Treatments : Ayurveda Panchakarma Services

1. Shirodhara Ayurveda Therapy

Shirodhara for Rejuvenation

  1. Shirodhara is a form of Ayurveda therapy that involves gently pouring liquids over the forehead and can be one of the steps involved in Panchakarma. The liquids used in shirodhara depend on what is being treated, but can include oil, milk, buttermilk, coconut water, or even plain water.

Shirodhara is usually the usage of specific oils poured continuously on the centre of the forehead, and can be one of the steps involved in Panchakarma. In Sanskrit, ‘shirah’ means head and ‘dhaara’ means flow. The group of nerve endings on the forehead or the Ajna Chakra is responsible for our emotional states. This steady rhythmic pouring of oil allows the body to enter into a state of deep relaxation.

Shirodhara can also be further classified based on the medium used for pouring. If oil is used for pouring, it is called tailadhara. Herbal or medicinal oils are used in tailadhara depending on the condition of the person. If buttermilk is used, then it is called as takradhara. Buttermilk can be combined with herbs too.

If milk is used, it is called ksheera dhara. Here again, the milk can be combined with herbs. When coconut water or plain water is used, it is called jaladhara. Each of these have their own effect depending on the type of dhara and the medicinal herbs used.

Method – The person who has to undergo the Shirodhara treatment lies on a table. The Shirodhara vessel is a wide mouthed bowl with a small hole at the bottom and a wick is inserted through the hole. This vessel is hung over the head of the person such that the wick is about two inches above the forehead of the person. The vessel is filled with the required medium and is made to flow in a continuous stream through the wick on to the upper part of the forehead. A cloth or cotton pad is placed above the forehead to prevent the medium flowing to the eyes. The warm oil or other medium used, is collected, re-circulated, and the process continues for a certain duration as suggested by the practitioner. On completion of the flow of oil, the client is allowed to rest for a few minutes, before the residual oil is wiped from the hair. It is recommended to rest quietly for at least a few hours after this treatment. At Ayurvedagram, lukewarm herbal oil is poured in a continuous stream onto the forehead, while receiving a gentle massage on the head in a Shirodhara therapy. Providing massage has multiple benefits.

Benefits – Shirodhara rejuvenates and revitalizes the body and mind, and relieves stress and strain related problems, slows the aging process, improves memory and is known to have a curative effect for paralysis, insomnia, depression, anxiety, hypertension and other neurological malfunctions. It bestows better vision, better hearing, clears nasal problems and calms the body and mind. Shirodhara ultimately strengthens the physical constitution of the individual.

Duration – 30 minutes

Who Benefits From Shirodhara?

Shirodhara has been used to treat a variety of conditions including eye diseases, sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, greying of hair, neurological disorders, memory loss, insomnia, hearing impairment, tinnitus, vertigo, Ménière’s disease and certain types of skin diseases like psoriasis. It is also used non-medicinally at spas for its relaxing properties.

It is very useful for stress reduction and treating diseases associated with depression, anxiety and mental fatigue. Shirodhara reduces fatigue and initiate a soothing effect on brain cells. It might be working due to the effect of a soothing sensation of poured liquids through peripheral nerves of the skin of the forehead and then they go to the brain with calming and soothing energies, which help to reduce stress and induce sleep. Due to constant flow of liquids over the head, Shirodhara tranquilizes and stabilizes the mind, so the mind becomes serene and calmed. It is a form of restorative therapy for stress, anxiety, depression and all other psychosomatic diseases.

Shirodhara is a great treatment for a compromised nervous system. Shirodhara can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, stress, fatigue and hypertension. It relieves tension, worry, fear and headache as well as depression. It regulates mood and gives feelings of pleasure and relaxation.

Shirodhara can also assist with the following conditions:

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Shirodhara reduces excess vata dosha which is the primary dosha out of balance in PTSD. Shirodhara done with an appropriate Shirodhara Oil containing nervine herbs will deeply soothe the nervous system and help ease the symptoms of PTSD.

Insomnia and Shift Work Sleep Disorder (SWSD)

Shirodhara is traditionally known for it’s ability to assist with sleep problems. Research proves the treatment effective alone and also when coupled with herbal support. Shirodhara with milk has also proven effective in treating insomnia. The process stimulates the pineal gland which produces melatonin, the regulator of the wake-sleep cycle. It calms an unquiet mind and induces rest. If your insomnia stems from working the night shift and your wake-sleep cycle is out of sync with the natural rhythms of the sun shirodhara can assist in removing fatigue, restoring energy and re-establishing harmony in the doshas or constitution.

Jet Lag

If you’re a frequent flyer and your daily sleep rhythm is often out of sync and you suffer jet lag, shirodhara can help reset your daily pattern of waking and sleeping as well as remove built up fatigue. Travel with Vata oil or Bhringaraj oil and apply to the head before bed or invest in a portable shirodhara unit.

Hypertension

Shirodhara has proven effective in normalizing blood pressure.

Shirodhara is also a great treatment for the healthy individual looking to maintain health and enhance well being, clarity, calm and immunity. Shirodhara promotes deep relaxation, relieves fatigue and renews and reinvigorates the body and mind.

It also balances one’s energy level. If you are in need of rest and relaxation, the process will provide you that. If you are well rested the process will enhance your clarity and perception.

Shirodhara increases immunity by relieving stress and worry, and balancing the Ayurveda mind-body types or doshas so that your constitution remains strong.

Shirodhara gives deep rest and renewed energy producing an ageless and youthful countenance. Shirodhara relieves stress, worry and excessive thought. It gives total relaxation as if from meditation. This naturally relaxes and rejuvenates the face and softens worry lines.

How does shirodhara work?

There are a few ways to look at how shirodhara works it’s magic.

According to Ayurveda, shirodhara is beneficial for Vata and Pitta dosha. When out of balance, Vata dosha exhibits as fear, insecurity, worry, racing thoughts. Out of balance Pitta dosha exhibits as anger, irritability, frustration, judgment.

The action and qualities of the liquid used in shirodhara counters the qualities of the out of balance doshas. It soothes, nourishes and pacifies the doshas through the application of the liquid to the forehead, scalp and nervous system.

In the Spring 1995 issue of the journal of The Ayurvedic Institute ‘Ayurveda Today’, Ayurvedic practitioner Ed Danaher explains how shirodhara affects stress.

Stress, according to Ayurveda, is a state of imbalance of prana vayu, sadaka pitta, and tarpaka kapha. Shirodhara reestablishes the functional integrity between these three doshic subtypes and thus helps alleviate stress.

According to this study, the gentle pressure of the oil falling onto the forehead may also play a role in inducing rest.

