Proper diet, meditation and exercise help to prevent mental disorders. Ayurveda has a wide range of techniques and therapies to attain balanced mental health.
Ayurveda talks about ‘Ama’ which infers anything that is not digested properly. Body suffers from constipation, indigestion, diarrhoea and other problems when digestive system doesn’t work well. In the same way, Ama’s role can be explained in terms of mental health as well. In the context of mental health, thoughts play the role food plays for stomach. Positive thoughts are good for mental health; however accumulation of negative emotions and thoughts affect mental well being by clogging thought process. Like undigested food, negative emotions due to some past bad experience stop us from moving on. It affects our comfort level as well as decision making powers. Herbs are used as ayurvedic medicine in ayurvedic treatment enhance mental health by providing nourishment to brain that purifies thought process.