How to Use Ayurvedic Herbs for Depression


According to Holistic Online, Ayurveda attributes depression to an imbalance of one of the three doshas (the biological forces governing all life processes): vata, pitta or kapha. Some people can also suffer depression because they lack awareness of themselves and their spiritual center. Because Ayurveda treatments are all natural, they can be used in conjunction with traditional treatment (anti-depressants) as well as alone.

Step 1

Determine what type of imbalance you’re experiencing. You might need to consult with an Ayurveda practitioner if you have no experience with the symptoms. As a general rule, vata imbalances are characterized by weight loss and anxiety. Pitta imbalances cause irritability and the desire to eat sweets. Kapha imbalances cause overeating, low energy and paleness.

Step 2

Try a universal herbal formula. This can help with imbalances of all three doshas and is best if you don’t know what exactly is causing your depression. To make the infusion, mix five parts Asparagus racemosus, three parts gotu kola, three parts Nardostachys jatamansi and five parts Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia). Drink one-quarter tsp. three times a day.

Step 3

Mix equal parts of gotu kola, trikatu, licorice and Nardostachys jatamansi to treat kapha imbalances. Add 50 percent less of calamus. Mix well and then add one-half tsp. to a cup of warm water. Drink three times a day for as long as needed (until symptoms disappear).

Step 4

Make a tea using Indian basil (one-quarter tsp.) and sage (one-half tsp.) to treat vata imbalances. Add to a cup of hot water and let sit until the water is cool enough to drink. Have a cup as a tea twice a day.

Step 5

Mix equal parts of brahmi, jatamansi and shatavari to treat pitta imbalances. Add a tsp. of the mixture to a cup of warm water and drink as a tea. You can have this up to three times a day, depending on the severity of your symptoms.

About this Author

Diana Bocco has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications, including “Woman’s Day,” “Marie Claire,” “Adirondack Life” and “Self.” She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Bocco is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.