In the era of this corona epidemic, we are all facing an extreme mental health crisis. According to NCBI, stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia and suicidal tendencies have increased in the Indian population during this epidemic. Now this situation has become even more frightening, as children, elderly, frontline workers and patients with chronic disease are also more vulnerable. In this context, Millennium Herbal Care CEO Chintan Gandhiji told the importance of Ayurveda and gave much useful information.
According to Ayurveda, a healthy mind plays an important role. Ayurveda, being a holistic science, has been exploring and explaining the relationship between mind, body, soul, senses and their functioning.
Stress can suppress the immune system, increase blood pressure, decrease memory, increase depression, anxiety and other disorders. In such a situation, the principles of Ayurveda have been in vogue for centuries to help heal the mind and body. Let’s know about it briefly.
In Ayurveda, abhyanga (oil massage) is a daily self-care ritual. Which has been employed to promote physical and emotional health. Massaging oils with various herbal oils such as ashwagandha and sandalwood can stimulate the production of serotonin and dopamine and reduce stress.
Yoga is a self-soothing technique that controls the stress response. Also helps to relax the nervous system. Yoga discipline focuses on three aspects – mind, body and soul. Yoga with unique mind-body exercises i.e. asanas and controlled breath patterns helps to raise awareness about the current movement. Also promotes emotional stability.
Scientifically, yoga (gamma-aminobutyric acid), increases levels of happy neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and tryptophan, and lowers cortisol levels (stress hormones). Ayurveda recommends regular practice of yoga to increase the power to control the body and mind.
Satvik diet is a purely vegetarian diet, which includes seasonal fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, whole grains, pulses, sprouted grains, dry fruits, seeds, honey, fresh herbs, milk, dairy products etc.
These foods increase the level of sattva or our consciousness. Satvik food is cooked and eaten with love, gratitude and awareness.
According to Ayurvedic classics, a person who indulges in such a diet on a daily basis is calm, cordial and full of energy. He is rich in enthusiasm, health, hope, aspirations, creativity and balanced personality.
The inherent strength of herbs helps in curing diseases in a natural and healthy way. Ayurveda offers a group of medhya or nootropic herbs, which are beneficial in improving the brain’s abilities. These herbs should be included in our daily lives.
Brahmi is an adaptogenic herb. This increases flexibility in stress by modulating neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and GABA, improving the efficient transmission of nerve fibers, which in turn balances emotions.
Apart from this, Jatamansi, Mandukaparni, Shankhpushpi etc. also reduce cortisol levels and stress. It calms the nervous system and is also highly effective in relieving insomnia.
Ayurveda provides a specific lifestyle, dietary, herbal and yogic solutions for every person, which not only prevents the spread of stress but also helps to form a foundation for lasting peace of mind.