Abhyanga is a variety of Bahya Snehana, and is defined as an application of Khara Paaka Snehadravyas over body with certain amount of (very mild) pressure in specific directions. As a part of Dinacharya and Rutucharya it has got a very important role to play. It can be Sthanika or Sarva daihika. Many of the prevalent modern massage techniques are the modified forms of abhyanga. These are developed from Keraleeya Kalari Chikitsa, Kathakali massage and martial arts. Hygienic massage is simply ‘oil bath’ that can be done generally all over the body daily. While sports massage mainly meant for the fitness of athletes, therapeutic massage is specially indicated for specific disease conditions.
It controls Vata (Neurological Disorders).
It provides smoothness and improves lustre of the skin.
It induces sound sleep.
It strengthens the body and gives longevity.
Tailabhyanga provides stimulation to the nerves, improves sensory motor integration.It gives passive exercise to the muscle and gentle pressure used during massage which relaxes the muscles and strengthening them.
The word Panchakarma, derived from the Sanskrit words "pancha" (meaning five) and "karma" (meaning actions), is an ancient Ayurvedic detoxification and rejuvenation therapy. With its holistic approach, Panchakarma aims to restore balance and harmony to the body, mind, and spirit. It’s an ancient Ayurvedic practice, and offers a profound pathway to rejuvenation and detoxification. Rooted in the belief that balanced doshas lead to optimal health, Panchakarma employs a holistic approach to cleanse the body, refresh the mind, and restore vitality. Let's embark on a captivating journey through the realm of Panchakarma.
Ways of Panchkarma Treatment:
Panchkarma is performed in three steps.
- Poorva Karma ( Preparatory Procedure)
- Pradhan Karma ( Main Course of Treatment)
- Paschat Karma ( Post Procedure)
Poorva karma (Preparatory Procedure)
- Snehana(Oleation): Oleation includes use of oil or oily substance on the body. Ayurveda offers different oils made from various home grown and mineral ingredients mostly for external use. Aside from oils and ghee utilized especially for internal application. The fatty substance goes about as a viable medium, figures out how to achieve the more profound tissues, helps in carrying the medicinal ingredients to every cell of the body and loosen up toxins stuck in the cells.
- Swedana(Fomentation): The Treatments that produce sweat are called fomentation treatments. Oleation treatments are followed by the fomentation treatments. The tissues made delicate by oleation treatments become more flexible by fomentation therapies. Profound established toxins relaxed by oleation melt because of fomentation therapy and help it to flush out of the body.
- Deepna :. Deepana refers to substances or practices that help improve digestion and enhance the digestive fire or "Agni" in the body.According to Ayurveda, proper digestion is vital for overall health and well-being. When digestion is weak or impaired, it can lead to various health issues. Deepana herbs and treatments are used to strengthen the digestive system and promote efficient digestion.
- Pachana:.it refers to substances or practices that help alleviate or pacify digestive disturbances or imbalances in the body.According to Ayurveda, an imbalance in digestion can lead to various health issues. Pachana herbs and therapies are used to calm and balance the digestive system, reducing symptoms such as indigestion, bloating, gas, and acidity.Pachana herbs are generally cooling and soothing in nature. They help to reduce excess heat or inflammation in the digestive tract and restore balance. Some commonly used Pachana herbs in Ayurveda include coriander, fennel, mint, aloe vera, and licorice.
Purifying the Body and Mind:
Panchakarma operates on the principle of eliminating toxins and imbalances from the body. It consists of five key therapies, each targeting specific organs and channels for a comprehensive detoxification experience.
Pradhan Karma (Main Course of Treatment)
The FIVE Therapies of Panchkarma:
- Vamana (Therapeutic Vomiting): Vamana therapy focuses on expelling accumulated toxins from the upper respiratory and digestive tracts. Through carefully administered herbs and treatments, Vamana helps to alleviate conditions such as respiratory congestion, allergies, and digestive disorders. This process promotes a sense of lightness and clarity in the body.
- Virechana (Purgation Therapy): Virechana involves the gentle cleansing of the digestive system through the administration of purgative herbs. By encouraging the elimination of toxins from the liver, gallbladder, and intestines, Virechana helps improve digestion, reduce inflammation, and restore balance to the body.
- Basti (Medicated Enema): Basti therapy focuses on balancing the Vata dosha, which governs movement and elimination. Medicated oils or decoctions are introduced into the rectum to eliminate accumulated toxins, nourish tissues, and improve colon function. Basti is renowned for its ability to address digestive disorders, joint problems, and hormonal imbalances.
