Also known as sleeplessness, is a sleep disorder where people have trouble sleeping. They may have difficulty falling asleep, or staying asleep as long as desired. Insomnia is typically followed by daytime sleepiness, low energy, irritability, and a depressed mood. It may result in an increased risk of motor vehicle collisions, as well as problems focusing and learning. Insomnia can be short term, lasting for days or weeks, or long term, lasting more than a month.
Insomnia can occur independently or as a result of another problem. Conditions that can result in insomnia include psychological stress, chronic pain, heart failure, hyperthyroidism, heartburn, restless leg syndrome, menopause, certain medications, and drugs such as caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.
An improper diet and lifestyle causes aggravation of Vata that travels through the channels of the head causing sleeplessness. Vata is aggravated by increased intake of tea and coffee, especially, before going to bed; long gaps between meals; and intake of cold and dry food, cabbage, lettuce, beans, cauliflower, broccoli, peas, rice, and smoked foods. Suppressed emotions, disturbed sleeping patterns, worries, anger, overwork, overexcitement, and ill health may be other responsible factor.
In Ayurveda, Insomnia is known as Anidra. According to the Ayurvedic perspective, the doshas responsible for this disease are Tarpak Kapha, Sadhak Pitta or Prana Vata.
Tarpak Kapha is one type of Kapha dosha (Water). It nourishes the brain cells and facilitates a good night’s sleep. Imbalance of this dosha causes poor nourishment of brain cells, leading to Insomnia. Sadhak Pitta is one type of Pitta dosha (Fire) and is located in the heart. It controls emotions, desires, decisiveness, and spirituality. Its imbalance makes a person demanding and workaholic, thereby leading to situations that may cause lack of sleep. Prana Vata is one type of Vata (Air). It is linked to insomnia, worry, anxiety, and problems like depression. Prana Vata makes the nervous system sensitive; this sensitive nervous system coupled with an aggravated Prana Vata lead to insomnia.
In each patient, different combinations of doshas can lead to the disease. The Ayurvedic therapies of Insomnia focuses on balancing the aggravated body energies through herbal medicines. Besides that, relaxation of mind is also important part of the treatment.
Bodhi, provides you the best relaxation therapies which calms your mind gives good sleep. Abhyanga, Sirodhara, Talapothichil, Nasya karma etc., procedures are advised based on individual`s requirement.
It is a mental health disorder characterised by persistently depressed mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, feelings, and sense of well-being. A depressed mood is a normal temporary reaction to life events such as loss of a loved one. It is also a symptom of some physical diseases and a side effect of some drugs and medical treatments. Depressed mood is also a symptom of some mood disorders such as major depressive disorder. In ayurveda, depression(mano vaha sroto vikara) is caused due to kapha imbalance which vitiates the vata further vitiating the pitta resulting in interference in the normal functioning of the nervous system leading to depression.
How the Ayurvedic therapies work for Depression?
As per the Ayurveda theory, aggravation of prana vayu affects the normal functioning of the nervous system thereby triggering mental imbalance. Hence Ayurvedic treatments for Depression focus on pacifying the aggravation of vata to regain normal functions. Ayurveda has some excellent therapies to manage anxiety. Shirodhara and Nasyam have been proven to be the most effective line of treatments to counter depression.
Stimulation of vital centers through Shirodhara and Nasyam with proper nourishment of the brain helps improve the pre-existing conditions. Moreover Ayurvedic medicines rich in calcified butter helps cross the blood brain barriers and provide nourishment to the brain.
Ayurvedic therapies for Depression – ADT(Anti-depression therapy) and its Benefits.
Abhyanga A full body massage (Head to Toe) done with medicated herbal oils. Increases blood circulation thereby eliminating toxins from the body. Stimulation of vital pressure points leads to nervous stimulation leading to stress reduction.
Padabhyangam Herbal foot massage that focuses on vital pressure points to balance the Doshas. Stimulation of vital points induces mental calmness and relief from stress.
Nasyam: It includes administration of medicated drugs or oils through nostrils. It stimulates the vital centers of brain that regulate emotions.
Takradhara It is a special Ayurvedic treatment that uses medicated buttermilk. Takra means buttermilk and dhara is a stream. Buttermilk has cooling properties and induces the same effect on body and mind. It helps to relax the mind and reduce mental stress. Takradhara prevents greying of the hair, reduces headaches, increases digestive power and alleviates anorexia. It is also useful in insomnia, depression and other stress related ailments.
Pouring of buttermilk stimulates and soothes the hypothalamus, thereby regulating the functions of pituitary gland and inducing sleep.
Stress & Anxiety management
Stress is a feeling of strain and pressure. Stress is actually a normal physical response to the events that make you feel threatened. Small amounts of stress may be desired, beneficial, and even healthy. Positive stress helps improve athletic performance. When you sense danger whether it’s real or imagined, the body’s defence kicks into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction, or the stress response. It also plays a factor in adaptation, and reaction to the environment. Excessive amounts of stress, however, may lead to bodily harm. Stress can increase the risk of strokes, heart attacks, ulcers, dwarfism, and mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety etc.,
What is our body reaction when you are stressed?
When body perceives a critical situation, the nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. This actually prepares your body to be more alert. However, when stress becomes a regular phenomenon, high levels of cortisol can show several detrimental effects on body. Increased cortisol level is associated with high blood pressure, sugar imbalance, muscle stiffness, and increased heart rate. These physiological effects lead to health issues like head ache, low immunity, sleep disorders, hypertension, diabetes etc.,
Bodhi provides different types of therapies for different prakriti persons like
Abhyanga- From Head to Toe
- Takra sirodhara
- Nasyam etc
How these therapies will relieve my stress?
Increases blood circulation thereby eliminating toxins from the body. Stimulation of vital pressure points leads to nervous stimulation leading to stress reduction.
These stimulates the vital centers of brain that regulate emotions.
Continuous pouring of oil on the forehead in shirodhara stimulates and soothes the hypothalamus to induce sleep by reducing stress.
It helps to relax the mind and reduce mental stress.
Migraine Head Ache
Migraine is adisorder characterized by recurrent headaches that are moderate to severe. Typically, the headaches affect one half of the head, are pulsating in nature, and last from two to 72 hours. Associated symptoms may include nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light, sound, smell. The pain is generally made worse by physical activity. In Ayurveda, it can be considered as Suryavartha, which is caused due to imbalance of vata pitta dosha.
- The therapies we provide are Sirodhara, Nasya karma, Talapothichil etc.,
- Eliminate toxins from your body.
- Balances the vata, pitta dosha in your body.
- Strengthen the Nervous system.
- Ensure proper circulation to the brain.
Frozen shoulder is a condition that affects your shoulder joint. It usually involves pain and stiffness that develops gradually, gets worse and then finally goes away. This can take from a year to 3yrs.
With frozen shoulder, the shoulder capsule becomes so thick and tight that it is hard to move. Bands of scar tissue form and there’s less of a liquid called synovial fluid to keep the joint lubricated. These things limit motion even more.
The main symptoms of a frozen shoulder are pain and stiffness that make it difficult or impossible to move it. Your pain could get worse at night, which can make it hard to sleep.
In Ayurveda, special therapies like Abhyanga, Nasyam, Elakizhi, Navarakizhi etc., gives the good result.