In a world where the pace of life can be overwhelming, many individuals grapple with mental health challenges. One such prevalent concern is depression, a condition that not only affects mood but can also impact overall well-being. As we delve into understanding depression through the lens of Ayurveda, an ancient holistic system of medicine, we unlock a unique perspective that goes beyond the conventional approaches.

I. Introduction

A. Brief Explanation of Depression

Depression is more than just feeling sad; it’s a complex mental health disorder that can manifest in various ways. From persistent sadness to a loss of interest in activities, its impact is profound. Depression is a state of imbalance in mind when excessive emotion starts to accumulate in mind for longer time. While modern medicine offers solutions, Ayurveda, a holistic approach originating from ancient India, provides a different outlook.

B. Overview of Ayurveda as a Holistic Approach

Ayurveda, often translated as the “science of life,” is a holistic system that aims to achieve balance in the body, mind, and spirit. By understanding the individual’s unique constitution, or Dosha, Ayurveda tailors treatments to address imbalances and promote overall well-being.

II. Understanding Depression in Ayurveda

A. Concept of Doshas

Ayurveda categorizes individuals into three Doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each Dosha represents a unique combination of the five elements—earth, water, fire, air, and space. Understanding these Doshas is crucial in addressing mental health issues.

B. Imbalance Leading to Mental Health Issues

1. Vata Imbalance and Its Impact

An excess of Vata, associated with air and space elements, can lead to anxiety, restlessness, and insomnia—common components of depression.

Praan Vata – one type of Vata Dosha, is responsible to control/ maintain/ regulate memory, senses, mind and heart. In Pranayama, we focus on Praan Vata (Respiration). By regulating praan vaayu, we indirectly control the speed of mind.

Udan Vata – Another type of Vata Dosha is responsible for energy and recalling of past things. Medicines like kushmand Ghruta helps to regulate udan vaayu thus regulate energy feeling and recalling.

2. Pitta Imbalance and Emotional Well-being

Pitta, linked to fire and water elements, when imbalanced, can result in irritability and heightened emotional states, contributing to depressive symptoms.

Sadhak Pitta – One type of Pitta Dosha is responsible for brain functions like storage, grasping, self-esteem and also responsible to understand things properly. Medicines like Jyotishmati helps to regulate Sadhak pitta thus regulate mind indirectly.

3. Kapha Imbalance and Lethargy

Kapha, representing earth and water elements, when out of balance, may lead to lethargy and a lack of motivation, core aspects of depression. Exercise are best for controlling Kapha dosha. 

C. Common symptoms of depression 

  • Feeling of lowness, feeling of looser for longer time
  • Reduced interest in everything
  • Disturbed sleeping cycle. Quantity increases and quality decreases
  • Feeling of “I’m no one” “I can’t do”. Suicidal thinking
  • Increased sadness
  • Feeling of emptiness, loneliness. Overthinking.
  • Reduced memory and other functions of brain
  • Disturbed digestive cycle and weight (might be overweight, might be reduced weight)
  • Feeling of heaviness in body. Feeling of fatigue even after proper rest.

D. Cycle of emotions and depression 

Excessive hiding of emotion makes your mind weak. Weak mind create depression. Depression makes mind even weaker. This is cyclic rotation, and is hard to break after it becomes chronic. So early treatment can make person depression free easily and completely. To break the cycle of depression, person must make his / her mind strong. Expressing out any emotions loudly like crying or anger can be helpful. Yoga, meditation also helps to make mind strong. Medicines like kalyanak ghruta are also helpful.

E. Diagnosis of depression 

To find depression, proper history and counselling is must. Along with it Nadi parikshanPrakruti parikshan are also useful.  

III. Ayurvedic Treatments for Depression

A. Dietary Adjustments

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: – Include sources of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, such as fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, and sardines), flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts. Omega-3s are essential for brain health and may have anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Fruits and Vegetables: – Consume a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. They are rich in antioxidants and vitamins that contribute to overall well-being. Leafy greens, berries, and citrus fruits are particularly beneficial.
  • Protein-Rich Foods– Include lean protein sources such as poultry, eggs, beans, lentils, and tofu. Protein is essential for the production of neurotransmitters that influence mood.
  • Nuts and Seeds– Snack on nuts and seeds like almonds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds. They provide healthy fats, protein, and important nutrients.
  • Probiotics: – Incorporate probiotic-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, and fermented foods (kimchi, sauerkraut). Gut health is linked to mental health, and probiotics support a healthy gut microbiome.
  • Dark Chocolate– Enjoy dark chocolate in moderation. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids, which may have mood-boosting properties. Choose varieties with higher cocoa content.
  • Hydration– Stay well-hydrated by drinking water throughout the day. Dehydration can impact mood and cognitive function.
  • Limit Processed Foods and Sugars– Minimize the intake of processed foods, sugary snacks, and beverages. These can lead to fluctuations in blood sugar levels and impact mood.
  • B Vitamins– Foods rich in B vitamins, such as leafy greens, legumes, avocados, and whole grains, support the production of neurotransmitters involved in mood regulation.
  • Turmeric: – Consider incorporating turmeric into your diet. Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, has anti-inflammatory and potential antidepressant effects.
  • Limit Caffeine and Alcohol: – Moderation is key when it comes to caffeine and alcohol. Excessive intake can disrupt sleep patterns and affect mood.

