A World Health Organisation (WHO) study done two years back declared India as one among the most depressed nations in the world. In the same year, President Ram Nath Kovind warned of a potential “mental health epidemic” in India. Though the number of people suffering from depression is significantly high, such issues are often stigmatized and looked down upon.
Ayurveda holds the secret to cure depression in the most natural way. It recommends a few ways of countering depression by treating the causes in the form of Yoga and intake of organic herbs and therapies.
Yoga helps dealing with depression and its symptoms, such as difficulty concentrating or loss of energy. It increases the Serotonin levels in the body. This is known as the happy hormone and plays a major role in happiness. Yoga also increases the heart rate variability (HRV), or changes in time between heartbeats, by increasing the relaxation response over the stress response in the body. A high HRV means that the body is better at self-monitoring or adapting, particularly to stress.
Apart from exercising, Ayurveda also recommends the intake of herbs such as Ashwagandha, Brahmi, Jatamansi, Pudina and Maca. These are a few herbs, which are known to help reduce and cure symptoms of depression.
Ashwagandha is believed to relieve stress and anxiety due to the presence of active compounds like steroidal lactones, saponins, alkaloids and withanolides that provide antidepressant, anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties. These properties help in reducing stress caused by emotional and physical fatigue.
Brahmi is known to increase Serotonin levels that elevates the good mood in a person.
Jatamansi gives a therapeutic effect to mood swings.
Pudina helps battle insomnia by calming the mind calm
Maca is a natural healer that helps with hormone and neurotransmitter production due to the presence of adaptogen.
Also, Ayurvedic massages like shirodhara and shirovasti work amazingly for a person suffering from depression. These massages helps to increase blood circulation in the body and helps to remove metabolic wastes and toxins from the body. It stimulates vital pressure points, which leads to nervous stimulation and reduction in Stress, Anxiety, and Depression.
Ayurvedic foot messages also helps to treat psychological disorders like nervousness, anxiety and insomnia and prevents depression.
It also prevents muscle cramps, boosts fertility, and reduces swelling and pain in the lower leg region.
To conclude, anyone suffering from depression should seek help from Ayurveda, which has been used for centuries to deal with mental and physical illness. Turning back to nature for answers to our problems will only help us lead a balanced and harmonious life.