Psychological Disorders

Definition

The build-up of chemical imbalances in the physiology can create a psychological imbalance. These impurities often aggregate due to poor diet, weak digestion and blocked elimination. According to Ayurveda, psychological disturbances start when fundamental imbalances develop in the deepest level of physiological functioning, the biological intelligence that controls all bodily processes.

Biological intelligence has three divisions called Vata, Pitta and Kapha. When Vata is imbalanced a person becomes prone to anxiety, fear, mental instability and insomnia. When Pitta is imbalanced the individual becomes prone to anger and irritability. When Kapha is imbalanced the person is prone to lethargy and depression.

The actual symptoms the person is prone to often manifest most clearly when the person undergoes periods of excessive mental and physical stress. Also, disruption of natural biological rhythms can trigger the manifestation of these various symptoms.

Because psychological disorders can be created by so many factors, the Ayurvedic assessment of balance and imbalance does not simply identify the gross physical abnormality and match up drugs to a symptom. This is because people can have the same disease for different reasons. For example, ten people could walk into a doctor’s office with a headache and have it for ten different reasons. Likewise, not everyone has psychological disorders for the same reasons.

The Root Causes of Psychological Disorders:

Since psychological disorders can be influenced by many factors, such as diet, digestion, toxin accumulation, stress, exercise levels and daily routine, the Ayurvedic approach to these conditions is a comprehensive one that balances many physiological functions simultaneously.

Natural Treatment Program for Psychological Disorders:

Following is a discussion of how Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre program for chronic conditions provides the most comprehensive set of natural recommendations available today to address the true causes of psychological disorders. These therapies are not only effective at removing the imbalances at the basis of chronic disorders but also have no side-effects. The goal of this approach is to enliven the body’s natural healing and self-repair ability not only to help cure psychological disorders but also to prevent disorders and create the highest state of health and well-being.

Removing the Build-up of Toxins and Impurities

Most chronic disorders start when toxins accumulate in tissues and begin to disrupt the delicate biochemistry there. Toxin build-up can also obstruct the channels of circulation and elimination. This blockage prevents proper nutrition from reaching the tissues and blocks the processes that cleanse them of impurities.

Our Ayurvedic Consultant will provide natural recommendations to remove and help prevent toxin accumulation from:

  • Hard-to-digest food
  • Poor digestion
  • Poor elimination
  • Improper metabolism
  • Mental and physical stress

Rejuvenation Therapy Treatments:

Rejuvenation therapy treatments address the problem of toxin accumulation by systematically:

  • Loosening impurities that have become embedded in tissues and helping liquefy them for easy absorption into the circulation and eventual elimination.
  • Softening and opening the channels of circulation and elimination so proper nourishment can reach the tissues and impurities can be more easily eliminated from them.
  • Activating the elimination process for the most thorough cleansing of the entire physiology.

Herbalised Oil Massage

Our Ayurvedic Consultant will choose a specific herbalised oil that is individually prepared for your condition. Herbalised oil massage provides a deeply soothing and balancing effect on the entire physiology. The motion of massage creates heat and friction which enhance circulation and help cleanse affected tissues of chemical impurities that could be causing symptoms of psychological disorders. The oil and herbs cleanse and nourish the tissues to aid their repair and development. The various herbs that have been boiled into a base oil, and the oil itself, are specifically chosen for their effect on removing the imbalances at the basis of your condition. The oil helps the balancing process by allowing the herbs to more deeply penetrate the affected tissues.

Proper Nutrition

Our Ayurvedic Consultant will provide you with detailed understanding of which foods to favor and avoid for your condition. Avoid foods that are hard-to-digest, clogging to the physiology and aggravating to the functioning modes that are already imbalanced in you. Favor foods that are easy-to-digest, nourishing, cleanse the physiology, strengthen digestion and balance your body’s inner intelligence. One of the great strengths of the Ayurvedic dietary approach is that it contains knowledge of how to have a light, easy-to-digest diet that still is both satisfying and nourishing. Many individuals have easily followed this diet and have improved their digestion and energy while also reducing their symptoms.

Proper food preparation Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre cooking classes provide knowledge of how to prepare foods in ways that create maximum nourishment for the body and that prevent incomplete digestion and clogged circulation.