B. Herbal Remedies

Ayurveda views depression as an imbalance in the three doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) and offers herbal remedies to restore harmony. It’s important to consult with an Ayurvedic practitioner for personalized recommendations. 

  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera): – Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that helps the body cope with stress. It may have a calming effect on the nervous system and is known to balance Vata and Kapha doshas.
  • Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri): – Brahmi is traditionally used to enhance cognitive function and support the nervous system. It is considered a Medhya Rasayana, promoting mental clarity and emotional balance.
  • Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi): – Jatamansi is known for its calming properties and is often used to alleviate anxiety and stress. It is believed to balance Vata and Pitta doshas.
  • Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis): – Shankhpushpi is recognized for its nervine tonic properties. It is used to enhance memory, reduce mental fatigue, and promote relaxation.
  • Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum): – Tulsi, or Holy Basil, is an adaptogenic herb that helps the body adapt to stress. It is considered sattvic and is used to balance the mind and emotions.
  • Vacha (Acorus calamus): – Vacha is known for its calming effects on the mind. It is believed to balance Kapha and Vata doshas and enhance mental clarity.

C. Lifestyle Changes

In addition to herbal remedies, lifestyle changes and daily routines play a crucial role in overcoming depression and promoting mental well-being. Here are some suggestions:

  • Establish a Consistent Routine: – Create a daily routine that includes regular waking and sleeping times. Consistency helps regulate circadian rhythms, contributing to better sleep and overall mental health.
  • Healthy Sleep Habits– Prioritize good sleep hygiene. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night. Create a calming bedtime routine, avoid screens before sleep, and keep the bedroom conducive to rest.
  • Regular Exercise– Engage in regular physical activity. Exercise has been shown to have positive effects on mood and can help alleviate symptoms of depression. Choose activities you enjoy, whether it’s walking, jogging, yoga, or dancing.
  • Social Connections– Foster positive social connections. Spend time with friends and family, join clubs or groups with shared interests, and maintain a support system. Social support is essential for mental well-being.
  • Limit Stressors: – Identify sources of stress in your life and work on managing or minimizing them. This may involve setting boundaries, delegating tasks, or learning stress-reduction techniques.
  • Mindfulness and Meditation– Incorporate mindfulness practices and meditation into your daily routine. Mindfulness can help manage stress, improve focus, and enhance overall mental resilience.
  • Set Realistic Goals– Break down tasks into manageable goals. Celebrate small achievements, and don’t be too hard on yourself if things don’t go as planned. Setting realistic goals can boost self-esteem.
  • Professional Support: – Seek professional help if needed. A mental health professional can provide guidance, support, and therapeutic interventions tailored to your specific needs.
  • Limit Screen Time: – Reduce excessive screen time, especially on social media. Limit exposure to negative information and prioritize activities that bring joy and relaxation.
  • Creative Outlets: – Engage in creative activities that you enjoy, whether it’s art, writing, music, or other forms of expression. Creative outlets can provide a sense of accomplishment and emotional release.
  • Nature and Fresh Air: – Spend time outdoors in nature. Fresh air, sunlight, and natural surroundings have positive effects on mood and overall well-being.
  • Gratitude Practice– Cultivate a gratitude practice by reflecting on positive aspects of your life. Regularly expressing gratitude can shift focus towards positive experiences.


Between 1 week to 1 year needed for complete cure of depression. Because many of patients come after long duration of depression, thus treatment and lifestyle modification needs for longer duration. But, Ayurvedic medicines or therapies have no side effect on mind.  

Yes. In some severe cases we give combined Ayurvedic treatment along with patient’s previous treatment (allopathic or homeopathic)

Yes. But remember to take a consultation before starting medicines 

Yes. Faster and long term relief you must follow dietary and lifestyle guideline. 

You can do some easy rituals at your home. These rituals are daily based. For actual therapies and sessions, you may need to visit us weekly 1 to 4 times.