Ayurvedic Cure For Depression

Depression is a mental state in which a person is sad sometimes even results in endangering the sufferer’s or other’s lives. This neurological disorder is characterized by hopelessness, change in body weight, unmotivated, irritable, lazy and indifferent. The depressed person usually avoids social events, family responsibilities and even relationships that can affect his life significantly. 

Certain events in life such as illness, financial problem, losing a job, death of loved ones and divorce may often drive people to go into depression. This state of mind affects their performance adversely at work and life in general.  Depression should be treated before it leads to serious consequences.

Ayurveda for Depression

Known as Chittavsada, depression is considered not as a disease and is seen as an imbalance in the body in Ayurveda.   It is also considered as the vitiation of kapha dosha due to increase of tamas and rajas gunas of the mind.   Vata imbalance may also be the cause in a few cases.  Apart from imbalance of doshas, it is also due to the lack of awareness about the inner self.

Symptoms of Depression 

  • Persistent Sadness
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Hopelessness
  • Withdrawn and mostly silent
  • Lack of concentration
  • Inability sleep or excessive sleeping
  • Loss of appetite or over-eating
  • Lack of interest in social activities  

What are the causes?

Allergies and the disturbance of the metabolic process may affect the chemistry of the brain. This results in mood swings and depression.  The disturbance of the three doshas causes the nervous system and the brain to malfunction leading to depression.  It is therefore important to determine which of the doshas has caused the depression for deciding on the treatment.

Ayurvedic treatment for Depression

The Ayurvedic treatment addresses the body and the mind and therefore includes meditation, yoga and lifestyle changes along with medicines. The treatment involving massages can render the head a cooling effect and medicines called Rasayana are given to restore the balance of doshas in the body. 

Ayurvedic Herbs Used for Depression

The following are the herbs used in treating depression depending on the cause of depression and other factors like the age and environment of the patient.
 
Ashwagandha:   Ashwagandha is known to remove negativity form the mind. It works as an aphrodisiac for the mind.
 
Brahmi: Brahmi is helpful in relaxing the mind as it has cooling and soothing properties. Oil made form Brahmi can be used regularly to prevent depression.
 
Cardamom: Cardamom has a nice odor that pleases and calms the nerves. Adding cardamom to tea can provide instant relief from depression.
 
Guggulu: It is found very helpful in improving the functioning of the nervous system and is effective in the treatment of depression.
 
Jatamansi: Jatamansi is effective in calming the mind and replaces depression by positive thoughts.
 
Turmeric: Turmeric has the power to reduce depression due to change in seasons.
 
Ayurvedic Procedures
 
Shirodhara: A stream of water is allowed to fall on the forehead of the patient to calm the mind and remove negative thoughts.
 
Abhyanga: Oil massage is given to the body to remove toxins and to calm down the nerves.
 
Yoga Therapy
 
Yoga and Pranayama also play a very useful role in overcoming depression. Bhujangasana, sarvangasana, Pashchimottanasana, Halasana, Shalabasana, shavasana and vakrasana are advised for patients of depression.   Deep breathing exercises in Pranayama improve brain activity and calm the nervous system.
 
Life Style Advice:
 
A daily routine that includes exercise and listening to soothing music and spiritual pursuits may help in overcoming depression.
 
Developing hobbies and taking part in activities that stimulate the mind can drive out depression.

 



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