Today’s most commonly searched keywords are “Anxietyor Depression or Stress. Why these terms suddenly becoming important in our life? Reason may be factors like our disordered lifestyle, influence of modern gadgets, excessive use of internet, social media, junk foods, nuclear family, environment, toxin accumulation, exercise levels and many more.
If we try to understand this mental health disorders in a layman's language;
In Ayurveda, these mental factors are directly linked with the characteristics of 5 energy elements of the universe in the name of Vata (Space and Air), Pitta (Fire and Water) and Kapha (Water and Earth) called as Tridosha. Tridhosa is the driving forces behind everything happening from creation to death at atomic to cosmic level in this universe.
How this Tridosha influence Body and Mind
1. Vata - A movement principle exhibits the qualities of Air/Wind in the characteristics of an individual like creativity, artistry, energetic, inspiration, enthusiasm, intuitive behaviors. But if the air energy is imbalanced they show up nervousness, anxiety, fearfulness, weirdness, manic, insecurity, negative dreams, suicidal behaviors. Similarly, at body level, it causes sleeplessness,insomnia, headache, palpitation, tiredness, joint pain, constipationetc.
2. Pitta - A transformation principle exhibits the qualities of Fire/Sun in the characteristic of an individual like leadership, commanding, ambitious, Sharpness, clear thoughts. But if imbalanced, it displays stress, anger, hypertension, irritation, judgmental, controlling, violent behaviors. Similarly, at body level, it causes acidity, heartburn, skin irritation, blood pressure, excessive hunger, thirst, feveretc.
3. Kapha – A stability and cohesive principle exhibits the quality of water/ Moon in the characteristic of an individual like patience, generosity, peacefulness, nurturing, love, loyalty, compassionate behaviors. But if imbalanced, it displays depression, worry, stubbornness, possessiveness, holding grudges, attachment to objects, selfish characters. Similarly, at body level, it causes slow digestion, nauseousness, obesity, dullness, lethargy, water retention etc.
According to Ayurveda, health is not merely considered to be a state of freedom from ailments or diseases, but rather a state of enjoying uninterrupted physical, mental and spiritual happiness and fulfillment. Ayurveda considers any treatment with a holistic approach to cure both body and mind.
So Ayurveda approach for treating such mental imbalance would be, a combination of any of the below mention solution based on the individual's body and mind constitutions analysis.
All these solutions can also be followed by a healthy individual also if he wants to balance his body and mind in a natural way.