Mental health is one of the eight branches of Ayurveda. Read the article to know about the vital Ayurvedic healing techniques and its role in gaining an enhanced mental health.
Unexpressed feelings, buried emotions, our thoughts, etc., never die, they are concealed deep inside us and do come forth later in many unpleasant ways giving leading to a troubled mind. Mental health is a serious problem that can occur at any age due to various reasons, most importantly ‘Stress’. Maintaining a healthy body and mind are required at every stage of life. Mental illness is more than a condition and if not cured or treated on time can become life-threatening.
Yoga practice has shown many effective results in case of preventing and curing mental illness. Likewise, Ayurveda is no less behind in treating mental issues.
Ayurveda and Mental Health
According to the ancient Ayurvedic text ‘Ashtanga Hridayam’, the Insanity of Unmada is of six kinds as per each dosha or by the combination of all of them. Unmada is toxicity or a disorder (mada) of the mind (manas) produced by dosha (bio-elements imbalance) or due to an increase in dosha.
As per another Ayurvedic ancient text Charaka Samhita, it is said that mental disorder is defined as the distortion of the mind, behavior, manner, intellect, knowledge, conduct, memory, and consciousness.
Types of Mental Disorders According to Ayurveda
- Avasada (Depression)
- Citto Udvega (Anxiety Neurosis)
- Apasmara (Epilepsy)
- Atatva Abhinivesha (Obsessive Disorders)
- Manas Mandata (Mental Retardation)
- Madatyaya (Intoxication)
How are Doshas related to Mental Health?
Ayurveda practice works on the principle that the diseases are caused due to poor lifestyle and imbalance of dosha. There are people who each day seize by their own thoughts, perspective, emotions, and opinions, and tend to create their own definition of the world. This mental impression influences their doshic constitution or Deha Prakriti.
Vata imbalance leads to mental instability, creates fear, anxiety, uncontrolled thinking, and unrealistic perceptions towards life. Pitta disorder leads to excess aggression, criticism, blaming, and hostility for others, and occurs due to their own insecurities and wrong desires. Kapha imbalance leads to slowing down the mental process, obstructs mind channeling, produces excessive sleep, emotional insensitivity, and develops hatred towards bathing.
Ayurveda lifestyle and treatment for mental health
Ayurveda recommends many powerful methods for restoring the mental health and following them helps treat mental disorders and corrects the imbalance in dosha.
A person needs to follow the Ayurveda-recommended lifestyle practice for the overall mind-body health that includes- waking up with the sun, eliminating toxins out from the body, cleansing the body, eating right and balanced food on time, remaining hydrated, and taking a restful sleep.
1. Ayurveda natural remedies for stress
Stress is the biggest reason for mental disorder and Ayurveda has the best treatments for stress. So indulge in specific Ayurvedic therapies to relax the body and calm the mind.
Consider therapies like- Padabhyanga, Nasyam, Shirodhara and Ksheeradhara.
2. Ayurveda to overcome depression, anxiety, and other disorders
Ayurvedic herbs are a great way to effectively manage the most common mental conditions including:
- Depression: Ginkgo Biloba, Crataegus Oxyacantha, Lavender oil, and California or golden poppy
- Anxiety and Stress: Lavender, Ashwagandha, Mulungu Bark and Rhodiola Rosea
- Bipolar Disorder: Omega 3 and magnesium rich food, Brahmi, and Passion Flower
- ADHA: Brahmi, Ashwagandha, Jyotishmati, and Mandukaparni
Mental illness makes us lose our ability to understand the meaning of life in its truest sense. Through the holistic approach of Ayurveda, a positive mental health and lifestyle management can be attained.