- Nasya (Nasal Administration): Nasya involves the application of herbal oils or powders to the nasal passages. This therapy helps clear congestion, alleviate sinus issues, and enhance mental clarity. Nasya also supports neurological health by calming the mind and promoting better focus and concentration.
- Raktamokshana (Bloodletting): Raktamokshana aims to purify the blood and eliminate impurities that can lead to various health problems. It involves controlled removal of a small amount of blood, either through venipuncture or leech therapy. This therapy can help address skin disorders, chronic infections, and certain inflammatory conditions.
Paschat Karma (Post Procedure)
Paschat Karma, in Ayurveda, refers to the post-treatment procedures or protocols that are followed after a therapeutic intervention or treatment. It is an essential aspect of Ayurvedic healing and aims to support the body in its recovery process, maintain the benefits of the treatment, and prevent any potential side effects or imbalances.After undergoing a treatment or therapy in Ayurveda, the body goes through certain changes and adjustments. Paschat Karma helps in stabilizing and integrating these changes, ensuring a smooth transition and optimal healing. It involves specific practices, dietary guidelines, lifestyle recommendations, and herbal remedies tailored to the individual's needs and the specific treatment received.
- Sansarjan karma :. Sansarjan Karma is one of the specific procedures involved in the Panchakarma therapy, which is a comprehensive Ayurvedic detoxification and rejuvenation treatment. Sansarjan Karma is the final stage of Panchakarma and focuses on the rejuvenation and restoration of the body after the detoxification process.
- Rasayana:. Rasayana refers to rejuvenation therapy. It involves the administration of specific herbs, herbal formulations, and dietary recommendations to enhance vitality, promote longevity, and strengthen the body's tissues and organs.
- Vajikarana:.Vajikarana is derived from the Sanskrit words "Vaji," meaning horse (symbolizing sexual potency), and "Karana," meaning action or treatment. The primary goal of Vajikarana is to promote and support healthy sexual function, including libido, fertility, and reproductive health. It is beneficial for both men and women.Vajikarana is a specific treatment modality within the broader framework of Panchakarma, the Ayurvedic detoxification and rejuvenation therapy. While Vajikarana is not directly a part of the Panchakarma procedures, it is often considered as a complementary therapy that focuses on enhancing sexual vitality, reproductive health, and overall well-being.
- Lifestyle management :. Lifestyle management in Paschat Karma, the post-treatment phase of Panchakarma, is an important aspect of the Ayurvedic healing process. It involves adopting healthy habits and routines that support overall well-being and help maintain the benefits achieved during the Panchakarma therapy. Some key aspect of life management in paschat karma :. Dincharya, Balance diet, Hydration, Quality sleep and emotional well being.
- Diet style management:. Dietary management in Paschat Karma, the post-treatment phase of Panchakarma, is crucial for supporting the body's rejuvenation and maintaining the benefits achieved during the detoxification process.some key aspects of diet style management in Paschat Karma like favour warm food, hygenic food ,Avoid heavy, fried, and processed foods that may overwhelm the digestive system, nutriotional and balanced diet.
- Herbal medication:. Herbal medications play a significant role in Paschat Karma, the post-treatment phase of Panchakarma, to support the body's rejuvenation and maintain the benefits obtained from the detoxification process… for more details Consult us.
Embracing the Benefits:
- Completely purifies the body
- Riddance of toxins
- Speeding up the metabolism
- Reducing weight
- Enhancing the strength of digestive fire
- Opening up of blocked channels
- Relaxing the mind and body
- Rejuvenation of tissues
- Boosts Immunity
- Relieves stress
The word ‘Avagaha’ means to immerse. Avagaha sweda is a type of sudation therapy which is included in Drava sweda, in which the patient is made to sit/lie in a tub containing medicated dravadravya to produce fomentation to the body.
Strengthens the Area, Reduce inflammation and accelerate healing, Improves blood circulation, provides relaxation to the muscles.
It is a type of Saagni Sweda in which Svedana is by vapours obtained from the boiling medicated decoction in a vessel, through Nadi (pipe). NadiSweda which comes under Ushma Sweda as per Sushrutha.
Nadi Sweda is highly beneficial in many conditions as mentioned below:
In all diseases caused by vitiated vata,
diseases caused by vitiated vata associated with pain
diseases which cause stiffness or contractures
pain in bony joints (pain associated with arthritis etc)
pain in low back (lumbar, lumbo-sacral region)
Annalepa therapy is a Panchkarma modality in which the sudation is carried out by applying
cooked Shashtika shali over the patient's body boiled with Balamoola kwatha and ksheera.
