In the classical scripts of Ayurveda innumerable type of treatments are explained in detail with their indication. Among those the most practiced some treatments are listed here .We want all to have some basic idea about the ayurvedic treatments before undergoing them. Based on dosa predominance Chikitsa (treatment) is divided in to two, Shodhana & Shamana Chikitsa.

Shodhana Cikilsa

Removal the impurities from body, mainly by panchakarma treatments.

  • Vasthi : for Vatha type of diseases
  • Vamanam : for kapha related diseases
  • Virechanam : for pitha predominant diseases
  • Nasyam : for kapha related diseases of head & neck
  • Rakthamokshanam : for raktha related disease

Shamana Chiktsa

Mitigate the imbalanced body constituents by giving internal medicines.

  • NASYAM

    Medicated oil or herbal juices are dripped to the nose and mouth-blown with maximum pressure when the inputs get penetrated into the head. Mental disorders, headaches, some type of skin diseases and some type of paralysis respond to this treatment very effectively. It is useful for eradication and prevention of morbid conditions of head and neck. By nasyam veins, joints, ligaments, tendons of head & neck gains greater strength.

    Benefits

    • Pimples.
    • For graying of hair & beard.
    • Facial palsy.
    • In hair fall.
    • Cervical spondylosis.
    • Head ache & Rhinitis
  • ABHYANGAM / OIL MASSAGE

    Abhyanga is a type of massage therapy which involves liberally covering the patients in oil and then using smooth, gentle movements to rub the oil deeply into the body. Ayurvedic practitioners recommend that people receive abhyanga massage every day to keep their bodies balanced, healthy, and focused. By doing oil massaging on the feet instantaneously cures roughness, immobility, dryness, fatigue & numbness. Eye sight becomes clear. It also helps in prevention from sciatica, cracking of feet, constriction of vessels and ligaments of feet.

    Benefits

    • Mainly for arthritis.
    • Foot cracking.
    • Weakness of body
    • For strong & smooth skin.
    • For deep sleep
  • SWEDANAM / STEAM BATH

    SWEDANAM / STEAM BATH /Fomentation therapy / Sudation therapy:

    After massage the patient is administered fomentation therapy. In this therapy patient is made to sit in a steam chamber & steam is given for a specific period.

    Benefits

    • Reduce the stiffness & heaviness of the body.
    • Dysurea
    • Reduce the pain & tenderness.
    • Pain & stiffness of knee & feet.
    • It is good for cough, dysponea, hoarseness of voice.
    • Sciatica.
nasyam

Whole body or a part is made warm by the external application of medicines packed in the form of boluses tied in cloth.

KIZHI

Varities of kizhi :

  • 1. Ela kizhi

    Medicated leaves prepared with medicated oils tied in a cloth made warm with steam or medicated oil & massaged on body.

    Benefits

    • To remove the pain.
    • Conditions like Hemiplegia & Paraplegia.
    • Stiffness ( decreased body movements )
    • Pain, numbness & stiffness of feet, knee
    • Calf muscles , multiple joint pain
  • 2. Podi Kizhi

    Boluses made with medicated powders heated in warm oil are massaged on body.

    Benefits

    • Mainly used to remove the pain with swelling.
    • Arthritis complaints with numbness
    • Guillan barre syndrome.
    • Frozen shoulder
  • 3. Dhanyamla Kizhi

    Bolus of powdered medicines heated in liquid of fermented cereals are massaged on body.

    Benefits

    • Severe pain with swelling & burning sensation.
    • Severe degenerative changes
  • 4. Njavara Kizhi

    Medicinal variety of rice ( njavara ) cooked in decoction of Sida cordifolia & milk are made bolus in cloth and warmed with same combination then massaged on body. This is one of the most popular therapies used for the purpose of rejuvenation of the body. This type of massage is done with a hot medicinal mixture tied up in cloth pouches and is applied on the whole body. This treatment is recuperative and healthful. This therapy endows several benefits to a healthy person as well as to the ill. Njavara Kizhi improves complexion of the skin, increases Pitha, promote digestion and restores vigor.

