Ayurveda

An ancient traditional system of medicine, Ayurveda is considered to be the oldest system of health care, with literature going back 5000 years and an oral tradition that is much older.

Ayurveda helps the healthy person to maintain health and the diseased person to regain health.

The body is made up of Tridoshas (Tri' means 'Three' and 'Doshas' mean 'Humours') - Vata is Air, Pitta is Fire and Kapha is Water and Earth. Good health means a normalcy in the Tridoshas, the balance of metabolic, systemic and excretory functions and good functionaning of all five sense organs, and also the harmony of mind and spirit.

There are 7 constitutional doshas and every person falls into any one of these categories:

  • Vata
  • Pitta
  • Kapha
  • Vata-Pitta
  • Pitta-Kapha
  • Kapha-Vata
  • Vata-Pitta-Kapha

It is very important to understand that simply having a massage with ayurvedic oil is not an ayurvedic treatment. If massage is not provided with proper medicated oils based on different personal factors, it can cause problems at a later stage. Hence ayurvedic treatment requires an experienced doctor to decide what treatment is to be given, and with what combination of oils and medicines, and it needs to be delivered by trained therapists.

Traditional Ayurvedic Treatments

Abhyanga
Abhyanga

It is a form of ayurvedic therapy that involves massage of the whole body with medicated oils. The oleation serves as an absolute preventive measure against many ailments related to the Vata dosha.

Benefits:

  • Reduces stress
  • Improves circulation
  • Relaxes taut muscles
  • Rejuvenating effect
  • Eliminate impurities
  • Reduce hair-loss and dandruff
  • Condition the scalp
  • Improves sleep and eyesight.
Padhabhyanga
Padhabhyanga

‘Pada’ means leg and ‘abhyanga’ means massage using medicated oils. It is the massage of the legs below the knees.

Conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Cracked foot
  • Varicose veins
  • Fatigue & cramps
  • Paralysis

Benefits:

  • Improves circulation to the extremities
  • Increases joint mobility and muscle tightness
  • Sooths and relaxes the nerves
  • Reduces, stiffness, dryness of feet and also reduces numbness or tingling sensation.
  • De-stress
Shirodhara
Shirodhara

‘Shiro’ means ‘head’ and ‘dhara’ is a steady flow of warm ayurvedic oil which is specially selected by the ayurvedic doctor. Dhara can also be done with other ingredients like buttermilk, but they are specifically chosen as per the condition. Shirodhara involves a continuous stream of oil that is gently swayed on to the forehead.

Conditions:

  • Hypertension
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Psychiatric problems
  • Paralysis
  • Senile dementia
  • Neurological disorders

Benefits:

  • Relaxes the nervous system
  • Calms the mind
  • Improves memory
Ellakizhi
Ellakizhi

It is a form of fomentation or heat inducing therapy where finely chopped herbal leaves and herbal powders are warmed in medicated oil and bundled in a poultice, which is then used as a fomentation massage.

Conditions:

  • Rheumatism
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spondylosis
  • Disc bulge
  • Sport injuries resulting from soft tissue inflammation and joint pain.

Benefits:

  • Improves lightness of body
  • Better circulation
  • Relieves stress
  • Relieves pain, stiffness and swelling
Ayurvedic Udvartanam
Ayurvedic Udvartanam

This specialised massage uses medicated ayurvedic powders or ‘churnas’ and the massage is done in an upward direction.

Conditions:

  • Obesity
  • PCOD
  • Metabolic disorders

Benefits:

  • Impart mobility to the joints
  • Strengthen muscles
  • Liquefies and mobilizes fat
  • Rejuvenates the skin
  • Removes heaviness of the body and imparts lightness
  • All over slimming and toning effect on the body
Choornaswedam
Choornaswedam

It is a highly effective ayurvedic therapy where a linen bag filled with ‘churna’ (medicated powder) is used for fomentation, the duration of which varies according to disease conditions. This is effective for ailments due to ‘Vata’ and ‘Kapha’ disorders, as it produces a therapeutic sweat which relieves the condition.

