Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Treatment of Schizophrenia in Ayurveda – Symptoms & Causes

Introduction

This is a kind of disorder that develops slowly and the individual at initial stage do not recognize that they are suffering from this problem but in certain cases this problem can develop quickly. It is a mental disorder that is characterized by delusions, hallucinations and some other cognitive difficulties. This problem is considered as a mental illness that can also be the result of today’s monotonous life in which people keep working like machines with a lot of stress of work on their mind which can affect their behaviors and the way they think.

Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Let’s discuss the symptoms of schizophrenia

  • Delusion
  • Hallucination
  • Thought disorder
  • Lack of motivation
  • Social withdrawal
  • Unawareness of illness
  • Poor expressions of emotion
  • Cognitive difficulties

Ayurvedic Treatment of Schizophrenia

There are many more other symptoms that depend on the intensity of the disease. There can be negative, positive, cognitive and emotional symptoms.

Causes of Schizophrenia

There are various factors that can cause this particular problem. A genetic factor is also considered one of the main reasons. Besides that there are many other facts that are listed below.

  • Chemical imbalance in brain
  • Environmental factor
  • Family relationships
  • Drugs
  • Genetic inheritance

Treatment of Schizophrenia

People suffering from this problem have to deal with it for a lifetime. However, there are some ways to cure the symptoms of this particular disease.

There are three main ways used by doctors to treat the symptoms

  • Psychological counseling
  • Self-help resources
  • Certain medications(anti-psychosis drugs)

There are some of the medications that are most commonly used for Schizophrenia i.e Risperidone (Risperdal), Olanzapine (Zyprexa), Quetiapine (Seroquel), Ziprasidone (Geodon), Clozapine (Clozaril), Haloperidol

Herbal Remedies for Schizophrenia

As we know that there is no permanent solution to this mental disorder. Only certain medications can help in curing the symptoms of this particular problem. But one way in which this problem can be treated is by using herbal Ayurvedic remedies that are formulated by planet Ayurveda with pure and natural herbs that are free from any kind of side effects. Let’s discuss about these herbal remedies for treatment of Schizophrenia

1. Brahmi Capsules

These capsules are formulated for curing brain related problems and disorders. Brahmi herb is used in formulation of this particular capsule. This herb is also known for its usage in neurological problems.

Let’s discuss the benefits of this herb

  • Consists of Antioxidant properties
  • Positive effects on nervous system
  • Helps in increasing brain activity
  • Positive effect on memory
  • Provides relief in symptoms such as depression, anxiety, lack of concentration and schizophrenia.
  • Enhances mental capability of a person

Dosage : 1 capsule two times in a day with plain water

2. Medhya Churna

This churna is formulated by using many natural herbs. Let’s discuss about the ingredients used in the formulation of this churna:

  • Marich
  • Pipali
  • Brahmi
  • Patha
  • Sankhpushpi
  • Sonth
  • Krishna jeerak
  • Shwetjeerak
  • Ajmoda
  • Ashwagandha
  • Vacha

These are the natural herbs that are used in the formulation of this amazing powder that is having versatile properties of all these herbs
Let’s discuss the benefits of this Ayurvedic herbal remedy

  • These herbs consist of properties that improves the patient both mentally and physically
  • This churna is anti-inflammatory, anti-stress, immunomodulatory and anti-oxidant.
  • This proves wonders in the problem of schizophrenia.

Dosage:- 1 pinch of powder 2 times a day or 1 gram two time a day

3. Stress Support

These capsules are formed with three natural Ayurvedic herbs namely Ashwagandha, tagar, Brahmi that are considered beneficial for the nervous system and proper functioning of the brain.

Let’s discuss the benefits of the ingredients of this Ayurvedic herbal remedy

  • The herb tagar is especially known for its cooling down properties. Tagar cools down the nervous system and helps to eliminate the symptoms of schizophrenia.
  • Brahmi helps in proper functioning of the nervous system as it coordinates the functions of nervous system properly and helps the system to work efficiently and improves the mental health of the person.
  • This herb has very positive impact on the brain and nervous system.

Dosage :- 2 capsules two times a day with plain water after meals

4. Ashwagandha Capsules

These capsules are formulated using the herb known as Ashwagandha (with aniasomnifera) this herb is known to normalize the functions of the neuroendocrine system.

Let’s discuss about the properties of this herb

  • This herb mainly improves fatigue, stress and weakness
  • Has a great positive effect on the nervous system
  • Also contains rejuvenating properties

So these are the natural Ayurvedic herbal remedies that can help in getting rid of this problem and shedding the symptom of this problem properly.

Not only the medication is sufficient, but it is advised to maintain a healthy lifestyle with good diet and personal care. Physical exercise is must and should be done on the regular basis to get free from this problem at the earliest. Regular and proper sleep is suggested.

Dosage :- 2 capsules two times a day with plain water after meals

Top 7 Pain Relieving Remedies in Ayurveda Without Aspirin

Painkillers or analgesics are one of most widely categories of medicines. Analgesics are used at every instance, either it is traumatic or other complications. These are used for a variety of health conditions such as joints pain, migraine, arthritis, stomach pain, toothache etc.

