Mental health

For a healthy body and mind.

Modern life is full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations and demands. For many people, stress is so common, that it has become a way of life. Stress can affect how you feel, think, behave and how your body works. In fact, stress can create a variety of symptoms including anxiety, fatigue, eating disorders, depression, headaches, difficulty concentrating and increased anger and relationship troubles. Stress is not an illness in itself, but it can cause serious illness if it is not addressed. If we cannot sleep well and maintain proper digestion and elimination, how can we enjoy our job, money, luxuries, relationships and power? Hence Stress Management is most crucial.

How does it work?

According to Ayurveda, our inability to deal with stress is due to an imbalance, or lack of coordination of the 3 main mental functions: Dhi (learning), Dhriti (retention) and Smriti (long-term memory), and a lack of Ojas energy in the body. The Stress Management Program is aimed at relieving the stress accumulated over the years, and increasing the body’s level of Ojas by achieving proper hormonal balance and reinforcing mental potency to better cope with stress in the future.

According to Manovigyana, site of mind is heart. Heart represents network of channels within the human body which are responsible for flow of fluids. Disturbance in physical or mental form, results in physical and mental diseases.

For whom?

People dealing with the following issues: insomnia, lack of concentration, anxiety, bad temper, obsessive eating and drinking or lack of appetite, low energy level, poor digestion, constipation, sexual disorders, chain-smoking or heavy drinking. This program is also recommended for anyone who wants to experience peace of mind.

Manas roga in modern age are known as psychiatric diseases and treatment with Ayurvedic principles is known as Ayurvedic psychotherapy or Ancient psychiatry. The study of mental health constitutes one of the eight divisions of Ayurveda. Underlying pathology of Manas roga is psychological or emotional imbalance. Physical diseases are outcome of psychological factors. It is a common observation that patients are careless about mental and physical health as they are preoccupied by psychological or emotional imbalance.

Manas roga or mental diseases are associated with emotion trauma, negative attitude, stress, sexual-abuse, personal losses or drug-induced. According to Ayurvedic philosophy, Manas roga are born out of disturbance in Sattva, one of the Trigunas. Sattva is largely responsible for inherent quality of the mind. Sattva, if overshadowed by Rajas or Tamas, losses its predominance and manifestations are evident from depression, anxiety-neurosis, stress, sham-rage, schizophrenia and above all, melancholia.

Ayurveda describes channels of circulation both at physical and mental level. If the smooth functioning of channels of circulation is disturbed at physical level, the result is physical disease. Similarly, if the channels of circulation related to astral body are disturbed, Manas roga are born. Basically there is stagnation of mental energy or it may become directionless, resulting in origin of various psychiatric diseases.

Manas chikitsa in ayurveda

Meditation– our experts will decide how much time and what type.

Oral Herbal medication.

Ayurvedic diet – which will be decided after consultation.

Any other activities that do not contradict with the treatment.

Ayurvedic Treatments :

Abhyanga: A 45 minute full-body massage with medicated herbal oils to release tension from muscles and joints.

Shirodhara: A head massage followed by continuous pouring of warm herbal oil/milk/buttermilk on the forehead for 45 minutes to cool the nervous system.

Talam/ Pichu: Special powder mixed with medicated herbal oil is applied on the head.

A steam bath is given after most of these treatments.

Ayurvedic diet is given to counteract the stress releasing chemicals.

As far modality of treatment of Manas roga is concerned, Ayurveda recognise three categories :

Daivavyapashraya chikitsa (Divine therapy) includes chanting of mantras and performances of homas are integral part of Daivavyapashraya chikitsa. Daivavyapashraya chikitsa largely revives normal functioning of Sattva and removes obstacles of Rajas.

Satwavajaya chikitsa (Trance therapy or psychotherapy) is aimed at regaining the normal mental activity by conducting practice of yama, niyama, asana and pranyama. These remedies ensure free circulation of prana vayu (oxygen) throughout the body resulting in removal of blockage of channels of circulation linked to mind. Recent research has showed Satwavajaya chikitsa superior to Shunthi tablet in the treatment of Manasa-Dosha Ajeerna (atonic dyspepsia).

Yuktivyapashraya chikitsa (Rational Treatment) is aimed at rational use of drugs and nutrition. It is broadly classified into two groups namely shodhana and shamana.

Bipolar disorder is common in psychiatric practice. Rao in article published in Indian Journal of Psychiatry links manic depression and other psychiatric problems with Vata imbalance. Vata largely represents the energy associated with the activities of the nervous system. If functioning of Vata is disturbed, consequence is anxiety, racing thoughts, appetite disturbances, depression, insomnia and excessive worry- symptoms consistent with bipolar disorder.

As regard, Manas chikitsa is concerned, Ayurveda recommends preventive medicine. Correct behaviour, balanced–diet, and non-suppression of natural urges, following daily and seasonal health regimens are integral part of the Manas chikitsa.