Advice During Ayurvedic Treatment

Whilst undergoing Ayurvedic treatment your mind and body are adapting to new healthy patterns.
To facilitate this healing shift it is best to reduce stress and strain as much as possible. Ideally one can observe the following:


Avoid:
  • Exposure to wind, cold water, cold air, sun on the head, dust and chemicals.
  • Over-exercise or exertion
  • Travel
  • Overeating
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Recreational drugs
  • Exposure to insects and sources of infection (unreliable food, water)
  • Excessive talking
  • Sex
  • Rushing
  • Sitting or lying for extended periods
  • Sleeping during the day or staying up late
  • Emotional excitement
  • Negative emotions such as anger, fear, worry, sadness
  • Excessive reading, listening to loud music, computer use or watching television

Favour:

  • Meditation
  • Journaling
  • Fresh air
  • Gentle walks
  • Breathing deeply
  • Smiling to yourself
  • Sleeping under a mosquito net
  • Eating in a relaxed environment
  • Chewing each mouthful
  • Warm liquids
  • Uplifting, calming music
  • Reading inspiring matter
  • Appropriate natural aromas
  • Cultivating positive emotions such as patience, faith, love and gratitude
  • Clear and open communication with Doctor and therapists

 

Therapies

1.
Abhyanga

Abhyanga is Ayurvedic massage. The massage style varies according to the therapist but it generally involves long strokes on the long bones and circular strokes around the joints. It can be firm or gentle according to the patient’s needs. A warm herbalised oil suitable to the patient’s problem or constitution is applied or in some cases a herbal powder is employed (churna-abhyanga.)



2.
Asana
A yoga exercise or posture for stability, strength or stretching. Asanas can unblock energy and restore the even flow of prana, creating physical, mental and spiritual serenity.

3.
Avagaaham

Immersion of the body or limbs in an individualized herbal fluid or oil to strengthen the area, reduce inflammation and accelerate healing.


4.
Bahya-vasti

Pooling herbal fluids over an area of the body. This ensures the area absorbs the maximum amount of the therapeutic herbs. Kati-vasti (back), greeva-vasti (neck), uro-vasti (chest) are some specific styles of Bahya-vasti.


5.
Bandha

Yogic techniques to concentrate energy in certain locations.


6.
Brihmanam

A series of therapies to rebuild and replenish the mind and body.


7.
Deha-dhara

In Deha-dhara (also known as pizhichil) a warm herbal oil or milk is poured over the body. This is one the most rejuvenating and soothing therapies to empower the nervous, muscular and skeletal systems. Chronic fatigue syndrome, poor circulation and chronic muscle tension is treated successfully with deha-dhara.


8.
Dhumam Herbal

Dhumam Herbal fumes to remove toxins and purify areas such as the ear canal, sinus and skin.


9.
Gandharva-veda

Gandharva-veda This is Ayurvedic music therapy. It uses musical melodies (ragas) or mantras to create a harmonious vibration in the mind and body.


10.
Gandoosham

Herbal oil gargling to restore the health of teeth and gums.


11.
Greeva-vasti

This entails pooling oil over the neck for conditions such as prolapsed disc, degenerative spinal conditions, chronic neck pain, compressed discs and spondylosis.


12.
Hrid-vasti

Pooling herbal oils over the heart region to heal the heart. This is used for cardiomyopathies and grief.


13.
Janu-vasti

When therapeutic oils are pooled over the knee it is known as janu-vasti. This strengthens the knee joint by improving the circulation, joint lubrication strength and stability. It is often employed in arthritis and knee injuries.


14.
Jyothisha

Literally meaning the science of light, Jyotisha is the accurate art of Indian astrology.


15.
Kaaya-kalpa

A complete program of rejuvenative therapies and observances undergone over weeks or months.


16.
Karna-puranam

A therapy for ear problems, vertigo or tinnitus whereby warm herbal oil is poured into the ear canal.


17.
Kashaya-dhara

Herbal decoctions are poured continuously over the body.
Kashaya dhara treats conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, varicose veins, blocked circulation, dull skin, pain, psoriasis and eczema.


18.
Kati-vasti

Warm oil is pooled over the sacrum or lower back to rejuvenate joints, tendons and muscles. Extremely useful in sacro-iliac problems, disc prolapses, lumbar spondylosis, osteoporosis, sciatica, periformis syndrome and chronic backache.










