Bipolar Affective disorder, BPAD is a psychological condition characterized by the episodic fluctuations in the moods and the energy and activity levels of a person.
BPAD is also sometimes referred to as manic-depressive illness. Due to these abnormal shifts in moods, the patient finds it difficult to perform the daily tasks. This condition can have a detrimental effect on the personal, academic, and professional performance of an individual.
The patients experience alternating episodes of mania and depression. The aim of Ayurvedic natural medication for bipolar would be to help minimize the intensity of these episodes and have a longer period of normal mood and allowing a person lead a normal and stress-free life. During the manic episodes, they may develop the following symptoms:
An inflated sense of self-confidence and self-esteem.
A feeling of euphoria
The symptoms during the depressive episodes may include:
A feeling of despair or hopelessness
Suicidal thoughts or tendencies
Anxiety and guilt
Low attention span
Ayurveda recommends the use of natural mood stabilizers for bipolar to help the patients maintain the balance of emotional and intellectual functions of the brain and manage the symptoms of this condition. This is done by addressing the imbalcne of Vata dosha in the body and mind. Some of these herbs that have been used traditionally in Ayurveda to balance the vata dosha are described beneath:
Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi): It is considered to bring clarity in thinking and may help stabilise mood.
Tagar (Valeriana officinalis): It is considered to produce a calming effect on the nervous system and may help to relieve the symptoms associated with stress, anxiety, and depression.
Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri): This herb has been used widely in ayurveda and now becoming a popular in pharmacies to support the functions of the brain and it may help to improve the memory, attention span, and concentration levels. Brahmi may also be effective in relieving stress, anxiety, and mental fatigue.
Vacha (Acorus calamus): This herb helps to control the symptoms in the manic as well as depressive episodes of bipolar disorders. It reduces stress and fears and also improves the functions of the brain.
Most patients want to know can bipolar be treated naturally. The Ayurveda herbs similar to mentioned above, along with diet and lifestyle changes may be able to help control the symptoms of this disease. Additionally, Ayurveda also recommends the use of yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises to relieve the stress and anxieties and attain a state of serenity, which can be highly beneficial in controlling the symptoms of this condition.
Ayurvedic Treatment of BPAD is based on the concept of Tridosha. It is believed to be the result of the imbalance in the Vata dosha. This condition also exhibits some recognizable factors related to the Pitta during manic episodes and the Kapha during the depressive episode. However, the Vata dosha is predominant in the development of this disorder.
The Vata imbalance is manifested as expansion, excessive movements, changeability, instability, insomnia, rapidly changing thoughts, fears, restlessness, hopelessness, and an over-stimulation.
The Ayurvedic treatment is aimed at improving the overall health of a person by making healthy changes in the dietary habits and lifestyle of the patient. The alternative treatments for bipolar are aimed at treating these symptoms in a holistic manner.
Herbal treatment for bipolar from an Ayurvedic perspective depends on the involvement of the doshas.
We also offer suggestions regarding the diet and lifestyle of the patient to bring about an overall improvement in the health. Some other holistic treatments offered by the Ayurveda in Melbourne include Nasya Therapy, Panchakarma, Shirodhara, Marma massage and many more. These therapies help to balance the energetics of the mind: rajas, satva, and tamas.
Following ayurvedic therapies or treatments are used by most of the ayurvedic doctors in the cases of stress and anxiety.
Nasya or nasal instillation
Nasya treatment helps to promote mental clarity and reduce stress. In this treatment method, nasal medication serves as a purifying agent for the head and helps to offer clarity if mind.
Shirodhara treatment is a traditional ayurvedic therapy that has been used for relaxing mind for thousands of years. It helps to cleanse both the mind and the body. In this treatment method, a concoction of herbal oils, medicated milk and medicated water is poured over the forehead for over a duration. It is suggested to assist in relieving stress, tension, anxiety and depression and rejuvenates the mind.
Meditation is a great way to get rid of stress and anxiety. A person suffers from the mental health problems should do at least 30 minutes meditation twice a day, especially evening meditation is considered more effective in the management of stress and depression. It also helps to relax the mind after finishing daily routine work. Sun salutation is yoga exercises that can be useful in the treatment of stress and depression.
The other yoga poses include Child's Pose (Balasana), Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana), Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana), Eagle Pose (Garudasana), Corpse Pose (Savasana), Extended Triangle Pose (Utthita Trikonasana), Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose (Viparita Karani), Puppy Pose (Uttana Shishosana), Cat Pose (Marjaryasana) and Dolphin Pose.
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If you wish to enquire more information on Bipolar disorder Ayurvedic Natural Treatment in Melbourne, you may contact us at Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic.
Both Ayurvedic Practitioner Gurnam Saini and Pooja Saini along with their Ayurveda profession, have also specialised in Mental health in their Registered Nursing career on Australia and worked in both Public and Private hospital in Melbourne for number of years till 2019. Gurnam Saini holds a Post Gradute Diploma in Mental Health Nursing and Pooja Saini completed Masters of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) in Mental Health. They have genuine passion to offer a better quality of life to people living with mental health conditions. They believe in active listening and therapeutic engagement of their clients.
Disclaimer: The information on ayurvedic products and medicines on our website is for educational purposes only. One should not buy these products over the counter. These should only be taken after ayurvedic consultation with an ayurvedic practitioner. The uses and indications of these herbal products are based on Traditional Ayurvedic text books. These herbs should be supplemented with appropriate diet and lifestyle to get beneficial effects. Although there is a lot of research done on Ayurveda these days, yet these herbal products might not hold enough current research based evidence.
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