Marma Chikitsa (Marma Therapy)
Marma Chikitsa is an important aspect of Ayurvedic treatment where the application of pressure on these Marma points induces the flow of vital energy (prana) along with a complex system of subtle channels called (nadis). Based on the knowledge enumerated in Dhanurveda ( dealing with knowledge of bow and arrow fights), 107 therapeutic Marma points are recognized by Ayurveda. The injury to some of these lethal Marma points can lead to instant death. Massage is widely applied in the treatment of Marmas.
Diseases Curable & Manageable By Marma Chikitsa:-
Paralysis, Sciatic pain, Migraine, Tremors, Diabetic neuropathy, etc.
Nasya – is one of the important therapy among Panchkarma in which administration of medicated oil /herbs through nostrils in order to eliminate vitiated dosha. It removes toxins from the sinuses, throat, nose or head parts. If these toxins are not removed for a long time they start irritating the local parts which creates disturbance in daily work. Later on, it gets converted into major illnesses like allergic rhinitis, bronchial asthma, etc.
Complications Treated By Nasya Chikitsa:-
Bronchitis, Aphonia, Facial Paralysis, Disorder related to eyes, nose, mouth, head and ears, Frozen Shoulder, etc.
Basti Chikitsa – Enema Therapy
Basti – Vata’s predominant site is the colon. Ayurvedic Basti involves the introduction into the rectum of herbal substances like oil and decoction etc in a liquid medium. Basti, is the most effective treatment of Vata disorders, although many enemas over a prescribed period of time are usually required. This is one of the five pradhana karma of panchakarma.
Efficacy of Basti Karma
Basti Karma has been the prime part and parcel of Ayurveda treatment of panchakarma for ages.
- Basti karma has the reputation to be half of the entire treatments that can be available to provide substantial cure and relief.
- It also nourishes and feeds the colonic flora.
- Basti also enhances the immune system of the individual by cleansing and nourishing the colon.
- Basti puts the body into a state of total balance by nourishing the base prana of the body which is formed in the colon.
Raktamokshana is an effective blood purification therapy, in which carefully controlled removal of small quantities of blood is conducted to neutralize accumulated Pitta toxins of many blood-borne diseases. This is because Raktamokshana decreases the quantum of enhanced Pitta dosha and thus the diseases caused by Pitta are also relieved.
It is used to treat the following:-
Pigmentation, Scars, Wound, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Pericarditis, Gouty arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis, Atopic dermatitis, Pain, Uremia Inflammations, Allergies, Skin disorders such as Eczema, etc.
Kati Basti (Pain relief)
Kati Basti is a musculoskeletal treatment for disorders that involve muscle (mamsa), ligaments, bones (ashti), vertebrae and nerves (majja). Symptoms associated with such disorders are inflammation, pain, stiffness and restricted movements.
One of the most commonly seen causes in today’s modern world is the increase of sedentary occupations and many hours spent sitting at a computer where the back loses its strength, with the addition of poor body posture, lack of mobility and stress, over the years this can accumulate to severe back issues that need a specific therapy that works on a very deep level other than just a regular massage.
Kati Basti massage is a very beneficial treatment specific for lower back pain, sciatica, herniated and ruptured discs cervical pain, stiff neck, whiplash, migraines frozen shoulder, shoulder bursitis, RSI, knee pain, ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, dislocated shoulder, thoracic discomfort, knee and wrist problems and giving in the thoracic area for when ones is holding onto a lot of emotions.
Janu Basti Treatment
The knee joint is called Janu Sandhi in Sanskrit; hence the name Janu Basti is given to the proceduredone on knee joints. In this the knee joint is bathed with warm medicated oil or freshly prepared herbal decoction. Depending on the condition it can be practiced over both the knee joints or on one knee joint. Knee joints are considered as sandhi Marma in Ayurveda (joint type of vital areas) which measure about three fingers (three anguli pramana).So the janu vasti is specialized knee therapy or massage which rejuvenate the janu marma.
- Pacifies aggravated Vata dosha in the knee region
- Restores the lubricating fluid in the joint and maintain the integrity of the structures involved in the joint.