Annalepa is term, comprised of two words- “Anna” refers to food and “lepa” means to cover.
Annalepa belongs to the category of Sagni sweda as well as Snigdha Sankara swedana
which falls under the category of Saagni Sweda with Snigdha Dravya like- Ksheera and
Shastik Shaali. Snigdha Swedana is recommended in diseases where pain and associated
symptoms are due to vitiation of Vata.
Old (chronic) joint injuries which was not properly treated, sprained ligaments, cartilage tears, sports injuries, sprains and strains
Musculo-skeletal pains as in myalgia and or fibromyalgia (Mamsagata Vata)
Pains and catches in the joints and spine (especially neck and low back) due to bad postures
Pain due to repeated trauma of bones, joints, muscles, soft tissues
Elbow pain due to various conditions like Tendinitis, Olecranon bursitis, elbow sprain, cellulitis, arthritis, nerve entrapment etc
Neuromuscular diseases and various musculoskeletal disorders
Emaciation / Wasting diseases (Karshya, Shosha)
Breathing disorders (Shwasa)
Diseases caused by contamination / morbidity of blood (Rakta Prakopaja Roga)
Acchapana is the oral intake of medicated sneha in required quantities for a limited time period without mixing with any food articles. It can be utilized as Shamananga or Sodhananga Snehapana. In this, sneha alone should be given in the early morning; after the digestion of sneha, supachya, ushna ahara should be given.
Individuals seeking Panchakarma therapies
Insomnia and stress
CHOORNA PINDA SWEDA
Churna Pinda Sweda is a type of swedana that falls within the Pinda Sweda (bolus fomentation). To provide heat to the painful joints or body parts, especially in conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lumbar spondylosis, cervical spondylosis, musculoskeletal pains, and myalgia, we use heated or oil-fried herbal powders (prepared by pounding the herbs that have the property of healing pain, catches, swelling, inflammation, and degeneration).
Benefits of Churna Pinda Sweda –
Helps in relieving the pain, stiffness and swelling associated with arthritis and other painful musculoskeletal conditions.
Causes sweating and brings about lightness (Laghuta) in the afflicted joints, muscles and soft tissues
Improves the range of movements and flexibility of the joints
Gives a soothing effect to the nerves and improves blood circulation
The etymology of Shirodhara is from shira = head and dhara = a steady flow. It is a type of bahya sneha, in which suitable taila is continuously poured on the fore head and scalp from a specific height using Dhara Yantra, in this the person lies down on the back and there is a continuous flow of oil around the forehead and scalp. This procedure induces a relaxed state of awareness that results in a dynamic psycho-somatic balance. A total feeling of wellness, mental clarity, and comprehension is experienced in this process.
Ayurvedguru provides a systematic procedure for Shirodhara in which the flow, temperature of the oil is controlled by the machines and an interruption free and relaxing procedure can be done with maximised benefits.
Helps in improving short term and long term memory
Helps in improving cognitive functions
Helps in pacifying eye diseases, sinusitis, tension headaches, migraine, etc. and various other disorders.
Dhanyamla Dhara includes three words:
“Dhanya” which means cereals, “Amla” which means fermented or sour, “Dhara” means sprinkling or showering.
Sarvanga stands for the entire body and Dhanyamla stands for the fermented liquid
that is made from medicinal herbs and cereals. The whole Dhanyamla Dhara
process includes pouring the fermented liquid over the body by maintaining a certain height, temperature, and rhythm.
At Ayurvedguru this whole process is conducted by qualified therapists, with the help of specific machines which are systematically prescribed by an Ayurvedic physician.
Helps in reduction of inflammation, stiffness, pain
Improves muscle tonicity
Gives a soothing effect to the whole body
Increases the metabolism of the body
Helps in the elimination of toxins
Ayurveda believes in striking a balance between an individual (body, mind, soul, spirit) and environment. Dhoopana is a method by which drugs of herbal, herbo-mineral or animal origin are used for fumigation so as to heal Vrana (Injury), Karna Rogas (ear disorders), Nasa Rogas (Nasal Problems), Guda Rogas (disorders of rectum and anus), Gatra Daurgandhya (bad smell from body).
Helps as a disinfectant.
As a therapeutic measure for restricting the growth of microbes.
Purifies and sterilise the various vessels and areas of the hospital.
