author: C.L.Severson, LMT, AP
Schizophrenia // Unmada Well this is a big topic. Nobody in the west understands schizophrenia and their treatments do not cure the issue but allow the person to live out a heavily pharmaceutically altered life, constantly threatening the person that if they go off the meds they will relapse back into the following conditions that characterize this very serious and often life threatening illness ( 1 out of 10 patients commit suicide) :
Positive symptoms are disturbances that are “added” to the person’s personality.
- Delusions –false ideas–individuals may believe that someone is spying on him or her, or that they are someone famous (or a religious figure).
- Hallucinations –seeing, feeling, tasting, hearing or smelling something that doesn’t really exist. The most common experience is hearing imaginary voices that give commands or comments to the individual.
- Disordered thinking and speech –moving from one topic to another, in a nonsensical fashion. Individuals may also make up their own words or sounds, rhyme in a way that doesn’t make sense, or repeat words and ideas.
- Disorganized behavior –this can range from having problems with routine behaviors like hygiene or chosing appropriate clothing for the weather, to unprovoked outbursts, to impulsive and uninhibited actions. A person may also have movements that seem anxious, agitated, tense or constant without any apparent reason.
- Negative symptoms are capabilities that are “lost” from the person’s personality.
- Social withdrawal
- Extreme apathy (lack of interest or enthusiasm)
- Lack of drive or initiative
- Emotional flatness
As usual, those who understand even an inkling of Ayurvedic theory/philosophy can see that Schizophrenia is not a simple mental illness, but an elemental (akasha) imbalance: a Vataja condition affecting Majja Dhatu and that Vata has also entered most if not all other Dhatus as well. In my opinion Hallucinations could be categorized at Vata pushing Pitta into Alochaka/Ocular tissue and creating perhaps a very detailed and not seldom terrifying experience for the patient. Vata is obviously affecting Asthi and Mamsa Dhatu when the person begins twitching, walking differently, and using strange jumpy gestures.
Please note the person does not shift personality, but rather becomes HYPER stressed at trying to live in multiple dimensions at once and trying to make sense of the world in which everyone is telling them they are insane or that what they are seeing isn’t real and that they are ‘wrong’ to be experiencing what they in fact perceive as being VERY real. Imagine: eating breakfast at a cafe, but there are bees and spiders jumping and flying everywhere that make it difficult to appear ‘normal’. OF COURSE you are going to seek loneliness and isolation so you don’t have to deal with explaining what exactly you are experiencing to less-than-sympathetic commoners with little experience or respect for those going through states of neurodivergence. The worst thing you can do to do someone experiencing paranoid hallucinations is to say ” those things aren’t real, this isn’t really happening” this creates MAJOR stress. we must work with Tarpaka Kapha and the past experiences Vata is pushing out of the subconscious and blending into present physical reality to understand the underlying mechanisms of trauma this person has endured. PAST LIFE issues are a huge part of Schizophrenia as well as spiritual possession, but to mention that to a western doctor and they will think YOU are also schizophrenic and put you on a very heavy duty zombie drug protocol including;
Aripiprazole (Abilify, Aristada)Asenapine (Saphris) Brexpiprazole (Rexulti) Cariprazine (Vraylar) Clozapine (Clozaril, FazaClo, Versacloz) Iloperidone (Fanapt) Lurasidone (Latuda) Olanzapine (Zyprexa)Paliperidone (Invega)Quetiapine (Seroquel)Risperidone (Risperdal)Ziprasidone (Geodon)
i have experience with 3 of these drugs, non schizophrenia-related, mind you, and i am knocked out for 12 hours after only 30 mins from administration. How can you have a life with such tamasic influence. Yes this heavy, mode of darkness can counteract the Rajasic manovaha Srotas but A quick fix is not a cure. Not to mention if the person can’t take the drugs anymore because i don’t know, THEY CANT AFFORD THEM AS A RESULT OF CHRONIC POVERTY. which MiIllions of americans experience, because lets say they want to feed their children instead of filling their prescription, THE SCHIZOPHRENIC EPISODES GET WORSE!!! . the american mental health protocol is the definition of insanity. if you disagree, call me on the phone, and i will convince you.
Schizophrenia has early warning signs of increased nervousness, paranoia, skeletal posture changes, etc that if addressed can be reversed early, but often there is little intervention done in a timely manner and the person starts exhibiting more severe symptoms before assistance is sought or ‘forced’ onto the patient, but only after their relationships, income, housing, and heatlh have been negatively impacted if not destroyed.
