Mental Health

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Ayurveda offers a holistic approach to mental health that integrates the mind, body and soul. Ayurveda defines mental health as a state of mental, intellectual and spiritual well-being. Its focus is on prevention through correct diet, exercise, meditation and cultivation of the right attitude. It offers a complex array of therapeutic techniques and natural medicines to restore balance and harmony.

The accumulation of toxins in the body is termed Ama. Psychologically, Ama arises from holding on to negative emotions and undigested experiences. The guiding principle of Ayurveda is that the mind exerts the deepest influence on the body and freedom from sickness depends upon contacting our own awareness, bringing it into balance and extending that balance to the body.

Ayurveda classifies herbs with a stabilizing effect on the mind as ‘Medhya Rasayanas’. These herbs promote the intellect and nourish the neurological tissues. They are nervine tonics. Ayurveda favours the use of combinations of herbs that meet the specific needs of each patient. The Medhya Rasayanas enhance biological nourishment of the brain, producing tranquillity of mind, concentration and improved memory.

Though Ayurveda is very effective in most of mental illnesses this section deals with the condition – Depression
1. Depression

1. Depression

Depression is a mental health disorder that can affect the way you do the things such as your talking, sleep, eating, the way you feel about yourself, and the way you think about things etc.

The severity of symptoms of depression varies from individual to individual and varies over time. A person suffering with depression may experience few or all of the symptoms mentioned below or many more.
  • Persistent sadness and anxiousness.
  • Feeling of hopelessness, pessimism, guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  • Loss of interest in daily activities that they used to love previously
  • Laziness and feeling of lassitude to do the things
  • Difficulty in concentrating, remembering and making decisions
  • Disturbed and unrefreshed sleep
  • Developing of eating disorders, either over eating or loss of appetite
  • Suicidal thoughts or fear of loss of loved ones
  • Restlessness and irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain.

Symptoms of depression have been successfully treated or managed by the practitioners of our clinic using Ayurvedic treatment procedures.

When can you consider Ayurveda for psychological illnesses?

You may consider Ayurveda at any stage of illness and it can use along with other medications absolutely without interacting with their course of actions.
You may also consider its use, to overcome the side effects from the prolonged use of anti-depressants and other such drugs.

Ayurveda can be considered in the treatment of following psychological disorders:
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety and Stress related disorders
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Dementia.
  • Depression
  • Examination funk
  • Lack of confidence
  • Mood swings
  • Nervous tension
  • Obsessive compulsive disorders
  • Panic attack
  • Phobias
  • Poor memory
  • Postpartum depression (Depression after delivery of baby)
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Stress
  • Temper tantrums

If you are experiencing a health condition that has not been addressed here, please feel free to contact our AMULYA center to discuss if your condition could be treated using Ayurveda

2. Insomnia

2. Insomnia

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder with serious consequences on physical and mental health.

It is manifested as failing to fall asleep, interrupted sleep or failing to maintain state of sleep as desired. This condition is prevalent in more than 10% of the adult population.

Prevalence is higher in women and older adults due to the presence of physical or mental co morbid conditions. The complexities of modern life and an unhealthy lifestyle are the main reasons why there is now a higher prevalence of this condition. Stressful daily activities continue into the evening and reduce good sleep during the night.

Lack of good sleep during the night prevents the body from revitalising physical and mental health. As this continues, chronic insomnia and co morbid diseases appear. People with insomnia have an increased risk of developing diabetes, depression and hypertension.

Insomnia has two stages, acute insomnia and chronic insomnia. Ayurveda considers three pillars as essential for maintaining physical and mental health and they are Ahara (food), Nidra (sleep) and Brahmacharya (controlled sex). All these need to be enjoyed in moderation to maintain good health. Classic ayurvedic documents provide details on the ideal amounts of food, sleep and controlled sex.

Causes of Acute Insomnia
  • Mental or Emotional Stress or Strain
  • Diseases
  • Noisy, extreme cold or too hot living environments
  • Side effect of medicines
  • Loss of normal sleep rhythm due to night shifts

Cause of Chronic Insomnia
  • Continuous exposure to causative factors of acute insomnia

Treatment protocol
Ayurvedic treatment options include panchakarma, detoxification procedures, such as hypnotherapy, meditation techniques, pranayama and yoga postures.

Treatment includes the following steps:

1. Purification of the system by Panchakarma or Sodhana procedures.
2. Healthy and easily digestible food.
3. Yoga and meditation for stress management.
4. Lifestyle modifications.
5. Pacifying medicines for insomnia.

At Amulya we have got a very good success rate in treating Psychological disorders.

Note:  As we all are genetically different with different constitutions and patterns, we respond to treatments in many different ways. Hence Standard Ayurvedic Treatments are always individually formulated. This article is intended only for information. It is not a substitute to the standard medical diagnosis, personalized Ayurvedic treatment or qualified Ayurvedic physician. For specific treatment, always consult with a qualified Ayurvedic physician.