Ayurvedic View About Insomnia
In India Ayurveda, Insomnia is known as Anidra. According to the Ayurvedic perspective, the doshas (Ayurvedic humors) responsible for this disease are Tarpak Kapha, Sadhak Pitta or Prana Vata.
Tarpak Kapha is a sub-dosha of Kapha (Water). It nourishes the brain cells and facilitates a good night’s sleep. Imbalance of this dosha causes poor nourishment of brain cells, leading to Insomnia. Sadhak Pitta is a sub-dosha of Pitta (Fire) and is located in the heart. It controls emotions, desires, decisiveness, and spirituality. Its imbalance makes a person demanding and workaholic, thereby leading to situations that may cause lack of sleep. Prana Vata is a sub-dosha of Vata (Air). It is linked to insomnia, worry, anxiety, and problems like depression. Prana Vata makes the nervous system sensitive; this sensitive nervous system coupled with an aggravated Prana Vata lead to insomnia.
In each India patient, different combinations of doshas can lead to the disease. The Ayurvedic treatment of Insomnia focuses on balancing the aggravated body energies through herbal medicines as well as customized diet and lifestyle plans. Besides that, relaxation of mind is also an important part of the treatment.
This type of ayurvedic treatment is designed to alleviate depression, reduce sleep disorder problems like insomnia (sleeplessness) and disturbed sleep.
Insomnia Treatment by Ayurvedic Nagpur
The therapies for Insomnia include:
- Abhyangam (Full body oleation therapy with medicated oil)
- Mukh Abhyangam (Face treatment with herbal oil / cream)
- Shiro Abhyangam (Head treatment with herbal oil)
- Shirodhara (Dripping of specialized herbal oil on the forehead) or Thakram (medicated butter milk) or Kashayam (Herbal decoction) as per the need
- Swedana (Steam bath)
- Panchakarma treatment (Special detoxification therapy)