Dhumapana is a medicated smoke inhalation procedure of dincharya regimen mentioned in Ayurveda text. Dhumapana is a procedure which is used as a preventive measure as well as promotive and curative method. It prevents vitiated vata and Kapha generated Urdhva jatrugata vyadhi (heaviness of head, headache, rhinitis, pain in eyes, ear, cough etc.). Vitiated kapha situated in the head is eliminated very fast by dhumapana. So, after application of collyrium smoking is prescribed. Inhalation of dhuma (smoke) from the dhumavarti(medicated cigar) which is made up of using different herbal drugs by placing it in dhumanetra, an instrument used for smoking. Dhumpana works as both shamana and shodhana therapy for vitiated dosha.
Person should sit in straight and attentive position. Initially, bring the respiration to normal
state. Keeping the lips and mouth open, slowly suck the smoke from the upper end of the nozzle (Dhumanetra). Smoke ingested through mouth and should be exhaled through the mouth itself. If the person inhaled through the nose, inhale slowly through each nostril alternatively after closing the respective alternate nostril. Inhalation should be done thrice(Each time 3 bout should be taken, 1 bout = sucking the smoke and exhale it out). Smoke inhaled through the nose or mouth should be expelled through the mouth because exhaling through the nose may adversely affect the vision.
Promotional benefits: Sense of the lightness and pleasure in senses, voice and mind. Enhances the strength of the tooth, hair of head, moustache and beard. Imparts sense of purity and lightness in oral cavity.
Preventive benefits: Shirogaurava (Heaviness of head), pain in ear and eye, Kasa (Cough), Hanugraha (Stiffness of jaws), Shirasula (Head ache), Pinasa (Rhinitis), Hikka (Hiccup), Manyagraha (Torticollis), Ardhavabhedaka(Headache), putigraha(Pus discharge from nose), shvasa (Dyspnea), arocaka(Loss of taste), dantasula (Tooth ache), Asyagandha(Halitosis), galasundi (Uvilities), Upajivhika(Sublingual cyst), Khalitya(Hair fall), Ksavathu(Sneezing), Anidra(Loss of sleep), Palitya(Greying of hair), Adhikatandra(Stupor), mukhasrava(Excess salivation), Indralupta (Alopecia), Smrtinasa(Loss of memory), Urdvajatruroga (Diseases of head and shoulder), Svararoga(Disorder of voice ).
Dietary Etiology ( Roga Karaka Ahara )
The causative factors for all the disease explained in ayurveda essentially consist a list of unbalancing foods. They are specially mentioned for each and every disease, in turn with the basic relation of food and disease.
The finest treatments for neck pain and other painful illnesses can be found in ayurveda. Greeva Vasti (Greeva Basti) is the most well-known treatment for neck pain (acute and/or chronic).
Greeva Vasti is a Sanskrit term where Greeva stands for “Neck” and Vasti stands for “holding
Greeva Vasti, refers to a procedure in which medicated oils are applied and allowed to pool for a set period of time in a compartment or cabin that has been built over the neck or nape of the neck (back side of the neck) area using wet black gramme flour. This area is known as the cervical region (nape of the neck / over the neck bones).
Greeva basti has ben proved to be helpful in:
Sprains and strains
Migraine with aura
Wry neck (Torticollis)
Neck pain due to poor posture
In Gandooshaa medicated fluid is held mouthful for a specific period until there is lacrimation and nasal discharge, and then the patient spits it out.
1. The person should sit in a place devoid of breeze but in sunlight,
2. His shoulder, face, and neck should be massaged and fomented
3. Keeping his face slightly lifted up.
4. He should hold the liquid in his mouth till the mouth gets filed with Kapha or
nose and eyes become secretory, after which it is spat out
Dantaharsa (tingling of teeth), DantaChala (shaky teeth) Mukha Roga Vataja (disease of
mouth caused by vata). Any of the above the condition is cured by “Sukoshnamatha Sheetam
Tilakalkodakam Hitam” Gandoosha of water mixed with paste of Tila in lukewarm state of cold.
Swarabalam (strength to voice), Hanubalam (strength to jaws), strength to face, Ruchyam (better taste perception), Drudadantha (strong and healthy teeth), and resistance against Doshaja or Aaganthuja Mukharogas bad breath, decay bleeding gums, dryness of throat, cracked lips and for strengthening teeth, gums and the jaw.
One of ayurveda's most successful bloodletting therapies is jalaukaavacharana. The Jalaukavacharana is the name of the bloodletting procedure that involves leeches.
Jalaukavacharana = jalauka + avacharana
Jalauka – the one which is having their abode is water - leech
Jalaukavacharana is believed to be effective in treating various conditions, such as skin diseases, joint pain, and digestive disorders, among others. The leeches are applied to specific points on the body and allowed to suck the impure blood, which is then believed to stimulate the body's natural healing process.
