Treating Depression - the Ayurvedic way
It doesn’t matter how old you are, depression is an illness that can affect people of all ages and in all circumstances. Whether it is work related stress or the fact that life has dealt you with an unjust and cruel blow, depression is often misunderstood.
There are things in everyone’s life that are possible causes of sadness and stress and the majority of the time; we cope with these things without becoming ill.
Like other illnesses, depression can appear in many different forms and affect the whole person, physically as well as psychologically. It is not a passing mood, a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed away – People with depressive illness cannot “pull them selves together” and get better. Their feelings are out of proportion to the causes. They need help. Depression can affect eating, sleeping, and the way you feel about yourself, others and things. It can present itself as feeling sad, but sadness may not always be the dominant feeling. Numbness, emptiness, hopelessness, helplessness and loss of ability to feel pleasure about anything are equally common.
What are the symptoms?
Some people experience a few symptoms, some may have many, and the severity varies between individuals, but these are some of the signs to look out for:-
· Persistent sad, anxious or numb/empty mood
· Loss of self confidence - feeling useless, inadequate, incompetent
· Helplessness, negativity and pessimism
· Self hatred/guilt with constant questioning of thoughts and actions
· Agitation, irritability and over sensitivity
· Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed – including sex
· Sleeping too little, early morning waking, or too much sleep
· Loss or gain in weight/appetite
· Self harm
Anxiety is also another possible cause of depression and for some people; it can also be triggered because of the repetitiveness of daily life. The importance of one’s self is vital in order to fight the illness and when harmonized with some home remedies, this works successfully in curing depression.
- Rose Petal Tea – a simple and effective remedy often taken to strengthen the digestive system, add the rose petals to a glass of boiling water along with sugar, stir and drink it.
- Amla (Indian Gooseberry) Juice – contains more Vitamin C than an orange, Amla is also rich in anti-oxidant properties. Mix the juice with a ¼ teaspoon of Nutmeg powder and drink three times a day.
- Asparagus Root – a well known ‘Spirit Tonic’, this is beneficial for treating depression, due to the soothing herb calming the spirit and developing peace of mind. Dry the root of the Asparagus and grind to a powder. Daily one or two grams of intake should be sufficient.
- Healthy Diet – Important for building up the immune system, having well balanced nutritional food is very essential. Eat a lot of nuts, cheese, apple, cider vinegar in a glass of water, pumpkin seeds, carrot juice, apple juice, 5-6 plums, ruta leaves mixed with cumin.
- Lavender Leaves – a popular herb that has also been used as a remedy for a range of ailments from insomnia and anxiety to depression and fatigue. The scent of Lavender produces slight calming, soothing, and sedative effects when its scent is inhaled. Another method would be to stir a tsp of lavender leaves in a cup of boiling water. Have it when warm 3 times a day.