    Benefits

    • Facilitate the elimination of impurities from body.
    • Muscle wasting.
    • Improve the body health & complication.
    • Late complications of fracture.
    • In hemiplegia & paraplegia
    • To remove morbidity in traumatic causes.
  • Njavara Lepanam

    For children and extremely weak patients Njavara kizhi is not suggested, for them njavara lepanam is preferred. Here the paste is applied to the whole bole and follows the procedure.

    Benefits

    • In emaciated body parts & strengthening of the body.
  • AVAGAHAM

    In this treatment patient is made to sit or immerse the affected part in lukewarm decoction..

    Benefits

    • Relives acute pain.
    • Post natal care.
    • Urinary calculi.
    • Skin diseases.
kizhi

DHARA

A non stopping continuous stream of medicines poured in a rhythmic manner on the affected body part.

  • 1. Thaila Dhara

    Continuous pouring of medicated oil on the body for a specific time.

    Benefits

    • As a nerve tonic.
    • Pain & burning sensation of multiple joints.
    • Dry skin.
    • Severe degenerative changes.
  • 2. Thakra Dhara

    Pouring of medicated butter milk on the forehead from a specific height.

    Benefits

    • Brain disorders.
    • Sleeplessness.
    • Stress related disorders.
    • Psychosomatic disorders
  • 3. Ksheera Dhara

    Pouring of medicated milk on the affected part.

    Benefits

    • Severe degenerative change.
    • Arthritis.
    • Pain & swelling with stiffness of joist.
    • Improve the health & complexion.
  • 5. Dhanyamla Dhara

    Liquid of fermented cereals are poured on the whole body or affected part & affected part & massaged.

  • SIRO VASTHI

    Medicated oil is retained on the head in a special cap tied over the forehead for a specific period of time. It also cures headache, giddiness, pain and burning sensations of the palms and feet, diseases of eyes, ears, nose and throat. It is an excellent cure for chronic insomnia. Those patients suffering from insomnia will have sound sleep even while administering the therapy.

    Benefits

    • Severe pain with swelling & burning sensation.
    • Insomnia.
    • Bell’s palsy.
    • Neurological & Mental disorders.
    • Headache.
    • Stress.
    • Brain disorders.
  • THALAM

    Special powder mixed with medicated oil applied on the top of the head for 20 to 45 minutes . This treatment is for ENT Problems, Insomia , migraine, hypertension etc.

    Benefits

    • Insomnia.
    • Head ache
    • Burning sensation of scalp.
  • THALA POTHICHIL

    Medicines are made into a paste form & applied over the head and is covered with a leaf & tied it for a specific time.

    Benefits

    • Headache.
    • Insomnia.
    • Depression.
    • Burning sensation of head.
  • KATEE VASTHI

    Keeping a pool of warm medicated oil on the lower back for a specified time.

    Benefits

    • Chronic & acute back ache.
    • Disc protrution
    • Sciatica.
  • GREEVA VASTHI

    Keeping a pool of warm medicated oil on the back of the neck for a specific time.

    Benefits

    • Cervical spondylosis.
    • Radiating pain & numbness of hand.
    • Other pains related to neck.
  • VASTHI

    Vasti involves the introducing of medicated oils, herbal concoctions and milk through the perineum (through the anus, urinary tract or vaginal orifice in women) in order to clean or heal the lower part of the body (below umbilical part). The toxins (aama) accumulated in the lower part of the body or the toxins pushed to the colon, urinary tract or reproductive tract by previous ayurvedic procedures like Oil-therapy (snehan) or Sweat-therapy (swedan) can be cleared with Vasti.

    Benefits

    • Rheumatic conditions.
    • Neurological problems.
  • PIZHICHIL

    In this type of procedure, warm medicated oil is poured all over the body in a typical manner for a duration of one hour daily for one or two weeks, depending on the requirement of each body, as judged by the Ayurvedic Doctor. The oil is selected after careful analysis of the person’s character, body construction (physiological constitution of each individual), digestive power, etc.

    This is one of the best therapies for diseases caused by impaired functioning of the nervous system. This is a rejuvenation therapy and also will prevent ageing scales and wrinkles. This therapy is also used to cure rheumatism and arthritis.