Ayurvedic Herbs

Herbs are considered nutritional supplements in Ayurveda. Their purpose is to restore balance to the specific functioning modes whose malfunctioning is causing your condition. During your consultation, our Ayurvedic Consultant select the appropriate herbal formulas for aiding the healing process, strengthening digestion and helping the body purify itself of toxins and free radicals.

Free radicals are a specific class of chemicals that are highly irritating to the physiology. Scientific research has found that free radicals contribute to a wide variety of disorders. When appropriate, our Ayurvedic Consultant can recommend herbs that research has shown to be powerful anti-oxidants and free radical scavengers. Ayurvedic herbs can also have a holistic influence of balancing and nourishing the entire physiology.

Creating strong digestion:

Our ability to properly digest food is as important as what specific food we eat. Incompletely digested foods create toxins and impurities that are eventually absorbed, travel throughout the physiology, localize in tissues and disrupt their functioning. This process plays a major role in a wide variety of chronic conditions, including psychological disorders. Our Ayurvedic Consultant will provide recommendations for strengthening digestion including information in the following areas:

  • Proper use of spices and cooking oils.
  • Herbal preparations for improving digestion.
  • Important differences between breakfast, lunch and dinner foods.
  • A simple system to determine a balanced diet.
  • Digestion-enhancing foods to favor.
  • Digestion-depressing foods to reduce.
  • Eating behavior for maximum digestion.
  • Proper food combinations to avoid indigestion.
  • Non-dietary regiments to improve digestive strength including exercise, specific Yoga asanas and breathing techniques.

Balancing nervous system activity:

The nervous system controls most bodily functions, and almost every chronic condition is affected in some way when the nervous system activity becomes imbalanced. According to Ayurveda, the physiological principle at the basis of nervous system stability and activation is called Vata. Because nervous system imbalance contributes to psychological disorders, from the Ayurveda perspective Vata imbalance is an underlying cause of the condition and needs to be reversed. Ayurveda contains a wide variety of time-tested recommendations to help balance Vata and remove the symptoms caused by its aggravation. These include specific diets, herbs, cleansing programs, meditation, Yoga asanas and Yoga breathing exercises.

Stress management:

Excessive mental, emotional and physical stress can worsen the symptoms of many chronic disorders, including psychological disorders. This is due to hormonal changes and other biochemical responses to stress that can imbalance the nervous system and depress the healing ability of the body. Enhancing the body’s ability to recover from stress is an integral part of Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre’s approach to health and well-being.

You have the option of learning how to meditate. Meditation has a wealth of scientific research verifying its effect on reducing many of the mental and stress factors associated with psychological disorders. Research shows that meditation creates virtually the opposite physiological response that stress does and helps the body recover more quickly from stressful stimuli.

Lifestyle and Daily Routine:

One of the most important factors for maintaining healthy functioning is to have a lifestyle that does not disturb natural bodily rhythms. When we eat, sleep and exercise in constantly fluctuating and disturbing patterns, the body loses its natural balancing cycles and cannot cleanse or heal itself as effectively. Therefore, regularity in our daily routine can be extremely effective in reducing physiological imbalance at the basis of psychological disorders.

Our Ayurvedic Consultant will review your daily routine and provide the information you need to create a daily schedule that will increase balance in your physiology and aid in healing your body.

Yoga therapy:

Ayurveda considers proper stretching and flexibility exercises to have a very positive effect on circulation, nervous system function, the body’s healing response and the treatment of many chronic conditions.

We offer Yoga classes and teach you a simple and highly effective set of Yoga postures that can be practiced daily to improve circulation and create a healthy flexibility throughout the body. This will open the energy channels and energize the energy centres. We also instruct you in individualized Yoga breathing practices that create a state of restful alertness in mind and body.

Strengthening the body’s natural healing and self-repair mechanisms:

Ultimately every treatment approach must depend on the body’s natural healing ability for a real cure of the condition.  Ayurveda‘s approach is not to attack the disease with something from the outside, like drugs or surgery, but to attempt to enliven the innate healing response of the body. The healing response is one of the most complex and coordinated activities within the human physiology and often cannot be strengthened significantly without a comprehensive natural approach like that provided at Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre. When it is necessary to have an integrative approach through modern medicine, a psychiatric consultation will be available.

Ayurveda believes that many manifestations of diseases are rooted in the very innermost layers of the mind making it possible to have been carried from past lives. Vedic astrology could shed light to diagnose such causes and recommend remedies. We offer full service in this area.