Dhanya kizhi is a kind of therapeutic sweating. It is a dry type of fomentation. In this treatment, body is fomented with linen bundles containing drugs like cereals, horse gram, black gram, cotton seed etc, in semi powdered form.
Indication. Effective in reducing pain and inflammation in the joints, neck and lower back. 45 to 60 minutes session.
Therapeutic administration of medicated oils or herbal juices (prepared in the form of nasal drops) through nostrils is termed as Nasyam.This is one of the Pancha karma procedure for detoxification. Nasyam is advised either in the morning on an empty stomach or in the evening. During the sessions of Nasyam, shower (bathing of head), exposure to sunlight and dust should be avoided.
Indication – facial paralysis, sinusitis,migraine, Cervical spondylosis and arthritis. Duration-15 to 20 minutes to complete the procedure.
In thakradhara, medicated butter milk is poured continuously on the forehead as a continuous stream in between the temples.
Indication – For skin diseases like psoriasis, insomnia, and stress.Helps to improve concentration.
Pizhichil ( SNEHA DHARA ) Warm medicated oil is poured continuously on the person’s body for 45 to 60 minutes.This Dhara is usually done in four to five postures.
Indication – Effective for rejuvenation, improving blood circulation, reducing pain and inflammation. Advised in Paralysis, low back ache, neck pain and arthritis.
This is a herbal enema in which a decoction of oils and medicines is administered through the rectum for evacuation of the bowels. This is a purgative treatment that is done for a period of 25 days for patients suffering from arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia, gastric problems and chronic constipation.
Dhara is a process of pouring warm medicated oil or a herbal decoction over the body. Dhanyamlam – is an infusion (decoction)prepared with some cereals (dhanyam) and acidic fruits like citrus fruits. Njavara rice, horse gram, millet, sliced citrus fruits, dried ginger etc. The above prepared decoction (Dhanyamlam) is poured in a continuous stream over the body.
Indication. For rejuvenation, improving blood circulation and in reducing pain and inflammation.
A circular receptacle made out of black gram dough is fixed on the back of neck (cervical area). Lukewarm medicated oil is slowly poured in to it. The oil in the receptacle is kept warm by transferring the oil gently heated in a water bath through out the procedure for 45 to 60 minutes.
Indication – For pain, stiffness, degenerative changes (osteoarthritis),spondylosis and cervical spine injuries.
Njavara Kizhi (SHASHTIKA PINDA SWEDAM) involves fomentation of the body with boluses of specially cooked rice.A particular kind of rice known for its medicinal and nourishment value is cooked in milk along with suitable herbal decoction). These boluses are tied up in linen bags as kizhis.
Indication – Very effective for rejuvenation, nourishment.Reduces pain and inflammation. Advised in paralysis, low back ache, neck pain and arthritis.
In shirodhara, medicated oil is poured gently on the forehead as a continuous stream in between the temples.
Indication – Insomnia, migraine, fascial palsy, parkinsonism, poor memory,hearing impairment, tinnitus, vertigo, Ménière’s disease and stress. Helps to improve concentration.
Udwarthanam is a focus massage with medicated oil or herbal powder using upward strokes.
Indication- To reduce cellulite, rejuvenate the muscles, to improve the circulation and for fat reduction.
Karaskara Ksheera Dhara
Karaskara ksheeram – is a herbal decoction prepared in milk.Warm Karaskara ksheeram is poured in a continuous stream all over the body. Dhara is usually done in four to five postures.
Indication – Effective treatment to improve peripheral blood circulation, reducing pain, numbness, burning sensation and inflammation. This line of treatment combined with specific externally used oils has an added effect for Rheumatoid arthritis, diabetic neuropathy, eczema and psoriasis.
Medicated decoction and ghee are retained around the eyes within a border made of medicated herbal dough.This is a treatment that strengthens the optical nerves, prevents cataract and gives a cooling effect to the eyes. Duration: 20 to 30 minutes. Snehapanam In this treatment, medicated ghee or oil is given internally in gradually increasing quantities for a period of 8 to 12 days.It is indicated for osteo-arthritis, leukaemia, psoriasis etc.
Minced herbal leaves, coconut gratings and lemon,are warmed in medicated oil and bundled into boluses in cotton cloth.These bundles are steamed and the fomentation is patted rhythmically all over the body for sudation.
Indication – Advised in hemiplegia,pain in,neck,back and joints. 45 to 60 minutes session.
Lukewarm herbal oil is poured into an open cap fitted on the head for 15 to 60 minutes per day.
Indication – This procedure is advised for facial palsy, migraine, dryness of mouth, throat and nostrils, insomnia, cervical spondylosis, Parkinson’s disease etc.
Duration. 7 to 9 days
A circular receptacle made out of black gram dough is fixed on or behind the knee joint.Lukewarm medicated oil is slowly poured in to it. The oil in the receptacle is kept warm by transfering the oil gently heated in a water bath through out the procedure.
Indication – For pain, stiffness, degenerative changes (osteoarthritis), tendon tear, and injury in the knee joint.
A circular receptacle made out of black gram dough is fixed on the lower back .Lukewarm medicated oil is slowly poured in to it. The oil in the receptacle is kept warm by transfering the oil gently heated in a water bath through out the procedure.
Indication- For pain, stiffness, degenerative changes (osteoarthritis), Sciatica,Disc prolapse and lumbar spine injuries.
A paste made of embilica officionalis (Amlaka) and other herbs with buttermilk is applied all over the head.This treatment is indicated for insomnia ,stress relief and certain mental ailments.
REJUVENATING MASSAGE Abhyangam means massage. Warm Medicated oil is gently applied all over the body. Then gentle to moderate pressure with hands and fingers are used for an effective massage. Massage is done in four to five standard positions.
Indication. Advised for pain and stiffness.Boosts energy levels,rejuvenate and relaxes the muscles. Enhance skin tone,and induces sleep.