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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, a specific type of anxiety disorder, affects up to 3% of the adult population The condition is characterized by obsessions and/or compulsions (acts performed to alleviate distress or try and neutralize a troubling thought).
It is estimated that today, over 1 billion adults suffer from depression and/or anxiety. That staggering figure has been attributed to a variety of factors many of which are linked to our modern-day, highly stressful lifestyles.
Those who suffer from depression or anxiety can attest to the impact it can have on everyday life and overall health and wellness. Whether mild or severe, mental health conditions can be very upsetting for the sufferer and notoriously difficult to treat.
While the compulsive side of OCD is generally well documented (for example religious and rigorous hand washing or ‘checking’ of things to ensure their safety), the lesser-known side involves the obsessive aspect which may cause a sufferer to experience unwanted and upsetting thoughts or images (commonly known as ‘intrusive thoughts). These thoughts can cause huge levels of distress in an individual as they struggle to work out what the thoughts mean and why they are thinking in such a way.
Western medicine has found that OCD usually develops from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. In Ayurvedic tradition, conditions like OCD are linked to an imbalance within the bodies’ delicate biochemistry. According to Ayurveda, mental health concerns develop when one of the primary doshas is out of balance.
In most cases of OCD, the Vata dosha is especially aggravated and out of balance.
A variety of different factors can cause this imbalance. These include:
Ayurvedic treatment for OCD and related anxiety conditions seeks to re-balance your biochemistry through the removal of toxins and restoration of healthy physiological functioning. This multifaceted approach often involves the following, in consultation with our Ayurvedic doctors or consultants.
Abhyanga – Abhyanga or ‘herbal oil massage treatment’, involves herbal oils being massaged into the body to penetrate deeply through the skin into the tissue and muscles. It encourages the elimination of stagnant waste and allows nutrients to reach starved cells. The result is an increased state of awareness, directing the body’s internal healing system.
Shirodhara or the ‘rebalancing treatment’, involves a continuous flow of herbal oil being poured gently across the forehead to calm the mind and spirit.
Udvartana involves a healing warm oil massage to encourage the elimination of toxins deep within the body and tissues followed by an exfoliation treatment with an Ayurvedic herbal paste to enliven and revitalize the skin.
Panchakarma or Ayurvedic detox is a complete cleansing process used to rid the body of toxic build-up and restore balance to the entire system. It is often referred to as the ultimate healing experience for both body and mind due to its rebalancing, detoxifying effects.