Dr. Henry Emmons uses the system of Ayurvedic medicine to deal with depression. He describes Ayurveda's three different types of people. Vata is the air-type. Pitta is the fire-type. Kapha is the earth-type.
Ayurvedic medicine deals with each of these three types in unique ways. Dr. Emmons suggests that identifying which of these is your type can help you deal with depression. And following Ayurveda concerning your eating habits and lifestyle can bring you into balance.
(Transcribed from video interview)
Let me start by just describing a little bit about my understanding of different subtypes of depression, very briefly.
I mentioned earlier that depression, I think of it in three distinct categories or subtypes – those who have an anxious depression, those who have an agitated depression with lots of more anger and irritability and then those who have a sluggish depression with more lethargy and lack of motivation.
So those three types have different things going on with their brain chemistry, I believe.
Then with Ayurveda, Ayurvedic medicine, the medicine that comes from India, ancient system, but they have a beautiful way of thinking about different mind-body types that they call the doshas, the dosha system.
There are three basic forms – Vata, Pitta and Kapha, which I refer to a little differently. I call the Vata the air-type, the Pitta the fire-type, and Kapha the earth type.
So thinking about the different forms of depression that I mentioned anxiety is very close to what is described as an imbalance in Vata, or the air-type, where people get, their mind gets kind of speeded up.
They get kind of anxious and nervous and fretful, wanting to move all the time. Everything is happening kind of quickly. Everything seems speeded up – that’s an imbalance in a Vata type.
The imbalance in Pitta, or fire type, sounds very much like an agitated depression where a person becomes more angry or irritable.
They have too much energy but it comes out in sort of an uncomfortable way, a little bit of an agitated sense.