It’s normal for you to feel fearful, anxious, sad, confused or forgetful sometimes. These are the hills and valleys of emotions that we all experience in our daily lives. But if your thoughts and emotions trouble you frequently and disrupt your life, it could be a sign of depression or mental illness. Here we'll look at Ayurveda, the ultimate alternative medicine for depression.
But first, let's define depression.
What is Depression?
Depression is a prolonged state of sadness or a feeling of hopelessness, which is often accompanied by no highs or lows.
It represents a mere bland existence that often leads to thoughts of suicide.
You can know if you're depressed if you have five of the nine symptoms listed below for at least two weeks:
- Feel sad, hopeless, tearful, empty nearly every day
- Take no pleasure or interest in daily activity
- Significant weight loss or gain
- Restlessness or hyper-agitation
- Fatigue, loss of energy or motivation
- Feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt
- Inability to think or concentrate with indecisiveness
- Changes in sleep – Insomnia or hypersomnia
- Thoughts of death or a plan to commit suicide
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The State of Mental Health Around the World
Alternative Medicine For Depression
So, it got me thinking about alternative medicine for depression… Specifically Ayurveda… and how it addresses some of the root causes of mental illness missing in conventional medicine. Many of these root causes can masquerade as a mental illness, but in fact, they are actually treatable. And once resolved the outward manifestation may resolve on its own.
The beautiful thing about Ayurveda is that you can combine it with Western medicine to achieve optimal mental health and well-being
When most people start to notice symptoms of depression (or anxiety, chronic stress), they visit their doc and ask for a quick fix, usually an antidepressant. In the U.S. alone, one in six Americans is taking some drug for a mental imbalance.
In 2016 the top-selling drug for depression was Abilify. This is the drug my neighbor was taking. So apparently it's not working when alternative medicine for depression could be a natural solution that works!
Pharmaceuticals and Depression
Depression and Inflammation
Inflammation is only beneficial if it is short-term. For instance, if you are fighting off an infection to help you heal from a wound. But, chronic low-grade inflammation is not beneficial to the body at all. Low level inflammation that is always manifesting in your body in this way is something labeled as depression or anxiety.
But, inflammation can be a doorway that you can walk through to explore what's really happening in your body and mind. It's an invitation to find out the underlying root cause.
The Understanding of Mental Health in Ayurvedic Medicine
Ayurveda has so much to offer for anyone with depression, anxiety or chronic stress. The best part is there are no side-effects, so there's no need to worry about problems of dependence and addiction.
Psychiatric drugs are some of the hardest drugs to get off. Once you start weaning from these drugs, it can be difficult to stop taking them.
The 3 Doshas
Ayurveda uses the concept of three doshas; Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Ayurveda breaks down any disease into subtypes. For instance, you can have a Vata, Pitta or Kapha type depression and each is treated differently.
When the doshas become unbalanced, it can affect us mentally causing disturbed emotions and thoughts. This is usually reflected on a physical level also and visa versa.
Symptoms of a Vata-Type Depression
- Lots of mood fluctuations throughout the day
- Anxiety and fear
- Restlessness and agitation
- Weight loss and poor appetite
- Loss of pleasure in life
- Inability to concentrate and indecisiveness
- Body aches and pains, headache, etc.,
- Excessive talking or at a variable pace, sometimes fast, sometimes slow
- In women, their menstrual cycle stops.
Symptoms of Pitta-type Depression
- Blaming other or themselves
- Feelings of failure
- Aggression or outbursts
- Low self-esteem or feelings of worthlessness
- Tendency to put themselves or others down
- Keeping negative feelings inside while faking a smile outside
Symptoms of Kapha-Type Depression
- Feeling dull or heavy
- Very little speaking
- Withdrawal from social gatherings
- Loss of interest or pleasure in life
- Weight gain from over-eating
- Emotional eating
- Sluggish or slow movement
- Melancholy or gloomy outlook on life
- Negative thoughts
Holistic Treatments for Mental Illness
No matter what your body/mind type, Ayurveda believes one of the first things you must look at is your diet and lifestyle.
There are general recommendations that benefit all, and others that are specific to your unique body/mind type.
Ayurveda views each human being as a unique combination of body, mind and spirit, including the psychology and emotions. It incorporates rejuvenation, longevity and self-realization therapies utilizing:
Ayurveda, Chronic Stress, Anxiety and Depression
I have seen first-hand how alternative medicine for depression can help. You can avoid dangerous drugs and end the emotional roller coaster.
If you're considering an alternative medicine for depression, anxiety or chronic stress I know of no one more qualified to guide you than Harvard trained physician, Dr. Akil Palanisamy.
I just finished taking his course Ayurveda, Chronic Stress, Anxiety and Depression.
You won't find such a convenient, comprehensive treatment plan laid out in an online course by a world-renowned medical expert anywhere else.
Dr. Akil is warm and has a down-to-earth style. He'll give you confidence that you can make micro-level changes to help you address the underlying cause of depression, anxiety or chronic stress.
The course is well-organized and exceptional. It brings the caliber of a talented doctor, the principles of modern medical science as well as the ancient Ayurvedic principles of healing, together in the most practical, usable way.
You will learn:
1. A comprehensive and natural approach to resolve the underling cause of depression (anxiety and stress)
2. The most common correctable root causes of these problems that are overlooked.
3. How to approach mental health from an Ayurvedic perspective and note the distinctions between the Vata, Pitta and Kapha body/mind types. (If you don't know your body type, you can learn from the course.)
4. How to practice subtle yet powerful techniques of Ayurvedic meditation and breathing practices that have an immediate impact on your mental and emotional state, through the bridge of the mind and body.
Your body has tremendous ability to heal, often faster than you might expect. Always remember, YOU CAN GET BETTER.
Begin your journey of healing and transformation today by checking out Dr. Akil's course. I highly recommend it. Even though I do not suffer from depression, after my neighbor passed on, it helped me understand her condition better and eased my grief. I only wish I had taken it sooner because I feel I could have helped her with what I learned.
Please promise me one more thing… You won’t hesitate to ask me any questions you may have about the course in the comment area below. I’m here to help you out, and I would love nothing more than for you to be the healthiest and happiest version of yourself possible. Let me know if you need anything, and I will be sure to get back within “hours” most of the time.
I look forward to helping you!