An Ayurvedic therapy in which the body of the patient is fomented with linen bags containing a mixture of horse gram, black gram, gingelly seeds, and other vital ingredients in powdered form.
Navarakizhi or Pindasweda is used not only as part of the Panchakarma but also as an effective treatment for hemiplegia and health issues caused by Vata disorders.
Shirovasti or therapeutic enema on the head is said to be one of the major external oil therapies for Vata related ailments. Shirovasti is suggested for diseases like facial paralysis, cataract, earache, insomnia, and disorders of the cranial nerves.
Dhara is one of the major oil therapies in Ayurveda treatment. In this continual pouring of warm medicated oil or a herbal decoction over the body is done. Dhara is a kind of external application of medicated liquids. Popular Dhara treatments are Shirodhara (oil is poured only on the forehead), Sarvangadhara (oil is poured all over except on the head).
Talapotichil in Ayurveda treatment involves covering the head with medicinal paste. Talapotichil is an important treatment for many minor and major diseases that afflict the head.
Shirovasti, Urovasti, and Kativasti are not full-fledged Vasti treatments but are named so because they require medicated herbal concoctions to stay on the patient over an extended period of time. The oils are poured into a container which is then placed on the affected area. Each of these three therapies treats a different set of ailments.
Kativasti is an ayurvedic therapy to cure lower backache, stiffness, and pain felt down the back. Oil mixed with black gram dough is placed on the patient for an extended duration.
Karnapoorana is a premier Ayurvedic therapy for the treatment of a wide range of ear-related and cranial issues. Here, medicated herbal oils are poured in each ear of the patient, one side at a time, at five-minute intervals. Based on the severity of the injury or defect, the treatment can be repeated for an entire week as well.
Shirodhara, also known as Moordhanyadhara, is done with oil in Ayurveda. Dhara’s are done using oil medicated with herbs, tender coconut water, milk, ghee, Dhanyamla (an extraction of cereals and citrus fruits), or buttermilk. It is a treatment suggested to curing ailments like headache, fatigue, insomnia, nervousness, and stress. Shirodhara is performed as part of the Purvakarma practices.
Picture of the Preparations done for Upanahasweda. Upanahasweda is an Ayurvedic treatment used to relieve pain associated with swelling. It is a Purva karma in Panchakarma therapy in Ayurveda. It is the local application of medicated paste to cure pain and swelling.
Udwartana is a process in which a paste of herbal powders in water or other suitable liquids is applied to the body. Then it is rubbed off gently just as it dries. Udwartana with various powders is effective in reducing excessive sweating and bad body odor, in imparting softness and radiance to the body skin as well as in reducing obesity.
Shiro Abhyanga is a specialized therapy mainly focused on vital points (Marma) of the Head, Neck, and shoulders. The head massage induces a state of calm, peace, and tranquility and promotes high levels of alertness and concentration.
It is a herbal foot massage that focuses on vital pressure points to balance the doshas. It prevents spasms and relaxes the ligaments, improves circulation to the lower limbs. It also stimulates all organs and improves vitality. Stimulation of vital points induces deep sleep and faster body revitalization.
In Netra Tarpanam, specially prepared luke warm ghee/oil is retained over the eye socket inside a well created using black gram pasts or whole flour. Netra Tarpanam is useful in the treatment of computer vision syndrome and dry eyes. It helps improve vision by providing local nourishment.
Pizhicil is the squeezing of warm medicated oil onto the body of the patient from a piece of cloth that is periodically soaked in a vessel containing the medicated oil. Pizhichil literally means squeezing. Pizhichil enhances muscular tone and retunes the entire nervous system, promotes blood circulation, nourishes muscles, nervous tissues, and restores inner balance. It is beneficial in paralysis and other kinds of Vata disorders. It acts as a free radical scavenger antioxidant. It tones, strengthens, and deeply rejuvenates the whole body.
In Janu vasti specially prepared warm herbal oil is poured over the knee and retained inside a well created using black gram paste or whole wheat flour. Janu vasti is used in the treatments of Osteoarthritis of knee joints, osteoporosis, Arthritis of knee joints, and chronic pain of the knee joints. It restores the lubricating fluid in the joint and maintains the integrity of the structures involved in the joint. It also improves the mobility of the knee joints.
In Greeva Vasti specially prepared warm herbal oil is poured over the neck and retained inside a well, created with black gram paste or whole wheat flour. Greeva Vasti is used in the treatments of the neck and upper bank conditions like cervical spondylosis, stiff neck, and pain due to muscular strain. The healing properties of herbal oils improve circulation, helps strengthen the musculature and lubricate the joint.
Mukha Lepam includes a face massage, rice scrub, and application of turmeric, and a face pack. Detoxifies and nourishes the skin. It improves circulation and exfoliation. Navara Mukha Lepam Navara Mukh Lepam includes a scrub, steam, and face massage with Navara rice
Navara Mukha Lepam prevents sagging of the skin, removes facial toxins, and retains the overall youth and vitality of the facial tissues. It energizes the nervous system and provides nourishment.
Ubtan involves a full body Abhyangam massage followed by a herbal paste application all over the body. Ubtan improves the luster of the skin by improving its health. It also has antifungal, antibacterial, antiperspirant, deodorant & skin-toning properties. It maintains the PH balance of the skin and opens up blocked pores.
Soundarya is a classical combination of a full body Abhyangam massage with a paste of skin-nourishing fruit supplements. Soundarya softens and reduces scars and provides a good complexion to the skin. The mask detoxifies and nourishes the skin leaving it smooth and silky. The nutrients from the herbs and the fruit extracts nourish the skin, open up blocked pores, and help exfoliation.
Shringara is a traditional beauty package that begins with a full-body Abhyangam massage and scrub and is followed by an Ayurveda paste application. The body is wrapped with long banana leaves for a long-lasting effect. Shringara improves skin health and enhances the glow and shine all over the body as a result. Regular sittings help improve skin texture. Abhyangam and the scrub exfoliate the skin. Traditional herbs like turmeric and tulsi cleanse the body and help improve the skin texture.