An occasional feeling of sadness is something we all experience from time to time. And it is a perfectly normal response to unsettling life circumstances. But if you find yourself frequently feeling low, moody or weepy for days on end, for no apparent reason, it is time to visit your GP to get checked out for the possibility that you suffer from depression.
Depression and Anxiety are very serious illnesses that affect not just the emotions but also the physical health of people suffering from it. Presently, this debilitating conditions are recognised as the top cause for non-fatal disability among the Australian population and the worst part is that only half of those affected by it may receive the necessary medical care.
People with depression or anxiety suffer from a chronic lack of energy or the motivation to do something. Often, they lose interest in something they previously enjoyed doing. This situation may be the norm in the face of some trying situations such as the loss of a loved one or suffering a major career or relationship setback; however, if this behavior surfaces for no reason at all and persists for a long time, it may be a sign of depression.
Some people with depression withdraw into a shell and cut off contact from their family and friends while others have problems with concentration and managing their emotions, and go from being gloomy to irritable in an unpredictable manner.
If you have been formally diagnosed with depression or anxiety by a medical professional or just started to experince these preliminary symptoms and looking for a natural path to enhance your mental health and wellbeing. Ayurveda may be able to help. According to this ancient system of health, the body is made up of three elements or doshas and as long as these remain in a state of balance, the individual is healthy; any imbalance in these elements can lead to health problems of the body as well as the mind.
Ayurveda says that when the kapha element is imbalanced, it causes a change in the proportions of the vata and pitta elements, too and this affects the normal functioning of the nervous system.
There is a sub-element called Sadhaka pitta that is responsible for balanced emotions. When there is a disturbance in the proportion of this element, a person experiences the symptoms of mental ill health, including depression.
According to Ayurveda, mental disturbances are related to the accumulation of toxins (Ama) in the body; this is a result of clinging on to negative emotions and not being able to get rid of them. Such abnormal function in turn may generate the feelings of hopelessness that are generally associated with depression or anxiety.
Ayurveda also believes that a lack of awareness of one’s inner self may lead to the condition of depression. Deep-seated pain and hurt and negative emotions from the past that have not been resolved also tend to deplete the natural energy of the mind and this may lead to the condition of depression.
Ayurveda approaches the problem of depression from a holistic viewpoint. Some of the remedies used in treatment of depression include:
Ayurvedic treatment of depression may involve the use of Ayurvedic herbs that are used traditionally to help balance the doshas – a type of Pitta element that helps to regulate the emotions. The following herbs have teaditionally worked well either singly or in combination for Ayurvedic treatment of depression.
Brahmi Herb (Bacopa monnieri):
Obtained from the Bacopa monieri plant, this herb helps the mind to relax and its regular use may help to alleviate the effects of depression.
Ashwagandha Herb (Withania somnifera):
Obtained from Withania somnifera, this herb is considered to have adaptogenic properties that may help in improving resistance to stress and negative thoughts. It helps to balance Vata dosha and helps to improve emotional stability.
Arjuna Herb (Terminalia arjuna):
The bark of the Terminalia arjuna tree is considered to contains several alkaloids that are good for the heart. In combination with Brahmi, Arjuna may be effective as a remedy for depression and anxiety.
Jatamansi Herb (Nardostachys chinensis):
Obtained from Nardostachys, this herb aims to channelise the energy of the mind in a positive direction and thus, may exert a calming effect that removes depressive thoughts.
Ayurveda texts have mentioned many herbal formulations to alleviate depression and anxiety. As per as advice of qualified Ayurvedic doctors, below given list of natural medicines have been used for centuries as the Ayurveda treatment options for people suffering from depression and anxiety.
1. Aswagandharishtam - Herbal Wine
2. Parpatadyarishtam - Herbal Wine
3. Saraswatharishtam - Herbal Wine
4. Anu thailam - Herbal Oil
5. Bala Thailam - Herbal Oil
6. Balaswagandhadhi Thailam - Herbal Oil
7. Brahmi Thailam - Herbal Oil
8. Bringamalakadi Oil
9. Chandanadi Thailam - Herbal Oil
10. Chandraprabha vatika - Herbal Tablet
11. Dhanwantharam Gulika - Herbal Tablet
12. Brahmi gritham - Herbal Oil
13. Kalyanaka Gritham - Herbal Oil
14. Saraswatha gritham - Herbal Powder
15. Sathavaryadi gritham - Herbal Powder
16. Hinguvachadi Choornam - Herbal Powder
17. Aswagandhadi lehyam - Herbal Paste
18. Brahma rasayanam - Herbal Paste
19. Chyavana prasam - Herbal Paste
Yoga for Depression
Yogasanas or yoga postures when performed on a regular basis, can help to cleanse toxins from the body. Since accumulation of toxins is the main cause of depression, getting rid of these can help to treat this condition. Some of the yoga poses that can help include Dhanurasana (Bow Pose), Setubandhasana (Bridge Pose), Matsyasana (Fish Pose) and Shavasana (Corpse Pose).
Ayurveda believes in the healing power of meditation for treatment of depression and anxiety. One of the key features of depression is brooding – that is, the tendency to stay focused on unhappy or sad thoughts. Meditation can help depressed persons to stop brooding and move away from the mind’s actions and reactions.
Along with these measures, Ayurveda also emphasizes the need to identify and let go of negative emotions that pose obstacles in the normal brain functions. Being unable to vent out negativity causes it to accumulate and this leads to depression or anxiety. Ayurveda can help you get in touch with your own mental awareness, channelize the energy in the body, balance it and move away from depression towards a positive life.
If you find yourself feeling unusually low or moody for no obvious reason, do get in touch with us to find out and learn how Ayurveda can help. If you have been battling depression or anxiety with medication, your doctor has probably advised you about the need to keep taking it on time as prescribed. We do not advocate you stop taking your medication, we do encourage you to explore Ayurveda as a complementary pathway.
Both our Ayurveda Practitioner Gurnam Saini and Pooja Saini have specialised in mental health in their nursing career and worked in both Public and Private hospital in Melbourne for number of years. Gurnam Saini holds a Post Gradute Diploma in Mental Health Nursing and Pooja Saini completed Master of Nursing 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.
If you wish to consult Ayurveda, you may choose to contact one of our Ayurveda Practitioners Gurnam Saini or Pooja Saini in Melbourne. Both of our Practitioners are Qualified Ayurveda Doctors from India. You may contact us at "Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic". People who can't reach us personally, may choose for online Ayurveda consultation.
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