Anxiety and depression are two of the leading lifestyle issues affecting the lives of busy going Indians. While both these disorders have roots in the mental condition, they can lead to many other health problems. This is why you should shun the quick relief offered by the Western drugs and focus on the holistic Ayurvedic treatment to get over these mental problems. Talking in medical terms: a flood of stress hormones are released whenever the nervous system perceives any threat. This mechanism is meant to keep the body alert, but when a person suffers from high stress levels (on a regular basis) it can show negative effects on the health. Increased stress levels can lead to other health problems such as sugar imbalance, high blood pressure, increased heart rate and muscle stiffness. This is why complete cure for anxiety and depression related disorders should be sought in time.
As per ancient Ayurvedic texts anxiety and depression are caused by imbalance in Kapha (mind) which leads to Vata and Pitta Dosha that interrupts the normal functioning of the nervous system. The Ayurvedic treatment for such disorders include therapies, diet changes and lifestyle modifications. Yoga and Pranayama are suggested to the patients alongside some of the below mentioned Ayurvedic therapies:
- Shirodhara: It is a type of healing massage where a special pot containing warm medicated oil sets a stream on your forehead. The pot moves in a pendulum like motion, continuously pouring warm oil, which soothes and stimulates the hypothalamus inducing sleep and relieving the pent up stress. Shirodhara treatment is also known to boost the immune system and improve the blood circulation.
- Abhyangam: This Ayurvedic treatment involves a full body massage with medicated herbal oil. After pouring the oil over the entire body, from head to toe, the therapist massages the body in a rhythmic and synchronized motion putting pressure on the right points. When the stress is relieved from the pressure points it helps the body and mind to rejuvenate.
- Padabhyangam: This is a highly effective Ayurvedic treatment to attain mental calmness and get over your anxiety related issues. During the Padabhyangam therapy a thorough foot massage is conducted with stimulation of nerve endings and other pressure points of the foot. The therapist uses essential herbal oils and precise hand movements to improve the blood circulation in the lower feet, which in turn re-energizes the tired feet.
Other effective Ayurvedic treatments include Nasyam, Kizhi and Pizhichil.