Depression Natural Cure

Ayurveda approach

Under supervision from a doctor, Ayurveda treatment can be used together with the regimen given by the physician. Your doctor will monitor your progress and eventually, you may gradually stop dependence on the strong medication if your body can benefit from diet, exercise and other Ayurveda treatment to eliminate or control the depression.

According to Ayurveda, due to specific etiological factors, vata from the colon, pitta from the intestine, or kapha from the stomach enters the general circulation. It lodges in the nervous system and interferes with the normal functioning of the nervous system and mind, hence causing depression.

Each of the following depression characterized by vata, pitta and kapha, is treated differently but it is very important that each one is initiated with a diet to help treat depression: vata -, pitta -, and kapha – pacifying diets, respectively.

Vata Depression treatment
This type is often to do with anxiety and fear, nervousness, insomnia and psychologically it is due to loneliness. To lift the feelings of depression, spend more time relating to people. The following remedy will help a mild vata depression:

· Holy basil (tulsi) and sage tea
Here’s an excellent homemade remedy for depression. Make ¼ teaspoon of tulsi with ½ teaspoon of sage in a cup of hot water. Drink tea twice a day.

· Dashamoola tea
Steep 1 teaspoon of dashamoola herb in a cup of hot water and drink this tea twice a day.

· Ashwagandha and brahmi tea
Use equal proportions of the 2 herbs, about 1/3 to 1/3 teaspoon each, and steep in a cup of hot water for about 10 minutes. Drink twice or 3 times a day.

· Sesame oil massage
Here’s a soothing healing massage for vata depression. Rub top of the head and the soles of the feet with sesame oil.

Nasal vapors:
· Sesame oil nose drops
Use 3 to 5 drops of warm sesame oil nose drops to effectively relief from depression. Known as nasya, continue to do this nasya procedure on an empty stomach in the morning and evening.

Pitta Depression
This is the most serious of the three types and you should consult a doctor. Anger, fear of failure, making mistakes or losing control, and recurring thoughts of suicide are symptoms of a pitta type depression.

A mild pitta depression is caused by failure or disappointments to obtain status, a desired result or even a promotion at work. A pitta person is ambitious and persistent on succeeding. When faced with adversaries to succeed, the person can be easily upset and depressed although this type may not last long or be too severe. Pitta types are most vulnerable to a mild form of depression called SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) that usually happens in the winter.

To treat the different types of pitta depression, here are some remedies:

· Three Herbs Tea
Blend equal amounts of the following herbs:

Use ½ to 1 teaspoon of this mixture with warm warm water. Drink this tea twice or 2 times a day.

· Gotu kota or brahmi tea, or ginkgo tea
Use ½ teaspoon of any of the above herbs with a cup of hot water and drink 2 or 3 times a day.

· Coconut oil or sunflower oil rub
Use either oil and apply onto your scalp and the soles of your feet at bedtime. Massage and feel relaxed.

Nasal vapors:
· Brahmi ghee nose drops
Use 3 to 5 drops of this nose drop in each nostril twice a day on an empty stomach.

· Quiet meditation
Meditate for a few minutes can be helpful in healing pitta depression.

Kapha depression
People with kapha depression have mental heaviness linked with weight gain, feelings of lousiness, excess sleep and drowsiness. The following are remedies helpful in treating kapha depression:

· Herbal tea
Mix the following herbs:
2 parts sarasvati
3 parts punarnava
3 parts chitrak

Put ½ teaspoon of this on your tongue and wash it down with warm water. Take this mixture thrice a day.

· Ginger tea
Make ½ to 1 teaspoon of ginger powder with steeped with hot water. Drink this 2 times a day.

· Apple juice
Go 3 to 4 days without food except apple juice. This helps enlighten the heaviness of a kapha depression.

Nasal vapors:
· Punarnava ghee
Use 5 drops of this in each nostril twice a day,

· Get Active
Do some exercise or increase the amount of exercise you do every day to balance your weight.

· Yoga asanas
The following yoga asanas are great for healing kapha depression:
The Sun Salutation (12 repetitions daily), Plow, Shoulder Stand, Maha Mudra, the Bows pose and the Vajrasana (Sitting on the Heels).

Breathing exercise
· Ujjayi pranayama
This breathing exercise is helpful for healing kapha depression.

Should your depression show little improvement soon after using these Ayurveda remedies, consult your doctor.

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