Ayurveda is one of the earliest medical sciences that advocates positive concept of health through a blend of physical, mental, social, moral and spiritual welfare.
Ayurveda is a natural and Universal therapy. The people are now being attracted towards Ayurvedic treatment to avoid side effects of chemical and synthetic compounds.
According to this healing tradition, every living and non-living being in the universe is a combination of five basic internal elements (panch maha bhoothas) Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. These elements combine in pairs to form three forces called tridosha â€“ Vata, Pitta and Kapha. While the air and space and elements combine to form the Vata principle, the fire elements constitutes the Pitta Principle. The earth and water elements combine to form the Kapha principle. It is said that these three basic principles govern all biological, physiological and psycho-pathological functions of body, mind and consciousness. They act as basic constituents and protective barriers of the body. Any imbalance of the body matrix gives rise to ill health or sickness.
In Ayurveda diagnosis involves examination of pulse, urine, feces, tongue, eyes, skin and ear, as well as tactile and auditory functions and a general physical examination. The patientâ€™s internal physiological characteristics and mental disposition are also taken into consideration. Apart from these, affected tissues and humours (body fluids), patientâ€™s resistance and vitality, gravity of condition, digestion of details of personal, social and environmental situation are also noted. Treatments in Ayurveda range from purification therapies such as Panchkarma and internal treatments such as herbal medicines. In addition, the practitioner may recommend dietary and lifestyle changes and therapies like Panchkarma and Rasayana. The therapy begins with chanting of a traditional prayer for the patientâ€™s well being. A special herbal powder may be applied on forehead followed by traditional Indian yogic chants that are played according to the time of the day.
Ayurveda is more than five thousand years old. Panchkarma is the ayurvedic treatment .It is the classical cleansing and rejuvenation processes of ayurveda.
Today a busy, stressfull life, polluted surrounding, bad food habits, give rise to accumulation of toxins in the body which is the cause of many diseases ultimately damaging the health. Panchkarma procedures will rejuvenates the body tissue and the diseased organs after detoxifying the toxins from the body. The degenerated tissues will be reverted to regeneration ultimately a healthy body. Panchakarma purifies the tissues at a very deep level.
Panchkarma belongs to the shodhana (purification) group of therapies.
- Sirovirechan or nasya
- Blood letting
The body must first be nourished with preparatory procedures such as deepen pachan snehan and Sweden.
The whole procedures are done traditionally and authentically at our centerIt takes about 30 days for complete courses of panchkarma. This includes the rest and recovery periods in between each powerful treatment. The ayurvedic physicians at our center will constantly supervise the whole procedure with immense care and expertise.
Each step is carefully planned and executed by the team of ayurvedic physicians and technicians to get the best of the results. After Panchakarma Digestive powder increases, Promotes good senses, Increases strength and immunity of the body, slowing the aging process.
These Procedures are done in three stages-
1) Poorvakarma - Preparatory procedures that help the body discard the toxins present in the stomach and tissues and help facilitate the toxins to move to the alimentary canal.
Includes deepan, pachan, snehan and Sweden. It involves both the external application of oil to the body and taking oils internally to soften and make the tissues supple ,so that ama ( toxins) can flow freely outward.
Abhyanga- Abhyanga is a basic Ayuvedic herbal oil massage that improves blood circulation eliminates toxins and boost immunity,leaving the recipient feeling revitalized. The medicated herbal oil used is chosen according to the specific constitution of the recipient.Long and gliding hand motion are used while massaging and the treatment incorporates stimulation of marm points(the Ayurvedic equivalent of acupressure points).Abhyangam massage not only leaves the skin supple,soft and smooth,it als also enhances mental alterness,calms nerves and tones muscles.
Swedan- Sweating- This isAfter the body is oiled,the body channels are open, supple and ready to eliminate wastes. Sweats use the natural forces of heat and steam to open the outer channels and aid the natural eliminative process .
2) Pradhankarma- Include vaman, virechan ,basti, nasya,blood letting.
3 Paschata Karma - POST PURIFICATION MEASURES OF PANCHKARMA
After Panchkarma Therapies a lot of strainon the body . The digestive fire becomes weak. Paschatkarma is used to regain the vigor and vitality of the body. It is an important, nutritive treatment that is administered over a period of time after panchkarma process.
Samsarjan Karma- A special diet and lifestyle prescribed for one week. In this therapy the digestive power and strength of the person is restored by starting light and moving towards a heavy diet.
A brief description of the five panchkarma therapies are
- Basti therapy
- Blood letting
Vaman- Vaman is the process of eliminating waste from the body through the upper pathway. It is administered to relieve excess kapha from stomach . This therapy should only be used as part of the panchkarma therapy under proper supervision.
Virechan Therapy- It is the second of the five main panch karma therapies . It is the process by which bodily wastes are evacuated through the lower pathway of the body . It is the therapy for pitta disorder invocating the bile and blood.
Basti Therapy- Basti therapy is a used in ayurveda to cleanse and purify the colon and to nourish the body. Charka suggests that eighty percent of all diseases may be cured by basti therapy. Basti is considered both an elimination and a nourishing therapy.
- 1Niruha or Asthapan basti- Niruha vasti is the use of medicated decoction in the colon to remove excess bodily wastes and aggrivated doshas from the colon through rectum .It is also known as asthapan basti. It is done for vata disorders. It relieves Constipation, Distention, Backache, Rheumatism and other joint pains etc.
- 2-Anuvasan basti-The second form of basti treatment uses oils, fats, honey with nourishing herbs. It is indicated in Vata disorders like backache, sciatica and other joint pains, Arthritis, Rheumatism, Gout, Muscle Spasm, Sexual problems, Neurological problems, Headache Etc. Vata`s predominant site is the colon. In this therapy, medicated oil is introduced into the Rectum.
