There are many rejuvenation treatments or supplementary panchakarma procedures which are practiced in different indications are mentioned in Ayurveda. They are useful to deal either with the whole body or some parts of the body. They are useful in health and in disease. The style, herbs and duration of the procedure will changes according to the necessity.
Ayurvedic Massage (Abhyangam)
Ayurvedic massage has long history as part of Ayurvedic treatments. It is unique in the sense that it is the only system of massage which is done according to the theory of primordial elements and bio- humors and is done as per the particular constitution of the patient for balancing the life energies. With massage the circulation of the blood and plasma is increased, it can stimulate and strengthen the lymphatic system, remove internal waste products and can open the flow of prana or life forces in the body.
Traditionally, message according to Ayurveda, includes sneha (oil) that provide specific benefits for vata, pitta and kapha. Appropriate oil should be selected with an understanding of the doshas. Before doing massage one must know his constitution, Vata prakrithi people need oil massage daily, for pitta prakruti people massage with correctly applied oil will enhance the natural luster of their skin, nourish their muscles, and calm their reactive nervous system.Kapha people need massage to improve their circulation and lymph drainage. Their skin and flesh are strong and thick. Hence they need deep tissue penetrating massage.
Shirodhara – A blissful Ayurvedic Rejuvenation for Stress. The word shirodhara is derived from combination of two different Sanskrit root words, Sira means head and Dhara means continuous flow of oil or medicated contents. In this procedure combination of Ayurvedic oils, medicate buttermilk etc poured on the fore head in the special method for about 45 to 60minutes for 7 to 21 days. The main indications are insomnia, loss of memory, lack of circulation, lack of concentration, brain related conditions, headaches, mental stress and strain, tension and anxiety and in some particular skin diseases (Psychosomatic disorders). Enjoy the Shirodhara for better psychological health at Jeeva Health.
This is done both on the head and all over the body and the process of doing it on the head is the same as that for sirodhara. Two persons sit on either side of the Pathi/table pour the liquid over the body using tumblers. When oily medicines are used for the body below the neck, it gives almost the same results as shirodhara.
This is one of the important external oleation methods. It consists of medicated oil retention over the head. This is done with the help of specially designed elongated leather cap. Especially it is indicated in facial palsy, insomnia, dry nose, dryness of the eye, migraine, headache, memory loss, mental stress and strain. Shirovasti has an added benefit of rejuvenating the whole body, relieving the exhaustion and restoring the luster of the skin.
Ayurveda has described some nutritive, palliative types of procedures. Among them kativasti is important procedure. It means retaining oil over the lower back with the help of container prepared of either black gram or wheat dough. This form of external vasti particularly benefits muscle spasm and rigidity of the lower spine and strengthens the bone tissues in that area.
If oil is retained over the area of heart on the chest, it is called as hridaya vasti. The procedure is same as that of kativasti. Only site is different. It reduces the pain in the sternum area and strengthens the heart.
Pizi means squeezing and chil means vigorous synchronized movements. Large quantity of oil is poured over the body while massaging it vigorously with a bolus of rice wrapped in a cloth. It is a great experience to undergo this type of treatment. This stimulates the marma points and creates harmony between doshas. It eliminates toxins from the joints and other muscular parts.
Podikidi panda sweda
It is the herbal powder poultice fomentation. Dry herbal powders are roasted in castor oil. Two or four expert massaures do this procedure simultaneously all over the body. Duration of this procedure is from 40 to 60 minutes.
Navarakizi panda sweda/Shasti shali panda sweda.
This is most unctuous type of sneha and swedana combination. A special brown shasti type of rice is cooked in decoction of ten roots or roots of castor and prepared in to five poultices. Which are useful for continuous use to apply on whole body. It is highly beneficial for treatment of poliomyletis, facial palsy, hemiplegia and other degenerative muscular diseases such as multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy.