Yourwellness Magazine Investigates the Ayurvedic Approach to Depression

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With Katy Perry admitting writing her new album helped her to get out of her post-divorce depression, Yourwellness Magazine investigated how depression can be helped using alternative methods.

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Katy Perry has confessed writing her new album, PRISM, helped her get out of the depression she was under after divorcing Russell Brand, Female First reported October 21st. The article, “Katy Perry 'Writing New Album Helped me out of Depression',” noted that the star has previously admitted that she had suicidal thoughts after her marriage breakdown and now she's opening up about what helped her overcome them. Perry commented, ‘Everybody asked me how I got through that (dark time), but I think there's a higher power that was helping to push me in a more positive direction. I did a lot of self reflection. I did a lot of work on myself healed up some spots that needed to be healed. A lot of self- therapy.’ (http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/music/musicnews/katy-perry-writing-prism-helped-her-depression-358043.html#ixzz2iLYD7aWK)

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine investigated how depression can be helped using alternative methods, turning to Ayurveda as a way to alleviate the symptoms. According to Yourwellness Magazine, ‘Ayurveda is a gentle, natural, and effective means of attending to depression without the side effects that most strong medicines are likely to produce. Practiced for over 5,000 years, Ayurveda is India’s traditional and natural system of medicine that believes that there can be no mental health without physical health as the mind (consciousness) and body (physical mass) are inseparably integrated.’ (http://www.yourwellness.com/2011/06/ayurvedic-treatment-of-depression/#sthash.w33d4vfO.dpuf)

Yourwellness Magazine explained that, under the principles of Ayurveda, there are two main causes of depression – an imbalance in the three ‘Dosha-s’ – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha – and a lack of awareness of one’s inner Self. Yourwellness noted that Vata-induced depression is supposed to be aggravated by loneliness, while Pitta-induced depression is generally associated with the fear of failure and Kapha-induced depression creates a feeling of being weighed down. Yourwellness Magazine added that Ayurveda uses herbs that have a calming influence on the nervous system and the brain.

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