According to Ayurveda, the state of stress leads to imbalance in Doshas (Vatta, Pitta and Kapha). Stress leads to overactivity of brain with release of epinephrine and cortisol hormone which is responsible for physiological changes in the body such as change in pulse, blood pressure, blood glucose and heart rate.
According to Ayurveda, stress impact the motor functions and enzymatic activities which leads to Vatta and pitta imbalance respectively. Kapha in response to the increased Vatta and Pitta get vitiated and bring heaviness, darkness and stagnant behaviour of body & mind. The entrapped Vatta and Pitta circulates throughout the body leading to different symptoms such as body-ache, confusion, indigestion, alter hunger, increase body activities and many others. This imbalance in all three doshas interferes with normal functioning to brain and cause depression.
Ayurvedic management: In modern medicine, there is no sure cure of stress and depression. The chemicals used in modern medicines cause suppression of brain responses for symptomatic and temporary relief with abundance of side-effects. In contrast, Ayurvedic methodology of treating stress and depression are gentle, natural with no side effects promising long term benefits with balanced state of all physical humors. Stress management, in Ayurveda is based on the body-mind constitution of Individual and the imbalanced state of Doshas.
Stress can be managed by two ways in Ayurveda:
- Life style management
- Ayurvedic Panchkarma treatments and medicines