Abhyangam is an oil massage for a part or the whole body-smearing the oil, rubbing and massaging for certain time, and then taking a comfortable medicated hot water bath. It prevents aging and rejuvenates the skin. Sensory perception improves. It enhances blood circulation and gives relief from pain. It's effective in the treatment of diabetes, rheumatic problems, obesity, insomnia etc. The duration of the treatment is around 45 minutes to 01 hour.
Kaya - Sekha or Pizhichil originated in Kerala. It is a process in which the body is made to perspire, by applying warm, medicated oils in a particular way. The patient is seated in a wooden basin (the Taila-droni) and after carrying out certain sacred rites, the specific oil prescribed to him/her is first applied to the head. Then with the help of cotton swabs dipped in suitable medicated oil a steady stream of medicated oils is allowed to flow on the body.
The selection of oils, duration of treatment etc., will be decided by an expert physician after thorough examination of the body. Pizhichil is carried out on healthy persons as a rejuvenatory process. Besides, it's very effective in curing rheumatic conditions like arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia, sexual weakness, nervous weakness/disorders as well as degenerative diseases. Generally the duration of the treatment is about 60 to 90 minutes per day for a period of 3-14 days.
Pindasweda or Njavarakizhi, a native Kerala treatment is the process by which the whole body or any of its specific parts is made to perspire, by the external application of certain medicinal puddings prepared in the form of boluses in a muslin bag. These puddings are prepared from the special variety of raw rice obtained from the Njavara of Sashtika paddy.The treatment continues for about 60 to 90 minutes per day for 3 to 14 days .
This treatment makes the body supple, enhances complexion, and strengthens the body muscles. It cures stiffness of the joints and cleanses the interstices of the body thereby effecting free blood circulation, also increasing the digestive power. It is also prescribed for all kinds of diseases of the nervous system, chronic rheumatism, pain in the joints, emaciation of the limbs and diseases born of impure blood.
This is a process in which leaves or other parts of herbs, or herbal powders are applied to the whole body. The substance is tied into boluses which are dipped in hot, medicated oils and applied to the body for thirty minutes to an hour, per day for a period of 3-14 days. This is used in the treatment of Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis with inflammation, spondylosis, injuries sustained during sports, accidents or attacks Sciatica (IVDP), obesity, diabetes etc. It cleanses the body and improves blood circulation.
This is a treatment in the course of which medicated ghee or oil is given for consumption in empty stomach in proportionally increasing quantities for a period of 3-14 days. This process is used to cure hyper acidity, ulcer, rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative diseases, various skin problems, psoriasis, bleeding, piles, constipation, kidney problems, diabetes etc.
This is a treatment in which prescribed medicated oils, decoctions, herbal preparations, extracts are applied through the rectum daily for 3 to 21 days. The process resembles the enema, but the purpose is different. The herbal essences are absorbed by the intestine directly, averting the gastric process. Used in the cure of arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia, numbness, gastric associated with rheumatism and constant constipation, degenerative, neurological problems, chronic back pain infertility, sciatica, obesity, digestive disorders, ulcer, skin and kidney problems.
Shirovasthi is the term applied to the process of allowing medicated oils to remain on the head for a prescribed period. It is widely practiced in Kerala. A bandage is tied around the patient's head and a cap with an open end on top like a chef cap is placed. The prescribed medicated oil, warmed to body temperature, is poured into this cap. The level of the oil poured thus, would be about three-quarter inch above the skull.
The oil is allowed to remain there, till mucus discharge oozes out of the mouth, eyes and nose of the patient. The treatment is generally done in the evening, or even at night. The treatment may be for three, five or seven days, depending on the disease. It is efficacious in the cure of the loss of tactile sense, facial paralysis, sleeplessness, dryness of nostrils and throat, certain varieties of cataract and severe forms of head ache. It is useful in the cure of insanity, dullness and weak functioning of the brain, and many other diseases of the head, eyes, ears and nose.
This is a process in which herbal juices, medicated oils etc. are applied through the nose daily for a period of 3-21 days. A very common treatment in Ayurveda, Nasyam is used for treating certain kinds of head aches, paralysis, mental disorders, sinusitis, tonsillitis, facial paralysis, eye diseases. It gives more power to eyes, ear, and the brain. it also helps to prevent wrinkles and grey hairs.
It is a process developed in Kerala. A steady stream of decoction, medicated oil, medicated milk, Medicated butter milk (Thakra) is poured on the head, especially the forehead, or the whole body. The patient lies down in a wooden basin (Dhara-droni) and his/her head and body are anointed with suitably medicated oils. The head is rested on a pillow. After sacred rites, the phyician himself anoints the whole body followed by the masseurs. The oils for the purpose are medicated according to the nature of the disease. It is poured into a specially designed vessel and made to drip on to the patient's forehead.
The vessel gets refilled with the liquid collected from the basin in which the patient lies down. The process continues for 45 to 90 minutes during which the patient lies on his/her back. The treatment is carried out daily for a period of 3-14 days according to the nature of the disease. Morning hours between 7 and 10 am are preferred. it is mainly for disorders like insomnia, diabetes and certain skin diseases. It rejuvenates. It strengthens the senses (the Indriyas) and improves digestive power.
It is a cleaning process of the eyes giving a cooling effect. It prevents cataract and strengthens the optic nerve the muscles of the eye and improves eye sight.
This is a process in which medicated fumes are applied into the ears for 5 to 10 minutes. This process helps clean the ear and prevent ailments associated with the ear.
Notes: Duration of treatments may vary according to the directions of the physician and the rate would also vary proportionately. Process may change depending upon the patient's body conditions. Body massage courses and yoga or meditation courses will be conducted as per the request of the patient.
Different rates are applied for a single Pizhichil, Njavarakizhi, Thiladhara, Sherovasthi etc.
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