Ayurveda and Mental Health


Dorai Raja


Traditional & Complementary Medicine Exhibition 2007 (TCME 2007), Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia




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The starting and end point in Ayurveda is Ananda-(bliss) the highest level of wellbeing of mind-body health. Accordingly, Ayurveda could be called as an ancient system of mind-body health. Ayurveda teaches that each of us has a fundamental constitution. When our constitution is in balance, we experience optimal health in body and mind; when in imbalance, we experience a range of physical symptoms and mental conditions that can eventually manifest as disease. Many diverse reasons are known to cause mental imbalance; emotional stress, physical stress, trauma, drugs, lipophilic toxicants (man made toxins), such as PCBs, DDEs, DDT and other chemicals which are known to accumulate in fat tissues. They have known to disrupt hormone functions, immune system suppression, reproductive disorders, cancer and others. Studies on such chemicals on mental health show that they contribute to depression and other related effects of subtle toxicities on the nervous system. Studies show that removal of these through ayurvedic purification therapy, including panchakarma, as well as correct nutritional approaches, herbal anti-oxidants and de-toxifying agents, suited to the individual mind-body type requirements, can offset these toxicities and their negative impact on the mental health and wellbeing.