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Definition of Depression

Have you ever been diagnosed with a disease from a Western perspective? Have you ever looked up the symptoms related to the disease? I thought I would have some fun breaking down the Mayo clinics definition of depression from an Ayurvedic perspective.


1. The West vs The East

It happens like this. Most clients will tend to go to a western doctor for a diagnosis if something feels out of sorts. If they are not successful in treatment, they may seek out an Ayurvedic practitioner. Ayurvedic doctors  have been trained from both the western perspective alongside the Ayurvedic remedies - they have also been versed in accommodating the Western mindset and giving a remedy for your disease. Conversation on your body type may/may not happen.

Behind the scenes they are treating you and not the disease but have learnt to accommodate the western patient.and their line of questioning. So be mindful that if you want to learn more about your body type, with some Ayurvedic doctors, you may need to be the one asking the questions. They may assume you just want the herbs to fix the remedy.

2. Fear as the root cause of all disease

We see the mind as a fall out of doshic imbalance. So, if we are treating anxiety, we're actually treating Vata disorder in the mind and that may mean giving herbs to calm Vata down in the digestive system! The way I was trained was always digestion and mind. In fact there are some doctors (and myself more and more these days) that believe all  disease stems from a lack of faith = fear aka Vata in the mind. In Ayurveda we claim to be a separation from spirit. So in that case, it is a lack of faith that leads us astray. An interesting idea to ponder for yourself in terms of what faith means for you.

3. Knowing yourself

You will hear in the video that I speak of an anecdote about Dr Lad and how he advised me to diagnose yourself rather than asking another person to do it. I was under the assumption that if you're unclear in the mind that your own diagnosis would be distorted. I've thought on it since and what he meant. The journey is one of education or guidance to teach the client to trust (faith) themselves and their knowing. You might make mistakes and you might still need someone in the background giving you a nudge here and there to show you various options, but the real work is trusting yourself. 

I believe what Dr Lad meant is that it is our responsibility to show you how to see yourself, not just tell you what to do.

No doctor since the beginning of time has ever cured a patient. No doctor ever will, for Nature alone can cure. Physicians are not meant to work wonders or perform miracles. A true physician is a teacher who helps his or her patients work through their problems at all levels. ”  - Dr Robert Svoboda

Learn to observe triggers and feeling. Be in the process of self awareness. Without a doubt and no matter which modality takes you there, by the act of listening to yourself, and trusting, I do believe you will find answers.

Ask and ye shall receive. 

So take a punt each time something feels off. Get into the habit of describing your feeling by qualities - hot/cold, heavy/light. Then look to the opposite quality to heal. Even if you throw another dosha out doing it, so what, this is the practise of Ayurveda.

Over time, the practise will refine you.

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