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Ayurvedic Therapies

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Ayurveda, the ancient system of healing focuses on absolute health and long life. It can cure almost any kind of disease without causing any side-effects. Using natural ingredients it detoxifies and rejuvenates the body, builds resistance, and integrate the body, mind and spirit. According to Ayurveda all the ailments and diseases in a human body arise due to the imbalance of the tridoshas namely Vatta (air and space), Pitta( fire and water) and Kapha ( water and earth). The Ayurvedic therapies are aimed at bringing back right balance in tridoshas. The term Tridoshas consists of two words, 'tri' meaning 'three' and 'doshas' meaning 'the physical energies'.


Ayurvedic Therapies are aimed at treating disorders, preventing disease and re-balancing the body doshas and enhancing general physical and mental well-being. The therapies remove toxins from the body, boost immunity system and rejuvenate the senses. Ayurvedic Therapies encompass activities such as balancing diet, methods to increase the weight and strength of weak patients, reduce weight, exercise, meditation, internal cleansing, massage, sweating and herbal medication.


Ayurvedic Therapies can be broadly classified into two types

  • Santarpan or Strengthening: Such therapies are the rejuvenation therapies which increase immunity, happiness, longevity and peace of mind.
  • Apatarpan or Emaciating: Such therapies deal in removing toxins from the body and balance the doshas.

Some of the Ayurvedic Therapies are


Panchakarma

This five fold process involves a short-term treatment of dietary prescription, massage, herbal medicine, along with medicated enemas, sweat baths, nasal cleansing and purgatives to purify the body. The five main procedures are: Vamanam (removal of excess Kapha), Virechanam (removal of Pitta toxins in the liver and gallbladder), Nasyam (cleansing Kapha toxins from the head and neck region), Sneha Vasthi (cleansing of accumulated toxins) and Kashaya Vasthi (enema of medicated herbal extracts).


Abhyangam

This is an ultimate treatment for body disorders like obesity, and its results are much faster than other methodologies. Having no side effects, this treatment is just a massage process with special warmed medicated oil. Massage intensity and flow is decided according to the body type of the person undergoing the treatment. The process is regulated for 45 minutes per day for 2 weeks regularly.


Sirodhara

Sirodhara is among those treatments of Ayurveda in which healing is done purely by medicated oil. In this treatment, the person is laid down calmly and Ayurvedic medicated oil poured over the forehead slowly. This is a natural and effective process for relaxation. Sirodhara is very helpful in curing mental disorders, psychological imbalances, stress, tension, depression and other negative states of one's psyche.


Kativasthi

This effective medicinal process is meant for spinal disorders only. In Kativasthi, a warm medicated oil is applied on the lower back with herbal paste. This treatment is carried out for 45 minutes to 1 hour.


Kizhi

Kizhi is just another massage treatment for bones strengthening. Basically, this process involves massage purely by herbs, herbal leaves or herbal powder. These are applied on the whole body in boluses with hot medicated oils. The process is conducted for 45 minutes per day for 2 weeks approximately. This treatment is very effective for osteoarthritis, arthritis, swelling, sports injuries etc.


Ksheeradhoomam

This is a healing process in which treatment is given by steam. Instead of water or oil, this process is conducted with medicated cow milk. Known as fomentation, Ksheeradhoomam is carried out with the steam of heated cow milk. The steam is passed on the whole body with a light and rhythmic massage. This treatment is very effective for curing headache, facial paralysis, Bell's palsy, speech disorders and other nervous disorders.


Udvarthanam

This therapy is basically for proper functioning of blood vessels. It is conducted with a different massage. The massage element is basically a herbal powder and medicated milk. The time duration of the massage is about 30 to 45 minutes daily for 2 to 4 weeks. This therapy helps in reducing the excess fat and cellulite in the body. It not only cures obesity and paralysis, but also helps in reducing weight.


Choornaswedan

This Ayurvedic treatment involves the use of medicated Choornas. These choornas or herbal powders are selected according to the disease/disorder or body type and requirement of the person undergoing the treatment. First these special herbal powders are prepared for the treatment in small linen bags and are applied to the person's body after getting warmed in medicinal oils. The whole process is carried out for about 30-45 minutes and it is very effective in relieving neurological imbalances, almost all types of injuries and serious rheumatic conditions.


Snehapanam

This is a rich Ayurvedic medicated therapy which is conducted with Medicated Ghee. Snehapanam is all about the intake of ghee. As Ayurveda treats ghee as a good medicine for several diseases, this therapy is useful for the cure of Chronic Constipation, Osteoarthritis, Psoriasis and Leukemia. This therapy lasts 2 weeks and is also good for several skin diseases.


Sirovasthi

Another Ayurvedic herbal treatment that is regulated with lukewarm herbal oils, Sirovasthi is meant for facial disorders mainly. Patients are given a cap which is filled with medicated lukewarm oils which is pressed on to the head for 15 minutes to 1 hour daily for 2 weeks regularly. This treatment gives quick and positive results for facial paralysis, Dryness of nostrils, mouth and throat, Severe headaches, and other diseases caused by Vatha dosha.

