Destress Treatment in Ayurveda

There is no doubt that our hectic lifestyle creates a great deal of stress, which can impact on our physical and mental states. In simple terms, stress occurs when we are not able to effectively cope with the day’s workload, either at a physical or mental level. Due to this stress, our bodies start becoming stiff and tight while our minds become hyperactive. This hyperactive state leads to disturbed sleep and insomnia, leaving us tired and exhausted.  This is further exacerbated when we skip regular meals and eat fast foods on the run.

These results in manifestations like pounding heart, perspiration or a flushed or reddened face. Small amounts of stress are actually considered beneficial and productive towards work, where in the person puts the extra effort to achieve his/her accomplishments. But chronic stress can affect the normal physical and mental functioning of the body and may lead to break down of certain bodily mechanisms.

Ayurvedic medicine’s great point of difference is to discover and treat the root cause of an ailment, rather than just treat the problem symptomatically. However, in the case of stress, this is sometimes very hard to remedy.  You are well aware of the reasons for your stressed situation and if you could, I am sure you would have already made the changes you need to reduce your stress level.

Thankfully, Ayurveda gives us some simple, yet very effective daily routines that we can follow to help nourish and support the mind and body to help us better manage our stress levels.


In our day-to-day life we come across situations will cause strain to our body and the resulting pain might last for a few hours, few days or often for a longer period. The causes of body strains may include several reasons like trauma, irregularities in life style, insufficient rest or chronic pain causing diseases like arthritis and other joint pains.

Ayurveda believes that the cause of strain or pain in one’s body is related to energy imbalances and (imbalances in doshas) and are aggravated by several factors like dietary habits, lack of exercises and improper routines. Following are the recommendations made by Ayurveda to deal with strain related situations:

A massage of Ayurvedic oils in the affected part is greatly helpful is dissolving the impurities in the tissues and wash them in the blood flow, eventually eliminating the pain.

Ayurvedic Treatments:

  • Abhyanga:  A 60-minute full-body massage with medicated herbal oils to release tension from muscles and joints.
  • Pizhichil: A 15-minute head massage and deep tissue oil pouring massage to strengthen hormonal secretions.
  • Sirodhara: A head massage followed by the continuous pouring of warm herbal oil/milk/buttermilk on the forehead for 45 minutes to cool the nervous system.
  • Sirovasthi: Warm herbal oils are put on the head and kept for 45 minutes to cool the cerebral and nervous systems.
  • Talam: Special powder mixed with medicated herbal oil is applied on the head.
  • Thalapothichil: Special herbal pastes are applied to the entire body.
  • A steam bath is given after most of these treatments.
  • Ayurvedic diet is given to counteract the stress releasing chemicals.

Ayurveda underlines imbalances in your Tridoshas as one of the reasons for stress levels and depression. By focusing on finding your dosha type and eradicating the imbalance, you could significantly improve stress levels and depression from your routine. While balance in Vata (dosha) can lead to mental instability, fear and insomnia problems, Kapha (dosha) and Pitta (dosha) imbalances gives rise to lethargy, depression and irritation respectively.

Under Ayurveda, there are several therapies and sessions that work towards cleansing the body and system from all sorts of stress and depression causing toxins in a healthy manner. Most of the allopathic treatments often result in strong side effects or temporary results but Ayurveda focuses on all aspects behind one’s stress levels and applies multiple treatments in a natural way to remove the root cause, thus giving a long-lasting and harmless result.

It is advisable to follow a dietary routine, which facilitates easy digestion, and absorption which again is helpful in maintaining a balance in doshas, lacking which will cause chronic strain related problems.

Painful conditions are a result of vata imbalance and this can be reversed with the use of specific herbs , yoga positions and meditation.

Managing your stress is also related with management of strained situations. Ayurveda recommends warm oil massages and certain yoga postures for good stress management. We recognize that there is a lot to work with in the preceding paragraphs. As you prepare to ground, nourish, and rejuvenate, please keep in mind that Ayurveda is a very holistic and individualized system of medicine. Listening to yourself as you engage this process is as important as each of the steps above. A slow, simple, gradual approach to change is far more likely to be supportive than an overly effortful attempt at perfection. Remember, the stress response floods our bodies with activating, energizing qualities that are light, sharp, hot, dry, mobile, and subtle by nature. Balance is therefore supported by quieter, more nurturing qualities that are naturally heavy (or grounding), slow, cool, oily, and stabilizing. Your process of embracing change should also feel nourishing and stabilizing delicious, even.


An ancient treatment, for well-being that comes from within, Panchakarma rejuvenates the entire being and includes five major procedures that help purify the body by eliminating accumulated toxins. The five key procedures in this treatment are Vamana (Emesis), Virechana (Purgation), Snehavasthi (Medicated Oil Enema), Kashayavasti (Medicated decoction enema) & Nasyam (Nasal Nasal Drops). Panchakarma can be administered to both a healthy as well as an unwell person. When a healthy person undertakes this treatment, it has a preventive, restorative and rejuvenative effect on the body.