• Dr A A Mundewadi

Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment for Chronic Depression

Chronic depression, as the name suggests, is mild to moderate depression which persists for long durations, sometimes for years together. The symptoms of chronic depression may not be very intense, but include persistent feelings of sadness, helplessness, hopelessness, lack of sleep, appetite and energy, a lack of interest and concentration in day-to-day activities, persistent physical complaints, and occasionally, thoughts of death or suicide. A disorder of the neurotransmitters in the brain, stress, chronic illnesses, the need for long-term medication, and maladjustments in work or relationships may contribute to chronic depression.

Ayurvedic herbal treatment for chronic depression is aimed at treating the known cause of the condition, as well as giving medicines to strengthen the nerve cells and the neurotransmitters in the brain, as well as giving medicines to increase the confidence and vitality of the affected individual. Ayurvedic herbal medicines which have a specific action on the brain are used in high doses for prolonged periods, in order to treat the dysfunction and any possible disorder in the brain. Ayurvedic mood stabilizing medicines are also used along with the above-mentioned medicines, in order to uplift the mood of the affected individual, and reduce feelings of sadness, helplessness and hopelessness.

Ayurvedic medicines are also used to normalize and regulate the functions of the entire body so that the affected individual feels fresh and energetic, and is able to carry on day-to-day activities in a near normal manner. Ayurvedic herbal medicines are also given to increase the confidence of the affected individual so as to treat the chronic depression, reduce feelings of helplessness and suicidal tendencies and help in adjustments to working or personal relationships.

Most individuals affected with chronic depression, depending upon the severity of the condition, require Ayurvedic herbal treatment for periods ranging from two to six months, in order to get complete relief from this condition. Ayurvedic herbal treatment can significantly alter the life of individuals affected with chronic depression, and can bring about a dramatic change in the quality of life of such people.

Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment, herbal medicines, chronic depression

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