As you would know by now, ayurveda treats not just ailments but the whole person giving emphasis to prevention. There are some treatment modalities like Dhara, Pizhichil, Navarakizhi etc which make this science highly effective.
The purpose of this article is to introduce you to some of the ayurvedic treatment modalities, their ingredients and their particular effects.
When you chose some specific therapies, you are likely to go for a combination of the below mentioned treatments.
Understanding the basic Ingredients in Ayurveda
A few of the common ingredients in Ayurvedic therapy are – Thulasi (improves body defense mechanism), Aloe Vera (enhances mind power), Indian gooseberry (Vitamin rich), a shrub called Ashwaganda (Stress buster), Triphala (for digestion), Asphaltum (Mineral rich), Pippali (longevity enhancer) and Neem (Detoxifier). The desired effect of an Ayurvedic therapy depends heavily on the quality and purity of the herbs and other specific ingredients used for treatment.
It is the quality of herbs and favourable climate that makes Kerala Ayurveda the most desirable.
Combining the ingredients to balance out the aspects of body and mind without adversely affecting anything else is the challenge of Ayurvedic Doctors.
Treatment modalities in Rejuvenation Ayurveda
Revitalizing treatments generally include medicated steam baths, herbal massages, correction of breathing techniques and the intake of Ayurvedic powders and juices.. Panchakarma, A five-fold treatment for mental and physical well-being which tunes body, organs, mind and breath and purifies blood is also very popular in Kerala. Below we have featured some systems used in Anti-ageing remedies, slimming packages and beauty treatments in ayurveda.
Treatments in Ayurveda
In this treatment, medicated oil or milk or buttermilk is slowly poured on the forehead for 30 – 45 minutes for 7-21 days. This helps to get relief from stress, mental tension, insomnia, chronic headaches and diminishing memory.
A long cap is fitted on the head and medicated oil is cascaded into it. This position should be maintained for the next 20 – 30 minutes. This treatment is highly effective for facial paralysis, dryness of nostrils, mouth and throat, severe headaches and insomnia.
This is a sweating treatment in which warm herbal oil is applied all over the body in a rhythmic method for 45 – 60 minutes for 7-21 days. This treatment is very useful for Rheumatic diseases like arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia, paralysis-agitanus, sexual weakness, nervous weakness and nervous disorders etc.
This is a cooling treatment in which the body is made to perspire by the application of special boluses which contain cooked herbal rice inside. Here the massage is done with this bolus after dipping it in a mixture of milk and decoction for 45 – 60 minutes. This treatment is for all types of rheumatism, pain in the joints, emaciation of limbs, high blood pressure, cholesterol and certain kinds of skin diseases.
Massage is done using special type of bolus made of herbal mixtures by dipping in suitable oil or herbal liquid. The different kinds are Elakizhi (with herbal leaves), Podikizhi (with herbal powder), Narangakizhi (lemon and herbs) and Manalkizhi (with salt and sand)
This is a Panchakarma treatment in which herbal extracted juices or oils are dripped into the nostrils. This is a cleansing treatment effective for certain kinds of Headaches, Paralysis, Mental disorders and some types of skin disease
In Lepanam, a herbal paste is applied on the affected part of the body for various types of inflammatory conditions, gout, arthritis and skin diseases.
Medicated antiseptic fumes are puffed into the ears for 5 – 10 minutes. This procedure helps to clean and detoxify the ear. It will clean our ears and increases out listening power.
A brim is made around the eyes with a paste. The patient is asked to close his eyes and medicated oil is poured around the closed eyes till the eye lashes are fully immersed in the oil. It helps to prevent and cure eye diseases.
In this treatment, the patient is asked to lie on his back and a brim of herbal paste is kept on the lower back of the patient. Extracted oil is poured slowly in that rim and it is kept like that for 30 – 45 minutes. It is useful for lower back pain, spondylosis, spinal disorders and other problems in the lower vertebral column.
Highly medicated herbal oils and herbal extracts are applied; through the rectum. This treatment is for arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia, numbness, gastric complaints associated with rheumatism and constant constipation.
Generally oral application of concentrated oil precedes many treatments. This treatment is for Osteoarthritis, Psoriasis and Leukemia
It is a purification process for genital organs. Herbal oils and decoction are instilled through the vaginal route. This treatment is good for gynecological disorders.
A specific kind of warm and medicated oil is kept over the chest area for 45 minutes. This is an effective treatment for asthma, other respiratory problems, heart diseases and muscular chest pain.
It is a treatment for nervous disorders of the face. The process is carried out using fermented cow's milk. This treatment is good for facial paralysis, Bell's palsy, speech disorders and other nervous disorders of the face
A special herbal powder is mixed with medicated oil, which is applied on the top of the head for 20 – 45 minutes. This treatment is helpful for E.N.T (Ear, nose throat) problems, insomnia, migraine and other similar diseases.
We hope to have given you a brief idea on the kind of treatment you can expect when you come for an ayurveda holiday. This is also accompanied with dietary control, yoga and meditation under the supervision of an ayurveda specialist doctor to attain best results. Do read our other articles to plan your ayurveda holiday better.