Conditions:

  • Neurological disorders
  • Rheumatism
  • Arthritis
  • Cervical & Lumbar Spondylosis
  • Musculoskeletal pains like myalgia, gout
  • Obesity

Benefits:

  • Relieves pain, stiffness, swelling and inflammation
  • Improves circulation
  • Removes blockages in micro channels
  • Mobilizes fat
Nethra Tharpanam
Nethra Tharpanam

‘Netra’ means eye and ‘tarpanam’ means nourishment. So treatment which nourishes the eye is called netra tarpanam. This is a special Ayurvedic treatment to set right the degenerative changes in the retina and lens of the eyes, to strengthen both the optic nerve and ciliary muscles, and to correct the refractive errors in diabetic retinopathy. It also helps to reduce dryness and irritation in the eyes.

Thalam
Thalam

Specialized procedure where medicated paste is made and applied on the crown of the head for certain amount of time is called ‘Thalam’. Thalams are of various types according to the nature of the ailment. Medicated ghee is often used as the medium. Medicinal paste depends on the person and the disease.

Condition:

  • Neurological conditions like facial paralysis, hemiplegia, neuropathy, headaches
  • Sleep disorders
Vasti
Vasti

Vasti is an important treatment in Ayurveda especially meant for vata diseases. There are many types of vasti. It involves holding warm ayurvedic oils over the affected areas.

  • Kati Vasti: When warm ayurvedic oil is held on affected area on the lumbosacral region it is called as kati vasti. This is very useful for lower backache or sciatica.
  • Greva Vasti: Greeva means neck. When warm medicated ayurvedic oil is held on neck region it is called as Greva Vasti. This is useful for different kinds of neck complaints including cervical spondylitis, I.V. disc prolapses, arthrosis.
  • Janu Vasti: Janu means knee. Hence when warm medicated oil is held on knee the treatment is known as Janu Vasti. This is specially useful in knee joint conditions like arthritis, tendon injuries, sprain.
  • Hrud Vasti: Hrud means chest region. In this kind of vasti the medicated oil is held on the chest region which is useful in certain cardiac ailments like angina pectoris.

Condition:

  • Lower back or sciatica of different etiology
  • Cervical problems
  • Arthritic knees
  • Hypertension
  • Cardiac conditions including angina pectoris
  • Cervical spondylitis, I.V. disc prolapses
  • Tendon injuries
  • Sprain

Benefits:

  • Reduces pain, stiffness and inflammation
  • Strengthens the nerves
  • Helps to reduce muscular spasms
Ayurveda Fruit/Vegetable Face Pack
Ayurveda Fruit/Vegetable Face Pack

This treatment includes procedures like cleansing, massage, herbal steam, gentle scrub, nutrifiying packs, toning, rejuvenating and moisturizing. This is done with a combination of ayurvedic herbs based on the constitution of the person, and fresh fruits and vegetables according to the skin type.

Benefits:

  • Nourishes the skin by providing vitamins and minerals
  • Rejuvenating the pores
  • Heals and lightens scars
  • Evens out the colour tone
  • Soothes and moisturizes the skin, making it skin soft and supple.
  • Stimulates the deepest layer of the skin to make healthy new growth.
Pichu
Pichu

This is a palliative treatment for ailments in the head region. It is good for diseases affecting the cranial nerves due to Vata disorders. The treatment is named after the folded piece of cloth used to cover the crown called the pichu. This is special treatment is also used for reducing arthritic changes, pain and stiffness in the joints. In this procedure, cotton is soaked in warm medicated oil, which is applied around the joints, changing the cotton as needed to maintain a constant temperature.

Benefits:

  • Reduces pain, swelling and stiffness in joints.
  • Improves flexibility of joints.
Ksheera Dhooma
Ksheera Dhooma

This is a traditional Kerala ayurvedic treatment meant for disorders of facial nerve and different neurological disorders of facial muscles. This is very important in treating facial palsy.

In this procedure fomentation is done with the help of a tube through which medicated steam is passed over the body for a particular amount of time. The medicated steam is made by boiling parts of medicinal plants with milk in a special vessel.

