Treatments are available for varied medical conditions . . .
Agnikarma acts directly on Vata Kapha Dosha mitigating the causative factor of pain. Thus, pain is reduced significantly with lowest recurrence rates. Agnikarma is performed by a special pointed metallic instrument known as ‘shalaka’. This is heated and applied on the most tender points marked with a marker.
Arthritis, Degenerative joint disorder, Calcaneal spur(heel pain), Achilles tendon, Ankle pain, Low back ache, Sciatica, Neck pain, Knee pain, Sports injury, Tennis elbow, Golfer's elbow, Post fracture residual pain, Migraine, Frozen shoulder, Carpel tunnel syndrome
- Improves local blood circulation
- Stimulation of regional nerves
- Increases tissue metabolism
- Decreases infection
- Stimulation of local inflammatory response(temporarily)
- Reduces joint stiffness
- Muscle relaxation
Dhara means pouring liquid medium in a small continuous and constant stream over the body. Dhanyamla is then poured over the body in lukewarm condition as a continuous strain. Dhanyamla is kept lukewarm during the full course of the treatment procedure. The therapy is very effective in kapha-vata and pitta-vata predominant conditions. It helps in compacting obesity, reducing inflammations, and muscular pain and activates nerves.
In Kerala, Dhanyamla is also known as ‘veppukkadi’. Dhanyamla Dhara is a special type of treatment and derived from the word dhanya and amla. For Dhanyamla preparation njavara rice, horse gram, millet, citrus fruits, dried ginger etc are used. For this treatment traditional vessels are used. The duration of the treatment is 45 to 50 minutes depending up on the conditions of the patient.
- Reduces inflammation
- Open the channels and help to eliminate the ‘aamadosha’.
- It will reduce the vata without aggravating pitta.
- Improves blood circulation
- Improves immunity.
- It is used in stroke management and all kinds of arthritis.
Jaluka refers to leech. Generally the leeches found in clear water is used.
Jalukavacharanam in ayurveda is a bloodletting treatment procedure carried out with the help of jaluka. The treatment is mostly done for rakthamosha or blood purification. Blood purification is the prime solution for most of dermatological and blood vessel related diseases.
Jalukavacharanam is regarded as one of the safest ayurvedic approaches using leeches to suck blood thus purifying the same. The process does not involve any drugs and the therapeutic leech used in this traditional treatment is ‘hirodunosamedicinalis’. These leeches secrete unique proteolytic enzymes that increase the capillary vessel permeability by tuning up the vessels. The Hirudin enzyme in the secretions of leaches contains 65-amino-acids and they possess anesthetic and anti-coagulant properties.
A non- poisonous leech is selected to carry out the treatment. The leech is released to suck the blood from the patient’s affected area. The anti-coagulating properties of the enzyme secreted by the leeches ensure continuous sucking of impure blood. Ayurveda preaches that the leeches suck impure blood from the person’s affected area and then detach itself when it comes in contact with pure blood. Once the leech is detached, the area is coated with paste or powder of curcumalonga.
Indicated in varicose ulcers, chronic unhealed wound, deep vein thrombosis, acne vulgaris, chronic eczema, gangrene and atherosclerosis.
Nasyam is one of part of panchakarma in ayurveda treatments. It is a medication done through nose. Nostrils are considers to be the door way to head. This is a treatment for cleansing the areas above the shoulder basically nose, throat, sinuses and head.
The face, shoulder and chest are massaged softly with medicated oil. Then a medicated oil or herbal powder is instilled in to the nostrils drop by drop or blowed at a stretch respectively. As a paschat karma, dhoomapanam is done after expulsion of kapha. Nasyam removes the obstructed kapha from the channels.
The main benefit of Nasyam is improving the circulation. It dilates the bronchioles and thus helps in alleviating certain diseases like dyspnoea, asthma etc. it nourishes the tissues and improves the sense organ perceptions. It improves vision, helpful in diseases like facial paralysis, migraine, sinusitis etc. It helps in preventing hair loss and hair graying and brings about an improvement in the glow of skin. Anu tailam, ksheerabala 101 times etc. are the oils used for the treatment. Medicated oils and quantity are used in this treatment is directed by the physician according to the conditions of the individuals. This treatment is done for a course of 7 days, 14 days etc. according to the instructions of the physician depending on the conditions of the individual
The treatment is indicated in
Depression, Sinusitis, Migraine, Vertigo, Hearing problems, sight problem
Navarakizhi is one of the typical Ayurvedic treatments. The treatment is termed so, as Njavara(Navara) rice is the main ingredient in the preparation. The cleaned Navara rice is boiled in the mixture of milk and decoction. It is then tied in a suitable cloth and made in to a bolus. A massage with medicated oil may be over the body prior to the application of bolus according to the instruction of the physician. The bolus is then applied over the body by dipping in the warm mixture of milk and decoction intermittently. During the course of the treatment the bolus gets reduced and nullify since the navara rice is used up.
It is a nourishing and rejuvenating treatment which imparts strength and build to the body. The duration of the treatment may vary 30 to 40 minutes as per the individual condition.
