Since time immemorial, Ayurveda is an all-important part of our healing culture. Originating nearly 5000 years ago, Ayurveda has been rendering its services to mankind for ages. From treating the underlying cause of diseases to providing rejuvenation, Ayurveda has been one holistic approach to health.
Within its womb, Ayurveda science carries an array of revitalizing and healing treatments featuring the application of herbs, sattvic diet, yoga, and more. The types of treatments in Ayurveda address different aspects of health and ultimately impact the body-mind comprehensively and positively.
Benefits of Treatments in Ayurveda:
● Deep healing and cleansing
● Natural and Safe
● Rehabilitation of the body, mind, and soul
Types of Treatments in Ayurveda:
1. Detoxifying Panchakarma: Panchakarma is an Ayurveda detoxifying treatment consisting the potency of 5 purging treatments put into action for removing waste material and balancing the vitiated doshas. The Panchakarma treatment is therapeutic and rejuvenating in nature.
● Virechana: Virechana is one of the Panchakarma treatments that harmonize the imbalanced Pitta Dosha. It is a procedure of induced purgation through the oral administration of medicinal drugs. Virechana purifies blood toxins, kidneys, stomach, small intestine, liver and spleen.
● Vamana: Vamana is medical vomiting for treating Kapha Dosha. Before the treatment, Kapha aggravating foods are given to the patient. On the day of the treatment, heat is applied to the chest to liquefy the Kapha followed by a medicinal drink. The drink stimulates the emesis and waste products are discharged through the upper gastrointestinal tract via vomiting.
● Basti: The primary treatment for Vata dosha is Basti. Basti is a highly revered Panchakarma treatment because of its enhanced benefits. Basti works in the colon region because it is the place where Vata starts to accumulate first.
● Nasya: “The nose is the door to consciousness and the pathway to the inner pharmacy.” In Nasya treatment, medicines are administered through the way of a nose that affects the three doshas.
● Raktmokshan: It is an Ayurvedic therapy of expelling impure blood from the body. In this, Jauaka (leech) is allowed to suck blood from your body. The leech first sucks impure blood from the body. Raktmokshan is helpful in treating skin diseases, vitiligo, and arthritis.
2. Soothing Herbal Massages: Herbal Massages are important to the science of Ayurveda. Massaging the body with herbal oils is highly beneficial for health and wellness. The medicinal value of oil and healing touch stimulate, nourish, and nurture the affected body areas.
● Abhyangam: Abhyangam is a full Ayurvedic body massage treatment. The procedure of Abhyangam includes pouring of medicated oil over the body and is gently massaged for 60 minutes daily. The massage helps to reduce fluid accumulation, toxic overload, diminishes stiffness of joints and so much more.
● Shirodhara: Shirodhara means rhythmic pouring of oils over the head. Sira means head and Dhara is a continuous flow, hence Shirodhara. Medicated oil, buttermilk, herbal extract mixed with liquid, etc. are poured in the center of the forehead along with a gentle massage. In Ayurveda, the center of the forehead is known as ‘Ajna Marma,’ the place of nerves. The pressure of the oil creates vibration and massage helps it to penetrate deeper into the layers of the head resulting in calmness and relaxation of the brain nerves. Shirodhara also triggers pineal gland, which produces serotonin and melatonin.
3. Swedana Treatments: Also known as sudation therapy, it is the process of inducing sweat in the body in order to open the channels and remove toxins effectively. It is also effective in treating a disease characterized by Vata and Kapha Dosha.
● Pizhichil: It is a therapeutic treatment for rheumatic diseases like arthritis, muscular weakness, paralysis, etc. Under this treatment, a herbal oil or mixture of herbal oils are poured all over the body in a uniform way continuously along with simultaneous massage.
● Elakizhi: It is Sweden types of treatments in Ayurveda. A bolus is formed from a muslin cloth containing herbs which are dipped in warm medicated oil and is applied either over the whole body or affected area. The gentle massaging of the body with the herbal potli benefits the body and mind in numerous ways.
● Njavara Kizhi: The medicated oil is either applied all over the body or on a specific area depending upon the underlying issue. After this, Njavarayari (medicinal rice) and the root of Sida retusa is processed with milk and is applied as a paste along with massage.
4. Sirovasti: It is an Ayurvedic treatment for nervous system and mental concentration. Lukewarm medicated oil is retained over the head for a period of time using a leather cap that is fitted around the head.
5. Lepam: It is the treatment where an herbal paste is applied over the body areas like face, head, hands, foot, back for curing and stimulating the senses and organs of the body.
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