Posted by on January 15, 2019

What are the Ayurvedic Treatments?

Ayurveda is an ancient healing medicine practiced all around the world. It emphasizes on the preventive and healing therapies along with various methods for purification and rejuvenation. It originated in India some 5,000 years back and since then it is widely being used as a treatment for curing ailments and overall well-being of a person.

One of the most famous treatment modality under Ayurveda is Panchakarma; it is a treatment used for mind-body healing and detoxification. Panchakarma is used as a method of rejuvenation — strengthening the immune system, and restoring balance and well-being.

Panchakarma:  A famous treatment in Ayurveda that is used to clean the body of toxic materials left by diseases, poor nutrition and environment. Although our body has the innate ability to remove these toxins, including the doshas, however, it can become difficult due to one’s poor exercise patterns, lifestyle choices, repeated dietary indiscretions, hormones, metabolic factors and agnis which regulate the body’s internal homeostasis and becomes disorganized.

Panchakarma helps in removing the excess doshas and correct imbalances in them as well as purify the tissues at a very deep level. The Ayurvedic therapies that Panchakarma uses for this purpose are-

  • Abhyanga: An Ayurvedic oil massage which is an integral part of the daily routine recommended for overall health and well-being. This massage is traditionally performed in the morning before bath or shower with cured sesame oil, medicated massage oil or aroma massage oil. Abhyanga is extremely beneficial for the overall well-being of a person. Some of its benefits are- increased circulation, calming for the nerves, lubrication of the joints, increased mental alertness, improved elimination of impurities from the body, softer, smoother skin, increased levels of stamina through the day and better sleep at night.
  • Shirodhara: It is a treatment in which warm medicated oil is poured over the forehead in a continuous stream. It has an immense impact on the nervous system, and immediately acts to calm and relax your mind and has a cleansing effect on the nerves. It is extremely beneficial for people suffering from an imbalance of Vata and Pitta.

Shirodhara provides better results if it is performed early in the morning. Some of its benefits are reduced memory problem, better sleep, improved concentration, strengthening of the body, reduction in eye disorder, sleep is induced and aging is reduced.

  • Swedana:  Swedana is a treatment performed under Ayurveda for various vata vyadhi or as a pre-operative procedure for panchakarma depending upon your condition. It is a procedure done to stimulate your sweat glands to increase perspiration and circulation and helps to reduce pain, stiffness, heaviness and coldness in your body. Swedana is beneficial in case of asthma, cough, running nose, sinusitis, flatulence, constipation, heaviness, stiffness, joint pain, musculoskeletal pain, paralysis and many more.
  • Udvartana: It is a massage therapy which involves body scrubbing using ubtan, a traditional Indian paste that is a mixture of different natural herbs with grains. 

Any kind of treatment oil or liquid is not used. A paste is prepared using ubtan, grains, various herbs, flours and natural oils. This paste is used to massage the entire body to get therapeutic advantages. Some of the benefits of this massage are increased skin glow, reduces stomachic fat accumulation, helps in rheumatoid arthritis and removes toxins from the body



All the aforementioned ayurvedic therapies contribute to the overall well-being of a person. These massages are available at various spas and Ayurvedic treatments centers.


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