- Removes stiffness and pain in Knee joint
- Protects knee joints from age related changes
- Increases blood circulation; thus strengthens and nourishes the knee joints
- Improves the mobility of the knee joints (knee flexion and knee extension)
Griva Basti Therapy
The word Griva refers to neck and Basti stands for retaining something inside mainly medicated oil. It is Ayurvedic neck care and basically a hot oil therapy. Griva Basti is bathing the neck region with medicated oil or freshly prepared herbal decoction.
- Relieves the burden of stress and congestion in nerves, bones and muscles of the neck and shoulders and thus relaxing and rejuvenating them.
- Improves flexibility and brings smooth movement.
- Improves circulation around the neck and shoulder region.
- Relieves pain and stiffness.
Pristha Basti (Thorosic Treatment)
Specific warm medicated herbal oil is poured over the entire back and retained inside the black gram paste boundary for the required duration. Hare also the healing properties of herbal oils used for this therapy deeply cleans and enriches the blood, builds and maintains strong muscles, bones and connective tissues and lubricates the joints keeping them flexible and pain free.
- Loosens stiffness of back & relieves pain.
- Helps to cure Lumbar-Cervical spondylosis, Helps to cure upper back pain and numbness of limbs
- Stimulates and nourishes nerves relieving pain and numbness
Snehana (Internal Oleation )
Marma ChikitsaThe use of medicated oils, either internally or externally, is called Snehan (oleation). Snehan refers to the administration of medicated fats or the massage of oil over the skin for a specific period. A number of methods of Snehan therapy have been described in the Ayurvedic texts. The use of oleation results in unctuousness and softness of morbid doshas, which become easily extractable and ready to move from places where their occupation is undesirable and unwarranted.
Purpose Of Snehana:-
- Help in eliminating of toxic material from th body.
- Detoxified the body and its various vital organs.
- Provides a wonderful lubrication of the various part of the body.
Swedana (body heating)
Swedana (body heating) is a treatment modality common to Ayurvedic clinical practice. Practiced either as a preparatory component to Panchakarma (five detoxification procedures) or as an independent intervention, Swedana is praised for its relaxing and detoxifying effects.
- Balances Vata and Kapha humor in the body
- Detaches toxins; expels them through the tiny pores of the skin along with sweat
- Increases circulation; reduces inflammation
- Revitalizes and rejuvenates the skin
- Improves digestion
- Removes stupor
- Acts on fat tissues
- Relieves stress
- Eases sore muscles
- Reduces numbness, stiffness, rigidity, heaviness; improves mobility
Shirodhara is a form of Ayurveda therapy that involves gently pouring liquids over the forehead and can be one of the steps involved in Panchakarma. A Shirodhara treatment’s benefits extend beyond the feelings of relaxation you are likely to have with any bodywork treatment—awaken your intuition, improve your sleep, improve your Vata dosha and more.
Shirodhara is usually practiced in the morning or evening. Depending on the ‘Dravya’ (medicated or non-medicated liquids), it can be called as Tailadhara, Takradhara, Kashayadhara, and Jalandhar. Shirodhara is also included as one among the Murdhataila (four special procedures in Ayurveda for the head).
Shirodhara therapy benefits:-
Counteracts the Effects of Stress, Reduces Anxiety, Awakens Intuition, Improves Sleep Quality, Pacifies Vata Dosha.
Shiro Basti treatment
The Shiro Basti treatment is warm oil poured onto the head, and then allowed to remain there for a certain period of time and then followed by Shiro abhyanga (head massage). Beneficial for the treatment of depression, headaches, insomnia, and psychological disorders.
A nurturing head and neck massage (Shiro abhyanga) use warm oil to de-stress and relax. This treatment helps improve dryness and hair loss while calming the nervous system and strengthening the mind. Leave feeling revitalized.
Benefits of Shiro Vasti:-
- Prevents psychosomatic diseases.
- Promotes intellect.
- Balances the brain and skull.
- Alleviates pain as marma points are stimulated.
- Promotes sleep, calms the mind, and reduces anxiety and depression.