AYURVEDIC REMEDIES FOR SCHIZOPHRENIA
Schizophrenia is a chronic mental
disorder characterised by hallucination and delusion. In Ayurveda it is classified under unmada.
Psychic stress and strain are primarily responsible for the causation of this disease. Irregularity in food and constipation often aggravate the condition.
The signs and symptoms vary considerably in different types of schizophrenia. The patient is unable to sleep, talks and acts incoherently, and often becomes violent.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Schizophrenia: Dhara is considered to be the best therapy for this condition. Normally Kshirbala taila is used in dhara. This oil is kept in an adjusted vessel over the forehead of the
patient and the vessel is adjusted in such a way that continuous drops of this medicated oil fall from the bottom of the vessel onto the place between the two eyebrows of the patient.
This should be done once daily. By this process the patient sleeps well and recovers from the disease slowly Jatamansi, vacha and sarpagandha are popularly used for this disease.
In powder form, these are given to the patient in a dose of one teaspoonful (separately or in a compound form) three times a day with milk or cold water. This brings about
tranquility of mind.
Vatakulantaka rasa is also used for the treatment of this condition. It is a mercurial preparation which is used in a dose of one tablet three times a day mixed with honey.
Diet to taken by Schizophrenia patients: Pulses, beans and fried things should be avoided. Milk ghee and butter should be given to the patient in sufficiently large quantity. Pungent and astringent things are not
useful in this condition. Saffron is very useful.
Other regimens: Since this is primarily a psychic disease, psycho-therapy is considered to be the ideal treatment. The schizophrenia patient should be induced to offer prayers and observe religious rites. Meditation serves a very useful purpose in curing these patients. Factors which are responsible for psychic stress and strain should be ascertained and removed.