In the procedure of Shirodhara, particular pressure and vibration is created over the forehead. The vibration is amplified by the hollow sinus present in the frontal bone. The vibration is then transmitted inwards through the fluid medium of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This vibration along with little temperature may activate the functions of thalamus and the basal fore brain which then brings the amount of serotonin and catecholamine to the normal stage inducing the sleep.

Again, it is explained in modern text books of physiology that pressure has an effect on impulse conduction through tactile and thermo receptors. If prolonged pressure is applied to a nerve, impulse conduction in interrupted and part of the body may go to rest. In Dhara therapy, prolonged and continuous pressure due to pouring of the medicated liquid may cause tranquility of mind and induce natural sleep.

2. Ksheera Dhara Ayurveda Therapy

MethodKsheera dhara is a relaxing treatment similar to Shirodhara but instead of herbal oil, herbal milk infused with special herbs such as cleansing turmeric powder and fragrant sandalwood powder, is continuously poured over the forehead or all over the body. The gentle milk bath is followed by a relaxing massage.

BenefitsKsheera dhara is a great therapy for people suffering from Vata and Pitta predominance, headaches, insomnia and mental stress. This moisturizing treatment relieves anxiety and tension, and leaves the skin with a healthy glow. 

Duration – 30 minutes

When this Dhara treatment is done with milk (Ksheera), it is called ‘Ksheeradhara’. To do this, cow’s milk is preferred, but buffalo’s milk is also used at times. Decoctions of various herbs are added to the milk. If Ksheera dhara is done for the head alone, it is called Shirodhara and if it is for the whole body except the head, it is known as Sarvangadhara. Ksheera dhara is one of the important treatments among Kerala special treatments.

A Sarvanga Ksheera Dhara (the whole body dhara) is usually prescribed for diseases caused by disorders of Pitta humor (one of the three Doshas or somatic humors in Ayurveda, which is characterized by the properties of element fire.) As a first step, suitable medicinal oil is applied on the head. Then pouring warm medicated milk with a special vessel from a certain height in a rhythmic manner and is rubbed into the body in seven different postures for a certain period of 7 to 21 days

BENEFITS

  • The milk dhara is more cooling in nature & very specific in pitta disorders & constitution .It is also helpful in hypertension & sleep disorders.
  • Both of the above are excellent aphrodisiac & tranquilizing in nature.
  • All the above head treatments are strengthening to the brain tissues, the scalp, the hair, blood circulation, there by the detoxification takes place & maintain the health by correcting the whole metabolism.
  • The quantum of the above intended benefits depends on the chronicity, morbidity & complexity of the diseases .Basically the can be accomplished when they are pursued in a course of 7- 21 days & there after regularly for fortnightly once or so.

It has been hypothesized that the liquids poured on the scalp are absorbed through the subcutaneous layer & epidermis & through the enhanced circulation are having an impact on the brain tissues- the cranium & and also in the hypothalamus .As a result of increased blood circulation  the function these organs are regularized

3. TAKRADHARA –  MEDICATED BUTTERMILK SHIRODHARA

Takradhara is a form of Shirodhara, an Ayurveda treatment method which involves continuous flow of medicated butter milk to the centre of forehead continuously for up to an hour a day. The process can last from 7 to 21 days. It is a cure for vata predominant diseases, relieves tension and cures certain types of skin diseases. Takra means butter milk. The vaidyas here boil milk and medicines and add little curd keeps it over night, it is then churned and Shirodhara is done with that buttermilk. It is very cooling and very effective in skin diseases, like psoriasis, stress related diseases, anxiety related disorders and others.

Takradhara Ayurveda Therapy Treatment

Method – Takra (buttermilk) and Dhara (pouring); Takradhara is a form of Shirodhara where medicated buttermilk, which has tremendous cooling properties, is used as the main ingredient for the treatment. It is poured onto the forehead in a constant stream. This is preceded by a head massage.

BenefitsTakradhara prevents greying of hair, dandruff, hair-fall, reduces headaches, increases digestive power, and alleviates anorexia. In cases of psoriasis, Takradhara is administered on the affected area to have a curative effect. This treatment helps to calm the individual down, relieves insomnia, depression and other stress related problems.

Duration – 30 mins

BENEFITS OF TAKRADHARA

1. It wonder fully checks the premature greying & falling of hairs. But it does not regenerate the new hair but certainly avoids the further damage.

2. It is helpful in tension headaches & certain psychological headaches.

3. It is beneficial in case of boils & folliculitis of non infective origin in the scalp & in ulcerative stages.

4. In post operative, post stroke & post cardiac stroke it is helpful & effective to relieve the psychological stress involved with the above.

5. It is a very good remedy to keep the physical & mental stress at bay as it keeps the body rejuvenated & energized. The phenomenon of stress is very commonly experienced now days in the larger population of the world.

6. It is an authentic treatment in case of fibromyalgia & certainly improves once immunity.

7. It is also helpful in certain psychological disorders like depression, anxiety, psychosis, insomnia, mood disorders.

4. Abhyanga,

one of the most popular and ancient Ayurvedic therapies for the preservation of health. It involves full body warm oil massage. The type of oil used is specific to the individuals depending on their body constitution. It can also vary according to the seasons. Few of the oils used for Abhyanga include sesame, coconut, sunflower, mustard and almond. Sometimes oil medicated with herbs are used for specific conditions.

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BENEFITS OF MASSAGE THERAPY

The purpose of massage is to relieve pain, rehabilitate, augment and maintain physical function of the body by applying pressure and movement to the soft tissue of body, skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Physical Benefits of massaging:

• Relaxes the whole body
• Calms the nervous system
• Lowers and normalizes blood pressure
• Stretches connective tissue
• Reduces chronic pain
• Improves the skin tone
• Increases red blood cell count
• Relieves fired and aching muscles
• Speedy recovery from illness
• Increases range of motion
• Speeds elimination of metabolic waste
• Increases blood and lymph Circulation
• Relieves cramped muscles
• Speeds recovery from injury
• Reduces tension and headaches
• Increases tissue metabolism
• Stimulates release of endorphins
• Strengthens the immune system
• Reduces swelling
• Improves skin tone
• Loosens tight muscles

Mental Benefits of massaging:

. Reduces mental stress
. Promotes quality sleep
. Improves awareness
                                                      

Emotional Benefits of massaging:

• Provides a feeling of well being
• Enhances self-image
• Nurtures and stimulates   emotional growth
• Reduces anxiety

5. KIZHI – PINDA SWEDANA

Pinda swedana is a process by which the whole body (or any specific part) is made to perspire. This is done by external application of medicinal boluses, which are tied in a cloth bag (pottali). Kizhi treatment is a therapy wherein Leaves & powders of medicinal herbs heated in medicinal oils are tied in cloth bags and applied over the body in rhythmic massage. This is followed by specific massages, done using the fingers, heel of the hand or palm. The pressure application varies according to the nature of ailment and the spot. This treatment is for osteoarthritis, arthritis with swelling, spondylysis, sports injuries etc.

