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 consider 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 recognized as the top cause for non-fatal disability among the Australian population and the worst part is that less than half of those affected by it receive the necessary medical care.
People with depression or anxiety suffer from a chronic lack of energy or the will 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 is an obvious 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.
In some patients, depression may be a result of an imbalance in the chemicals necessary for the normal brain functions. In others, it may be an abnormal response to extremely stressful conditions that persist for a very long time. Whatever the cause, depression leaves the affected individual feeling empty, worthless, and sad and devoid of any hope of an improvement. In some depressed patients, the dark thoughts may lead to thoughts of suicide, too.
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of medicine that seeks to address the root cause of health problems. According to this system, 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 generates the feelings of hopelessness that are associated with depression or anxiety.
Ayurveda also believes that a lack of awareness of one’s inner self leads to the condition of depression. Deep-seated pain and hurt and negative emotions from the past that have not been resolved tend to deplete the natural energy of the mind and this leads to the condition of depression.
Therefore, Ayurvedic treatment of depression focuses on remedies that deal with all these aspects, to give an effective result, with almost no side effects as compared to modern medicines.
Ayurveda approaches the problem of depression from a holistic viewpoint. Some of the remedies used in treatment of depression include:
Ayurvedic treatment of depression involves the use of certain "natural antidepressants" healing herbs that help to balance Sadhaka pitta – a type of Pitta element that helps to regulate the emotions. The following herbs work well either singly or in combination for ayurvedic treatment of depression treatment in Melbourne.
One can get all the below mention natural antidepressants from "Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic", best Ayurvedic Clinic in Melbourne, Australia. Ayurvedic doctors decide after the detail assessment that which herbs are most suitable to cure depression. According to one's ayurvedic body type, unique herbal formula is provided in the veggie capsule to the clients suffering from depression.
Known natural antidepressants herbs in Ayurveda are:
Brahmi Herb (Bacopa monnieri):
Obtained from the Bacopa monieri plant, this drug helps the mind to relax and its regular use helps to alleviate the effects of depression.
Ashwagandha Herb (Withania somnifera):
Obtained from Withania somnifera, this drug has adaptogenic properties that help in improving resistance to stress and negative thoughts. It helps to balance Vata dosha and improves emotional stability.
Arjuna Herb(Terminalia arjuna):
The bark of the Terminalia arjuna tree contains several alkaloids that are good for the heart. In combination with Brahmi, Arjuna is effective as a remedy for depression and anxiety.
Jatamansi Herb( Nardostachys jatamans):
Obtained from Nardostachys jatamansi, this herb serves to channelize the energy of the mind in a positive direction and thus, exerts a calming effect that removes depressive thoughts.
As per as advice of qualified ayurvedic doctors, below given list of natural medicines are used by millions of 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
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 if you have depression 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.
While we do not advocate you stop taking your medication, we do encourage you to explore Ayurveda as an alternative. Get in touch with us today to get back to a life filled with happiness, hope and enthusiasm for what the future holds.
Dr. Gurnam Saini
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery
MD Alternative Medicine
Panchkarma Detox Expert
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