Ayurveda seeks to establish the physical, mental and energetic balance by suggestions of changing habits, which may cause disharmony in your life.
After a thorough consultation some Ayurveda therapies are prescribed according to directions.
Therapies involve specific daily processes for the restoration of health and harmony, which include massages, balanced nutritional guidelines for Dosha (individual energy – constitution), meditation, pranayama (breathing exercises) and yoga.
In addition to the preventive and soothing treatments, the “Purvakarma” (Shamana), Ayurveda also suggests the therapy of deep detoxification, “Shodana” (Panchakarma), when indicated.
Procedures applied as preparation for Panchakarma treatments or elsewhere, as preventive and relaxing. There are two important ways to apply Purvakarma: Snehana and Swedana.
1-Sneha, from Sanskrit is literally “lubricate”, soften and another meaning is “Love”. There are internal applications, through the ingestion of lubricants, indicated during procedures and also external sneha. Some external Snehana therapies are:
Abhyanga: Therapeutic method and massage that spreads herbal oil over the body of the patient to balance the doshas (Energy Constitution). It is a relaxing and invigorating tissue massage. Some of its indications and benefits are: promotes longevity, nourishes all areas of the body, lubricates joints, soothes the skin, tones the muscles, promotes deep sleep, drains the lymphatic system, expels toxins, among many other qualities.
Karna Purana: This is one way to clean ears through the use of herb medicated oil drops or other liquid. Another ear therapy is through a cone made of paraffin and cotton cloth to clean the ears by heat. Some of its statements: earache, headache, neck and excess of wax.
Udwarthana: Deep dry massage applied with powder of herbs, to stimulate hair follicles and subcutaneous tissues. Its major indication lessens fluid retention, providing weight reduction, smoothness and tones the skin.
Shirodhara: A heavenly therapy to achieve a deep state of relaxation through the flow of warm liquid on the forehead. It balances mind, soothes and invigorates the senses. more…
2-Swedana: Heating methods that provoke sweating to treat imbalance. It is applied locally or throughout the body by using specific herbal medicine by steam and other forms of heating such as rocks, salt or sand, to eliminate toxins through the pores.
Nadi Sweda: Local steam on specific massaged areas.
Full Swedana: Steam bath on the entire body, except the head, which must always be protected from the heat.
Pinda Sweda: a form of Swedana obtained from rice porridge with herbs. Local application of massage done with cooked rice placed in a cotton cloth and enclosed in a soft bun.
Kati Basti: a dough made with whole wheat flour is placed as a circle on the region to be treated and warm medicated ghee is poured inside this circle. It is an excellent treatment to treat back pain.
Netra Basti: acts as a treatment for eye diseases, through the use of medicated ghee (purified butter oil ), which is placed inside a frame of whole wheat flour dough around the eyes.
These are just some of the Purvakarma treatments that Ayurveda offers. The indication is individualized after detailed consultation.
Are techniques of deep detoxification and harmonization of Doshas.
Nasya: detoxification of the respiratory tract, vocals and emotions, through the application of medicated oils in the nostrils. To reduce and balance Kapha and Vata.
Basti: colon cleansing via enema. Promotes reduction of Vata by nourishing the tissues.
Vamana: cleansing the stomach, it is indicated for reducing Kapha when there is excess in their region of origin. It is also indicated in some conditions of Pitta imbalance.
Virechana: detoxification of the small intestine and blood by purge through the use of herbs for reducing Pitta.
Raktamoksha: blood detoxification by local extraction. Suitable for reducing Pitta.