Ayurveda, A 5000 old natural healing system that has its own origin in Vedic culture in India. Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). It reminds us that health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit.
Himachal Pradesh, A place with ever-flowing rivers, valleys, beautiful temples and lush green areas. It is a place to relax, do adventures activities and have fun with family and friends. Himachal draws lots of attention to the nature lovers.
In India, Kerala is a most sought place for Ayurveda and health tourism. But in last few years Himachal Pradesh has emerged as health tourism center due to a rich presence of Tibetan culture. Traditional Tibetan medicine, is based upon Indian Buddhist system which is driven from Ayurveda.
Principles of Himachal Ayurveda
According to the Ayurveda, our body consists of five elements Akasha (air), Vayu (Vital force), Tejas (Some mineral, acids, alkalies etc) Jala (Water) and Prithvi (Organic substances). No element can be separated from one another and are all highly important.
Vayu (air), Kapha (water), Pitta (fire).
himachal is also famous for Indian traditional medicine and yoga, for yoga it could be one the best place not because only having a natural presence but also because having enriched Tibetan tradition and rich natural presence.
As part of Himachal health tourism, Panchakarma Treatments is most famous.
What is Panchakarma?
Panchakarma (Pancha stands for five and karma for treatment ) is a body detoxing program with the long-lasting health benefit, It has five actions which is an integral part of panchakarma in various step in Ayurveda for purifying the body.
Stepwise therapies of Panchakarma Treatments :
This is a special type of oil therapy and massage in which hand strokes are made according to the disease. It enhances blood flow and is usually given as pre-procedure to many therapies as well as a separate therapy in itself.
Useful for: Obesity, rheumatism, blood pressure, spondylitis, weakness, stress and strain, rejuvenation, relaxation, vigor & vitality.
In this method whole body is bathed in streams of lukewarm medicated oil with simultaneous soft massage. More than three liters of relaxing, medicated oil is used in this therapy. The time duration is generally 45-60 minutes per session.
useful for Rheumatic disease, arthritis, spondylitis, paralysis, hemiplegia, paraplegia, sexual weakness, nervous weakness & other diseases.
Shirodhara (Types: Thaila/Chakra/Kseer/Kashay)
In this procedure, herbal oils, medicated buttermilk or milk or decoction etc are poured slowly on the forehead. It is an ancient technique used in Indian culture for 5000 years. It is very useful for stress reduction and treating diseases associated with depression, anxiety and mental fatigue The time duration is 20-45 minutes.
Useful for: Insomnia, mental tension, headache, migraine, sinusitis, certain skin diseases, stress & strain, depression, hair care etc.
Navarakizhi (Shashtika Pinda Sweda)
In this process, the whole body or any specific part thereof is made to perspire by the external application of certain medicated milk puddings tied up in the form of boluses. The time duration is 45-60 min.
Useful for: Emaciation of limbs, skin diseases, rheumatic complaints etc.
This is a typical massage with herbal powders useful for burning fat under the skin. It helps to lose weight, exfoliates dead skin.
The time duration is 30-50 min.
Useful for: Obesity, Hemiplegia, Paralysis, Skin Ailments, Impaired Blood Circulation.
Lukewarm herbal oils are poured into a cap fitted on the head and stagnated for a prescribed time according to patient’s condition. The time duration is 30-45 minutes.
Useful for Facial Paralysis, dryness of nostrils, mouth & throat, severe headaches, burning sensation of head & other Vata-borne Diseases, Hairfall, Thinning and greying of Hair etc.
Kati Vasti :
For this, specially prepared warm medicated oil is kept over the lower back within herbal paste boundary. The time duration is 20-30 min per session
Indication: All types of back pain & spinal pain, slip disc, sciatica, spondylitis etc.
Thala Dharan :
Special powder mixed with oil is applied on top of the head. The time duration is 30 min per session
Useful for: a Migraine, facial paralysis, heat stroke, high B.P. etc.
This therapy consumes 15-20 minutes. It involves filling the ears with medicated oil to drain, wash the ear.
Useful for: Dry nose/ears, earache, ear wax, tinnitus, tingling sensation in the ears etc.
It is a cleansing process for the eyes, which gives a cooling effect to the eyes, prevents eye diseases and strengthens optic nerve, also improves eyesight. This procedure takes 15-25 minutes.
Useful for: Eye Strain due to TV, computer, pollution, tired eyes, watering of eyes, dimness of vision at night. It helps in preventing early formations of cataract.
In this procedure, the herbal paste is applied to the face for the treatment of wrinkles, dry or oily skin, blemishes, acne etc.
Useful for: treating sunburn related circumstances, acne, pimples..etc
Hrid Basti/Uro Basti :
– It is a unique treatment for heart and chest diseases. In this medicated oil, ghrit or decoction of herbs is placed into the rim of urad flour.
Useful for Useful for the strengthening of heart, angina, asthma and other respiratory problems.
Janu Basti :
In this treatment, medicated oils, ghrit is placed into the rim of urad flour made at the knee joint.
Indications: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout etc.
Also, read :
- Lumbar Spondylosis: The Disease and its Ayurvedic Cure
- Weight Gain – Natural Ayurvedic Home Remedies
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