depression , anxiety @ Dr.Garje Ayurved Panchakarma Clinic

Depression is an illness affecting a vast number of people in the globe with an estimated 15% of people experiencing severe, chronic depression at some point in their lives.

The number of people dealing with depression is doubling every 10 years. While many medications have been developed to deal with this issue and they can be necessary in severe cases, generally most individuals will receive the same type of treatment and the root cause may go unchecked.

Depression and anxiety have become an inseparable part of modern man’s life. Depression is usually the result of old unresolved emotional problems that have not been addressed, often from childhood.

Signs and Symptoms of Depression

  •  Excessive fatigue and muscle weakness
  •  Palpitations and headaches
  •  Sweating and tremors
  •  Shortness of breath
  •  Indigestion and stomach upsets
  •  Interrupted sleep and seeing nightmares

Depression: An Ayurvedic perspective

Our level of consciousness is considered to have different sheaths. Ours self resides in our heart which is the seat for the blissful sheath or Aanandamaya kosha.

Another kosha of mind other than the heart is the manomaya kosha. When we are hurt or shocked or a sorrowful incident occurs, we use our mind at that moment to construct a protective barrier around ourselves. In some cases this barrier causes one to lose access to the essential self and the result is depression.

Free flow of Prana allows the doshas (bodily humors) to balance, the seven dhatus (tissues) to develop, and the gross channels (srothas) of circulation, like blood and lymph, to move. When exposed to etiological factors, the flow of energy or prana shakthi is also restricted and the person gradually loses interest in life.

Depression is a kapha predominant imbalance. Vatha and Pitha may also go out of balance by the exposure to its etiological factors. Vatha is vitiated by experiences that induce fear, terror, anxiety, irregular eating habit, pattern of sleep and all forms of excessive movement.

Pitha dosha is associated with metabolism of all things: food, emotions, and experiences. When emotional experiences cannot be digested they accumulate in the body and cause dosha disturbances. Alcohol, verbal abuse, excessive spices and over ambition will create Pitha depression which manifests as anger and violence.

It is worth noting that people suffering from a Pitha depression may commit suicide or engage in self destructive habits.

Initially the brain’s powerful changes in electrochemistry cause Vatha imbalance, this triggers a loss of enzymatic activities in the metabolism or Pitha imbalance. Kapha responds by trying to provide a protective sheath to slow everything down. This shut down mechanism, brings about heaviness, darkness, and stagnation.

This condition is interpreted as the negative message of hopelessness and depression.

Ayurved treatment @ Dr.Garje Ayurved Panchakarma Clinic

Treatment involves thorough understanding of the patient’s unique constitution (Prakruti) and state of imbalance or vikruti of doshas. Ayurved takes both the physical and mental plane into consideration while designing the treatment protocol. This system utilizes herbs and treatment procedures to correct the imbalances created in the mental plane of doshas.

Gradually the person moves towards his natural Prakruti (doshas in balanced state) and the mansikaroga (mental disorders) vanishes. Treatment depends on the willingness of the patient. He or she should follow the guidelines of the physician and make the necessary lifestyle changes.

Depression and Anxiety Treatment Procedures with Ayuveda Panchakarma Treatments

Depression and Anxiety Mental Qualities

  •  Satwa, Rajasa and Tamasa are the three mental qualities.
  •  Satwika mental quality activates a person’s cleanliness, intellect, happiness, positive thoughts and confidence.
  •  Rajasa quality induces dynamism, talkativeness, ego, anger etc.
  •  Tamasa quality activates lack of intelligence, fear, excessive sleep and lack of motivation etc.