TYPES OF PINDA SWEDANA

  • Snigdha (patra Pinda) – Useful in vata related disorders & pain
  • Ruksha (baluka, such as sand)  -Useful in  Inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis

INDICATIONS

  • Where ever panchakarma is indicated.
  • Where ever snehan (OLEATION THERAPY) is indicated.
  • Upper respiratory tract infections.
  • Bronchial asthma, fibromyalgia, degenerative diseases.
  • Tetanus with lockjaw, facial paralysis, hemi plegia, paraplegia.
  • Cervical pains, low back pains, sciatica.
  • General body pains, numbness & even in flatulence.
  • Paralysis, Poliomyelitis, Pains and Osteoarthritis

ELAKIZHI

                   

Elakizhi is an innovative classical massage with medicated leaves and is used to tackle joint pain, muscle cramps, stress and arthritis. In this treatment, herbal leaves are applied to the whole body in bundles with hot medicated oils. The treatment is also known by the name Patra pinda swedana.

Ricinus drum stick, tamarind ,calotropis gigantia and others are among the herbal leaves used for the treatment. The leaves are fried together in neem or castor oil until a brown color is attained. Lemon pieces and coconut scrapes are then added to it. All these are tied in cloth boluses and dipped in medicated oil to massage the body. When the process is complete, patient is given a bath in moderately hot water.

Herbal poultices (bundles) are prepared with various herbs and medicated powders. The poultices are warmed in medicated oils and used to massage the entire body, neck, shoulders, hand and back, shifting the person from side to side for 45 minutes per day for a period of 7 to 14 days. The massage can promote better circulation within the affected area thereby promoting increased perspiration, which helps the skin to eliminate wastes. It also helps to tone the skin and is very effective in improving the strength of muscles, relieving body pain and curing diseases such as arthritis and paralysis.

Indications

1. Any condition associated with inflammations, stiffness, pain, degeneration and rigidity.

2. All forms of arthritis except gouty and infectious arthritis.

PODIKIZHI

  

Podykizhi belong to a group of Ayurveda treatments of high repute called Swedana. Here different herbs are powdered and kept in woolen cloth (kizhi) it is made warm in a pan with the help of medicated oils. General massage is done to the patient lying in the table (specially designed table to do panchakarma procedures), and the bolus is gently massaged on different parts of the body for around 45 minutes.

INDICATIONS

Podykizhi is effective in the treatment of many diseases caused by disrupted Vata and Kapha Doshas like rheumatic disorder, arthritis, Spondylysis and paralysis. Muscular sprain and stiffness can also be prevented using Swedana and the treatment is found to tone up the musculature. It revives the cells of the skin and offers glow and vitality. It gives euphoria to the soul and the body.

MethodPodikizhi is a Ayurveda treatment in which the whole body or certain parts of the body are fomented and made to sweat, by the application of medicinal powders. Specific herbs (black gram, horse gram, gingely seeds, and herbs) are tied in muslin pouches and the warmed herbal formula is gently “pounded” and pressed into the skin by the therapists in a synchronized, rhythmic motion. These boluses are re-heated frequently and gently massaged over the body. The treatment ends with a warm bath.

BenefitsPodikizhi helps in curing ‘Kapha-Vata’ predominant conditions of arthritis, back pain, paralysis, and muscular pains. This treatment is useful for relieving deep seated tension, increasing circulation, loosening built up toxins, strengthening muscle tissue and ridding the body of excess Kapha. It is prescribed for diseases where there is vitiation of kapha, heaviness of body, extremities and obesity

CONTRAINDICATIONS OF KIZHI

  • Excessive alcoholic, Exclusive pitta personalities
  • Pregnancy, bleeding disorders, in excessively thirsty like diabetes, dehydration etc.
  • Diarrhea, Wasting Disorders
  • Diabetes mellitus (only when associated with polydypsia & polyuria)
  • Oligospermia, aspermia & individuals who ejaculate very small amount of semen.
  • Menstrual periods & some others depending on the clinical situations

But if sudation is a priority for the treatment then it can be performed by making some adjustments & made feasible to the patient.

BENFITS OF THE SUDATION THERAPY (KIZHI)

  • Removes cramps, contractures, muscle spasm
  • Removes feeling of coolness
  • Removes feeling of heaviness as it drains out the excessive fluids
  • Liquefies the morbid toxins
  • Excellent for skin
  • Opens up the channels of circulation
  • Improves digestion & metabolism
  • Removes stiffness
  • Mobilizes the joints
  • Removes excessive sleep & stupor
  • Controls vata & improves the neurological & neurogenic functions.

6. NJAVARAKIZHI

MethodNjavarakizhi therapy involves a generous amount of medicated oil being applied to the whole body. The body is then massaged with small cotton cloth boluses filled with cooked Njavara rice. The boluses are dipped in this regenerating mixture of cow’s milk and a brewed herbal decoction, and then applied all over the body to induce sudation (sweat). Njavara in Malayalam stands for the rice that grows in 60 days ;  Kizhi stands for bolus.  Njavara is an indigenous variety of rice grown in Kerala, having medicinal properties.

BenefitsNjavarakizhi treatment is highly rejuvenating, nourishing and prepares the individual to bear the stresses and strains of a busy lifestyle. It enhances physical consistency, strengthens the nervous system and improves the overall appearance of the skin. This is a strengthening treatment employed in neurological disorders, rheumatism, arthritis and malnutrition of limbs.

                        

Navarakizhi is one of traditional treatment forms of Astavaidya tradition in Kerala. It is a special type of treatment therapy that is based on the principle of triggering perspiration in the body with the help of medicated herbal rice. This therapy is one of the best therapies for rejuvenation. Bolus of Navara rice, which is boiled and medicated with herbs is wrapped in hand-size cotton bags. Kizhi is such a bag of any cloth made by wrapping something inside and tying on side to keep the wrapped items safe.

In the massage program, the kizhi (boluses of Navara made into a handheld bag) is dipped in warm decoctions. The patients sitting upright on the dhroni with legs outstretched. The masseurs on either side perform the fomentation process in an identical manner. The movement of the hands during both fomentation and massage should always be downwards. The fomentation continues with the patient on his/her back on the dhroni. There is also another attendant who supplies new kizhis, which are kept ready in a decoction. It is very important to keep the kizhis at a constant temperature. The treatment is over once fomentation has been carried out in all the seven standard positions.

