Ayurvedic treatment of depression and anxiety

Ayurvedic treatment of depression and anxiety – Background:

Anxiety and depression are overgrowing and one of the most discussed conditions in society. A 5000 years old Ayurveda system is considered as one of the efficient ways, side by side with allopathy, to tackle mental conditions i.e. Anxiety and depression which run through society like cancer. According to one prevalence study, each year 15.5 million people are afflicted by Anxiety disorders (Ads) in the USA. Causes for these conditions may vary from socioeconomic life to genetic problems of a person. Major and known causes of depression are highlighted below.

Causes of Depression and Anxiety

  1. Socioeconomic status: Poor families are more prompt to mental illness.
  2. Other social factors: Domestic or work abuse and violence.
  3. Genetic problem: Anxiety neurosis.
  4. Medical causes: OCD or Obssessive compulsive disorder.
  5. Substance abuse: After discontinuing psychoactive medicines amphetamines, tranquilizers etc.

Why Choose Kerala Ayurveda Centre  For Anxiety and Depression?

Nowadays more and more people are looking for Ayurvedic treatment because it not only treats you with the medicinal plant but also gives you guidance on changing lifestyle for anxiety/depression management especially in the treatment of clinical depression by involving mental and physical activities. Another main reason is many of the patients don’t want to stick to allopathy medication rather they prefer natural treatment.

Treatment of Depression and Anxiety in Ayurveda:

In ayurveda, treatment of depression and anxiety involves two major procedures:

  • Ayurvedic Medicine
  • Ayurvedic Exercises

Medicine for Depression and Anxiety:

There is vast variety of medicinal plants in ayurvedic medicine for treating these conditions. Some have gained significant fame due to effectiveness over many other plants. These ayurvedic medicines have no harmful effects but ou must evaluate yourself for allergies to certain plants. Dosage, mode of administration and duration of some ayurvedic medicines are given below:

Drug

Dose

Mode of Administration

Duration

Ashvagandha (Withania-somnifera) Powder

3-5 gm

Sugar and ghrita before meal

15 days

Jatamansi (Nardostachys-jatamansi DC) Powder

500 mg – 1 gm

Milk after meal

15 days

Brahmi (Bacopa monnier Linn.) Powder

1-2 gm

Water

15 days

Mandookaparni (Centella asiatica (Linn.) Urban.) Powder

1-2gm

Water

15 days

 

Drug

Dose

Mode of Administration

Duration

Kalyanaka ghrita

6 gm

Warm milk/

15 days

Brahmi  vati

250-500 mg

Water

15 days

Sarpagandhadi vati

125 mg

Milk

15 days

Sarasvatarishta

10-20 ml

Water

15 days

Manasa mitra vataka

125 mg

Milk

15 days

Mukta pishti

125-250 mg

Gh.ta

15 days

Mahakalyanaka ghrita

6 gm

Warm milk/ warm water

15 days

Brahmi  ghrita

6-12 gm

Warm milk/ warm water

15 days

Frequency of Ayurvedic medicine:

Initially 2 times a day for 15 days is prescribed and duration may vary from patient to patient according to clinical findings.

Exercises for Depression and Anxiety:

This approach mainly involves:

  • Prevention plays a major role to control anxiety symptoms always avoid stressful conditions.
  • Avoid the causes.
  • Do not eat incompatible food.
  • Reduce the usage of smoking, coffee, alcohol, tea and other beverages.
  • Drink Buffalo milk and hygienic food.
  • Avoid environmental stress.
  • Meditation (yoga): Yoga should be practised under the supervision of a qualified yoga therapist. It includes:
  • The practise of pranayama (controlling of breath).
  • Kunjala, jalaneti.
  • Shashankasana, Tadasana, Matsyasana, Mandukasana, Bhujangasana and shavasana.
  • All these are yoga practices to prevent and make mental health better for patients.
  • Physical activities: Changing lifestyle plays important role in maintaining mental health. It includes a morning walk and other healthy activities i.e. exercise.

Contact Kerala Ayurveda Centre

For more information on Ayurvedic treatment of depression and anxiety, book an online consultation or contact your local branch

Find us on social