Individuals who start feeling tiredness even without any considerable work is termed as “fatigue” or debility. Because feeling tired after doing some work is pretty much expected but if someone is feeling tired even without any physical or mental output, then certainly thats a cause of concern and usually many illnesses carry fatigue as a sign as well. In Ayurveda terminology, we refer this condition as “klama”. Not only physical, but at times many mental conditions like stress at home, job insecurity, uempployment, financial issues, legal concerns as well affect our physica well-being and patient tends to feel fatigued.
In Ayurveda, chronic fatigue is understood as a manifestation of imbalances within the body’s doshas—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha—alongside disruptions in the overall harmony of physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Termed as “Vataj Kasa,” Ayurveda views chronic fatigue as primarily associated with aggravated Vata dosha, which represents the elements of air and space.
According to Ayurvedic principles, chronic fatigue may result from factors such as irregular daily routines, poor sleep, inadequate nutrition, and chronic stress, all of which contribute to Vata imbalance. This vitiation of Vata can affect the nervous system, leading to fatigue, weakness, and a sense of depletion.
Ayurvedic interventions for chronic fatigue aim to pacify aggravated Vata, nourish the tissues, and restore overall vitality. This may involve adopting a regular daily routine (dinacharya) to stabilize Vata, incorporating warming and nourishing foods, and ensuring proper rest and sleep. Herbal formulations containing rejuvenating herbs like Ashwagandha, Shatavari, and Licorice may be recommended to support the nervous system and enhance energy levels.
In ayurveda principles, fatigue “klama” is treated on the parameters of pachana and deepana medical herbs.