Various types of Ayurveda Treatments
” Ayurveda is the World’s oldest known medical science – originating in India over 5000 years ago.
Living in harmony with nature accourding to natural principles ensures complete physical health & peace of mind. Instead of being in harmony with earth, we have adopted artificial practices that disturbs the equilibrium of the mind and the body. despite the luxuries of modern times, people are anxious and depressed. We can’t sleep, concentrate or relax.
The imbalance in our lives manifests in addiction, diseases and even death much sooner than our anticipated life span.
The aim of Ayurveda is to maintain the health of the healthy and to cure the sick.
So maintain the health of those who are well, entails specific diets & nutrition, living habits, exercise, relaxation & rejuvenation techniques. Ayurveda massages, realisation & rejuvenation therapies will help to enables a healthy person to maintain health and increase their lifespan.
The other is to cure diseases of the sick. This aspects relates to various diseases, their causes, diagnosis, remedies and therapies to cure and prevent relapses of illness. Ayurvedic treatments can be used to treat the physical and mental ailments.
There are no side effects or negative environmental impacts from the treatments and the root cause of illness is treated rather than just the symptoms.
Both the above may involve massage ( sarirabhaynga) with medicated oils, detoxification and internal cleansing or herbal powders in infusions. Such therapies clean and soothe the senses and their associated organs.
Some of the important treatments are explained here under.
Application of oil to the skin followed by massage in specific directions is well known by the name Abhyanga in Ayurveda. Along with nonsexual pleasurable sensation, this abhyanga has a multitude of beneficial effects. Massage in specific direction improves blood circulation, facilitates removal of the toxins from the tissues, relieves physical and mental fatigue, better the functioning of the musculo-skeletal system.
It assists developments of healthy body, helps of improvement in body figure, recuperates the body tissues and reduces body weight as well as fat. Abhyanga is not a simple procedure of application of oil and maneuvers. Depending upon the prakriti of a person, when oil is used in Abhyanga, it supports the maintenance of excellence of body tissues.
PIZHICHIL is a rejuvenating, relaxing, soothing treatment with medicated warm oil for the whole body and also used continuous stream for definite period in the whole body (excluding upper side). Pizhichil treatment is very effectively treat on the Paralysis, Arthritis, Stiffness, of Limbs, Spastic, ageing, general weakness. ‘Pizhichil’ and ‘Sarvangadhara’ treatments are tecniqually same.
Pizhichil was originally treatment for the royal families of Kerala, they are use this treatment for their vitality and joy. In current fast pace of American culture this treatment is increase strengthens and our ability . Pizhichil is beneficial for the specially for vata dosha. This treatment is helpful for the day to day problem like backache, joint pains, poor circulation, fatigue, and anxiety. In the Pizhichil treatment oil massaging is given to patient for the whole body, in sitting position, and the patient is lie on the treatment table and the cloth pieces dipped in medicated oil. It should be done in 7 positions.
The simple procedure of massaging the whole body below the neck with oil or powder of herbs in a direction opposite to the orientation of hair in the body is called as Udwarthanam. Udwarthanam opens the circulatory channels, facilitates the metabolic activity and improves the complextion of the skin. It is helpful to reduce excess fat in the body, and increase the stability of the extremities. Udwarthanam is a useful for skin related problems in vata, pitta, kapha.
Unique procedure of application of the sneha to the eye is called as Akshi Tarpan. This procedure is useful both in healthy as well as diseases persons. In healthy person Akshi Tarpan is carried out to protect the eye from degeneration due to ageing process and to improve the eyesight.
For the purpose of the therapeutic effects this procedure is advocated in clients suffering from the disease of the eye. Eye is considered to be local route of drug administration. Akshi Tarpan gives desired results in clients suffering from the disease of the eyes. .