    Benefits

    • Ensure better blood circulation.
    • Muscular dystrophy.
    • Arthritis.
    • Back pain.
    • Spondylosis.
    • Hemiplegia.
  • UDVARTHANAM

    Using medicated powder or past applied over body & deep massage is done. This is a therapy for obesity and rheumatic ailments. Entire body of the patients is massaged with herbal powders. Specific parts of the body can also be massaged as therapy for obesity

    Benefits

    • Weight reduction.
    • Toning the skin & muscle.
    • Improves skin complexion.
  • THARPANAM

    Keeping a pool of medicated oil over the eyes for a required time. It is basically an eye-cleansing process. It gives a cooling effect to eyes. The medicated oil is retained over the eye bordered with a thick herbal combination. Another therapy associated with tharpanam is pudapakam or pudapakom, with similar procedures.

    Benefits

    • Cataract.
    • Pain & burning sensation of eyes.
    • Short sight & long sight.
  • Pichu

    Pichu is a palliative treatment for ailments of the head. A long piece of cloth (pichu) folded thickly and broader than the forehead is fixed around the head just above the ear level. A hole nearly one and a half inches wide is made in the front of the band. After preparatory procedures like an oil massage, the prescribed oil is applied on the head. A piece of cotton wad drenched in medicated oil is placed in the hole and allowed to remain there for some time. This process is repeated for a specific duration.

  • Sneha Panam

    Snehapanam is an Ayurvedic mode of treatment given to patients for the cure of gastroenterological ailments. Snehapanam is characterized by the oral intake of ghee (purified butter) made from cow’s milk for internal purification before starting the panchakarma therapy (purva karma) or as a treatment. Snehapanam is considered beneficial in curing different conditions like osteo-arthritis, certain skin diseases like psoriasis, chronic constipation, etc.

  • Karnapooranam

    In Karnapoorana or ear therapy, the ears are filled with herbo-mineral oils which lubricate the delicate filaments of the ear canal, dislodging impurities and sharpening hearing.

    Karnapoorana creates a feeling of deep restfulness and may be useful in treating insomnia. Earaches, deafness, ringing of the ears, headaches, giddiness, as well as tooth and gum diseases may benefit.

  • Chavitti Uzhichil

    Chavitti Uzhichil is a unique massage treatment – a blend of Ayurveda and Dhanurveda (Archery). This massage is done on the whole body using mainly the feet and also the palms by the masseur, putting medicated herbal oil all over the body and head of the person. The masseur gently moves the feet controlling the pressure, balancing on a rope hung on the ceiling. It gives very relaxing and soothing experience to the person who undergoes this treatment.

  • Mukha Lepanam (Beauty Mask / Beauty Therapy)

    This is a beauty therapy where rich ayurveda herbs are made into a paste and applied to your face in the form of a mask.

  • Raktamokshana

    Raktamokshana (Rakta Moksham) (Blood Purification)

    This method is effective in curing rheumatic arthritis, skin diseases etc. Though it sounds very primitive way of treating, it is a very helpful process. Raktamokshana means removing vitiated blood from the body. It is a localized treatment. Extraction of vitiated blood from the body by using surgical instruments and other tools is known as Raktamokshana.

YOGA

The term yoga is derived from Sanskrit word “Yuj” which means to unite. So yoga is which unites the mind & body.

Benefits

Physically

  • Strengthen muscles & bones.
  • Improves digestion ` assimilation & immunity.
  • Enhances function of neurological & endocrine organs.
  • Enhances functions of neurological organs.
  • Enhances function of endocrine organs.
  • Improves flexibility of muscles & joints.
  • Enhances vital capacity of lungs, relief in breathing difficulties & whole body receives right amount of oxygen.
  • As a rehabilitation in chronic illness such as renal failure, liver cirrhosis, bronchial asthma, migraine
  • Pain adaptation in painful conditions of tumors cancers, H I V infections etc .

Mentally

  • Increased peace, alertness & clarity of mind.
  • Greater energy & enthusiasm for life.
  • Increased ability to deal effectively with short & long term stresses.
  • Decreased reliance on drugs.
  • Increased concentration of mind.
  • Increased self esteem.