The ancient Indian practice of Ayurveda, the ‘science of life’, goes back 5,000 years and involves how foods, herbs, emotions, climate and lifestyle impact the dynamics of our own physiology and psychology.
Ayurveda treats on a holistic level. Ayurveda goes by the principle that disease is caused by bioenergy imbalances between the three ‘humours’ of ‘Tridoshas’ of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. We rebalance these humours through natural remedies and changes in diet. The three ‘Gunas’ (forces) that form nature and also influence the human body – Satwa, Raja and Tama, represent the three forces of modern physics: nuclear, electro and gravitational force.
Ayurveda has a rich tradition of specialised detoxifying therapies – such as steam therapy, oil massage, and Panchakarma therapy – and special rejuvenation treatments for body and mind which stimulate immunity and slow down degeneration. Ayurveda also offers a variety of herbal and pharmaceutical preparations – decoctions, oils and powders for both internal and external use, ghee, jams and jellies.
By applying medicated herbal oils on the back for a period of time, Kadivasthy treats back pain resulting from muscle, ligament, joint and disc problems. Kadivasthy also improves flexibility of the back in spondylosis conditions.
This extremely relaxing therapy gently releases stress and tension in the mind and body. A steady stream of warm, aromatic oil flows rhythmically across the forehead, calming the mind and soothing the nervous system. Shirodhara induces deep relaxation and the feeling of profound happiness and well-being. It is excellent for alleviating anxiety or insomnia and rejuvenating the brain.
Shirovasthy applies medicated lukewarm oil to the head for a variable duration through a special cap. Shirovasthy treats conditions such as cervical spondylosis, sleeplessness and headaches.
Nasyam is one of Ayurveda’s Panchakarmas where a medicine is administered through the nostrils. Nasya Karma prevents the early greying of hair/beard and hair loss. Nasyam also treats diseases such as cervical spondylitis, headache, facial paralysis, hemiplegia, nasal conditions, frozen shoulder, hemicranias, coryza, sinusitis, mental disorders, Parkinsonism and skin complaints. Nasyam Karma also enhances the sense organs.
Netratarpana is a special treatment lasting 15-20 minutes in which the eyes are bathed in pure medicated cow’s ghee. Netratarpana relieves the strain of constant computer and TV screen glare, refractive errors of the eyes, chronic conjunctivitis, dry eye syndrome, glaucoma and eye diseases brought on by Vata and Pitta toxins. Netratarpana also helps in preventing early formation of cataracts, eye pain/burning sensations and loss of eyeball movement.
Udwartanam or Herbal Powder massage is a special therapeutic massage in which herbal powders, like Udwartanam, are used to massage the body against the direction of the hair follicles with increased pressure. The treatment is good for diseases such as diabetic neuropathy, paralysis, obesity, cellulite, sciatica, indigestion and sclerosis of blood vessels. The massage activates the nerves and increases blood flow to the impaired parts of the body. Udwarthanam is also an important health preserving massage. As the massage promotes active blood flow, it revitalizes and reconditions the body, thus preserving its strength, skin texture and natural elasticity. Fat reduction is one of the significant benefits in cases of obesity.