19.
Kavala-graham

Keeping the mouth full with a herbal liquid to heal or tonify the tonsils, sinuses, teeth, gums, vocal cords, pharynx and larynx.


20.
Ksheera-dhoomam

Ksheera-dhoomam Steam fomentation with medicated cow’s milk. This treatment is good for facial paralysis, Bell’s palsy, speech disorders and other neurological disorders of the face.


21.
Kunjal-kriya

A yogic method of cleansing the stomach and respiratory system to address allergies, digestive problems, respiratory diseases and low immunity. It involves drinking copious quantities of warm salty water and then vomiting.


22.
Langhanam

A series of lightening therapies to reduce excess weight and waste.


23.
Lepanam Herbal

Lepanam Herbal pastes are used to purify and replenish the skin. Lepanam is also used for lymphatic congestion, bruises, fractures, rashes and poison.


24.
Mardana Mardana

Mardana Mardana is the traditional term for Ayurvedic massage


25.
Marma-chikitsa

Marma-chikitsa Ayurvedic acupressure to reduce pain and promote healing energy.


26.
Mudra Mudras

Mudra Mudras include hundreds of tantric finger gestures that can realign the subtle energy flow in the body.


27.
Nasya

Nasya involves medication up the nasal passages. It is applied in conditions related to the eyes, nose, throat, brain, vocal cords and tonsils.


28.
Navara-kizhi

Navara-kizhi is also known as shashtika-pinda-swedam. A bolus of herbal or plain rice is dipped in warm herbalised milk or decoction and massaged over the body. This treatment is used to regenerate wasted tissues such as muscles, tendons and ligaments, stabilize joints and cartilage. It is also assists recovery from strokes and paralysis.


29.
Netra-dhara

For deep eye rejuvenation and purification herbal fluids are allowed to flow continuously over the eyes. Useful for all vision and eye problems.


30.
Netra-tarpanam

Warm herbal gee is pooled over the eyes to renew the vision, optic nerves and retina. Retinal detachment, short sightedness, glaucoma and neurological weaknesses of the eyes are treated with Netra-tarpanam. This is also known as Akshi-tarpanam.


31.
Paada-abhyanga

Deeply relaxing Ayurvedic foot massage.


32.
Paada-aghata

An Ayurvedic massage whereby the therapist massages the client with their feet, keeping their balance by holding on to an overhanging rope.










33.
Pancha-karma

Five Ayurvedic therapies that are designed to cleanse every organ and tissue of our body. Panchakarma may include vomiting, laxatives, nasal medication, enema and blood letting.


34.
Paschaat-karma

Post panchakarma therapies designed to ease the body back to a normal diet and routine.


35.
Patra-pinda-swedanam

A herbal bolus is massaged over the body. This is often used to relieve back pain, lymphatic congesion, spondylosis, sciatica or arthritis.


36.
Pichu

A warm oil pad is applied to the body, keeping it constantly warm by dipping in oil. This therapy is used successfully on prolapsed discs, damaged joints, chronically tense tendons and muscles, memory loss and insomnia. Based on the location it may be known as shiropichu (head), prishtapichu (back), sandhipichu (joints) or greevapichu (neck).


37.
Pranayama

This is the healing science of breathing to optimise circulation and energy flow.


38.
Purva-karma

Pre-panchakarma therapies to optimize one’s ability to assimilate the effect of deep cleansing and rejuvenation. This may include abhyanga, snehapana, swedana and other therapies.


39.
Puta-paakam

Puta-paakam employs herbal juices to purify and tone the eyes. This is used in conjunction with Netra-tarpanam. Dry eye syndrome and cataracts are some of the conditions where these therapies are utilized.


40.
Rakta-moksha

Rakta-moksha means blood-letting. It helps to heal diseases caused by toxins trapped in the blood. Special leeches or instruments are used to extract blood. Chronic migraine, ulcers, varicose veins and eczema are some conditions where rakta-moksha may be applied.


41.
Rasayanam

A series of tailored therapies to rejuvenate the mind and body. Rasayanam invariably involves a strict diet, rest, meditation and herbs.


42.
Rukshanam

Reducing and drying therapies to remove excess cholesterol, unwanted fat and fluid from the body.