Well unmada has flavors i suppose according to Dr. Frawley:
Wind-flavored insanity: (vayu)
“Wind gives rise to the following: an emaciated body; inappropriate lamenting,
shouting, laughing, and smiling, as well as dancing, singing, playing music, talking,
posturing, bursting out; repeatedly and tunelessly imitating the sound of a flute, veena, or other instrument; frothing at the mouth; constantly wandering about; ceaseless talking; using things which are not ornaments as decoration; trying to travel on things which are not vehicles; being greedy for food, but spurning it once it has been obtained; bulging, Bloodshot eyes, and illness after foods had been digested.” Wajastic, (1998). Swami Sada Shiv Tirtha notes, “Vayu insanity is also caused by fasting or an excessive intake of dry or cold foods. This affects the heart and mind with worry, passion, and anger which results in distortion of memory and perceptions.” Swami Sada Shiv Tirtha, (1998).
Frawley states that when high vata, as excess ether, makes us ungrounded, spaced-out and unrealistic. We may have various wrong imaginations, hallucinations or delusions, like hearing voices. High vata in the mind manifests as fear, alienation, anxiety and possible nervous breakdown. There is insomnia, tremors, palpitations, unrest and rapid shifts of mood. Insanity of the manic depressive type or schizophrenia is an extreme vata imbalance”. Frawley, (1996).
pitta flavor insanity: Choler gives rise to threatening behavior, fury, and charging at people with fists stones,
and the like. The patient craves coolness shade, and water. He goes naked, and has a
yellow color. He sees thing which are not there, such as ire, flames, stars, and lamps.
Pitta insanity results from indigestion, excess of hot, pungent, sour, or burning foods and
liquids, excesses pitta afflict the heart of the person lacking self-control. Wajastic (1988).
Frawley notes that the “fire and heat of pitta cause the mind to be narrowed and contentious, fighting either with others or with themselves. High pitta in the mind causes agitation, irritation, anger, and possible violence. The overheated body and mind seek release in venting the build-up tension. Pitta types can become domineering, authoritarian or fanatic. When disturbed they many have paranoid delusions, delusion of grandeur or can become psychotic.” Frawley, (1996).
kapha flavor insanity: Phlegm causes the patient to lose any desire for food. It causes vomiting, and a reduction in motivation, appetite, and conversation. It causes a lust for women. It causes the patient to enjoy solitude. He dribbles mucus and snot, and is very frightening. He hates being clean. He sleeps, and has puffy face. This insanity is stronger at night, and just after eating. This is caused by the overeating and excessive use of oily foods. This is aggravated kapha afflicts the heart, troubling the mind and memory. Wajastic, (1988) Frawley stated that kapha type evolves attachment and lack of motivation lading to depression, sorrow, and clinging. The mind may be incapable of abstract, objective or impersonal thinking. There is lack of drive and motivation along with passivity and dependency”. Frawley (1996).
Tridoshic flavored (all 3, VPK): is considered unsafe to treat as any attempt will worsen the condition and the physician should not take the case. This person needs to be cared for in a compassionate and safe environment with nurses who have specialized training in self-harm reduction, not common thugs with little or no training parading as nurses as i often see in mental institutions who in fact do more abuse than harm. Just because someone is incurable does not mean they have lost their humanness. have compassion. stop demonizing the schizophrenic patient as a mass-murdering lunatic as our media is always pushing on the sheep-minded fools who consume television. who knows, one day you will hear voices too…is this not a spiritual crisis? Would not the schizophrenic be an AMAZING yogi with proper training if their condition is treated in early stages? If they tune their inner ‘radio’ to Sri Bhagavan would they not become enlightened faster than any of us ‘normal’ ‘healthy’ individuals? Think on this.
ultimately panchakarma is the cure if possible, to expel the rampant vata dosha that has moved into the nervous system. If you can stabilize patient enough for this healing knowledge to work:
Dr. Frawley has more to add for manasya Chikitsa/psychotherapy:
Vata type insanity: Dr. Frawley states that nourishing and sedating herbs are required, especially ashwagandha and its various preparations. Sarpagandha, rauwolfia serpentine, is an important ayurvedic herb for mental disorders. Other good herbs include valerian, guggul, jatamansi and calamus. Other therapies recommended are oil and ghee therapies, including oil enemas. Oil and ghee if the air passages are not blocked and laxatives which are given with the oils and ghee to remove the blocks.
Pitta type Insanity: purgation is recommended, even with strong purgatives, is often helpful. The more violent type, the more purgation is required. Good herbs for this include rhubarb root, senna and aloe. Gotu kola is generally the best herb others are bhringaraj, sandalwood and passion flower. Shatavari is good for promoting a sense of love and compassion and is better for weaker pitta types. Also, oleation and fomentation therapies are recommended, then purgatives, followed by emetics. Also, medicated enemas evacuation from the head with jatamashi and gotu kola.
Kaph type insanity: is recommended spicy brain-stimulating herbs. The treatment is mainly expectorant, to clear phlegm from blocking the channels and obstructing mental functioning. Important herbs are calamus, basil, bayberry, sage, myrrh, and guggul, which have good expectorant action. Other formulas include trikatu with ghee or calams ghee.to me ( Conner, here) this seems like the easiest to treat.
Thank you for reading this very long post.
©C.L. Severson, 2017