We might have come a long way ahead in the field of mental health. However, latest studies estimate about 1/3 of our population is suffering from some form of diagnosable mental illness at any given time. In spite of all the good advances and lifesaving medicines, most of these come with short-term cure and long-term, life-threatening side effects.
This alone proves that our most modern medicines and health systems aren't doing enough.
This missing gap has been long filled by our ancient sciences contained in Ayurveda. The 5000-year-old system of natural healing and medicine originated in the land of India, has everything to ensure elimination of diseases, body health, mental relaxation. And, it is high time that we recognise and give this ancient system of medicine to its full dignity.
Ayurveda offers a number of treatments and therapies for the alleviation of stress, anxiety and depression.
Experience and research show that Ayurvedic formulations made from herbs have an effective impact in the overall mental functioning, and reduction and complete alleviation of mental related illness, stress, anxiety and depression by calming mind and soul. These naturally cleansing herbal formulations are found to keep not only our body but also our mind free of toxins and blockages. The formulations also help in improving focus, alertness and concentration and prevent mental stress from mounting.
Panchakarma is a powerful Ayurvedic technique of purifying and detoxifying the mind, body and soul. It is carried out to restore the function of 5 sensory organs. Panchakarma is a Sanskrit word in which “Pancha” means five and “karma” means therapies. Hence, Panchakarma means five therapies. The five therapies are as follows:
- Nasya Basti
Panchakarma rejuvenates our body by flushing out the harmful toxins and also keeps harmful toxins from accumulating in the body and mind. Panchakarma restores the function of 5 sensory organs. The treatment aims at identifying the root causes of stress, anxiety, depression and other mental problems, and correcting the essential balance of mind, body and emotions. It helps attain a strong, rejuvenated and healthy mind and body naturally without any side effects.
Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation
Ayurveda integrates the ancient Indian art and science of yoga, meditation and Pranayama (breathing exercises) to manage and alleviate stress and other mental disorders. Modern medical research has begun to substantiate this ancient prescription. The yoga asanas and Pranayama exercises increase serotonin and endorphins, neurotransmitters that are well known to improve mood. It is also found to increase circulation to the brain and to produce hormones that are beneficial to mental health. Practicing yoga and Pranayama on a regular basis also acts as a preparation for a deeper experience during meditation, helping you attain a stress-free mind, promoting balance in mental and emotional functioning and encouraging positive thinking.