Ayurvedic treatment for insomnia

In today’s fast-paced world, insomnia has become a prevalent issue, affecting countless individuals. The constant buzz of modern life often leaves us sleep-deprived and seeking solace in a restful night’s sleep. Thankfully, Ayurveda, the ancient Indian healing system, with traditional knowhow of Madukkakuzhy Ayurveda offers a holistic approach to treat insomnia. In this blog, we will explore Ayurvedic treatment for insomnia, with a focus on traditional remedies and medicines from Madukkakuzhy Ayurveda with the enchanting land of Kerala.

Reason for Insomnia in Ayurveda

Ayurveda views insomnia as a result of imbalances in the body’s doshas—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. These imbalances can be caused by various factors, including stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, and unhealthy daily routines.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Insomnia

Ayurveda offers a comprehensive approach to treating insomnia by addressing the root causes. Here are some traditional remedies and practices:

  1. Abhyanga (Oil Massage):

    Abhyanga, a gentle oil massage, helps calm the nervous system and relax the body. It is particularly beneficial when done before bedtime using our in house prepared oils like Chandanadi, Ksheerabala Thailam etc.

  2. Shirodhara:

    Shirodhara involves pouring a continuous stream of warm herbal oil onto the forehead, helping to soothe the mind and induce deep relaxation. Traditional recipes of Madukkakuzhy Ayurveda include special oils like Brahmi, Nidra etc which are very beneficial in this.

  3. Ayurvedic Diet:

    Consuming a balanced diet that includes warm, easily digestible foods at bedtime can help pacify imbalanced doshas and promote sound sleep. Our doctors at Madukkakuzhy will explain you a diet and lifestyle which is suiting you well.

  4. Herbal Teas:

    Certain herbal teas like chamomile, Brahmi, and Ashwagandha are known for their calming properties and can be beneficial before bedtime.

How to Treat Insomnia in Old Age

Insomnia can become more common as we age. Ayurveda recognizes the specific challenges faced by older individuals and offers tailored solutions.

  1. Meditation and Pranayama:

    Regular meditation and deep-breathing exercises can help calm the mind and improve sleep quality for seniors. At our daily Yoga sessions at Madukkakuzhy, we educate you on the same.

  2. Triphala Churna:

    Triphala, a blend of three fruits, is known for its gentle cleansing properties and can aid digestion, a common concern for older adults.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Insomnia in Adults

Insomnia can affect adults of all ages. Ayurveda provides personalized approaches based on an individual’s constitution (Prakriti) and current state (Vikriti).

  1. Ayurvedic Consultation:

    At Madukkakuzhy Ayurveda consulting with our panel of doctors headed by Dr. Robin Jacob and Dr. Jobin Madukkakuzhy can help identify the root causes of insomnia and create a customized treatment plan.

  2. Panchakarma Therapy:

    Panchakarma, a cleansing and rejuvenating therapy, which enhances the Gut-Brain connections can be recommended to detoxify the body and balance the doshas which is selected according to the body type of a person.

Which is the best Ayurvedic medicine for insomnia?

Ayurvedic medicines for insomnia are carefully chosen based on the individual’s dosha imbalances. According to Dr. Jobin, one of the most commonly used herbs is Ashwagandha, known for its adaptogenic properties and its ability to reduce stress and promote relaxation.

Ayurvedic Medicine & Herbs for Insomnia

In addition to Ashwagandha, several other herbs are renowned in Ayurveda for their efficacy in treating insomnia:

  1. Brahmi:

    Brahmi helps enhance cognitive function and calm the mind, making it easier to fall asleep.

  2. Jatamansi:

    Jatamansi has a calming effect on the nervous system and can be beneficial in managing sleep disorders.

  3. Shankhpushpi:

    Shankhpushpi is known for its ability to improve memory and reduce anxiety, which can contribute to insomnia.


Ayurveda offers a holistic approach to treating insomnia by addressing the root causes and balancing the doshas. Traditional remedies and medicines from Madukkakuzhy Ayurveda’s wisdom provide valuable options for those seeking a natural and effective solution to their sleep troubles. If you’re struggling with insomnia, consider consulting an Ayurvedic practitioner who can guide you toward the best approach for your unique constitution and needs. Embrace the wisdom of Ayurveda, and reclaim your peaceful nights of slumber.

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Dr. Jobin Joy

Dr. Jobin Joy Madukkakuzhy Ayurveda Physician and Medical Director Madukkakuzhy Ayurveda India and Germany. He is the 8th generation Ayurveda family member and the founder&medical director of Madukkakuzhy Ayurveda Germany that operates 2 centers. He did his studies under many Ayurveda scholars, Marma specialists, Chiropractors in and outside India and gained experience from Leela Kempinski, Bangalore and Goa.Dr. Jobin has conducted International seminars and awareness programs on Ayurveda since 2006 in Europe, Singapore, Middle East and the United States. He has also worked as a visiting Ayurveda Faculty at ESB Physio School in Bad Neustadt, Germany. He actively promotes authentic Ayurveda in Europe with DAGM (German Medical Association for Ayurveda Medicine.)

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