From the stand point of Ayurveda there are two main causes of depression
1.An imbalance in the three doshas, VATA, PITTA , and KAPHA.
2.A lack of awareness of one's deeper, innerself.
From the Ayurvedic point of view, most depression is a kapha imbalance that is the culmination of vata and then pitta going out of balance. Initially the brains electrochemistry has an erratic overreactions [ vata imbalance ], which triggers a loss of enzymatic activity in the metabolism
[ pitta imbalance]. Kapha responds by trying to glue everything down, bringing about heaviness, darkness and stagnation that the mind - body interprets as the negative message of hopelessness and depression.
The Ayurvedic treatment is based on the mind - body constitution of the person and which dosha is in imbalance.
Herbal alternatives such as BACOPA, MENTAT
, and ASWAGANDHA tablets have also been shown to have very positive effects in treating depression. Moreover they are non- habit forming and have none of the side effects of antidepressants.