The procedure of applying heat to the sacral or lumbar region by retaining warm medicated oil with in a specially formed frame on this area is popular known by the name kadeevasti. Kadeevasti is indicated in painful condition of low back region. The procedure svedana itself is beneficial in relieving the pain; in additional to this the medicated oil that gets absorbed from the skin has unique therapeutic effects. This procedure is proved to be effective in dieseases like, lumber spondylosis, spondylsthesis, disc prolapsed, ankylosing spondilitis, arthritis, sacroileitis, and lumbosacral strain.
Uzhichil is a treatment that has gained popularity in Oil Massage. In Kerala Ayurveda the Panchakarma method of treatment is very famous treatments and this divided in various sub-divisions. “Uzhichil” is comes in “Sveda” and it is a part of Panchakarma, and it is the traditional art of treatment in kerala Ayurveda. Uzhichil is vey effective for the rheumatic patients and it also helpful in paralytic stroke, breathing problems, arthiritis, spondylitis, slip disc, nerves weakness, cramps and other disorder.
Uzhichil Treatment is of two types-
Kaiuzhichil treatment doing with the hands, to design for children and those who have a light body like old age person and woman.
Chavuttiuzhichil, treatment doing from the feet, mostly it will use for the young and healthy persons. Who love to hard massage on body, and it is beneficial.
Uzhichi treatment will be minimizes the pressure on the heart, and upwards to the upper part of the body. In massage, pressure and force is increased day by day till the 4th day and the pressure reduced 4 to 7 days. The massage is also done for the face and the head.
The oil poured on to the head is allowed to remain there certain period, and this procedure of murdha taila is called shirovasti. To be more precise, a special hat, preferably made of leather is fixed around the head just above the ear and eyebrow, and the joint between the head and hat is made leak proof. On to this positioned hat lukewarm oil is poured and is allowed to remain there for a prescribed period.
It is beneficial in mantel related disorder, like alleviating anxiety, insomnia, hypertension, mental stress, head ache, and travel stress.
Sirodhara is a technique of Kerala Ayurveda massage, mostly it will use for the head related problem. This massage is a unique treatment where medicated milk will be used. This is an effective therapy for the mental related disorder like cures insomnia, stress, depression, sirodhara is a useful tool for increase mental ability.
The topical application of the herbal paste to the face and keeping it in disturbed for certain period is known as a kaya kalp(Beauty Treatment). Beauty Treatments (kaya kalp) is help to improve the ageing sign and it is improve the softness of the skin. This therapy is used to clear the morbidity of dosha or any toxic substances in facial skin, according there are three types of kaya kalp(Beauty Treatment).
- Dosaghna Kaya Kalp:- this refers to a variety of kaya kalp in which the herbs used in the facial application are efficacious in clearing the morbidity of dosha located in the face.
- Vishaghna Kaya Kalp:- the accumulation of any toxic subatances in the face are eliminated by the application of vishaghna kaya kalp.
- Varnakara Kaya Kalp:- the application of kaya kalp for beautifying the face by improving the color and complextion is knowns by the name varnakara kaya kalp.
Elakkizhi/Podikkizhi & Njavarakkizhi
Kizhi is one of the most popular therapies used for the purpose of rejuvenation of the body. It is a process by which, the whole body or a part of it is made to perspire by the application of certain medicinal puddings followed by massage is called Njavarakkizhi, in place of medicinal pudding when we use herbal leaves is called Elakkizhi and instead of using herbal leaves medicated powder we can used herbal medicinal Choornams , then it called podikkizhi.
Special Treatment (Padaghata )
Padaghata is a very special treatment in Ayurveda and Padaghata is a form of external snehana treatment. Application of the oil all over the body followed by a special massage , in which the therapist uses his feet to apply firm pressure on the client’s body ,is the unique feature of padaghata. The word pada means feet, and hence massaging with feet is known as padaghata.
All the beneficial effects of sharirabhyanga can also be obtained by the padaghata. As more pressure is applied during the massage with feet, this procedure is more effective in building the muscular body. Moreover, even in patients suffering from diseases due to morbid of vata dosa, this procedure is more effective, and also quick in its therapeutic actions. Immunity against the diseases is also enhanced by this therapy.