Gas survivors suffering from anxiety disorders

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Dec 2017 11:58:01


By Tara Chettur,

About 4,000 gas survivors are suffering from anxiety disorders in which majority are women. The main problem of anxiety disorders includes breathlessness and also affecting metabolism in general. Dr Mrithunjay Mali, Ayurvedic Physician, who which works with Sambhavna clinic for gas victims, says that one of the main physical symptoms of anxiety is breathlessness. The person feels that he is not breathing enough and the natural response is to breathe in more. But breathing more affects the cases adversely. He says, majority of women above 30 and mid 45 who belong to gas survivor’s family come here for treatment and on daily basis, footfall from 2 to 3 patients can be witnessed for this reason. “We also refer some patients for detailed check-up to check any lung dysfunction affecting some cases.

In Ayurveda, for such patients, we normally prefer panchkarma, which is effective. This treatment helps to restore metabolic system. Panchakarma is the ultimate mind-body healing experience for detoxifying the body, strengthening the immune system and restoring balance especially to reduce stress, improves relaxation and tolerance. There are also patients with panic disorder, who are extremely anxious and fearful. In many people, who have the biological vulnerability to panic attacks, it’s seen that exposure to major life changing events like Gas tragedy has passed from one generation to another.

Researchers claim that the sufferings of Bhopal gas survivors, including severe pulmonary oedema leading to cardio-respiratory problems, green vomiting, acute bronchitis, eye irritation and mental retardation, further led to facilitate the research work for harmful chemicals especially MIC (methy iso cyanate) impacts on human beings, which was well developed strategy by the Union Carbide Corporation owners then. The unavailability of any information about the toxicity and its impact of the main parent compound MIC was a main topic of research at the time of Bhopal gas tragedy. The detoxification measures, guideline principles for therapeutic intervention was studied in detail only after the Bhopal gas tragedy.

The Sambhavna Trust Clinic is a charitable trust run by a group of doctors, scientists, writers and social workers, who have been involved with various aspects of the Bhopal gas tragedy since its occurrence in December 1984.The clinic in Bhopal, run by the Sambhavna Trust, has been initiated by Satinath Sarangi.