Ayurvedic treatment for Depression in Chronic illness

Depression in Chronic illness

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Depression in Chronic illness


The concept of swasthya (health) in Ayurveda is the symbiotic occurrence of prassana atma (Healthy self consciousness), indriya (healthy senses) and mana (mind) beside the equilibrium of dosha (fundamental bio-elements), dhatu (cellular components) and mala (excrements). The four pillars of right food (Achara), right recreation (Vihara), right routine (Achara) and right thinking (Vichara). Following of these basic recommendations will ensure a healthy and happy life. These fundamental lifestyle decisions help maintain a healthy mental state and manage illness.2

Intellect promoting or Medhya drugs such as Mandukaparni (Centella asiatica Linn.), Yastimadhu (Glycirrhiza glabra Linn.), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia (Wild) Miers) and Shankhapushpi (Convolvulus pleuricaulis Chois) can offer help. Biopurificatory measures like Snehana-svedana, Vasti, Nasya and Shirodhara may be beneficial to enlighten the mind. Satvajya (councelling), Daiva Vyapashraya Chikitsa (Worship Enchanting etc) that may be beneficial2.

Diet Recommendations (Aahar)

Diet vastly affects the agni, tridoshas and the manas (mind). A wholesome healthy diet is essential for mental health and happiness.

Use of milk, ghee, sweet dish etc influences the Pravar Satva (Higher mental equilibrium). Madhur rasa and amla rasa strength the indriya & positively influences the satva (positive state of mind).

Lifestyle changes (Vihar)

The Pravar Satva (higher mental equilibrium) is positively influenced by following the principles of Achar rasayan (Good behavior and lifestyle). Yogasanas as exercise regimen are shown to be efficacious and helpful in reduction or management of stress.2

Some asanas that are helpful are as follows3 -


  • Dhanurasana (Bow pose):


Toes the flanks. It relieves stress andfatigue.


  • Shavasana (Corpse pose):

Savasana has a regenerative effect on the mind and the body. It provides relief from any kind of stress and strain in few minutes. It is a good activity for managing restlessness, insecurity, frustration, anxiety, and fear.3


  • Nadishodhan pranayama (alternate nostril breathing).

Helps in concentration, strengthens the nerves and focuses the mind.


  • Bhramari Pranayama (Bee breath)

Paroxysmal gamma waves produced in brain during the Bhramari Pranayama which is associated with positive thoughts, feelings of happiness and acts as a natural antidepressant.

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