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Abhyangam

Abhyangam is a popular body massage in ayurveda. The word abhyanga itself means to massage. Special type of oil massage in which strokes are given according to the needs. The Massage is done with a combination of specially prepared Ayurvedic herbal oils and applied all over the body stimulating the vital points. This is very good for the general health of the skin and prevents early aging and relieves muscular aches and pain. After the massage herbal steam bath is also given. Abhyangam can increase the production of white blood corpuscles and antibodies, which provide more resistance against viruses and diseases. This helps the defense mechanism in the body and increases immunity towards environmental changes. In this way abhyangam massage is a protector, preserver and a rejuvenator, increasing selfconfidence and will power. To massage is to exercise the nervous system.

Udwarthanam

Udwarthanam is a focus massage with medicated oil or herbal powder using upward strokes. Indication- To reduce cellulite, rejuvenate the muscles, to improve the circulation and for fat reduction. Sarvangdhara: Sarvangdhara is a special type of Dhara treatment in which warm herbal liquid is poured all over the body in a rhythmic way through a special vessel. It is a remedy for hemiplegia paralysis rheumatic complaints and vatha predominant diseases etc.

Lepanam / Upanahaml

This is a process by which medicated herbal paste is applied on the affected part of the body. Very useful for various types of inflammatory and spastic conditions.

Shirodhara

In shirodhara, medicated oil is poured gently on the forehead as a continuous stream in between the temples. Indication -Insomnia, migraine, fascial palsy, parkinsonism, poor memory,hearing impairment, tinnitus, vertigo, Ménière's disease and stress. Helps to improve concentration.

Thakradhara

In thakradhara, medicated butter milk is poured continuously on the forehead as a continuous stream in between the temples. Indication -For skin diseases like psoriasis, insomnia, and stress.Helps to improve concentration.

Griva Basthi

A circular receptacle made out of black gram dough is fixed on the back of neck (cervical area). Lukewarm medicated oil is slowly poured in to it. The oil in the receptacle is kept warm by transferring the oil gently heated in a water bath through out the procedure for 45 to 60 minutes. Indication -For pain, stiffness, degenerative changes (osteoarthritis), spondylosis and cervical spine injuries.

Nasyam

A circular receptacle made out of black gram dough is fixed on the back of neck (cervical area). Lukewarm medicated oil is slowly poured in to it. The oil in the receptacle is kept warm by transferring the oil gently heated in a water bath through out the procedure for 45 to 60 minutes. Indication -For pain, stiffness, degenerative changes (osteoarthritis), spondylosis and cervical spine injuries.

Matra Vasthi, Sneha Vasthi, Kashaya Vasthi

In Ayurveda Chikilsa, the role of panchakarma and especially Vasti is having a very important place in the treatment of many disorders. Certain herbal oils, herbal extracts etc., are applied through the rectum. This treatment is for arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia, numbness, gastric complaints associated with rheumatism and constant constipation. This is a treatment in which prescribed medicated oils, decoctions, herbal preparations, extracts are applied through the rectum. The process resembles the enema, but the purpose is different. Used in the cure of arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia, numbness and constant constipation, degenerative, neurological problems, chronic back pain, infertility, sciatica, obesity, digestive disorders, ulcer. It purifies the body, maintains health and longevity.

Elakizhi

Herbal poultices (bundles) are prepared with various herbs and medicated powders. These poultices are warmed in medicated oils and used to massage the entire body, neck, shoulders, hands and back, shifting the person from side to side. This massage can promote better circulation within the affected area thereby promoting increased perspiration, which helps the skin to eliminate wastes. It also helps to tone the skin and can be superbly relaxing.

Dhanya Kizhi

Dhanya kizhi is a kind of therapeutic sweating. It is a dry type of fomentation. In this treatment, body is fomented with linen bundles containing drugs like cereals, horse gram, black gram, cotton seed etc, in semi powdered form. Indication. Effective in reducing pain and inflammation in the joints, neck and lower back.