INDICATIONS AND BENEFITS OF NJAVARAKIZHI

It is an immune-enhancing rejuvenation therapy and is made use in convalescence period of injury and trauma, muscular wasting, arthritis, general weakness, paralysis, pains related to the joints and sore muscles etc. This is a nourishing and restorative treatment that will reduce emaciation of the muscles and will build a better immune system. It is also very effective to improve the luster and texture of the skin.

Navarakizhi is very effective for the treatment of various ailments including rheumatism, joint and muscle pains, sciatica, slipped discs, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sexual disorders such like menstruation, infertility and nervous weaknesses. In addition to that, it is also useful in the treatment of certain skin problems. The therapy can last for 60 to 90 minutes a day and continues for 14 days.

It is highly recommended for pre menopausal, menopausal and post menopausal syndromes. 

Highly effective for chronic fatigue syndromes, fibromyalgia syndrome, any condition directly or indirectly related to stress ,depression or anxiety.

7. NADI SWEDANAM

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Nadi swedanam is usually done for localized conditions like Osteoarthritis, sprain, or to relieve some localized pain as in Cervical spondylitis. Here fomentation is done with the vapors generated out of medicated decoction that is then applied to the affected area with the help of a rubber tube. Proper oleation of the affected part is done prior to Nadi Sweda.

INDICATIONS

  • Sandhi vata (osteoarthritis)
  • Pakshaghata (paralysis)
  • Bala pakshaghata (polio myelitis)
  • All vata related disorders – Neurological disorders
  • Shwasa (asthma)
  • Kasa (cough)
  • Ardita (facial paralysis)
  • Gridhrasi (sciatica)
  • Manyashula (spondylitis)
  • Katishula (back ache)

BENEFITS OF NADI SWEDANA

  • Relieves pain
  • Relieves edema
  • Brings softness to the body
  • Reduces the stiffness  of the joints and keeps them mobile
  • The sudation improves the process of blood circulation
  • It helps in removing the mala of the body and the muscular stiffness.

8. UDVARTANAM

MethodUdwarthanam is typically a deep tissue and dry massage using herbal powders. This massage stimulates hair follicles and subcutaneous fat tissue to break down subcutaneous fat storage. The treatment involves upward stroking, where the powder is rubbed with gentle force on the body.

BenefitsUdwarthanam reduces blood cholesterol, obesity, skin problems, imparts mobility to the joints, strengthens muscles and refreshes the body. The most promising effect is the slimming of the body. This treatment softens and exfoliates the skin, improves muscle tone, and is a favoured treatment for those with sensitive skin. In addition, Udwarthanam improves blood circulation and is also known to be effective against certain skin diseases.

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Udwartanam means to elevate or to promote. The name can be attributed either to the treatments ability to improve the body condition or to the upward strokes used in massage here, unlike in other Ayurvedic treatments. Udwartanam is an invigorating full body massage using herbal powder (choornam) instead of oil. There are many different types of Udwartanam, and they are categorized with reference to their purposes, whether it is medical or for relaxation.

“Thriphala ‘is the powder commonly used in this treatment. It is a blend of excellent nerve stimulating agents such as myrobalan, belerica and gooseberry. Other commonly used herbs are the roots Costus, deodar, Senna, horse gram, Phyllanthus and mustard.

Horse gram and mustard are considered hot in nature and are very good nerve stimulator. Depending upon the indications of the recipient, the powder is applied in its dry form or is mixed with water to create a paste. The powder or paste is briskly rubbed into the entire body for a period of 30-45 minutes. The absorptive properties of the powder act to pull excess adipose tissue deposits from the body. After the massage, Swedana, an herbal sauna is recommended, followed by a bath/shower to remove the powder/paste.

BENEFITS

  • This treatment is good for diseases such as diabetic neuropathy, paralysis, obesity, skin care, sciatica, indigestion and sclerosis of blood vessels.
  • The massage activates the nerves and increases blood flow to the affected body part. Udvartanam massage is also important to preserve health.
  • As massage stimulates blood flow activates, revitalizes and restores the body, thus preserving their strength, skin texture, and natural elasticity. It is known to be effective at certain skin diseases. The reduction of fat is an important benefit
  • Sometimes this procedure is started always first in a long treatment course as it has been very effective as a preliminary treatment in chronic medical conditions.
  • This treatment is particularly chosen in chronic rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol, certain types of heart ailments and many others

9. KAVALA AND GANDUSHA

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Both of these are types of gargling of medicated decoctions. The only difference is in the drug dose an retention.

Gandusha – Mouth is filled with medicated decoctions at its maximum capacity. There is no space for rinsing of mouth. The medicated decoction is only held in mouth for some time and then spitted out.

MethodGandusha or oil pulling involves retention of medicated oil or decoction in the mouth cavity for several minutes. The Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita mentions Kavala gandusha – Kavala refers to that which is related to the oral cavity and gandusha is a gargle.

Gandusha assists in the process of pulling out oral toxins. Just as the skin excretes body waste and toxins, the tongue eliminates toxins and harmful microbes from the body. The treatment involves putting 1 tablespoon of oil in your mouth and swishing it for about 15- 20 minutes. It is ideally done on an empty stomach, which is best to pull out all kinds of built-up toxins from the mouth and the body.

BenefitGandusha helps bring a glow to the face, improve lines and wrinkles, tone the skin and assist with any kind of mouth, voice or teeth disorders while cleansing the ear, nose and throat pathways. This treatment is reported to treat numerous health conditions ranging from sinusitis, migraine, asthma, and diabetes along with comprehensive oral and dental health care.

Duration – 20 minutes

Kavalam Ayurveda Therapy

MethodKabalam is one of the daily morning routines practiced in Ayurveda, usually after brushing teeth to maintain good oral hygiene. The traditional choice is sesame oil, which has to be swirled gently inside the mouth for a specified period of time after which it is spat out when the oil becomes thicker in consistency. Each part of the tongue is mapped with meridians representing different internal organs. Kabalam soothes and stimulates these meridians that benefits the corresponding organ.

BenefitsKabalam improves the voice and brings a glow to the face. It is beneficial to ear, nose and throat, strengthens teeth, gums and jaws, and removes wrinkles. This therapy is highly effective for diseases of jaw, allergies, respiratory problems, indigestion, constipation, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.

Duration – 5 minutes

BENEFITS AND INDICATIONS

  • Nausea; Lips and dental diseases (Complete oral health) Lightness of body Freshness in body and mind
  • Lethargy
  • Stomatitis
  • Tastelessness
  • Facial paralysis
  • Neck rigidity
  • Increases taste sensation
  • Prevents diseases of mouth
  • Increased saliva secretion
  • Drowsiness, Headache , Disorders of head
  • Improved voice quality and complexion
  • Increases muscle power of cheeks

Procedure of Gandusha

Pretreatment lubrication – oleation of forehead, face, throat with sesame tail / oil Swedana – fomentation of face, throat.