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Njavarakizhi

Similar to Kizhi, which is good for bone strengthening, Njavarakizhi is also treats the bones, but the main difference lies with the process of application. In this particular process the complete body of the person, or a specific part is pressed with medicated hot puddings which are kept in a special muslin bag. The process is regulated for 1 to 1½ hour daily for 2 weeks regularly and results in quick relief in joint pain, limb pain, tackles high B.P., rising cholesterol and a few skin infections.


Pizhichil

This Ayurvedic medicated process is specially meant to cure nervous and sexual weakness. This treatment includes a massage therapy with warm herbal medicated oils of lukewarm on the whole body in a rhythmic way for about 1 to 1 ½ hour per day. The therapy course is of 2 weeks again. This treatment well known for curing Arthritis, Paralysis, Hemiplegia, Sexual Weakness, Nervous Weakness etc.


Takradhara

The treatment, being done by Buttermilk, gives a cooling effect to the body with full relief from stress. The process can be administered either like Sirodhara, (where warm medicated oil is poured over the forehead only), or Dhara, (in which herbal oils are applied on the whole body). This process not only gives relaxation but is also helpful in curing several skin diseases. It also provides the skin a natural smoothness and softness.


Thalam

Thalam is a medicated process especially evolved to cure disorders like headache, insomnia, migraine etc. The therapy involves applying a thick herbal paste on the forehead for 30 to 45 minutes which gives a cooling effect and relaxation. That particular medicated paste is known as "Talam" in kerala. Different kinds of talams are chosen for different disorders and diseases.


Tharpanam

This is a herbal treatment for the eyes. In most places, Tharpanam is also known as Tharpan. It is a natural and herbal process for the overall cleansing of the eyes. The process is conducted with a special medicated oil which is common for everyone. The oil is applied over the eyes with a thick herbal combination and the process lasts for about 30 minutes. This is helpful in improving one's eyesight and preventing eye diseases. This is the only process in Ayurveda that is evolved to strengthen the optic nerve.


Gandusa

If you need full treatment of your face, mouth along with teeth, ears and nose, Gandusa is the best available option. No more sticky creams, no face washes. The treatment is simply regulated by medicated oils which is retained in the mouth for a few minutes, accompanied by a light face massage side by side. One will observe a natural and long lasting glow on the face. This treatment also takes care of wrinkles on the face, colour and tone of the skin and strength of teeth. The light massage improves the lines on the face and cleanses the ears and nose as well. The medicated oil inside the mouth also helps in the treatment of the voice and throat passageway.


Kaval

Kaval is another Ayurvedic treatment diversified from Gandusa, with the same purpose of keeping the face, mouth, teeth, ears, nose and throat fully fit and fine. This process is also conducted with medicinal oil. Gargling with that special medicated oil cures also cures several other diseases.


Vamana

This unique Ayurvedic treatment induces therapeutic vomiting to balance kapha, one of the three doshas of our body. When this particular dosha is disturbed in the body, it can cause diseases like asthma, psoriasis and other major problems. This treatment designed to cure respiratory disorders, throat infections and skin diseases. The process is carried out with herbal mixtures, herbal powders and medicated pastes.


Virechana

This Ayurvedic treatment is administered to people of all age groups. This process does not need any sort of fixed treatment for a particular duration or massage of any kind. It simply involves the intake of an Ayurvedic medicine. The person needs to take a herbal and purely Ayurvedic medicine Virechak Aushadhi in milk or warm water once or twice a day, depending on the disease conditions. This Aushadhi (medicine) is very beneficial in balancing the Pittas in our body. It cures jaundice, chronic fever, dermatitis and heartburn even.


Sneha Vasti

This is a treatment process for major disorders of the body like paralysis and neurological diseases. Sneha Vasti is also conducted with medicated oils. Just as Vamana checks and balances Kapha dosha in our body, Sneha Vasti keeps a check on another dosha- Vata. This dosha of our body is directly linked to the large intestine, i.e. Pakwashaya. So, whenever there is a slight disorder in Vata dosha, it causes neurological ailments, constipation, paralysis, flatulence, lower backache, gout and rheumatism and other major problems. Therefore, this Ayurvedic treatment is beneficial in curing all such disorders.


Kashaya Vasti

Kashaya vasti is the treatment process that follows Sneha Vasti. Very soothing and seductive in nature, this process involves massage by honey, oil and herbs. This method is just like a cleansing process that ultimately results in the formation, nourishment and strengthening of body tissues. Honey and special herb elements are applied to the pores of body through massage and this results in improving the functioning of tissues and restoring the immune system of the body.


Nasyam

Another medicinal process of Ayurveda which lasts for around 2 weeks, Nasyam is slightly different from other methodologies. As the name suggests, it is linked with "nose", and involves the use of Herbal Juices along with medicated oils. Both are applied through nose for 2 weeks. And the treatment is highly effective for headache, psychological imbalances, paralysis and skin diseases also.


Yoni Prakshalanam

This Ayurvedic treatment is important from the biological point of view. As the name symbolizes, Yoni Prakshalanam is an Ayurvedic therapy in which herbal oils are applied through the vaginal route. This treatment doesn't have any side effects and is also good for gynecological disorders. It is just a cleansing process of one's genital organs. And once the genital organs are purified, several body processes start functioning in a proper manner.

 

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