Depression and Anxiety
Depression and anxiety are often observed to co-exist. Too much mental stress is a trigger that can result in mental disturbances leading to depression or anxiety. Stress is actually a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened. When you sense danger whether it’s real or imagined, the body’s defence kicks into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction, or the stress response. However, excessive stress when left unmanaged can result in several illnesses including mental disorders such as Depression and Anxiety.
How Does Body React When You Are Stressed?
When body perceives a threat, the nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. This actually prepares your body to be more alert. However, when stress becomes a regular phenomenon, high levels of cortisol can show several detrimental effects on body. Increased cortisol level is associated with high blood pressure, sugar imbalance, muscle stiffness, and increased heart rate. These physiological effects lead to health issues such as pain, fatigue, low Immunity, sleep problems, depression & anxiety, etc.
What Is Ayurveda’s Treatment Approach to Depression and Anxiety?
From the Ayurveda point of view, depression is caused due to Kapha imbalance which vitiates the Vata further vitiating the pitta resulting in interference in the normal functioning of the nervous system leading to depression.
The Ayurvedic therapy for stress or anxiety reduction begins with proper counselling that examines a patients detailed history, diet and lifestyle modification recommendations. Practicing yoga and pranayama along with Ayurveda therapies has proven to be beneficial in reversing or halting the progression of the disease.
Are you suffering from too much stress? Manage it with Ayurvedic therapy!
How Do The Ayurvedic Treatments For Depression And Anxiety Work?
As per the Ayurveda theory, aggravation of prana vayu affects the normal functioning of the nervous system thereby triggering mental imbalance. Hence Ayurvedic treatments for Depression and Anxiety focus on pacifying the aggravation of vata to regain normal functions. Ayurveda has some excellent therapies to manage anxiety. Shirodhara and Nasyam have been proven to be the most effective line of treatments to counter anxiety.
Stimulation of vital centers through Shirodhara and Nasyam with proper nourishment of the brain helps improve the pre-existing conditions. Moreover Ayurvedic medicines rich in calcified butter helps cross the blood brain barriers and provide nourishment to the brain.
What are the effective Ayurvedic Treatments for Depression and Anxiety?
Some of the important Ayurvedic treatments for Depression and Anxiety offered at Cauvery Ayurveda Gramam clinic include,
Abhyangam : A full body massage (Head to Toe) done with medicated herbal oils. Increases blood circulation thereby eliminating toxins from the body. Stimulation of vital pressure points leads to nervous stimulation leading to stress reduction.
Padabhyangam : Herbal foot massage that focuses on vital pressure points to balance the Doshas. Stimulation of vital points induces mental calmness and relief from stress.
Nasyam : It includes administration of medicated drugs or oils through nostrils. It stimulates the vital centers of brain that regulate emotions.
Pizhichil : Pizhichil is the squeezing of warm medicated oil onto the body of the patient from a piece of cloth that is periodically soaked in a vessel containing the medicated oil. The squeezing of warm medicated oils helps the system to retune itself thereby inducing both physical and mental relaxation. The stress and tension building up in the system due to various factors often leads to oxidative stress which can be effectively combated by Pizhichil.
Kizhi : Kizhi uses powders, herbs, rice, sand tied in a muslin cloth to make small satchels. These powders, herbs, rice or sand sacks are then heated and lightly pounded over the body or specific parts of the body as needed. This leads to improvement in circulation. Enhanced circulation reduces the oxidative stress thereby relieving the psycho-physical symptoms of stress.
Shirodhara : This healing massage entails continuous pouring of medicated oil on the forehead with pendulum motion for a specific period of time. Continuous pouring of oil on the forehead stimulates and soothes the hypothalamus to induce sleep by reducing stress.