Due to the competitive lifestyle, many peoples in the world were suffering from this Depression. Near about !0% of the population suffered from this problem. In Ayurveda, it is called as Vishaad or Manoavasad. Depression not only affects the mind but also it affects the body of a person.
Family surroundings like parents negligence towards child
Post partum period
In Ayurveda, vitiation of tridosha (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) causes an imbalance of psychic energies (sattva, rajas, tamas) which leads to various mental disorders. This applies to depression as well. Lack of mental discipline, indulgence in negative thoughts and activities and negative emotions, such as hatred, anger, etc. are known to cause an imbalance in psychic energies which in turn leads to diseases like depression.
- Mood Alteration (sadness or anger or anxiety)
- Sleep disturbances
- Loss of concentration
- Feeling of worthlessness
- Social isolation
- Loss of interest in work.
Treatments for Depression :
Abhyangam : A full body massage with medicated oil increases blood circulation. By which internal toxins can be eliminated from the body. Stimulation of vital pressure points leads to nervous stimulation leading to stress reduction.
Padabhyangam.By the foot massage, we apply the pressure on vital points which balances the Doshas. Stimulation of vital points induces mental calmness and relief from stress.
Nasyam : Nasyam means administration of medicines through the nose. Nasyam stimulates the vital centers of the brain that regulate emotions.
Pizhichil : Means squeezing of a body with medicated oil. It helps in physical and mental relaxation. The stress and tension building up in the system due to various factors often leads to oxidative stress which can be effectively combated by Pizhichil.
Kizhi : Pottali prepared with powders, herbs, rice or sand tare heated and then apply over the body or specific parts of the body. This leads to an improvement in circulation. Enhanced circulation reduces the oxidative stress thereby relieving the psycho-physical symptoms of stress.
Shirodhara : pouring of medicated oil on the forehead for a specific period of time called as Shirodhara. It stimulates and soothes the hypothalamus to induce sleep by reducing stress.