Main Procedure – Hold the warm medicinal decoction or water with oil in the mouth and rinse it. Spit it when there is appearance of secretions coming from nose, watering of eyes. Process should be repeated up to symptoms of proper Gandusha appears.

INDICATIONS

  • Pyorrhea
  • Gingivitis
  • Facial Palsies
  • Oro-Pharingitis
  • Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
  • Mouth Ulcers and Others

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10. TALAM

Description

Thalam is the Malayalam name for the treatment procedure of retaining medicines over the center of the head using the help of a tailor-made cap. It is considered to be a shorter and easier version of Shirolepa and in the ancient days it was a treatment prescribed for mental illness. In Thalam process Special ayurvedic oils are mixed with herbal powders are maintained at the top of the head for about 20 to 45 minutes


This is a treatment that is similar to Talapodichil treatment but rather than covering the entire head with herbal paste, a small amount of oil is pooled onto a specific point on top of the head to cool and calm the physiology, reduce burning feelings on the skin, enhance vision, and pacify pitta that could be causing head pain.

BENEFITS

  • Insomnia
  • Gives cooling effect to the head
  • burning sensation of the scalp
  • Improves eye sight
  • Skin disorders
  • Relieves headache
  • The treatment cures ENT problems
  • insomnia
  • migraine and others

Now it has been re-designed as a mode of treatment for the conditions arising out of modern day life style diseases such as

  • Lack of memory
  • lack of willpower
  • lack of concentration

11. KSHEERA DHOOMAM

Ksheera Dhoomam

Method – Ksheera Dhoomam begins with the application of suitable medicated oil on the face, neck and chest. The face and neck are then subjected profuse perspiration through steam generated from a combination of cow’s milk and herbal decoctions.

Benefits – Ksheera Dhoomam is effective for facial paralysis, trigeminal neuralgia, speech disorders, pimples and other skin problems and nervous disorders of the face.

Duration – 15 to 20 minutes

Ksheeradhoomam is one of the popular types of treatment in Ayurveda, used for facial paralysis speech disorders and other nervous disorders of the face. Ksheera Dhooma, as the name indicates, is a special treatment procedure where the patient is treated with the dhooma or steam coming from the heated Ksheera or milk through a tube. The cow milk is mixed with a decoction prepared from suitable drugs (that depends on the disease state and patients condition) and heated. The steam coming out is made to pass through a tube and is applied over the affected part of the patient’s body.

INDICATIONS

Ksheera Dhoomam is found highly effective in Facial Palsies, speech disorders, Ptosis or Leavator Palpebral Muscle Palsy), Various Nervous Disorders etc.

12.KATIVASTHI

                                            

In this process specially prepared warm medicated oil is kept over the lower back with herbal paste boundary. This is one of the most effective treatments for many degenerative disorders of that area. Diseases like chronic back ache, sciatica, rheumatoid arthritis, lumbago, osteoarthritis, weakness of lower limbs etc. are treated using Kativasti. Being a localized form of treatment, its effects are superior. First it stops the degeneration of the disc which causes the back pain, and in the later stages of treatment, the degeneration even starts reducing.

To start the treatment, the person is preconditioned by applying warm oil on his head. Then he lies comfortably on the treatment table; face down. Black gram paste, is thickly applied around the affected part (low back), to retain the oil for prolonged period. Into this, warm oil is poured to a height of 1 to 2 inches. The oil heat is ensured to be constant throughout the process. For this, the used oil is periodically replaced with fresh, warm oil. The process goes on for about 40 to 60 minutes.

The treatment is good for any type of Back Pain and Spinal disorders, Sciatica, Slip Disc, Spondylysis, Herniated Disc etc. Such prolonged oil treatment of the lower spinal cord, which is continued for 2 or 3 weeks reduces the nerve compression of those areas and relieves most of the degenerative diseases.

13.JANU BASTI – KNEE RENEWAL THERAPY

  • It is very effective in Pains of knee joint
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee joint

Description

This is an effective treatment for those suffering from knee discomfort and pain, Osteo Arthritis, and knee immobility by allowing the knee to sit in a pool of herbal oil or herbal water for about 30 to 45 minutes.  The oil is held into place by a dough dam. It is a great treatment for athletes, hikers, and the aging body.

14.HRID BASTI – PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL HEART THERAPY

Description
This treatment helps to relieve emotional stress, pull out physical and vibration toxins such as long standing grief and repressed anger. It is also recommended for those suffering from physical heart problems such as irregular heart beat. A dough dam is constructed over the heart in which herbal oil or herbal water sits for about 20 minutes. Vata and Pitta dosha are also balanced by this therapy.

Benefits

  • Effective in Strengthening of the heart
  • Relieves deep seated anger and sadness
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Tachycardia and others

15.UROVASTHI

A rectangular reservoir, made of black gram dough, is built up on the heart area. After a gentle massage on the body, warm medicated oil or medicated ghee is kept over the chest for 30 minutes to 45 minutes. The oil is recycled periodically to keep it warm. The healing properties of herbal oils used for this massage enriches the blood and help the muscle and connective tissues to get stronger.

The treatment is very effective and stimulating for muscular chest pain. This treatment is helpful not only for chest pain, but also for other diseases like asthma and other respiratory problems. It is a beautiful experience that boosts the neuro-muscular system and connective tissues. By this therapy elasticity of the skin is also restored

GREEVA BASTI

Greeva Vasti Kerala Ayurveda Therapy

Method – Specially prepared warm herbal oil is poured over the neck and retained inside the black gram paste boundary for the required duration in Greeva vasti.

Benefits – The healing properties of herbal oils used for Greeva vasti therapy deeply cleans and enriches the blood, builds and maintains strong muscle and connective tissues and lubricates the joints keeping them flexible and pain free. Greeva vasti alleviates neck and upper back conditions like cervical spondylitis, stiff neck, pain due to over strain, etc.

Duration – 30 minutes

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16.YONI PRAKSHALANAM

Yoni Prakshalanam is a method of Ayurvedic cleaning of vaginal area with medicated oils. Herbal oils and decoctions are applied through the vaginal route. Yoni means female genital and Prakshalanam or prakshalan means washing or bathing. This procedure is prescribed for gynecological Infections, Inflammation, Erosions and Infertility Treatments. It is also a Purification process for Genital organs.

17.Talapodichili – Herbal Paste Treatment for the Head

                                                                                 

Description

This treatment helps to balance conditions in the head, eyes, and mental function.  One sits comfortably and quietly for 45 minutes with an herbal paste applied that cover the sides, top, bottom and back of head.  It is used to alleviate hyper active conditions, headaches, burning eyes, insomnia, and improves scalp and skin conditions.