Indications for Leech Therapy:
Blood vitiated with pitta dosha
Children, old aged, frightful, debilitated, women and person with tender constitution
Sciatica, lumbar spondylosis,
Chronic skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis.
Tumors of abdomen (Gulma)
diseases of neck and eyes
Benefits of blood letting by using leech
Most delicate therapy
Can be used for those who are delicate in nature
Can be used for old , children , women , timid etc . As these persons are physically and mentally tender, no higher grade of therapies can be done on them. In such cases jalaukavacharana is highly effective.
Acts on deeper layers of body
Its much easier to do the procedure
Much faster result
Greater reduction in the symptoms
Complications are rare
Cost effective in nature
Word meaning of raktamokshana- raktamokshana= rakta + mokshana
Rakta – blood
Mokshana – letting it to flow
Rakta is thought to be the source of life and the thing that keeps life going. For this reason, we must make every effort to defend it.
Rasa dhatu, the initial dhatu, is where rakta is created. Ranjaka pitta's action is what gives blood its red colour.
When it enters the liver and spleen, it turns into a crimson colour.
Blood has characteristics of each of the five elements of the cosmos(Panchamahabhoot), including its fishy odour, liquidity, redness, pulsation, and lightness.
It is of following types:
The word "shastra" is used to describe something with a sharp character (such as instruments). The word "krita" is an action verb. The practise of using sharp objects is referred to as shastrakrita. The treatments covered by it are:
a. Prachannam is a procedure that involves repeatedly pricking the skin's surface layers using sharp objects.
When vitiated blood concentrates in one area and accumulates over the superficial layers of skin, it is used.
b. Sira vyadhanam, a more advanced form of bloodletting that involves puncturing a vein to remove contaminated blood from the body.
When contaminated blood is present throughout the body, it should be done.
a. Shringa ( horn )- horn of animals such as cow are used in this procedure , mainly if twak (layers of
skin ) are effected with vata dosha.
b. Alabu (gourd ) -if twak (layers of skin ) are effected blood letting with gourd can be done.
c. Jalauka (leech ) – non poisonous leechs are used for blood letting when blood is vitiated by pitta dosha
JAMBEERA PINDA SWEDA
The procedure where stimulating the body temperature by contact with the external heat source and there by producing the Sweda for therapeutic reason is termed as Swedana.
Jambira Pinda Sweda is a modified form of Swedana, which refers to the sudation performed by specially prepared bundles packed with Jambira (Citrus limon (L.) Osbeck) fru it pieces. The word Jambira Pinda is derived from two words: Jambira means lemon and Pinda means bolus. It is a modified type of Sankar Sweda (one type of sudation) having Mridu (soft) and Snigdha Guna (unctous). With Snehana and Swedana, Vakra (cross) and Stabdha (stiff) body parts can be Namayita (flexed easily). The results of Snehana and Swedana are nourishment of Dhatus, increase in Agni-Bala, and increase in strength of the body.
Benefits of Jambira Pinda Sweda –
Relieves pain, stiffness and swelling associated with arthritis and other painful conditions mentioned above
Pacifies the morbidity of Vata and Kapha in the afflicted joints, muscles and soft tissues
Causes sweating and brings about lightness and a feeling of health in the afflicted joints, muscles and soft tissues
Forms an effective combination with local treatments like Greeva Vasti, Kati Vasti, Abhyanga etc and fortifies the results w.r.t providing relief from pain and related conditions
Jambeera Pinda Sweda eliminates the body toxins, establishes health and tones up the joints and soft tissues
Improves the movements of the joints
Soothes the nerves and improves blood circulation
One of the common health problems we treat practically daily at Ayurvedguru is knee discomfort. Fortunately, there are a number of potent and efficient treatments for both acute and chronic knee and other joint ailments offered by the traditional healing method of Ayurveda.
One of the most successful and tried-and-true Ayurvedic treatments for persistent knee pain, stiffness, inflammation, and damage is janu vasti.
In Janu Vasti, the words "Janu" and "Bast" both allude to the knee joint.
In the Janu Vasti Ayurveda treatment, gramme flour is used to keep warm, pain-relieving herbal oils on the problematic area for a period of time. This is followed by a light massage, or abhyanga. By creating a compartment with wet flour around the knee joint or joints, the therapeutic oil will be kept over the injured knee. Based on the patient and their condition, medicated oils and medications will be chosen for treatment.
enhances blood flow and oxygenation
takes care of sports injuries
keeps degenerative illnesses at bay
reduces inflammation, sprains, ligament tears, and aches
nourishes and relaxes the nerves, muscles, ligaments, and bones.