43.
Samsarjana-kriya

Select dietary or herbal preparations are given to rekindle the digestion and metabolism. This optimises assimilation of nutrients.


44.
Shamanam

Therapies that prevent toxins from accumulating in the body. A shamanam regime may include personalised exercises, lifestyle, nutrition and herbs.


45.
Shankha-prakshalana

A yogic cleansing technique to purify the gastro-intestinal system. It involves drinking salty water and practicing specific yoga exercises.


46.
Shiro-abhyanga

Soothing Ayurvedic massage of the head, neck & shoulders using warm herbal oils. Indicated in insomnia, eyestrain, headache, premature graying & hair loss.


47.
Shiro-dhara

Approximately two liters of warm, herbalised oil is poured onto the forehead in a soothing rhythm from temple to temple for 40-50 minutes.



48.
Shiro-vasti

A tall, open-topped cap is sealed around the head and filled with therapeutic herbal oil. The cap remains in place for up to an hour. Common conditions for shiro-vasti are anxiety, facial paralysis, insomnia, psychological conditions, psoriasis and stress.



49.
Snaanam

Snaanam Bathing in different therapeutic substances which may include Ksheera-snanam (milk), taila-snaanam (oil), lavana-snanam (salt).


50.
Snehanam

These nourishing therapies involve the use of oil or ghee externally and internally to restore essential fats and moisture to the body. It also lubricates the body to promote purification.


51.
Sneha-paanam

Drinking herbal ghee in order to lubricate the channels and dilute deep-seated cellular toxins. This prepares the body for deep detoxification.


52.
Soundarya-charya

Ayurvedic beauty therapy utilizes innumerable methods to enhance one’s innate beauty. It includes treatments for smooth radiant skin, lustrous hair and a toned physique. Therapies may involve facials, hair treatments, steam, exfoliation, masks, wraps and massage.


53.
Swedana

Swedana is sweating therapies to optimize circulation, assimilation and elimination through the channels. Various forms of heat may be such as a steam chamber, sauna, warm blanket or warm bolus.










54.
Talam

Application of herbal paste over a small area such as a bruise, torn tendon or joint subluxation is known as Talam. For insomnia and bad dreams it is used on the crown.


55.
Trataka

This candle gazing practice improves the vision, energy, concentration, calm and intuition.


56.
Udvartana

Ayurvedic massage with herbal or legume powder. It is used for weight loss and tones the skin, cleanses the lymphatics, reduces cellulite and stimulates the metabolism.


57.
Uzhichil

Another term for Ayurvedic massage.


58.
Vajeekaranam

Rejuvenating therapies to improve the quality and quantity of one’s sexual fluids in order to optimise fertility. The ultimate goal of this therapy is ultimate sexual satisfaction and to produce healthy progeny . Vajeekaranam also prevents genetic and congenital disorders.


59.
Vamanam

Vamanam is a vomiting therapy to remove kapha predominant toxins that usually give rise to disorders related to mucus, congestion, heaviness, swelling and obesity. Conditions which can improve with vamanam include asthma, respiratory allergies, hay fever, psoriasis and eczema.


60.
Varti

Herbs are soaked in a cotton tube and inserted into tubular structures of the body such as the nose, vagina, tubular ulcers or fistulas. This is used to treat infections, lubricate the channel and accelerate healing.


61. Vasti
  Vasti is a decoction or oil enema that cleanses and rejuvenates the whole body. It is generally inserted in the anus but also the vagina in rare cases. Vasti is a broad-spectrum remedy particularly prescribed for vata disorders.
   
62. Veshtanam
  Wraps with warm herbal pastes that reduce swelling, cellulite and lymphatic congestion.
   
63. Virechanam
  Virechanam is a stong laxative (purgation) process. It removes excess pitta which can cause acidity, rashes, burning, bleeding, diarrhea, irritability and agitation. Virechanam treats disorders of the liver, spleen, gall bladder, stomach, small intestine and skin when applicable.
   








64. Yajnam or Pooja
 

A Vedic spiritual therapy to invoke divine blessings for health and happiness.

Om sarve bhavantu sukhinah
Sarve shantu niramaya
Sarve bhadrani pashyantu
Maa kaschit dukha bhag bhavet
Om shanti shanti shanti

May all be happy

May all be healthy
May all experience auspiciousness
May no one suffer
May there be peace, peace, perfect peace.