Evidence-Based Natural Treatments for Stress, Anxiety and Depression

No one is born with stress, anxiety, and depression. Yes, stress, anxiety and depression happen to us. These conditions are created by our food habit, lifesyle, and problems in propession and personal life. When you have stress, anxiety, and depression, you will have poor judgment, irritability, inability to relax, low sex drive, poor appetite, isolation, sleeping disorder, etc. A lot of people go through medication for the treatment of stress, anxiety, and depression. These medications help, however, once you stop medication, stress, anxiety, and depression will come back again. Sometimes you might even have to take medicines lifelong. Therefore, the permanent cure for stress, anxiety, and depression-related complication is only in a natural way. Natural treatment is a holistic treatment method.

Some of the problems we face in our daily life due to stress, anxiety and depression are:

  • Fear
  • Nervousness
  • Breathlessness
  • Lack of sleep
  • Irritation
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Inability to remain calm

These symptoms are caused by various situations like

  • Overload of emotional and physical stress
  • Side effects of medication or illness
  • Taking drugs, alcohol or cigarette regularly
  • Withdrawal from drugs, alcohol or cigarette

Home Remedies of Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

Home remedies are natural healing methods used in various cultures and countries for healing various illnesses. Home remedies use herbs, spices and foods to treat, cure and prevent diseases. The home remedies are time tested. Here are a couple of home remedies for treatment of stress, anxiety and depression.

 Add one tea spoon of soaked and crushed almonds and a little bit of soaked saffron in one cup of warm milk. Add one tea spoon of honey, give it a good stir. Drink this mixture every day.

Add one teaspoon of nutmeg powder in one glass of orange juice and mix well. Drink this juice every day.

Chamomile tea is also good to reduce stress and anxiety. Boil one tea spoon dried or fresh chamomile in one glass of water and reduce the water to half. You can add honey to sweeten the drink. Drink chamomile tea every day.

Apart from these home remedies, you can also do the following activities to reduce stress, anxiety and depression related symptoms.

Go for a morning or evening walk. Walking is not only the best exercise for your body but also for your mind.

Listening to motivational speaker every day also helps. Since stress, anxiety and depression are basically caused by the play of negative thoughts, listening to motivational speakers can greatly help. When you listen to positive thoughts, negative thoughts will pass away.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

Ayurveda is ancient Hindu medicinal system that can cure and treat almost all kinds of mental, physical and emotional conditions. Ayurveda is basically herbal and natural medicinal system. Ancient Hindu therapists spent years studying human body, various diseases that grip body and mind, and the herbs that can cure, prevent and treat these diseases. Ayurvedic medicines and treatment methods have also been studied by scientists and it has been proved that Ayurveda is actually evidence based treatment method.

Ayurveda is holistic treatment method. Ayurvedic diagnosis uses complete mental and physical evaluation. Auyrvedic prognosis uses dietary advice, lifestyle modification, yoga, breathing exercise, botanicals (herbal medicine and herbal supplements) and Panchakarma detoxification.

Ayurveda uses following herbs to cure and treat stress, anxiety and depression:

  • Jatamansi (Nardostachys Jatamansi)
  • Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri)
  • Ashvaganda (Withania Sommnifera)
  • Shankhapushpi (Convolvulus Pluricaulis)
  • Vacha (Acorus)

Sometimes self medication with herbs can horribly go wrong. Therefore, you will have to consult a certified Ayuvedic practitioner to treat stress, anxiety and depression with Ayurvedic herbs and medicine.

Panchakarma detoxification for stress, depression and anxiety

Ayurveda also uses Panchakarma detoxification for alleviating stress, depression and anxiety. Basically, there are two Panchakarma detoxification methods for treating and curing stress, anxiety and depression.

  • Abhyangam
  • Shirodhara

Abhyangam is basically a full body massage. Ayurvedic massage Abhyangam uses herbal oils to give you full body massage to reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Studies have shown that Abhyangam also lowers the blood pressure, manages insulin level, relaxes muscles, and increases the production of endorphine, dopamine and serration hormones. Release of these hormones makes you feel good, therefore, these hormones are often described as happy hormones.

Shirodhara is an Ayurvedic treatment method where herbal oils are continuously poured on the forehead of the patient lying on the bed. Shirodhara is one of the best methods to treat stress and anxiety related conditions. When herbal oils is poured on the head of the patient continuously, it stimulates pituitary and pineal glands, thus bringing soothing effect to your mind and body.

Yoga For Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

When you have stress, anxiety, and depression, there will be an imbalance of chemicals and hormones in your brain. While Ayurveda suggests various herbs and herbal formulations for stress, anxiety, and depression, yoga suggests Pranayama for treating and curing stress, anxiety, and depression but also for the prevention of these psychological and emotional conditions. Pranayama is basically a breathing technique used to create a balance of various hormones in the body as well as improve bodily systems. There are various Pranayama methods. The Pranayama method that works best for stress, anxiety, and depression-related conditions is Anulom-Vilom.

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