Benefits

  • It is Helpful in Headache
  • Depression
  • Hyper active conditions
  • Burning sensation in the eyes
  • Insomnia
  • Skin disorders.

18.Shiropichu – Medicated Oil Gauze Treatment for the Head

Description

Ayurveda medicine offers a variety of oil treatments done on the head  for specific benefits. This relaxing treatment consists of medicated oil soaked onto a cotton cloth applied to the very top of the head and coverd with a castor plant or banana leaf while one is comfortably sitting in an upright position.  It helps in cases of Bell’s Palsy, memory improvement, insomnia, headaches, dermatitis, eczema, and neurological disorders.

Benefits

  • It is helpful in Facial palsy
  • Headache
  • Insomnia, Skin disorders such as Eczema.
  • Improves memory
  • Dermatitis of the scalp
  • Dandruff , Other neurological disorders Paralysis

19. BASTI: MEDICATED ENEMA THERAPY

Vata’s predominant site is the colon. Ayurveda basti involves the introduction into the rectum of herbal concoctions of sesame oil, and certain herbal preparations in a liquid medium. Basti, is the most effective treatment of vata (neurological and others) disorders, although many enemas over a prescribed period of time are usually required. It relieves constipation, distension, chronic fever, cold, sexual disorders, kidney stones, heart pain, backache, sciatica and other pains in the joints. Many other vata disorders such as arthritis, rheumatism, gout, muscle spasms and headaches may also be treated with basti.

Vata is the main etiological factor in the manifestation of diseases. It is the motive force behind the elimination and retention of faeces, urine, bile and other excreta. Vata is mainly located in the large intestine, but bone tissue (asthi dhatu) is also a site for vata. Hence the medication administered rectally effects asthi dhatu. The mucus membrane of the colon is related to the outer covering of the bones (periosteum), which nourishes the bones. Therefore, any medication given rectally goes into the deeper tissues, like bones, and corrects vata disorders

There are eight main types of basti, according to traditional texts, each with their own indications and contra-indications as listed below

Anuvasana (oil enema) is used in pure vata disorders and when a person is having excess hunger or dryness related to vata imbalances.

  • Niruha-Asthapana (decoction enema) is used, among other conditions, for evacuation of vata, nervous diseases, gastro-intestinal vata conditions, gout, certain fever conditions, unconsciousness, certain urinary conditions, appetite, pain, hyperacidity and heart diseases.
  • Uttara Basti (through the urethra with men or vagina with women) is used for selected semen and ovulation disorders and for some problems involving painful urination or bladder infections. This is not to be used for someone with diabetes.
  • Matra Basti (daily oil enema) is used by someone emaciated by overwork or too much exercise, too much heavy lifting, walking too long of a distance, too much sexual activity or someone with chronic vata disorders. It does not need to be accompanied by any strict dietary restriction or daily routine and can be administered, in the appropriate cases, in all seasons. It gives strength, promotes weight and helps elimination of waste products.
  • Brumhana Basti (nutritional enema) is used for providing deep nutrition in select conditions. Traditionally, highly nutritive substances have been used, such as warm milk, meat broth, bone marrow soup and herbs like shatavari or ashwagandha

General indications for basti     (include but are not limited to the following)

Constipation, Low Back Ache, Gout, Rheumatism, Sciatica, Arthritis, Nervous Disorders, Vata Headache, Emaciation Muscular Atrophy

16. Kashaya Vasti

Method – Kashaya vasti is normally done after a course of Sneha vasti. This is a therapeutic and cleansing enema where a combination of honey, oil, herbal paste, and herbal decoction is administered as per the patient’s requirement and condition. The medicated decoction is introduced through the rectum and retaining it in the stomach for a specific duration.

Benefit – Kashaya vasti helps eliminate Vata and alleviates disorders such as arthritis, constipation, neurological ailments, paralysis, flatulence, lower backache, gout and rheumatism.

Duration – <Depends on the condition of the patient>

GENERAL CONTRA-INDICATIONS (INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING)

Enema therapy should not be used if the patient is suffering from diarrhea, bleeding of the rectum, chronic indigestion, breathlessness, diabetes, fever, emaciation, severe anemia, pulmonary tuberculosis, old age or for children below the age of seven years

  • For oil enemas: diabetes, obesity, indigestion, low agni, enlarged liver or spleen, unconsciousness, tuberculosis and cough.
  • For Decoction Enemas: debility, hiccough, hemorrhoids, inflammation of anus, piles, diarrhea, pregnancy, ascites, diabetes and some conditions involving painful or difficult breathing.
  • For Nutritional Enemas: diabetes, obesity, lymphatic obstruction, and ascites. For urethra or vaginal enemas: diabetes

20. KARNAPOORNAM

In this treatment, warm medicated oil and fumes are applied to the ears for 5 to 10 minutes followed by massage around the ears and jaw area. This helps in loosening wax and relieving jaw and neck tension, itching, earaches and headaches. This treatment is very effective for deafness, and humming of the ear etc

21. SPECIAL HERBAL BODY PACKS,WRAPS AND BANDAGES

This is the application of herbal paste externally over the affected area. The herbal powder and the medium to make the paste are selected as per the condition. This therapy is having a wide range of usage from cosmetic purpose to severe skin conditions.

It is very effective in Psoriasis, Pimples, and Marks on skin, pigmentation, Arthritis with swelling & pain, injuries and skin infections.

Apart from these conventional body and skin wraps we have some special herbal bandages that are applied on the painful parts especially the back, knee, arms, elbows. The medicaments are selected based upon the actual cause of the pain and problems.

These bandages are to be kept for stipulated amount of time and then removed and washed with warm waters

INDICATIONS

  • Chronic And Acute Low Back Pain,
  • Herniated and Protruded Disc, disc prolapse
  • Sciatica, others

22. Head and Face Massage Ayurveda Therapy

This is a massage aimed at nourishing the 5 senses of the body, all of which are present in the head, neck and  face. It is a stress treatment .

It is done fully clothed, relaxed in a chair. This therapy is essentially a gentle rub with medicated oil with pressure point stimulation of specific spots on the head and face. The aim is deep relaxation and also to balance the flow of Prana or Life Energy.

This therapy is used to heal insomnia, headaches and migraine, depression and anxiety, and sinus issues. Hair loss and greying of hair at a young age is also helped by this treatment.

Method – Head and Face Ayurveda Therapy is a concentrated massage on head and face, using Kerala Ayurveda techniques and special medicated oil suited to individual needs.

BenefitsHead and Face Therapy relieves stress and strain related problems, improves memory and is known to have a curative effect for insomnia, depression, anxiety, etc. It bestows better vision, better hearing, clears nasal problems and improves the texture and complexion of face.

