In ayurveda Schizophrenia is seen as Unmada roga which means insanity. According to modern medical science it’s a serious mental illness. Currently there is no permanent cure to this disease, but you can get relief from symptoms by following proper medication. Previously there was no treatment for this disease and sometimes patient was shackled inside a room for days. Thanks to advancement in neuropsychiatric science. Nowadays medicines are highly effective to treat this serious mental disease. Natural herbal medicines can also be very effective. In this article I will tell you about some natural home remedies for schizophrenia.
In modern view the meaning of Schizophrenia is ‘ split mind’. According to ayurveda it comes under Manoroga which means mental illness. There are many herbs that can influence your brain and can be very helpful to treat any kind of mental illness.
Possible Causes of Schizophrenia
Genetic factor (The prime cause)
Stress of pregnancy
Previous mental shock
Genetic and Environmental
Genetic factor can trigger Schizophrenia at interval of years. Loss, mental pressure, frustration, hopelessness can also be triggering factors.
Physical or chemical alterations in brain due to external or internal cause can lead to Schizophrenia and other forms of mental disorder like depression.
Study finds that possible beginning of symptoms may start at early 20s and 30s. Symptoms can persist life long without proper treatment. Relief depends upon individual’s response to the selected medication. In most of the cases second generation anti psychotic drugs are used to minimize potential side effects like tongue or lip twisting, abnormal motor activities that are called extrapyramidal symptoms and weight gain from anti psychotic drugs. These second generation anti psychotic drugs are very effective to treat positive symptoms like hallucination, delusion and abnormal thoughts. But negative symptoms like lack of self-esteem, feeling of worthlessness, lack of interest are sometime difficult to treat. Here you can find some home remedies for schizophrenia that can be very helpful to treat those negative symptoms.
Symptoms of schizophrenia
Talking to air
Isolation from surrounding
Less or no appetite
Affinity to darkness
White sandalwood is one of the effective home remedies for schizophrenia Make a thick paste of white sandalwood by rubbing it against a sandal paste making stone. You need a teaspoon full of this paste and mix it with a cup of raw cow milk and drink after breakfast. Rub few drops of sandalwood paste on your forehead. This will cool down your body. This preparation works great in any variation of schizophrenia. However you can’t expect result instantly. You have to use it for at least a month.
In ayurveda camphor is often used to treat psychiatric illnesses. The method is pretty simple. Just take 15 mg of camphor and mixed it with a glass of luck warm milk. Drink it in twice daily. Within 4 to 6 days this will show result.
Secret Folk Medicine to Treat Mental Illness
Now I’m going to tell you a secret ayurvedic medicine for severe mental illness. This is a Tantrik folk medicine used to treat person influenced by evil spirit in early days. You have to prepare it by your own.
White mustard seeds – 100 gm
Cow’s urine – 200 ml
Soak white mustard seeds in cow’s urine for 3 hours. Crush this mixture in a food processor. Make a fine paste. Place it under sun to dry. After that you have to crush the lumps and preserve the powder in an air-tight jar.
Take one teaspoon in the morning and one teaspoon in the evening for 20 days.
Sarpagandha (Rauvolfia Serpentina)
This is another potential home remedies for schizophrenia. Rauvolfia Serpentina is a shrub mostly found in Indian subcontinent. Reserpine an active ingredient found in Sarpagandha root. According to Ayurveda It’s known to have effective against insanity caused by air(vayu). Higher dose of it can punish high blood pressure too. Sarpagandha has various applications in ayurveda. To control insanity caused by air only, low dose is used with four to five cloves of black pepper to support the heart. In this case 500 mg of Sarpagandha root is used at bed time.
This medicine should not be used if you are suffering from low blood pressure. Sarpagandha should never be used without doctor’s permission.
Yoga can give you relief
Practicing selective yoga can not only give you relief from any kind of mental disorder but it also can cure it. This should be done under guidance of a highly experienced yogi.
Anulom Vilom Pranayama
This is a highly effective pranayama to treat any kind of mental disorder. This pranayama purify nadis(nervous system). With prolong practice in correct way you can get rid of not only schizophrenia but depression, bipolar disorder, and even epilepsy.
Fifteen minutes of freehand exercise is very helpful before you start to practice this Anulom Vilom Pranayama.