Defend the knee's cartilage.
reduces muscular spasm and tightness in the knee and calf areas.
Every health issue that Ayurveda can treat with is approached holistically. Whether treating a common cold, a high fever, a sore throat, or lower back discomfort, Ayurvedic therapies never concentrate on lessening symptoms. Instead, they'll take a thorough approach that contributes to the development and maintenance of holistic well-being.
In Ayurveda, kati vasti treatment is used to assist people with lower back pain and other related issues. According to its definition, kati vasti is a lumbosacral or lower back therapy that uses heat and oil. Also, the goal is to aid in optimising vata dosha levels.
Those with lower back pain issues are claimed to benefit from kati vasti Ayurveda treatment. Herbal oils' healing, nourishing, and strengthening characteristics begin to work on the muscles and tissues in the treated area as soon as therapy begins.
The heated herbal oils may lubricate the joints as they are absorbed, allowing for easier, more fluid movement and ultimately eliminating issues with mobility and flexibility.
In general, lower back discomforts such lumbar spondylitis, intervertebral disc prolapses, lumbago (lower back pain), and sciatica are claimed to benefit from kati vasti Ayurvedic treatment.
relaxation of the afflicted intervertebral joint's supporting muscles. Moreover, this procedure enhances blood flow to the back. It can also aid in strengthening the compartments of the intervertebral joints. The practise of kati vasti is well-known for strengthening the spine and preventing back problems.
Vamana, Virechana, Basti, Nasya, and Raktamokshana are the five therapies that make up Panchakarma therapy, which helps the body detoxify and regenerate. Basti is thought to be the most successful of these five treatments.
It is a type of enema therapy wherein the body is given herbal oils or decoctions to calm the Vata Dosha and heal Vata problems. Basti comes in two main varieties: Niruha Basti and Anuvasana Basti.
Herbal infusions or Kashya are used in Niruha Basti, often referred to as Kashya Basti, to help the body get rid of toxins.
Pacifies VATA DOSHA- Niruha Basti is most successful at calming the body's aggravated Vata Dosha, even though it can aid in the expulsion of all vitiated Doshas. The bulk of ailments are attributed to Vata imbalance, which is considered the king of the doshas in Ayurveda.
Vata must therefore be balanced in order to maintain good health.
DETOXIFICATION- Niruha Basti is a detoxification technique that aids in the removal of toxic toxins from the body. The colon is crucial to the body's detoxification process.
Niruha Basti stimulates the colon to expel toxins via bowel and urine movements.
Treats Half of the Diseases: Basti aids in the treatment of the majority of ailments since it nourishes the tissues and aids in the removal of the exacerbated Doshas from the body. As a result, Basti is referred to in Ayurveda as Ardhachikitsa. It implies that it is successful in treating 50 percent of all illnesses that affect the body.
Enhances Digestion: Niruha Basti might assist the colon in eliminating waste from the body. Constipation is alleviated, and the digestive tract is stimulated, which enhances digestion. Niruha Basti helps the body better absorb nutrients by cleansing the intestines.
Enhances Metabolism: Niruha Basti helps to alleviate bloating and enhance metabolic processes in the body by cleansing the intestines.
Activate Nervous System: Niruha Basti supports the body's nervous system by regulating serotonin levels. As a result, it supports a number of neurological and psychological processes.
Niruha Basti is mostly used to treat Vata issues since it aids in the body's removal of excess Vata. The following is a list of certain ailments for which Niruha Basti has been shown to be very helpful:
Insomnia, sadness, chronic fatigue, and stress Neuro-muscular conditions Menstrual problems, PMS symptoms, endometriosis, and infertility, Lower back pain, sciatica, headache, earache, knee pain, etc.; osteoporosis; rheumatism; gout; arthritis; kidney stones; facial paralysis; chronic constipation; and other conditions. Skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
Kashaya means “Decoction”, Dhara means “to pour”. A procedure called Kashaya Dhara involves pouring a medicinal decoction over the entire body while maintaining a particular height, rhythm, and temperature.
The heated decoction that is applied to the body during Kashaya dhara allows the body to properly perspire and detoxify as a result.
The decoction's medicinal ingredients come into touch with the skin and pass via the skin's pores. Because the operation is carried out at a specific height and a specific temperature is maintained, the medication can easily enter the pores by heat action and friction. The medicine's capacity to pass via skin pores is improved.
