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Depression, also called major depressive disorder, occurs when a person feels extremely sad and has low energy levels for a long period of time. Individuals who are depressed often feel worthless, lose their sense of joy, and are unable to take part in daily activities.
Depression often causes distress and affects work or interpersonal relationships. If left untreated, it will most likely get worse and may lead to suicide.
Depression symptoms can range from being mild to severe ...
How Ayurvedic Medicine is applied to treat Depression:
Ayurvedic treatment for depression is specifically tailored to each individual’s case and looks at the dominant dosha in their constitution.
However, Ayurvedic treatment for depression generally involves the following aspects:
A- Purvakarma treatments:
Purvakarma is Sanskrit for “foremost action.” It comprises herbal and oil treatments that loosen the accumulated toxins in the mind and the body. Ayurvedic medicine believes these toxins cause depression.
Accordingly, purvakarma practices direct the toxins to specific waste and elimination centers in the body. They ...
Ayurveda uses natural and herbal remedies to treat diseases. However, if you want to use Ayurvedic medicines, herbs, supplements to treat a particular condition, you should consider the following precautions:
- Consult your Ayurvedic practitioner before taking Ayurvedic products on your own. Let them know if you have diabetes or are taking medication that may affect your treatment plan. They should adjust it to avoid any harmful interactions with the medication you are taking.
Since Ayurvedic treatments are derived from natural herbs and plants, most treatments do not cause adverse events. However, if you take some Ayurvedic preparations or herbs, you may experience the following side effects.
- Some Ayurvedic products contain toxic amounts of heavy metals like lead, arsenic, or mercury, and they might cause heavy metal poisoning.
- Some Ayurvedic herbal formulations might cause headaches, nausea, gastrointestinal problems, diarrhea, rashes, or allergic reactions.
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Deole, Y. S., & Chandola, H. M. (2008). A Clinical Study on Effect of Brahmi Ghrita on Depression. Ayu, 29(4), 207-214. Retrieved from https://www.ayujournal.org/article.asp?issn=0974-8520;year=2008;volume=29;issue=4;spage=207;epage=214;aulast=Deole;type=0
Ayurveda For Depression
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