Vaman means therapeutic vomiting which is a medicated emesis. This treatment is done for the aggravated kapha dosha, which dislodges the toxins mainly from the respiratory and gastrointestinal tract. This therapy is also done for preventive & curative purposes. Ayurveda believes that different seasons have a great influence in the aggravation of doshas, ex: Kapha in hemant (spring season), pitta in Sharada(winter)season and vata in greeshma(summers) season. Hence one can adopt Vaman therapy in Spring i.e hemant season as a preventive therapy in order to prevent disorders related to kapha.
Ayurveda believes that in pitta prakop (one of the basic body constituents), virechan helps in eliminating the cause of aggravation and in re-establishing a status of health. When pitta crosses its normal limits, it accumulates in the dhatu (body tissues) and in the strotasa (body channels). This accumulated pitta is liquefied, directed towards an outlet and then pushed out of the body by means of virechan. This Therapatic purgation is useful mainly in skin diseases like psoriasis, lichen planus, eczima, pimples, rash, alergy etc. & acidity, indigetion, excess vomiting, piles, fishers, fistula, diseases of reproductive system, burning sensation, pitta predominant diseases.
One of the Panchakarmas mentioned in Ayurveda, Nasya therapy is a process wherein the drug (herbalized oils and liquid medicines) is administered through the nostrils. Since nose is the gateway of the head, the therapy is highly effective in curing a number of diseases pertaining to the head, if it is performed systematically. Helpful in diseases of Eyes, Nose, Mouth, Teeth, Headach, Shoulder Pain, Hairfall & graying of hair, Blur Speech & other cough predominent disease.
Raktamokshan therapy is one of the Panchakarmas of Ayurveda. Literally meaning Blood Letting, Raktamoksha is performed to eliminate the toxins from the bloodstream through the gastrointestinal tract. It is a safe, painless and highly effective form of Panchakarma. Raktamoksha entails the refinement of blood, hence administered to treat disorders pertaining to skin, such as urticaria, rash, eczema, acne, scabies, leucoderma, chronic itching and hives.
Massage therapists use long, smooth strokes, kneading and other movements focused on superficial layers of muscle using massage oil or lotion. Massage therapy improves circulation by bringing oxygen and other nutrients to body tissues. It relieves muscle tension and pain, increases flexibility and mobility, and helps clear lactic acid and other waste, which reduces pain and stiffness in muscles and joints.
Shirodhara is an ancient Ayurvedic healing practice performed in India for over 5,000 years. The word shirodhara breaks down into two ideas: “shiro,” meaning head, and “dhara,” which means flow. Together they form a concept that aims to bring physical and emotional balance by rejuvenating the spirit and preserving health. This is achieved through a relaxing technique in which warmed oil is poured over a client’s forehead for an extended period of time.
Quick relief from pain, stiffness and inflammation in the lumbar region. Ideal for those suffering from back pain. A tank of black gram paste is applied over the spine in the shape of a ring in which lukewarm medicated oil is poured and maintained at the prescribed temperature.
Swedan means dry or wet fomentation or heat therapy. Different types of fomentations are possible. These include taking a sunbath, sitting or sleeping in a specially prepared wooden sweat box, pouring warm water or steam on the body, sitting in a bath tub or taking a steam bath. Variations like swedan for the whole body (below the neck), for the diseased part of the body (e.g. only extremities), sitz’s bath (for perineal region) can be used according to the need of the patient.
Nadi swedanam is usually done for localized conditions like Osteoarthritis, sprain, or to relieve some localized pain as in Cervical spondylitis. Here fomentation is done with the vapors generated out of medicated decoction that is then applied to the affected area with the help of a rubber tube. Proper oleation of the affected part is done prior to Nadi Sweda.
An herbal enema specially prepared to pull toxins out of the colon. This is the final stage of each daily Panchakarma treatment. The freshly loosened impurities from each day of treatment are flushed out of the body via the effects of the basti. The basti also transports Ayurvedic medicines into the blood and tissues in order to transform the memory of damaged and toxic cells. It is considered one of the most important and most powerful aspects of the Panchakarma treatment.
One of the main procedures of Panchakarma Chikitsa, Basti karma concentrates on the elimination of the loosened vata dosha out through the rectum. The treatment involves the introduction of medicinal substances, such as, herbal oils and decoctions in a liquid medium, into the rectum of the person. This is because vata is predominantly located in the colon and bones.
It is an ideal treatment for all arthritic conditions, nervous disorders, obstruction of urine, stools and flatus, amenorrhea and infertility. In this treatment decoctions of medicinal herbs are used for enema. Medicated enimas act miraculously on vataj disorders, different types of pain, menstrual problems, skin problems, diseases of reproductive tract. It is as half of the whole treatment in Ayurved.