The warmth that is maintained throughout treatment causes vasodilatation, which results in increased blood flow through the area, supplying it with the nutrients and oxygen it needs while also removing the toxins that cause the condition.
Kashaya Dhara is useful in the below mentioned conditions –
Vata Rogas – diseases caused by vitiated Vata
Vata-Kapha Rogas – diseases caused by combined vitiation of vata and kapha
Pitta Rogas – diseases caused by vitiated pitta but invariably having association with kapha
Sandhi Shula – Joint pains as in arthritis
Sandhi Stambha, Gaurava – Stiffness and heaviness in the bony joints
Kati-Prishta Shula – Pain in the spine, low back
Mamsagata Vata – Muscle pain, myalgia etc
In contrast to other Ayurveda therapies, the Ksheeradhara procedure uses a continuous stream of herbal milk over the body and head. Shirodhara and Ksheeradhara are relatively similar, however Ksheeradhara has a cooling effect on the body and is advised during the summer or in situations that call for calming or cooling effects.
In addition to being used for skin and hair care, the herbal milk that is applied to your body functions as a moisturiser and relieves stress, anxiety, and tension. The Ksheeradhara therapy is highly effective since it improves the glow of your skin. It is also suitable for people who have migraines, stress, insomnia, vata and pitta dominance, and vata and pitta dominance.
Provides relief from fatigue
Helps boost memory
Relaxes the nervous system and helps with stress relief
Enhances your digestives process and prevents indigestion
Enhances vigour, mental acuity, physical stamina, and energy
cuts down on migraine frequency
balances the dosha
Ksheera - milk
Dhuma - vapours
Ksheera Dhooma is a potent Ayurveda treatment that involves heating a decoction of herbal medicines and cow's milk and directing the resulting vapours via a rubber tube. The entire body of the patient or the damaged area is treated with the steam that emerges from the tube. It is used to treat problems of the head and neck, lock jaw, facial paralysis, and Vata Dosha imbalance. Although though Ksheera Dhooma is a form of Sweda, it is called a Dhooma because steam is inhaled via the mouth that is open wide.
Ksheera Dhooma provides numerous advantages, including promoting healthy blood circulation, mental relaxation, lubrication of the joints, and relief from pain, muscle spasms, and stiffness.
Karna means "ear," while poorana means "full." Warm, medicinal herbal oil is gently poured into the ear canal as part of the treatment, filling the canal completely. Simply put, a lubricating herbal wash is supplied to the internal ear.
It is a successful treatment for conditions affecting the ears, such as ear infections, earaches, tinnitus (ear ringing), and hearing loss. Also, it is an effective treatment for disorders brought on by vata imbalance.
The vata dosha predominates in the ear. The ears are impacted by a cold, dry breeze, loud noises, and bombardment noises, which in turn affects the body's vata equilibrium.
The vata dosha in the body is brought back into equilibrium by energising, guarding, and cleaning the ear.
Enhances ear functioning by clearing pollutants from the ear canal and cleaning the ear canal.
Calms the nerves and enhances mental clarity
Promotes sleep and helps treat insomnia
Cools and refreshes the eyes (as eyes and ears are related)
Helps neck pain and jaw pain and treats headaches
Matra Basti is subtype of Anuvasana Basti. It is given in extremely little doses, making it incredibly convenient in today's world. Matra Basti is regarded safe and effective in many cases where other forms of Basti are contraindicated, according to all Acharyas. It is used to treat a variety of Vataja diseases.
Because it can be used whenever, matra vasti stands out among the other vastis and is highly regarded. There are no complications as a result. There is no need to worry about any consequences because the dosage of sneha used in matra vasti is small. It can be given separately and is not required to be given with niruha vasti. On a daily basis, matra vasti can be taken. It lingers in the colon for a period of 12 hours or longer and produces all favourable effects. The administration of matra vasti is not subject to any limitations.
Indications for matra vasti –
Vyayama karshita – those who have got weak due to excessive exercises
Karma karshita – people who are debilitated due to excessive work, strenuous work
Bhara karshita – people who are debilitated due to excessive lifting of weights
Adhwa karshita – people who are debilitated due to excessive walking
Yana karshita – people who are debilitated due to excessive travelling
Stree karshita – people who are debilitated due to excessive indulgence in sexual intercourse
Durbala – excessive weakness
Vatabhagneshu – people who are suffering from diseases caused due to vata vitiation
MAMSA PINDA SWEDAMamsa pinda sweda (Mamsa kizhi) is a specific therapy used to treat conditions affecting the bones, muscles, and nerves as well as the nourishment of the skin.