Benefits:

  • Being the main treatment in facial palsy helps patient to regain muscular tone.
  • Helps in certain intraocular disorders of the eye especially ptosis and double vision, when teamed with other treatments.
  • Helps in trismus (Inability to open the mouth) whether it is caused by tightening of cheek muscles or arthritic changes in lower jaw.

Special Ayurvedic Treatments

Ayurvedic Hot Stone Massage
Ayurvedic Hot Stone Massage

This exotic massage is a signature treatment of SOUKYA-a special protocol developed here.

After application of the ayurvedic oil based on one’s body type, hot lava stones are used to massage the body.

Benefits:

  • Excellent for tired and aching muscles
  • De-stress
  • Relieves spasms of the muscles by improving the circulation
  • Tones the muscles
  • Relaxes the nerves
  • Helps mobilize fat in a mild way
  • Removes the stiffness from the joints and improves posture
Ayurvedic Deep Tissue Massage
Ayurvedic Deep Tissue Massage

An intensive treatment that works on neuro muscular tissues strengthens the nervous system and tones the body. The strong and vigorous massages together with deep pressure used in the strokes help de-stress the body and also helps in weight loss. It tones the muscles and helps to get rid off deep seated toxins.

Pizhichil
Pizhichil

'Pizhi' means 'squeezing' and 'Chil' means 'vigorous movement.' Pizhichil is considered to be the most popular treatment amongst the Keralia Pancha Karma therapies. This procedure provides simultaneous snehana and swedana which means that in this specialized procedure the whole body is oleated and fomented with lukewarm medicated oils or decoctions. In this procedure large quantity of warm medicated oil is squeezed all over the body with one hand and massaging with the other hand. When administered many times in succession is very invigorating and found to alleviate pains. It has also been proved to be highly effective on its own for treating diseases caused due to vitiation of the Vata humour.

Conditions:

  • Hemiplegia
  • Paralysis
  • Muscle spasms, degenerative diseases affecting the muscles
  • Rheumatic diseases
  • Low sexual drive
  • Blood pressure
  • Nerve weakness

Benefits:

  • Improves circulation of all body fluids, unclogs body channels and helps in the elimination of toxic materials.
  • Helps to nourish and strengthen the entire nervous system.
  • Plays an important role in increasing flexibility of joints and thus strengthening the musculo skeletal system.
  • Builds up one’s immunity
  • Arrest the ageing process.
  • Improves complexion, makes the skin soft and glowing.
  • Rejuvenates the body.
Special Ayurvedic Facepack
Special Ayurvedic Facepack

An exotic facial using fresh, natural, beauty - enhancing herbs like milk cream, curd, mint, honey, turmeric and various other ayurvedic herbs. The fresh herbs rejuvenate the skin where the aromas relax the mind.

Benefits:

  • Remove scars
  • Improves the complexion
  • Soothes and moisturizes the skin
Ayurvedic & Dead Sea Face Pack
Ayurvedic & Dead Sea Face Pack

A complete facial procedure using a combination of ayurvedic herbs and the highly nourishing and detoxifying mud from the Dead Sea. The high mineral content of the mud is what makes it so effective in improving the flow of nutrients to the skin surface by detoxifying and rejuvenating the skin.

Shirolepam
Shirolepam

This is the application of herbal preparations in paste over the head for a particular thickness, after which head is covered with specific herbal leaves and kept for 30 to 60 minutes. Ingredients of the paste vary according to the nature of the ailment.

Conditions:

  • Sleep disorders
  • Headache
  • Herriplegia
  • facial paralysis
  • trigeminal neuralgia
  • hair fall, premature greying and dandruff
  • useful in skin lesions, especially psoriasis, urticaria
Avagaha Swedam
Avagaha Swedam

It is a kind of immersion bath where the patient is made to sweat while sitting in a tub filled with a specific warm medical decoction for the whole body or different parts of the body like the hips or feet.

Conditions:

  • Rheumatism
  • Painful urination
  • Hernia
  • Lower backache
  • Arthritis

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- Mrs. & Dr. Dixon (UK) Week’s stay, 8th visit, January 2017 (Personal Physician to Prince Charles)

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