Ayurvedic therapies explained
Panchakarma - Purification Therapy
Panchakarma is the main purification process in Ayurveda. Panchakarma is the common word used for
all three stages of the purification process and could include the preparation of the body for the
main purification (Purvakarma), the Panchakarma or the five methods of purification, and the post
purification or the rejuvenation treatment (Paschath karma) Over the years your body collects
toxins from food, pollution, smoking, alcohol, and drugs etc. Pauchakarma therapies remove these
toxins from the body through a series of herbal decoctions (taken orally) oil applications, and
Synchronized Oleation (Oil application) - Abhyanga
After a head and face massage, two therapists will apply oil on your entire
body using a special medicated oil The oil application to suit your individual
body type. Massage promotes relaxation, tones the body and promotes circulation.
Oils increase strength, relieve fatigue and help cure diseases.
Herbal Bath - Drasvasveda
Herbal leaves and roots are boiled and the water is poured onto
your body while you sit in a warm herbal bath. Herbs used in preparing
the bathwater have healing properties.
Herbal Steam Bath - Ushmasveda
You rest in an enclosed wooden casket in which steam from boiled
herbs and roots vaporize. The herbs and steam help relieve various
ailments including being overweight and joint pain.
Herbal Steam Inhalation - Vaaspasveda
Herbal steam is inhaled to cure colds and coughs and clear sinus problems.
Formentation - Pinda Sweda/ Nawarakizi
This special heat treatment is done by applying small steam-heated bundles
of herbs tied in cotton bags and pressed gently on aching parts of the
Head Oil Bath - Shirodhara
A steady flow of warm medicated oils is poured onto the forehead and applied
into the scalp and neck. This treatment helps diseases of the head and
neck. It also eases chronic headaches, migraine, insomnia, mental stress
and many other diseases.
Head Oil Bath - Shirovasti
Warm medicated herbal oil is poured into a cap fitted onto the head so
that the oil is kept on the head for a longer period. It eases facial
paralysis, insomnia, chronic headache, migraine, and mental stress.
Herbal Pastes - Lepa /Alepa
Powdered herbs are made into a paste and used on the body to relieve muscle
pains, swellings, skin conditions, etc.
Oil Bath - Phisichill/ Sarvangadara
Heated medicated oil is collected in a cloth or natural sponge and squeezed
onto your body. The oil is then gently rubbed onto your body by the
therapist. It is very effective for paralysis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's
disease, sciatica, spandilosis and osteo-arthritis.
Nasal Treatment - Nasya
Herbal juices, medicinal oils and powdered herbs are put into your nose
either in nose drops or inhaled vie the nose.
Special Medicated Oils Pads - Pichu
These soft pads are used to cover the areas of the body affected by pains,
aches, arthritis, etc.
Milk Rice Treatment - Pindasveda
A special recipe of cooked rice is stuffed in small cotton cases and pressed
on problem areas of the body.
Herbal pastes and steams are used to cleanse the skin and smooth wrinkles.
Medicated Enema Treatment - Vasti Karma
Liquids such as medicated oils, milk, and herbal water are administered
through the rectum.
Purgative Therapy - Virechana
Oral medicines are administered to induce purgation.
Blood-Water Therapy - Raktha Mokshana Karma
Impure blood is drained out using an ancient method whereby water
leeches are applied to affected part of the affected part of the
Eye Treatment - Akshitarpana
The eye is bathed in medicated oils by creating a small tank around the
eye using special pastes. It improves eyesight and strengthens the ocular
Application of needles onto the body's meridian or vitality points to
cure specific ailments.
Herbal medicines are prepared according to individual prescriptions.
A large number of natural ingredients (bark, root seed, flowers
etc) are boiled in earthenware pots over a long period of time.
The water is reduced to about one cup and the medicine is consumed
each morning and evening, the flavors can seem quite strong and