Mamsa is Sanskrit for animal flesh or meat. Bolus is referred to as a pinda. Sweda refers to sudation or fomentation.
The sudation therapy known as swedana karma is administered using a bolus made from goat, sheep, or rabbit flesh that has been processed with medicinal oil and herbal remedies. This bolus is known as mamsa pinda sweda or mamsa kizhi.
The combination of snehana (oileation), swedana (sudation), and Brumhana (nourishing) in this method makes it special.
Increasing muscle strength;
rejuvenating bodily tissue;
and revitalising body cells
Prevents the deterioration of joints and bones
Nourishing of the nerves
Enhances skin's colour and tone by increasing blood flow to the surface of the skin.
The largest organ of the body, the skin (Twacha), is extremely valuable cosmetically. It is one of the five Jnanendriyas (sense organs), giving rise to the sensation of touch known as Sparsha jnyaan. So, it is crucial to both a person's physical and mental health. As it is exposed to the outside world, it is most susceptible to disease. There are numerous factors that contribute to skin issues, but today's hectic and stressful lifestyle stands out. Skin conditions can affect anyone at any age, including newborns and the elderly. The ancient school of Ayurveda offers a detailed description of topical applications under the name Lepa Kalpana that are used to heal various skin conditions as well as to enhance beauty.
Mukha – face
Lepa – paste
In Ayurveda, mukhalepa is a basic but effective skin-care procedure that uses a range of herbal pastes. The major ingredients in the herbal face pack are various revitalising herbs that nourish the skin and also help to cleanse, soften, and clearen it. Moreover, Mukhalepas aids in boosting skin elasticity, preventing skin ageing, avoiding facial wrinkles, and improving skin tone.
If properly applied, it cures premature graying of hair, Vyanga (blackish hyper pigmentation of face), and Nilika (bluish hyper pigmentation).
It detoxifies the skin and enhances the beauty of the skin.
Prevents ageing of the skin.
Reduces skin wrinkles and tones the skin.
Nasa (Nose) is an Indriya that functions not just to sense smells but also to offer the primary conduit for breathing. In addition, Nasa is one of the paths for administering drugs. Nasya has been included by Acharyas as one of the Panchkarma practises, highlighting its significance as Shodhana Karma in particular for Urddhva-jatrugata Vikara (disease which affect the body above clavicle). Nasya is a medicinal procedure in which Nasa is used to administer the medication (Medicated Oil/Ghee/ Decoction/ Powder/Smoke etc.) primarily to eliminate the vitiated Dosha found in Shira. Nasya can affect the entire body indirectly by improving the way the neurological system and endocrine glands function. Nasya is described in the classics for various supra-clavicular conditions as well as for systemic illnesses.
Nasya is a fantastic treatment for headaches, migraines, sinus clearing, and nasal channel clearing to improve breathing. A point-stimulating face massage is followed by the inhalation of herbal steam and the application of oils through the nose. In order to improve breathing and treat related illnesses, the therapy also detoxifies the head and neck region and cleans and strengthens the nasal passage.
PATRA PINDA SWEDA
Swedana, also known as fomentation, is an Ayurvedic therapy method that includes applying heat to the patient in the form of steam or other warm medications in order to make them sweat. In the Swedana therapy, stiffness, heaviness, and coldness are alleviated as the body begins to sweat.
A typical type of Swedana is pinda sweda, in which the medication is wrapped in a cloth and utilised for treatment. Patra Pinda Sweda involves applying medicinal plant and other medication leaves to the body while frequently heating it. The procedure, also known as Ela Kizhi, usually follows a mild oil massage called Abhyanga and provides alleviation for conditions affecting the bones, muscles, and nerves.
Back pain or body ache
Improves blood circulation throughout the body; delays age-related joint degeneration; increases joint range of motion; prevents water retention in the joints; calms nerves and provides relief from neuralgic pain brought on by nerve disorders; aids in the removal of toxins from the body through sweating; and enhances sensory and motor functions in paralysed individuals.
The term "Murdhni Taila" or "Murdha Taila" refers to a treatment or therapy that involves applying medicated oil to the Shirapradesha (Head) for a brief period of time while keeping the scalp in touch with the oil. The head is referred to as "Uttamanga" since it supervises all of the body's sense organs and controls every bodily function (Life element controlling all the activities of Vayu functions). MurdhaTaila, such as Shiroabhyanga, Shirodhara, Shiropichu, & Shirobasti, plays a significant part in the management of psychological problems. For Murdha Taila to be effective, the oil must be in touch with the scalp for a certain amount of time.