23. Nasya

The application of medicated oil or powders through the nostrils is called nasyam. Nasyam is very important treatment for illness in the head region. Nasal drops are administered in each nostril for elimination of excess bodily humors accumulated in sinuses, throat, nose & head areas. ‘Nasa hi Shirso Dwaram’ it means nose is the doorway of the brain according to Ayurveda.

Nasya is a treatment procedure mentioned in Ayurvedic texts for cleansing. The name ‘nasya’ is evident that it is related to the nose. It is a process by which oil is administered through the nostrils. Nasya is a part of panchakarma as it helps in detoxifying the head.

Nasya in panchakarma refers to administering oil through the nostrils. There are different types of nasya depending on the type of medicated oils used and the body constitution – vata, pitta or kapha or a combination of these doshas. Even the time for nasya depends on the dosha conditions. Ingredients used for Nasya can be oils, ghee, along with herbs like brahmi, henna, basil, and flowers like rose, jasmine etc.

The nasya procedure is simple and is similar to the nasal drops usage to relieve congestion. The luke warm medicated oil as suggested by practitioner which is customized to each person as per the body type is administered through nostrils.

Method – Nasya is a therapeutic treatment for the nose, throat, sinuses and head. The face, shoulders and chest are massaged with herbal oils that induce perspiration (sudation); an exact dose of herbal extracts/oil is gently poured into the nostrils, while inhaling. After this process, the area around the nose, chest, palms and foot are massaged vigorously.

Benefits – Nasya can prove to be an effective remedy for congestion, allergies, sinusitis, headaches, migraine, rhinitis and other nasal infections. This therapy will cleanse, purify and strengthen the nasal passages allowing you to breathe fully and easily again. It is highly effective for headaches, sinusitis, migraine and rhinitis.

Duration – 30 minutes

More info – Nasya should not be administered after bath, food, during pregnancy or those who have undergone nasal surgery. It is not advised for children below 7 years or people above 80 years.

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MAIN TYPES OF NASAYAM

Virechana (Detoxifying)

Dhmana (Purificatory)

Brumhana  (Nerve strengthening)

Shaman (Palliative)

BENEFITS

  • Nasya is particularly useful in the treatment of diseases occurring in the organs situated above the clavicle(collar bone ). It will promote the functions of the sensory and motor organs above the clavicle. It specifically provides strength to the head, nose and neck.   Indirectly it works on the whole body by improving the functioning of the endocrine glands. It will prevent premature wrinkling, graying and falling of the hair.
  • Nasya not only helps in removing toxins from the head, neck, brain, eyes, ear, nose and throat region, but it also helps in snehan (unction), shaman (pacifying the toxins without removing them), bhrimhan, tarpan (nourishment) and gives immunity to these parts. With the use of nasya, mucous membrane of nasal cavity is stimulated and therefore, other associated organs are also affected. Therefore, the obstructed kapha, in the channels, is removed which results in proper blood circulation in the head.
  • The procedures of nasya help in the elimination of spasm in the nose. It also dilates the constricted bronchial tubes and bronchioles, thereby helping in the treatment of Dysnoea and asthma. Nasya helps in eliminating toxins from the head, neck, brain, ear, nose, and throat and cleans all the channels, which results in improved circulation of the nourishing dhathu in the deeper tissues.
  • In this way, nasya helps in preventing many disorders related to these organs like paralysis, various headaches, diseases of sensory organs, sinusitis etc. It provides strength to sensory organs, prevents ageing, hair loss and graying. It also keeps the skin of the face and body free from wrinkles.
  • Nasyam is excellent for chronic sinusitis, Headache, Throat diseases, Epilepsy, Catarrh, Migraine, Voice constraints, Eye diseases and Cervical Spondylysis.

Indications

  • Stiffness in the head, neck, teeth and jaw, Facial paralysis,  Hoarseness of voice
  • hemicranias,  Pain in the shoulder , Chronic coryza (sinusitis)
  • Diseases of mouth, nose, ear, eye and head

24. Pichu Kerala Ayurveda Therapy Bangalore

MethodPichu is a palliative treatment for ailments of the head and spine. During this treatment, a long, thick layer of cotton wool soaked with warm medicated oil is applied over the affected area. The oil is replaced periodically to keep it warm and therapeutic. The warmth of the oil-soaked pads seeps into the body and induces a deep sense of relief. Short, gentle and rhythmic massage strokes further alleviate stress and enhance the healing process.

BenefitsPichu as a therapy is very effective for degenerative and painful problems like backache, osteo-arthritis, spondylitis, injuries, etc.

25. Shirovasti

Method – In a Shirovasti treatment, a bandage is tied and a cylindrical cap is secured around the head. The medicated oil, warmed to body temperature, is poured into the cap and allowed to soak into the scalp. This oil is a mixture of gingely oil, castor oil, ghee, common milk, and various herb extracts; these are boiled in order to extract their full medicinal properties

BenefitsShirovasti is a great therapy for treating paralysis, insomnia, and depression. It is also useful for dryness of nostrils, mouth and throat, severe headaches, burning sensation of head, eye diseases, diseases of cranial nerves and hair fall. It is also helpful to improve memory and vision.

Duration – 10 to 20 minutes

SHIROVASTHI

                                                                        

Shirovasthi is the procedure where in the medicated oil is retained on the head for a prescribed period. This oil is a prepared mixture of gingely oil, Staff Tree, castor oil, ghee, common milk, and medicated herbs like bala, winter cherry, black gram, castor plant, bacopa, etc. There are special ways and methods in which the herbs and oils are boiled in order to extract their full medicinal properties.

The prepared medicated oil of tolerable warmth is poured to the carefully fixed an elongated leather cap around the person’s head. The oil has to be retained on the head for about 30 to 45 minutes based on the person’s tolerance level. This process is done with the patient sitting on a comfortable chair. During this process, the therapeutic properties of the medicated oil acts on the person’s brain and tunes up his central and autonomous nervous system. The brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and the sympathetic nerves receives the medicinal effects of the oil. As a result, various nerve disorders get mended and the mind gets relieved from conflicts and stress.

INDICATIONS AND BENEFITS

This is an effective treatment for many diseases of the head, face, and central nervous system. Shirovasthi is ideal for facial paralysis, migraine, head ache, insomnia, memory loss, mental stress, and dry nose, dryness of the eye and also for cervical spondylysis.

Though useful in all Doshas types of ailments, the treatment is more useful in Vata related diseases. The timing and periodicity of the treatment varies according to the condition of the patient and type of disease. Usually, the doctor gives a 7 or 14 day treatment course.

