Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of healthcare, uses herbs as a natural tool to improve health and treat diseases.
Ayurveda aims to heal the diseases from their roots, than treating just the symptoms. For this process of uprooting, Ayurveda suggests a variety of :
– Panchakarma Therapies –
Five main detoxification procedures.
– Upakarma –
sub therapies such as Oil massage, Shirodhara (stream of oil poured over body), Sweating Treatment etc.
Panchakarma – The five therapies are -
Vamana – Emesis Therapy – intended to get rid of toxins and waste by-products through the oral route. This is useful in disorders pertaining to skin, chest and stomach.
Virechana – Purgation Therapy – intended to eliminate toxins and waste by-products through anal route. This is useful in disorders of liver, pancreas, intestines, skin, etc.
Nasya – Nasal drop therapy used for detoxifying organs of head and neck.
Anuvasana Basti – Oil enema intended to rejuvenate nerves, brain, muscles and joints
Asthapana Basti – intended to detoxify colon and useful in neuro-muscular disorders.
Upakarmas – sub therapies –
Abhyanga – massage of the whole body with herbal oils to induce deep relaxation, to strengthen the body and to relieve pain
Swedana – sweating therapy as a measure to lose weight and toxins via sweating.
Shirodhara – a stream of oil is poured over forehead to increase mental calmness and to relieve anxiety
Lepa – herbal pastes applied over body parts to for skin detoxification
Avagaha – body parts are dipped in oils or herbal liquids
Udvartana – powder massage, useful to relieve excess oiliness and to lose weight
Anjana – collyrium therapy for eye care
Tarpana – oil immersion therapy for eyes for improving vision
Janu Basti, Kati Basti – a compound is constructed over knees or lower back and hot herbal oil is retained for a certain amount of time, useful in arthritis and joint degeneration disorders.