Conquer depression holistically once and for all
My close friend is in severe depression, his sister is undergoing treatment for depression at the city hospital, Rohit’s wife is suffering from depression and has been on anti depressives since past one year. No wonder, umpteen times in life, we would have come across this utterance, but sardonically enough, would have hardly spared a holistic thought towards the root cause of depression and consequent remedies for coping with this acute ailment. In simpler lingo, “Depression” is nothing, but a state of mind when one experiences unusually low mood phases or mood swings. A depressed person is commonly found to be experiencing feelings such as melancholy, hollowness, hopelessness and helplessness. According to experts, when one has depression, there’s nothing more pertinent than getting effective and instant treatment. Depression may stem due to death of a close family member, divorce, huge monetary loss business, recent loss of a good job, unable to meet life’s stringent deadlines and challenges, prolonged illness and the litany of causes is just endless. Significantly, people, over the years, have started resorting to holistic ways, besides the usual allopathic mode of treatment, for redeeming their loved ones from nearly gloomy depressed and desperate situations. A depressive state involves all three viz. body, mood, and thought process. It is normally difficult to come out of a depressive state sans proper treatment. Treatments such as antidepressant medications and psychotherapy can reduce and at times, eliminate the symptoms of depression. Sometime ago, I spoke to a renowned Astro-scientist and holistic heeler Dr Rakesh Khera who gave me a great deal of insight into the finer facets of Holistic Health. It was extremely informative to learn from him that in Holistic Health, stress is on knowing the patient who has the disease rather than knowing the disease that patient has. Dr Khera is convinced that that a substantial populace is unaware about Holistic Health and why modern medicine (allopathic treatment) lags behind in certain key aspects. Quiz him if Holistic Health rejects Western system of medicine in toto, and he is quick to point how in the case of infectious diseases, nutritional and hormonal deficiencies, bodily defects that need surgical intervention, it follows the western system . According to him, a “Long relaxed conversation” has simply no Substitute. Holistic Health means a feeling of wellness and providing a way of life that prevents occurrence of acute ailments.
As I trail back a few years, I recall how my mother’s daily custom of lighting a desi ghee lamp at our home not only made our lives much more balanced and meaningful, but also proffered us enormous joy and peace. Besides, it enabled me to keep off from bad vices, and more notably at times, when I was bedridden, the mere sight of a small ghee lamp revivified me. Divert your thoughts to the unique ‘Festival of lights’, Diwali, which people celebrate all over the world with full pomp, festivity and spirit. The mere thought of Diwali festival is enough to brace us up and stimulate our mood, for the ‘Diwali light’ akin to the radiance of ‘Akhand Jyot’, not only shuns darkness, but also enables us to envision life sagaciously and astutely.
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January 28, 2011