Some research has been successfully carried out in hospitals in Kerala and north India about its benefits in Parkinson’s disease.

26. Pizhichil

The word Pizhichil means ‘to squeeze’. During Pizhichil, oil is squeezed from a cloth dipped in warm medicated oil on the whole body and hence the name. Pizhichil, also known as kayaseka, forms a part of Purvakarma in the Panchakarma therapy. It is an ayurvedic whole body therapy using lukewarm medicated oil and accompanied with co-ordinated massage therapy. It rejuvenates the nervous and muscular system of the body and stimulates blood circulation. Pizhichil therapy is an ideal combination of two classical Ayurvedic treatments – Snehana (oleation) and Swedana (sudation). Oleation is the oil therapy and is subdivided as external oleation and internal oleation. Sudation is the heat therapy. The combination of snehana and swedana combines the goodness of both oils and heat. In ancient times it was only prescribed to aristocracy and hence referred to as the treatments for kings.

PIZHICHIL

                                   

 

Pizhichil is another name of Sarvangadhara meaning squeezing warm medicated oil all over the body with the help of cloth pieces, which are periodically dipped into vessels containing oil.

’Pizhichil’ literally means ‘squeezing’. Here, warm medicated oil is squeezed over the patient’s body from a piece of cloth that is periodically dipped in a vessel containing the oil. Pizhichil is a special form of treatment which is a combination of oil massage and heat treatment. . The therapy has been used since ancient times as kings used to take this treatment. Hence, the treatment is also called ‘Treatment for aristocrats’.

It is a gentle and synchronized body massage, which is done with constant flow of warm herbal oil. During pizhichil therapy, a person undergoing the treatment is made to sit on a chair specially made for this therapy. Before beginning Pizhichil, a suitable type of oil should be applied to the head and body of the patient. In some cases, a talam is also applied on the head and bandaged with leaves.

The warm, medicated oil is then poured in a continually flowing single stream, by squeezing a clean cloth dipped in oil over the body. The treatment starts and ends with the patient in a sitting position. In the duration in-between, the patient is made to lie flat while the application of Shirodhara goes on.

The application of constant flow of warm herbal oil in a rhythmic way continuously for about 60 to 90 minutes per day for a period of 7 to 21 days.

INDICATIONS

All forms of arthritis, Rheumatological problems, stress disorders, atrophy disorders and neuro muscular disorders.

Pizhichil is an excellent remedy for optimum relaxation in ayurveda. The treatment is also beneficial for various ailments such as nervous weakness, sexual weakness, hypertension, Vata imbalances, and limbs emaciation.

Pizhichil Treatment increases the blood circulation, nourishes muscles, nerves tissues and sexual ability. Pizhichil Ayurveda treatment is also effective for Paraplegia, Hemiplegia and general debility. It gives full relaxation to the body and mind. It is highly rejuvenating also.

Pizhichil is an effective remedy for optimum relaxation. This treatment is also very useful for sexual weakness, nervous weakness, rheumatic pains, Vata imbalances, hypertension and emaciation of limbs.

27. DHANYAMLA DHARA

Dhanyamla Dhara is a special type of Dhara treatment with an infusion prepared from some cereals (Dhanya) and vinegar (Amla) obtained from citrus fruits. Navara rice, horse gram, millet, sliced citrus fruits and dried ginger are bundled separately in pieces of linen and then immersed in a large pot of water. The water is then boiled for a specific period during which the extracts from the bundles leach into the pot to make vinegar. Dhara therapy with this liquid is called Dhanyamladhara.

As in any other Dhara, this liquid too is poured in a continual stream over the patient’s body in a rhythmic way through a special vessel for 1 hour daily for 7 to 14 days. It is a remedy for hemiplegic paralysis rheumatic complaints and vata predominant diseases etc. The procedure is similar to pizhichil treatment.

28.NETRA TARPANA

 

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Tharpanam is a rejuvenation treatment for eyes. Eyes are bathed in pure form of medicated ghee for about 2 to 10 minutes. The treatment strengthens the optical nerves, prevents cataract and gives a cooling effect to the eyes. The procedure is carried out where the patient is made to lie on his/her back on the dhroni and A paste of black-gram mixed with lukewarm water is formed in a receptacle around the orbit and a specially prepared medicate Oil with Bhrimhan Dravyas is poured over the eyes and the eyes are winked for a minimum time of approximately 35 minutes gradually increasing day by day for a maximum time 50 minutes and gradually decreasing vice-versa. This is often repeated for 7-21 days.

INDICATIONS AND BENEFITS

The treatment reduces pain and burning sensation in the eyes, Dry eye syndrome, strengthens the eye muscles, relieves strain on eyes due to computers, driving, late night activities, bright sunlight, welding rays, furnace heat etc. It is a best treatment for eye ailments like refractive errors, retinopathies, fatigue, cataract, ptosis, Ocular muscle weakness etc.

This treatment aims to provide optimum rejuvenation to eyes. Dough of Urad (black gram) is put around the eye ball in such a way that a dam like appearance is seen. Then herbal healing ghee (clarified butter oil) is put in this groove to lubricate eye and surrounding areas which will be kept warm for 30 – 35 minutes. This provides improved vision with beautiful eyes and strengthening of eye tissues.It also helps in under eye circles if done regularly for few days.

Indication:

Burning in the eyes   -Dryness in the eyes – Vata (nervous system) diseases in the eyes – Curved eyes Conjunctivitis           Pain in the eyes –     Watering eyes – Night blindness – Other conditions based on the discretion of the doctor

Method – Ayurveda has some special strengthening and purifying eye treatments. Though the treatment varies for each problem, Netra tarpana treatment aims at providing optimum rejuvenation for the eyes and acts as an antidote for tired and burning eyes. Medicated ghee is retained in a reservoir made over the eyes with black gram paste in the procedure.

BenefitsNetra tarpana will have a cooling effect on irritated and stressed eyes, relieve eyestrain, Dry Eye Syndrome, Glaucoma, improve eyesight, helps in preventing early formation of Cataract, improper co-ordination and loss of movement of the eye balls, and other eye related problems.

Duration – 10 to 15 minutes

29. UPNAHA : THE MEDICATED POULTICE AND BANDAGE

MethodUpanaham is an integral part of the pain management program at Ayurvedagram. It is done by application of  a warm, medicated, herbal paste over the affected area, covering the applied paste with medicinal herbal leaves and bandaging over that with a cotton cloth bandage. This application is removed after few hours as per the requirement. Care is taken to avoid any burn injury.

BenefitsUpanaham is well-known for its ability to relieve pain, swelling and to nourish the tissues. It is a very effective treatment in Osteo-arthritis, joint injuries and localized pain and swelling.

Duration – 45 MINUTES

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