Roger on Purusha

    Comment by LabelGMOs108 — May 5, 2014 @ 4:56 pm

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