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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 88-92

Relevance of Ayurvedic concepts and lifestyle in promoting mental health

1 Department of Rasa Shastra evum Bhaishajya Kalpana, Gangaputra Ayurvedic Medical College, Kandela (Jind), Haryana, India
2 Department of Rasa Shastra evum Bhaishajya Kalpana, Uttarakhand Ayurved University, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India

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Dr. Neeru Sharma
Department of Rasa Shastra evum Bhaishajya Kalpana, Gangaputra Ayurvedic Medical College, Kandela (Jind), Haryana 126125
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DOI: 10.4103/jahas.jahas_17_22

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Along with physical condition, mental health serves as an analytical indicator of an individual’s overall well-being. But over time, we develop some habits and behaviors that contribute to mental illness. These behaviors include anxiety and depression. Risk factors for mental illness include a diet low in nutrients, stress, lethargy, bad habits (such as abusing drugs, alcohol, or other substances), and insufficient sleep. The burden of providing healthcare is significantly impacted by mental illness, which affects a large portion of the global population. The primary goal of Ayurveda is the promotion of health through the prevention and treatment of ailments through the concepts of Ayurvedic and Yoga practices, leading to good physical and mental health. Aachara Rasayana, Sadvrutta, Aasana, and Pranayama are beneficial for promoting and preventing mental diseases as well as maintaining good mental health. Ancient sciences like Ayurveda and Yoga mention Daivavyapashraya (mantra chanting), the performance of various Homas (sacrifices), Yuktivyapashrya (use of medications and diet), and Satwavajaya (efforts to control the abnormal mental activity by the practice of Yama, Niyama, Aasana, and Pranayama).

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