There is a cure for depression and anxiety in Ayurveda. Pranayama and a Sattvic diet as being beneficial for people who complain of these disorders.
Depression is a major mental health problem, and people who suffer from this often experience high and low moods. According to WHO, depression and suicide will be the third most common cause of death after cancer and coronary heart disease in the coming years.
Depression usually manifests in the late 20s, although children and old people may suffer too. Risk of depression is higher in patients with a family history of depression. It could occur because of an early childhood trauma or because of the loss of a parent.
Adults could experience depression because of negative events such as loss of a job, financial stress, marital disharmony, and divorce. Symptoms It shows up as diminished interest or pleasure in almost all pleasurable activities, as insomnia or early morning awakening, fatigue, loss of energy, loss of appetite leading to weight loss, feelings of worthlessness, diminished ability to think or concentrate, recurrent thoughts of death, loss of libido, changes in the menstrual cycle, crying and persistent feelings of guilt.
Treatment in Ayurveda
Panchkarma procedures like shirodhara and shirobasti are useful. Aphrodisiacs help to elevate the mood. Ashwagandha and kauncha powder are useful. Brahmi vati should be taken with milk. Nasya of jyotishmati tail is beneficial.
Anxiety too has a lasting influence on a person and can influence the functioning of his body. There are several psychosomatic disorders which are caused by anxiety and stress. Anxiety is marked by excessive worry about many of the simple things in daily life. Restlessness, irritability, muscle tension, headache, sweating, difficulty in concentration, and nausea are some of the symptoms of anxiety. Some people might feel the need to use the toilet all the time, while others complain of tiredness, and have trouble falling asleep.
Treatment centres around taking ashwagandharishta, generally with water after meals. Snehan or medicated oil massage is also important. There are many other suggestions that Ayurveda offers – sitting peacefully and doing pranayama in the early morning is recommended. Pranayama and yoga asanas done on a regular basis make the mind calm and bestow a feeling of peace and tranquillity.