Nasya therapy- Siroverechan
Nasya therapy is one of the five main actions of panchkarma .It is also known as sirovirechan.
In this therapy, head, face and chest are massaged with specific herbal oils and made to perspire. Then specific Ayurvedic oils or herbal powder or herbal juices are administered in nostrils. It is very effective for sinusitis, migraine, headaches,wrinkles, facial paralysis, allergic and chronic rhinitis etc.
Extra doshas that have accumulated in throat, nose, sinuses and head are removed.
Nasal therapy stimulates the brain by creating a healthy shock to the cranial system .Nasya is used to clear impurities from the head and sinuses,reduce pain and promote relaxation. It cures coryza , headache , lockjaw, facial , paralysis, neuralgia, cervical spondilitis .
Blood letting-rakt mokshan-
It is practiced since ancient times.Rakta is blood and mokshana is lleting out.Letting out of vitiated blood from the body is called raktamokshana karm.Raktmokshana karma is beneficial in blood diseases and in pittadhikhya diseases.
Ayurvedic healing therapies
Sirodhara It is the process by which oil or medicated liquid is methodically dropped on the forehead from a specially designed pot directly above the forehead.It tones up the brain tissues, increases the activity of sense organs,relieves tension and reduces blood pressure.
This Therapy is effective for conditions such as heart diseases , insomnia , mental disorders ,exhaustion ,migraine , facial paralysis , eyes diseases , baldness , premature and graying hair, dandruff, paralysis, nervous disorders and Parkinsonâ€™s disease.
It is of three types:
- Ksheer dhara- Uses medicated milks.
- Takra dhara- Takra dhara Is a variety of sirodhara, in which medicated buttermilk is poured in a continuous stream over the forehead in a specified manner.
- Oil dhara â€“ Uses medicated oil.
SIROPICHUI-In this process cotton/gauze soaked with oil is kept on the head for a prescribed time. It is indicated in sirorogas,hair loss,graying of hair and psychological diseases.
Sirobasti-: It is snehan therapy for the head. Warm oil retained by a leather cap on the head . It is generally used for paralysis , tumors of head and others nervous disorders . It relieves mental stress and increases the ojus of the body.
Netratarpan It Is an eye cleansing treatment in which a facial massage is done focusing on marm points. Then rings of organic dough are placed around the eyes to act as receptacles for the medicated ghee that is poured over the eyes . This Therapy improves the eye sight , helps to relax tired eyes. It strengthens the eyes and protects then against the sun.
Mastiskya-: Herbal pastes is applied directly on the head.
Anna lepan- Applying warm pouches directly on the body with using bolus is called Ann lepan.
Anna Lepan has the effects of giving strength to the muscles and nourishing the skin and rejuvenating the whole body.
It is good for bodily pain ,osteoarthritis , rheumatoid arthritis and gout.
Kizhi â€“ Green Leaf poultice application . Herbal leaves and herbs or herbal powders are applied to the whole body in boluses with hot medicated oils . This treatment is for osteoarthritis, arthritis with swelling, spondilosis, sports injuries etc.
It is the Ayurvedic medicated oil therapy done on the lower back. Specially prepared warm herbal oil is poured over the backbone area and retained inside a dam made out of dough. The hot medicated oil helps remove lower spine rigidity and strengthens back bone tissues.
It Increases the circulation in this region as the herbal oil gets deeply absorbed into the skin and both nourishes and strengthens the muscles and nerves.
Hridya Basti- Hridya Basti involves placing Ayurvedic oils over the heart area to help nourish, strengthen, balance heart functions and rejuvenate the heart. Warm herbal oil or ghee is left on chest for up to 30 minutes.
Janu basti- In this process warmed oil is allowed to stand over particular knee for a period of time It can be used in knee pain coused by degenerative joint diseases.
Herbal Ubtans- Ancient cultures used the fresh grains , legumes and so some herbs. It was used even before Vedic times to rejuvenate the skin tissues and make it glow . It is also cleans and nourishes the body.
Ksheeradhoomam- It is the snigdh swedan. In this process steam is generated by boiling milk and herbs. It is mainly practiced in the management of ardita, jihvastambha, hanustambh.
Shashtika shali pind sweda-The word pind means bolus. Shashtika shali pind swed is performed with the bolus of boiled shashtika shali rice with balamool kwatha and cow milk.
Avagaha swed-The word avagaha means to immerse. It is type of sudation which is included in drava swed. In this process, the tub containing medicated decoction in which the patient is made to sit.
Dhanyamla dhara-It is kind of fomentation therapy.
Dhanyamla Dhara is a procedure in which dhanyamla (which is prepared by the process of fermentation) is poured all over the body in a continuous stream for a specific time al yis poured all over bodnd duration. Dhanyamla prepared with a specialized cereals and herbs.
It is very useful in Rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, muscular dystrophy, thyroidism.
Pidichil or oil dhara-In this process warmed oil is poured all over body in a specific manner.It has the advantage of producing snehan and swedan simultaneously.It is useful in neurological disorder,nervous weakness, paralysis,arthritis,blood pressure.
This is a method of massaging the body with powders in opposite directions is called as udvartana. It is also called as Sharira Parimarjana. This massage is quite opposite to the massage done in Abhyangam.Udvartanam facilitrates the opening of circulatory channels and increase the metabolic functions.It retards fat from body.
Udvartana facilitrates the opening of circulatory channels and increases themetabolicfunctions.
circulatory channels and increases themetabolicfunctions.
â€¢ It also enhances the beauty of the skin.
â€¢ It retards fat from the body
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