Ayurveda is an ancient science more than 10,000 years old. Practiced largely in the Indian subcontinent, Ayurveda involves a combination of various therapies and techniques to alleviate aches, pains and chronic diseases. In recent years, due to changing lifestyles, environmental pollution and stress, man has failed to achieve harmony with mind, body and soul. In such a scenario it is Ayurveda to the rescue.
Ayurveda stands divided into eight branches called Ashtangas. They are named as Kaya (general medicine), Baala (pediatrics), Graha (astrological), Urdwanga (above neck), Shalya (surgery), Dhamshtra (toxicology), Jara (longevity) and Vrusha (infertility). The physician who has expertise and thorough knowledge of all these branches is called an Ashtavaidyan.
A household name in India, Ayurveda boasts of a large number of popular therapies such as Dhara, Ayurvedic Massages, Panchkarma and Sirodhara. These therapies and treatments heal several nagging diseases that may or may not be chronic in nature.
Panchakarma is a process of cleansing of the entire human body internally and this process is divided into five steps, namely Vaman, Virechan, Anuvasan, Niruhan, and Navan/Nasya. Sirodhara on the other hand is the process of calming the mind and expanding consciousness by continous pouring of warm oil to the forehead for 25 minutes or so. This relaxes the entire body. Lastly, nasya drops are administered to the nasal passage, which helps in removing residual doshas and toxins from the head and neck area.
These therapies and treatments, performed with expertise and precision make India the best Ayurvedic tourism destination in the world.
During this therapy lukewarm medicated oil is applied on your body as you lay on the Dharapathi. This is done for around 60-90 minutes.
Dhara in Ayurveda
In this therapy medicated milk, herbal oil, buttermilk is poured your forehead in a special way for around 45 minutes, once a day for a span of 7-15 days.
It’s a form of Ayurveda therapy where herbal liquids are gently streamed over the forehead or the metaphorical third eye for 40 minutes, reducing stress.
In this therapy, a cap is put on the head of the guest and then lukewarm herbal oil is poured into it for around 15-60 minutes. This soothing treatment helps cure several Vatha-bas.
Panchakarma translated as ‘five therapies’ or ‘five actions’ is the cornerstone to Ayurvedic treatment of disease.
The treatment involves a special massage with herbal powders which is done for 30-45 minutes daily for the duration of 7-15 days for controlling cholesterol or extra weight.
During this healing process, the body is made to sweat using herbal medicines and Njavara (rice cooked in milk packed in cotton bundles) for around 60-90 minutes.
During this treatment, specifically prepared lukewarm medicated oil is placed on the lower back of the guest using herbal paste boundary for 45 minutes – 1 hour.
During this therapy, medicated ghee or oils are given orally for 8-12 days where the quantity is increased proportionally. It is an important part of body purification therapy.
During this treatment, medicated ghee is applied on the eyes for around 15-30 minutes placing it in a herbal paste boundary. It is good for the eyes-related problems.