What is Schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a psychological brain disorder that is chronic in nature. It is commonly characterized by symptoms like delusions, hallucinations, cognitive impairments, disorganized speech and behavior etc.
More often than not, Schizophrenia affects the part of the brain that is responsible for self analysis and hence the affected individual fails to understand or accept this illness.
It has been observed that Schizophrenia tends to develop earlier in males as compared to females. For instance, the affected males generally begin to show the signs of this disease between 15 to 20 years of age whereas in case of females, the signs and symptoms usually begin to manifest around 20 to 25 years of age.
Moreover, Schizophrenia patients are at a higher risk of committing suicide or least attempting to commit suicide. Schizophrenia is often confused with split personality disorder but two conditions are quite different from each other. The disease usually persists continuously or episodically throughout life.
The treatment of Schizophrenia works best when initiated from the early stages of the disease. Apart from the medicines, this disabling condition is usually treated gradually with the help of psychotherapy and social or vocational rehabilitation in severe cases.
In addition, Schizophrenia natural treatment consisting of a number of therapeutic home remedies for Schizophrenia also helps in successfully dealing with this mental disease. The natural remedies are useful in healing Schizophrenia with the help of several relaxing and curative herbs.
The effective home treatment for Schizophrenia ideally aims at getting rid of this disease by reducing its various disabling symptoms in a natural way. In the present scenario, there are no specific laboratory tests for determining this disease.
Causes of Schizophrenia
Though the exact cause of this disease is not known, still hereditary factors, chemical imbalances in neurotransmitters such as excess of dopamine, higher copper levels in the body, enlarged fluid filled brain ventricles, abnormalities in the frontal and temporal lobes and other similar abnormalities in the brain structure are some of the main known causes of Schizophrenia.
Certain other factors that increase the risk of developing this disease are prenatal exposure to viral infection, higher stress level during pregnancy, early parental loss etc. Therefore, a combination of these genetic, environmental, biological and psychological factors can be held responsible for causing Schizophrenia.
Some experts are also trying to analyze the metaphysical side of this complicated brain disorder. Usually, Schizophrenia patients also tend to suffer from other psychological problems as well, especially depression and anxiety disorders.
Symptoms of Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia can be classified as paranoid, disorganized, catatonic, undifferentiated or residual type. Symptoms of Schizophrenia have been broadly categorized into three categories namely, positive symptoms, negative symptoms and cognitive symptoms.
Positive Symptoms: Hallucinations (especially auditory), delusions, movement disorders and thought disorders fall under the category of positive symptoms. In fact, Schizophrenia patients are more prone to paranoid delusions or persecutory delusions that make them believe that others are trying to harm them.
Due to these psychotic behaviors the affected individuals generally lose touch of the reality. Their fragmented thinking leads to disorganized speech and behavior.
Negative Symptoms: Such symptoms are characterized by lack of enthusiasm in everyday life, lack of self care, bizarre postures, decreased motor activity, speaking very little, social inhibition and flattened affect.
Flattened affect refers to a condition of emotional indifference indicated by monotonous voice, less lively facial movements, lack of eye contact and other similar symptoms.
Cognitive Symptoms: These symptoms are often difficult to recognize and cause emotional distress due to poor working memory, poor executive functioning and trouble in focusing or paying attention.
Natural Home Remedies for Schizophrenia
• Herbal teas prepared from sage, chamomile, basil, rosemary, St John’s Wort, cardamom and other similar herbs are the most popular natural home remedies for Schizophrenia.
Tea prepared from a combination of a quarter teaspoon of basil and half a teaspoon of sage in a cup of boiling water is particularly useful in relieving the problems associated with this psychological disorder.
• Licorice, passion flower and kava kava are considered good for controlling Schizophrenia related stress and anxiety.
• Having herbal tea prepared from a teaspoon of dried and powdered Asian Ginseng is a valuable Schizophrenia home remedy. This herbal remedy helps cure Schizophrenia with its neuro protective properties. Follow this remdy on a regular basis by consuming this herbal tea two times in a day for about six months.
• Alternative therapies like yoga, aromatherapy and meditation are highly beneficial natural home remedies for Schizophrenia and related other problems like depression and anxiety.
Diet for Schizophrenia
Apart from the above mentioned Schizophrenia home remedies, a healthy and balanced diet is also highly recommended when dealing with Schizophrenia in order to avoid further problems.
The diet should include a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, peas, tomatoes, corns, Indian gooseberries, oranges and various other foods, especially the ones rich in vitamin B3, vitamin B6, vitamin C, zinc and manganese. Besides, intake of addictive items such as particularly alcohol and marijuana should be strictly restricted.