SOME OF THE ALLIED PANCHAKARMA TREATEMENTS
These are extremely relaxing, nourishing & beneficial treatments Helps to relieve mind-body stress & fatigue.These treatments bring a memorable peaceful experience
Shirodhara: It is an amazing, unique body therapy. It has a profound impact on the nervous system and mind. The name comes from the Sanskrit word Shiro which means head while dhara means flow of liquid. It involves gently pouring liquids over forehead. Warm medicated oil/ warm milk/ herbal infusion or buttermilk can be used for Shirodhara. The treatment directly and immediately calms and relaxes the mind and nerves. The gentle pressure and soothing warmth of the oil allow the body, mind and nervous system to experience a deep state of rest, similar to meditation.It is beneficial in following conditions: insomnia, stress, anxiety, hypertension, migraine, hair problems, lack of concentration and memory etc.
Shiropichu: In Sanskrit shiro means head and pichu means a piece of cotton or a cloth. A piece of cotton soaked in warm medicated oil or herbal paste is applied over the head or on the forehead over the anterior fontanelle. It is used to treat psychological as well as neurological disorders like paralysis, facial palsy, migraine, insomnia, hypertension etc. It has a wonderful effect on hair and scalp problems like excessive hair fall, premature greying of hairs. It is beneficial to relieve eye strain and fatigue due to over exposure to computer or mobile screens. It also decreases neck stiffness.
Shiro-mukhabhyanga: In Sanskrit Shiro means head while mukha means face. Gentle massage to head and face with warm medicated oil is a great way to relieve fatigue and stress. Facial muscles are necessary for making the six basic human expressions—happiness, sadness, fear, anger, surprise, and disgust. We use these muscles so often for communication. They also store stress which can be relieved by a gentle massage. It also improves the glow of the facial skin.
Padabhyanga: Pada in Sanskrit means feet while abhyanga means massage. As many nerves from many organs terminate in the feet, massage helps to strengthen these nerves and the related organs as well. It induces sleep, relieves stress & fatigue and clams mind. It is extremely relaxing and is one of the must to be experienced ayurvedic treatment.
Karnapuran: Karna in Sanskrit means ear while puran means to fill. Few drops of medicated oil are poured into the external auditory canal. It is useful in various ear related problems like ear wax, ear ache, tinnitus, sensory neural loss of hearing etc.
External Bastis: Kati basti, Udarbasti, Manyabasti, Hrudbasti etc. :The procedure of applying heat to the cervical/thoracic/lumbar/sacral/umbilical region by retaining warm medicated oil within a specially formed frame/ring made of dough in this area is popularly known as ‘ExternalBasti’. This is form of giving fomentation to localized area. It improves the local blood circulation and relieves pain and stiffness in the surrounding muscles.
Pindasweda: Inducing perspiration by using heated round packs or bolus of rice is referred as ‘Shashtikashalipindasweda or kizhi, also popularly known as Navarakizhi. This is an easy and effective procedure of sudation. Kizhi strengthens muscles and improves nerves. Used to treat muscular pain and stiffness, spine related problems, paralysis, facial palsy, sciatica, frozen shoulder etc.
Patra pottalisweda: Leaves of medicinal plants are medicated with rock salt, lime juice, medicated oil and formed into a paste, warmed and then wrapped in a cotton cloth in round shape bolus. In many joint and muscle painful conditions this therapy is administered to relieve pain and stiffness.
Lepa: Application of herbal pastes over skin is called as lepa. It is applied to treat acne/pimples or in painful conditions of joints, on scalp to improve the circulation for hair problems or as a beauty treatment to enhance skin complexion, glow and tone.
Janudhara: Janu in Sanskrit means knee while dhara means flow of liquid. Gently pouring of warm medicated oil over knees for 15 to 30 mins is called Janudhara. It nourishes & lubricates knee joint. Helps to reduce pain & stiffness in osteo-arthritis of knee and other painful conditions of knee like ligament injuries and meniscus tear.
Udwartan: Massage using dry & aromatic herbal mixture is called as Udwartan. It helps to melt subcutaneous fat deposition. It has a cleansing effect on skin, tones muscles and improves glow & texture of the skin.
Gharshan: It is a friction massage done by using silk or wool hand gloves to enhance energy circulation through the body channels.