Any type of depression is tricky to heal since it can present itself in many ways. It can range from temporary mood swings to more persisting feelings of dejection or self-pity over an extended period of time. In its most extreme form, depression can even present itself as severe melancholia, leading the sufferer to contemplate suicide.

Most people think of depression as a state of mind, when in fact it is a clinical condition stemmed from a physical hormone imbalance. Once diagnosed, there are treatments for any type of depression that can help the sufferer feel better and which can lead to a drastic change in attitude, outlook on life and even appearance. Studies have shown that there are natural ways to treat depression such as through supplements and exercise that don’t have the long-lasting side effects of strong pharmaceuticals.

Ayurveda For Depression

One of the most promising source of treatments and supplements available is Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a traditional Indian medicine that has been used for thousands of years to treat various ailments caused by an imbalance in the bodies energies. Once the energies are stabilized, it is believed that mental and physical health can return.

Ayurveda is safe and natural. It can be used in conjunction with other medications. Ayurvedic doctors work with Western medicine but nonetheless it’s best to check with a doctor before beginning to take Ayurveda if you are currently taking any other medications.

How Ayurveda Works For Any Type Of Depression

Ayurveda works by addressing the two main causes of depression:

  • an imbalance in the three doshas or bioenergies of the human ecosystem: Vata, Pitta and Kapha
  • developing and promoting an awareness of the inner Self

Doshas are the bioenergetic forces that determine health, both mentally and physically. Dosha imbalances result in physical as well as behavioral imbalances and symptoms. It is believed that depression is largely caused by an imbalance in the body that may progress to more serious ailments if left untreated.

More Than One Type of Depression

Ayurveda is useful for treating any type of depression.

Ayurveda provides a full range of treatments and living solutions that enable you to take care of yourself so that you are in optimum health. They offer excellent stress reduction techniques, diet and lifestyle solutions as well as herbal remedies and detoxification. All of the Ayurvedic treatments are natural and meant to enhance and support the bioenergy of the individual.

The different types of depression show up in different ways:

  • Vata induced depression is characterized by an abundance of fear, anxiety, nervousness and sleeplessness. It can be aggravated by loneliness or the loss of a loved one.
  • Pitta induced depression involves fear of failure or fear of making mistakes. If untreated, this form can progress to suicidal tendencies. People who suffer from this form of depression are usually addicted to success or may be pressured by family achieve things. It often manifests itself in the winter.
  • Kapha induced depression is characterized by the feeling of being weighed down. It involves excessive sleepiness, obesity and feelings of having a wasted life.

The special blend of herbs and ingredients in Ayurveda address imbalances of each type of dosha while not affecting the healthy part of the body. Each type of depression experienced stems from whatever the dosha is lacking. Ayurvedic herbs are a great way to restore balance to the body.

What Are Some Ayurvedic Treatments For Depression?

Ayurveda is a combination of herbs that together work to restore balance to an individual’s body. For those suffering from depression suitable herbs will have a calming effect on the nervous system and brain. Some suitable herbal ingredients include Brahmi, Ashwagandha, Vachaa, Mandook parni and Guduchi that are available in a variety of herbal combinations.

In addition to supplements, there are also external Ayurvedic treatments. Some detoxification treatments that can be helpful are the pouring of liquid medication over the forehead between the eyebrows, and body massage. Ayurvedic medicine also stresses the practice of yoga for health and treatment of specific ailments.

The combination of supplements, yoga and awareness can help cure the depression, allowing the sufferer to lead a healthier, happier life. Unlike western medicines, Ayurveda is a safe and natural way to address imbalances in the body that may lead to a variety of health problems. Ayurveda is particularly valuable for highly sensitive people because if is tailored to the individual, is designed to support your natural and best self and doesn’t cause the side effects of allopathic medications.

For HSPs it is definitely worth asking your natural health practitioner about Ayurveda to find out if you can benefit from its natural approach to treating depression.

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  1. Nathan on July 1, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I honestly think going through depression is a vital part of life that teaches us a lot about ourselves, our emotions, and the modern life we live in. Being depressed is, in a way, a privilege that few humans have had throughout history, due to the abundance of pain given to us by the external world. Where humans were tormented by nature in the past, we are now tormented by our own nature in a time where we have relatively abundant food, shelter, and time to reflect in quietude. This should tell us a lot about the persistence of struggle in life, and could give us the perspective to fight through depression in the same way humans of the past fought for their lives without needing a reason other than to live.

    • Maria on July 2, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Hi Nathan,
      You are very thoughtful about this subject and the complex dynamic of depression.

      I suspect that you are right that in the past survival issues made it difficult to take time for any introspection as well as think a lot about feelings. It is interesting that in spite of all of our abundance we nonetheless continue to create “life-and-death” situations to keep our fear levels high. It seems that our society does not want us to get beyond survival as a way of life.

      I read a while ago that research showed that long-term major depressive
      disorder occurred as a way for people to handle terrible living situations. I think it means that since we can only handle so much pain, that we create depression as a may to minimize the frustration that we feel when we are not able to have an acceptable living situation.

      I think that it is one reason and there are certainly others. I think you are right that we can learn a lot from depression and that it can leave us wiser.


  2. Melissa Pearson on July 1, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    I thought this was a great article and really liked how you explained the different manifestations of depression for the different doshas. I will be sharing this with my yoga therapy clients. I combine psychotherapy with yoga therapy and help my clients with anxiety and depression -some with both simultaneously, using yoga therapy which includes Ayurveda. Thank you for this.

    Melissa Pearson
    Prashamana Therapy

    • Maria on July 2, 2013 at 8:03 am

      Hi Melissa,

      Thank you for topping by and letting me know your thoughts about the article. Thank you also for spreading the word about Mike’s great information on using Ayurveda to handle depression. I am always heartened when I meet people who are using Ayurveda to create wellness.

      All the best,