Kerala Ayurveda Treatments
When the panchakarma neglected in the other parts of India, the grate physicians of kerala have shown the courage to practice it scientifically. They preserved it with its sanctity. Form their experience developed new treatment procedure with the original theoretical background. These are known as Kerala special treatments.
Pizhichil ( SNEHA DHARA ) Warm medicated oil is poured continuously on the person’s body for 45 to 60 minutes.This Dhara is usually done in four to five postures.
Indication. Effective for rejuvenation, improving blood circulation, reducing pain and inflammation. Advised in Paralysis, low back ache, neck pain and arthritis.
NJAVARAKIZHI OR SHASHTIKAPINDASWEDAM
‘NJAVARAKIZHI’ is mainly performed in such diseases where PIZHICHIL also is prescribed. But while the main purpose of PIZHICHIL is snehana, that of NJAVARAKIZHI is Swedana( Diaphoresis). The patient is anointed with suitable medicated oil all over the body and is massaged in seven different postures such as sitting, lying (supine or prone position) etc. Njavara rice cooked in milk and medical decoction and tied up in eight bundles of clean smooth cloth. The medical decoction and milk are kept warm throughout. Four bundles are got ready by dipping in the decoction while the other four is used for massaging. The bundles are interchanged when they lose their warmth. The duration is from half to 2.5 hours. The treatment is useful in all kids of Rheumatism, Paralysis, and Polio and congenital deformities of the limps and dislocation of bones and joins etc.
A cylindrical leather cap of about ten inches height and both ends open is fixed in position by means of a cloth belt two to three inches in width tied around the head and by black –gram paste used for plugging the boles and filling the gap. Suitable medicated oil heated to a bearable degree is poured with in and allowed to remain for 1 to 1.5 hours, until secretions are tickles down through the nostril. Its effects are marvellous in Neuralgia,hemicranias,optic atrophy, otalgia, deafness, facial paralysis and all diseases affecting the carnial nerves. Generally it is not carried out for more than seven days.
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.
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. 45 to 60 minutes session.
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.
Minced herbal leaves, coconut gratings and lemon, are warmed in medicated oil and bundled into boluses in cotton cloth. These bundles are steamed and the fomentation is patted rhythmically all over the body for sudation.
Indication-Advised in hemiplegia,pain in,neck,back and joints. 45 to 60 minute session.
Therapeutic administration of medicated oils or herbal juices (prepared in the form of nasal drops) through nostrils is termed as Nasyam.This is one of the Pancha karma procedure for detoxification. Nasyam is advised either in the morning on an empty stomach or in the evening. During the sessions of Nasyam, shower (bathing of head), exposure to sunlight and dust should be avoided.
Indication - facial paralysis, sinusitis,migraine, Cervical spondylosis and arthritis. Duration-15 to 20 minutes to complete the procedure.
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. It helps to improve concentration.
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 throughout the procedure.
Indication – For pain, stiffness, degenerative changes (osteoarthritis), tendon tear, and injury in the knee joint.
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.
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 throughout the procedure.
Indication- For pain, stiffness, degenerative changes (osteoarthritis), Sciatica,Disc prolapse and lumbar spine injuries.
This is a herbal enema in which a decoction of oils and medicines is administered through the rectum for evacuation of the bowels. This is a purgative treatment that is done for a period of 25 days for patients suffering from arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia, gastric problems and chronic constipation.
A paste made of embilica officionalis (Amlaka) and other herbs with buttermilk is applied all over the head.This treatment is indicated for insomnia ,stress relief and certain mental ailments
Medicated decoction and ghee are retained around the eyes within a border made of medicated herbal dough.This is a treatment that strengthens the optical nerves, prevents cataract and gives a cooling effect to the eyes. Duration: 20 to 30 minutes. Snehapanam In this treatment, medicated ghee or oil is given internally in gradually increasing quantities for a period of 8 to 12 days.It is indicated for osteo-arthritis, leukaemia, psoriasis etc.
ABHYANGAM (REJUVENATING MASSAGE)
Abhyangam means massage. Warm Medicated oil is gently applied all over the body. Then gentle to moderate pressure with hands and fingers are used for an effective massage. Massage is done in four to five standard positions.
Indication. Advised for pain and stiffness.Boosts energy levels,rejuvenate and relaxes the muscles. Enhance skin tone,and induces sleep.
Duration 45 to 60 minutes.
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