Schizophrenia is a very severe mental disorder characterized by a breakdown of thought processes. The onset of this disease often occurs in early adulthood. Common symptoms include delusions, paranoia, disorganized thinking, and hallucinations (auditory and visual). Nearly 1.2% of the population in the U.S. has schizophrenia (link). The disorder can varies in severity, but nevertheless, scientists haven’t found a sure cure…by modern medicine means.
Ayurvedic medicine, or Ayurveda, is an Indian medical system that’s been used for over 3000 years (link). It is the oldest medical system to be used. Ayurveda uses natural means of treating various diseases. Such natural means include oils, herbs, tree bark, and even mud. According to “Ayurveda: The Art of Being” (a documentary detailing the ways of Ayurveda), this form of medicine has cured many huge illnesses such as diabetes, the common cold, cancer (believe it or not!), and–yes–schizophrenia as well as other various mental disorders.
The documentary can be found on Netflix. However, if you do not have access to Netflix, the documentary has been uploaded to Youtube.com in parts. Click here for the first part…the other parts are in the suggested column.
There are multiple ayurvedic classifications for schizophrenia. The classifications are vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Vata is described as, “an emaciated body; inappropriate lamenting, shouting, laughing, and smiling, as well as dancing, singing, playing music, talking, posturing, bursting out; repeatedly and tunelessly imitating the sound of a flute…” Pitta is described as, “Choler gives rise to threatening behavior, fury, and charging at people with fists stones, and the like. The patient craves coolness, shade, and water. He goes naked, and has a yellow color. He sees thing which are not there…” Kapha is described as, “Phlegm causes the patient to lose any desire for food. It causes vomiting, and a reduction in motivation, appetite, and conversation. It causes a lust for women. It causes the patient to enjoy solitude. He dribbles mucus and snot, and is very frightening. He hates being clean. He sleeps, and has puffy face…”
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What treatments are used for schizophrenia? Ayurvedic treatments for schizophrenia include meditation, pranayama, mantra, and prayers. The best treatment for schizophrenia includes detoxification therapies. Other techniques include third-eye therapy, mustard oil body application, and an intake of ghee.