In Kerala Navarakizhi is also called as Navarakizhi, because navara rice (Indian herbal rice) is used for preparing bolus. Navara rice is also use for preparing rice soup.
- Improve the muscle bulk
- Piriformis syndrome
- Back pain, Sciatica, Inter vertebral disc prolapse
Pichu is an ayurvedic treatment popular among ayurveda acharyas. Pichu is used as an effective method to treat the ailments of head, spine and diseases of cranial nerves caused by vata disorder. In this treatment, medicated warm oil is applied on the head externally. It is done to a local area which is affected. Pichu can be directed on a person as a main treatment for head and spine or a simplified treatment can be carried out with similar oil treatments in ayurveda.
Shirodhara is a unique massage from kerala in which a steady stream of medicated oil is poured on the forehead in a peculiar pattern.
It is the treatment where the lukewarm medicated oil is made to flow in a slow consistent rate over the forehead for a particular duration mostly over the glabellar region. A thin strip of cloth (varthi) is tied around the head just above the eyebrows. The medicated oil is heated till it becomes lukewarm. This lukewarm oil is poured in to the dhara vessel placed above the forehead of the individual.
- Promote sleep
- Improves circulation and general concentration
- Increases blood circulation
- Relaxes and nourishes the nervous system
- Neurological issues like, Parkinsonism, cervical spondylosis.
Lime disease, Anxiety, Insomnia
Shiro vasti is a part of panchakarma treatment in ayurveda. ‘Shira’ refers to the head and thus shiro vasti is the procedure where medicated oil is retained on the head for a particular period of time. A leather sleeve of about 6 to 8 inches height is placed on the patients head and sealed in to position with help of the paste of black gram powder or wheat powder. The medicated oil is heated till it becomes lukewarm. This lukewarm medicated oil is then poured slowly in a constant and continuous stream in to the space inside the leather sleeve placed on the head. It is then allowed to be retained for a particular period of time. The oil is soured up and heated till it becomes lukewarm and is poured back again. This soaking up and warming of the medicated oil is done through out the whole procedure as and when the poured medicated oil becomes cold. Generally it takes 40 to 60 minutes. The course of the treatment is depend up on the instructions from the physician like 7 days 14 days etc.
- It is one among Moordhni taila.
Moordha or Murdhni means Head, Taila means oil or herbal oil
Thus Murdhni Taila or Moordha Taila is a procedure of conducting treatments on the head using herbal (medicated) oils such that the oil remains in contact with the scalp for a fixed duration of time. This contact period of oil on the scalp is necessary for begetting its benefits. Murdha Taila is also practiced as a part of Dinacharya (daily regimen).
- Cervical Problems
- Disease of scalp like alopecia
- Dryness in the mouth, nose
- Facial paralysis
- Loss of sensation in skin.
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Various Nervous Disorders
Takra refers to butter milk, thus takra dhara is the procedure where by medicate butter milk is poured over the forehead in a continuous stream. A thin strip of cloth (varthi) is tied around the head just above the eyebrows. The butter milk is heated till it becomes lukewarm. This lukewarm butter milk is poured in to the dhara vessel placed above the forehead of the individual. Medicated butter milk is then made to flow in a continuous and constant stream over the starting over the glabellar region. The medicated butter milk flows from the forehead to the scalp and hair. Mild massage is done over the scalp and hair simultaneously . It improves the circulation in scalp region and aids in hair growth..The duration of the treatment varies from 30 to 45 minutes depending up on the individual condition. According to the condition of the patient, doctor direct the course of the treatment like 7 days, 14 days etc.
Medicated oil or powder mixed with oil or medicated ghee is applied on the head mainly on and around the bregma region and sustained for a particular period of time. It brings about a feeling of wellness. It improves memory and concentration. It clears the nasal passage, smoothens the throat and imparts coolness to the body and calms mind. The depression related with modern lifestyle has created many problems and talam is resigned as an ayurveda therapy
It is then applied over and around the bregma region. It helps in relaxing the mind,. Generally it takes about 20 to 30 minutes.
- Strengthens body and mind.
- Improves vision
- Reduces anxiety
Here medicated decoction/milk is poured over the body. It can be done with or without Abhyangam depending on the condition. It can also be done locally to a particular part like knee, lower back, ankle joint based on the severity of the disease afflicting these areas. Duration is 15-30 mins
- Improves general health and longevity
- Reduce physical and mental stress
- Improves the circulation and relax the muscles
- Stimulates the nervous system
Thalapothichil is a Malayalam word, where Thala means head and Pothichil means covering. Thalapothichil is a procedure of application of medicated paste on the head. The therapy begins with a traditional head massage with oil. A groove is then made on your head with a special paste. This paste is traditionally made with buttermilk and medicinal herbs. The herbs are selected on the basis of the condition to be treated. Then they fill oil in this groove and the paste walls are covered with leaves and cloth. After 30-60 minutes, depending on the condition to be treated, the paste is removed followed by a gentle head massage.
- Psychosomatic disorders
- Premature greying of hair
- Hair loss
- Scalp infections
- Skin diseases