Pizhichil

This is one of the special massages for rejuvenating the whole body. The prescribed medicated oil is applied on the head and the entire body, is covered with medicated oil. In this treatment the patient lies on the Droni (a wooden bed specially designed for the purpose). Next a piece of linen dipped in warm medicated oil is squeezed on to the patient's body as the body is continuously massaged. The massage is very slowly with light pressure. This massage protects you from illnesses and improves your immune system adding vitality and health to your life. It also aids in the healing of rheumatic diseases, blood pressure, pain in the joints and diabetes.

Njavara Kizhi

(SHASHTIKA PINDA SWEDAM) involves fomentation of the body with boluses of specially cooked rice.A particular kind of rice known for its medicinal and nourishment value is cooked in milk along with suitable herbal decoction). These boluses are tied up in linen bags as kizhis. Indication. Very ef fective for rejuvenation, nourishment. Reduces pain and inflammation. Advised in paralysis, low back ache, neck pain and arthritis.

Dhara

Pouring of medicated water (Quatha) on affected area.

Sirobasthi

This is done by pouring certain lukewarm herbal oils into a cap put on the head. This is highly effective for dryness of nostrils, mouth and throat, facial paralysis, severe headache and other vatha based diseases. A leather sleeve of about six to eight inches in length is placed on the shaven head of the patient and a band (vartti) tied around the forehead to keep it in place. Kneaded dough is used to line the inside of this sleeve and ensure that it does not leak. Oil is then poured into the sleeve and allowed to remain on the head for a while. The length of time the oil should be kept there is determined by the physicians according to the need. This is very good in the treatment of cervical problems, sleeplessness, migraine and other problems of head, hair loss and tinnitus.

Avagaham

Body is anointed with medicated oil and plunge bath given in a tub filled with either the decoction of vatahara leaves suitable for patient's condition. Relieves back pain & provides muscular relaxation. For the diseases of spinal cord, hip and lower back. Also helpful in gynaecological conditions.

Kati Basthi

A circular receptacle made out of black gram dough is fixed on the lower back .Lukewarm medicated oil is slowly poured in to it. The oil in the receptacle is kept warm by transferring the oil gently heated in a water bath through out the procedure. Indication- For pain, stiffness, degenerative changes (osteoarthritis), Sciatica, Disc prolapse and lumbar spine injuries.

Janu Vasthi

A circular receptacle made out of black gram dough is fixed on or behind the knee joint.Lukewarm medicated oil is slowly poured in to it. The oil in the receptacle is kept warm by transfering the oil gently heated in a water bath through out the procedure. Indication – For pain, stiffness, degenerative changes (osteoarthritis), tendon tear, and injury in the knee joint.

Pichu

Sponging the body/head with cotton sponges dipped in medicated oils. Useful for paralysis, rheumatism, nervous breakdown etc. Treatment for Backache, Headache, sleeplessness/insomnia, hypertention and Migraine etc.

Vamanam

Major Body purification procedure through vomiting in Panchakarma therapy. When there is congestion in the lungs causing repeated attacks of bronchitis, cold, cough, Vamanam is administrated to eliminate the Kapha causing the excess mucus. All Kapha related diseases are cured by this therapy. This process requires good attention and skilled assistance. In chronic skin diseases like Psoriasis also vamanam is administered.

Snehapanam

In this treatment, medicated ghee or oil is given internally in gradually increasing quantities for a period of 3to 12 days.

Netra Tharpanam

This is done by allowing clarified medicated butter (Ghee) to remain in the eyes, which strengthens the optic nerves and improves the eyesight.

Virechanam

Virechanam is the method of cleaning and evacuation of the bowels through the use of purgative medicines. It eliminates excess bile toxins from the mid zone of the body. Hence for many of the digestive ailments, people resort to this form of treatment. When the digestive tract is clean and toxic-free, it benefits the entire body system. As a result, the person\'s appetite increases, enhances body strength.

Netra Dhara

This is a process of washing the eyes with medicated mixture or oils. This helps to relieve tension in the eyes, thus improving eyesight and eliminating pain and fatigue. It brings luster to the eyes and smoothes away wrinkles.

Ksheera Dhoomam

A fomentation process with medicated cow milk that helps in eliminating facial paralysis disorders and other nervous disorders of the face and speech disorders, cervical spondylosis, spastic disorders and neurological problems. In this treatment medicated milk is heated and the steam is passed over the entire body. It is effective for numbness, headache, allergies, nervous disorder