USING  AYURVEDA  TO  TREAT  DEPRESSION

The journey of life is a mix of the good times and bad times. During the good times, we are happy and excited. During the bad times, our lives can be full of anxiety, stress and depression.

 

Sometimes in our lives, we have a feeling of depression where we experience a sad feeling. This feeling can be brought about by some recent sadness, frustration, anger or even loss.

Modern medicine has not done enough to deal with depression; therefore, the next step would be to consider another approach. This approach requires some knowledge that will help in addressing the root cause of depression. The answer lies in Ayurveda. If you want to know the reason, here is why people are switching to Ayurveda.

“It is estimated that close to 350 million suffer from depression.”

 

 

 

Ayurveda is a 5,000 year old science which views the world through an internal model. Ayurveda means “The science of Life”. It is believed to be the oldest healing science in existence, forming the foundation of all others. In Ayurveda, all matter is believed to be made up of five elements-earth, fire, water, air and ether. These five elements can manifest in the human body via three principles that help us to better understand ourselves and the world around us. These principles are vata, pitta, and Kapha.

 

Vata depression can be linked with anxiety.

Pitta depression can be linked with agitation.

Kapha depression can be linked with lack of energy.

 

 

How can AYURVEDA help recover from DEPRESSION?

1. Panchakarma – a combination of ayurvedic therapies.

2. Meditation – puts you in a state of pure calm and silence.

3. Diet changes – eat a healthy balanced diet.

4. Herbal treatments – help to promote balance in mental and emotional functioning.

5. Harmonious relationship with the nature

 

Let’s see each practice in more detail:

Ayurveda Practice

Description

Panchakarma

Panchakarma is a combination of therapies which works to remove toxins from the body. Some therapies include oil massage or (Abhyanga), oil poured over the forehead (Shirodhara) and herbal enemas (Basti). These treatments not only improves the mood but also increases mental clarity.

Meditation

During meditation, your mind feels a state of pure calm and silence. With this relaxation of the mind, the body can now relax, which in turn leads to a drop in the metabolic rate. This, in turn, enhances the self-healing mechanism of the mind and body.  It is important to meditate morning and evening for at least 15 minutes.

Diet changes

According to Ayurveda, it is advisable to change your diet according to the time of the year. One of the most important things you can do for your good health every day of the year is to eat a healthy balanced diet. If you eat food which matches your physiology, and follow a balanced life supporting routine that aids in digestion, your body will reap the benefits and you will find that you are happier, healthier and filled with real vitality — at any age.

Herbal Treatments

The Ayurveda herbal treatments heal at a very deep and subtle level. These herbs can be administered via oil form or with food. The herbs help to promote the balance in mental and emotional functioning.

Harmonious relationship with the nature

Ayurveda suggests establishing a harmonious relationship with the nature. This includes waking up in the morning at the same time and eating chemical-free food. It also includes forming some healthy habits like eating while sitting, chewing all food and resting after meals. Practising yoga postures and breathing exercises also helps a lot in increasing circulation to the brain.