As per modern classification, there are two categories of analgesics:

  • Narcotics
  • Non-narcotics

The basic principle of these painkillers is that they break the message transmitted from the affected part to the brain through neurons. Analgesics either break the pain signals arriving from the body parts to the brain or interrupt the brain to receive the message by neurons transmitting the pain signals. The side effects of these analgesics are obvious such as nausea, diarrhoea, pruritus (itching sensation), tenderness, jaundice and severe pain in the right upper quarter of the abdomen.

It has been proved in the research that the treatment with a product containing diclofenac sodium as topical applicants is linked with liver dysfunction, resulting in severe hepatic reactions, liver transplantation or even death.

Pain Relief Remedies

Management of Pain according to Ayurveda

  • Ayurvedic approach to pain is holistic and looks to place the root cause of the disease, in contrast to simply dealing with the symptoms only.
  • The classical Ayurvedic text specifies about the species of plants that are used for muscularity relaxants and for other pain management.
  • Ayurveda uses single drug or multiple drug mixtures of herbs as well as mineral compounds for relieving pain.

Ayurveda Categorises The Painkillers into 3 Groups

  1. Local Analgesics
  2. Central Analgesics
  3. Body-ache medications

Local Analgesic : These analgesics are topically applied to a particular part of the body and include paste preparations such as Belladonna.

Central Analgesics : These analgesics are more powerful than local analgesics and sometimes are combined with strict dietetic restrictions such as Dhatura.

Body-ache Medications : These analgesics are used in Ayurvedic practice to fight against stress and fatigue. There are more than 100 plants in Ayurveda that are recognised to have pain relieving properties such as Patala and Balam.

Various Herbs and Plants Described in Ayurveda as Natural Painkillers are

Ayurvedic Remedies for Pain Relief

Garlic for Earache:

  • Garlic has been traditionally used in rural India for earache.
  • Garlic contains certain active ingredients such as sulphur, selenium and germanium which have positive physiological effects on pain.

How to use: Pour 2 drops of warm garlic oil into the affected ear for 7-10 days until it is completely cured.

Honey for Mouth Ulcers:

  • As a part of lifestyle, Ayurveda suggests honey gargle for mouth sores.
  • It is recommended for better voice, improved speech and to prevent all types of infections and inflammation.
  • It is very effective in decreasing painfulness and heals the tissues as well.

Vinegar for Acid Reflux and Heartburn:

  • In a research, it was concluded that there are good results of vinegar in heart burn and acid reflux particularly the Apple cider vinegar.

How to use: Take 30 ml vinegar mixed with water after a heavy meal to make digestion and metabolism smoother.

Clove for Toothache Relief:

  • Cloves have been used by Indians since thousands of years. It contains eugenol which works as anaesthetic and has anti-bacterial effects.
  • It has also been reported that the consumption of 2 gm clove powder improves the cholesterol level and maintains pH in the gastro-intestinal tract that in turn avoids all kinds of oral infections.

How to use: Apply clove oil to the affected tooth or chew 1-2 cloves.

Ginger Root for Muscle Pain:

  • Ginger has positive effects on reducing swelling and stiffness as well. The main element of ginger is Gingerols that is effective in treating muscular pain.

How to use: Include 5 gm fresh ginger or 2 gm dried ginger as a part of your diet to prevent muscular and joint pains.

Treatment of Diabetic Pain with Turmeric:

  • Ayurveda suggests the use of turmeric as a part of diet to avoid the problems of diabetes as well as pain associated with it. It is considered as one of the most effective natural pain relievers known to exist and also possesses anti-inflammatory properties. It contains curcumin as an active ingredient which is responsible for its properties.
  • Turmeric decreases the pain and irritation experienced by patients suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia, IBS, arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Buttermilk for Pre-Menopause:

  • Ayurveda suggests buttermilk for pre and post-menopausal syndromes as well as for menstrual pain. It is also effective in curing vaginal infections as well as itching. It is also effective in curing yeast infection. It is quite favourable in treating gynaecological conditions.

How to use: Take a plain glass of buttermilk with cumin seeds. You can buttermilk twice or thrice a day.  The calcium content in buttermilk dispassionate the physical and psychological irritability associated with PMS.

Cherries:

  • Cherries are packed with certain anti-oxidants known as anthocyanins which are responsible for giving them red colour and for relieving pain.
  • Research has indicated that anthocyanins, an active element in cherries is ten times more beneficial in lowering pain than common painkillers such as Ibuprofen without causing any side effects.

Epsom Salt Bath for Leg Pain:

  • Epsom salt that is rich in magnesium, is an excellent pain reliever. This remedy is also helpful for patients suffering from arthritis as it soothes leg pain. Salt also possesses anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which makes it effective in relieving pain. Regular soaking of infected parts in warm salt water acts better than topical painkillers and antibiotics.

Massage/Snehana:

  • In the world of Ayurveda, oil massage or sneham is considered as a very rewarding therapy for treating pain and other ailments. It pacifies Vata, mobilises the toxins, maximises circulation and therefore relaxes the overall body.

Cumin:

  • Cumin is an aromatic spice and mild pain reliever.

How to use: For stomach pain, make a mixture of 1/3 tablespoon of cumin powder, a pinch of asofaetida and a pinch of rock salt. Mix and chew it thoroughly followed with a drink of warm water