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Ayurvedic Therapies – Natural Healing

Ayurveda is considered to be one of the oldest healing sciences in the world. It is originated in India more than 3,000 years ago. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “The Science of Life.” Ayurveda is a way of life that helps rejuvenate your energies and strengthen your inner healing. This further strengthens your immune system, your core and helps you move towards a healthy lifestyle.

Vata, pitta and kapha are the three crucial aspects of Ayurveda. Vata is the body energy related to any kind of movement. It controls blinking, the pulse of the heart, breathing, the movement of muscles or tendons and more. When it is in balance, it blossoms creativity and flexibility. When it is out of balance, it produces fear and anxiety, vata is composed of space and air.

Pitta expresses itself as the body’s metabolic system – it governs digestion, absorption, assimilation, nutrition, metabolism and body temperature. In balance, Pitta promotes understanding and intelligence. Out of balance, Pitta arouses anger, hatred and jealousy. It is made up of fire and water.

Kapha is the energy that forms the body’s structure that includes the muscles, bones and tendons. Pitta is the “glue” that holds the body and its cells together. Kapha is responsible for providing the body with water that helps lubricate the body’s joints, moisturizes the skin, and maintains immunity. In balance, kapha is expressed as love, calmness and forgiveness. Out of balance, it leads to attachment, greed and envy. It is formed from earth and water.

At Swaantana, experts guide you in attaining a balance between these three elements. A well balanced vata, pitta and kapha translate to a healthier you.

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    Abhyangam

    Is a synchronized massaging of the body towards the direction of the movement of arterial blood which helps in increasing strength and flexibility of muscles and joints.

    Lepam
    A therapy recommended to the people suffering from the pain associated with the inflammatory conditions. It is a treatment where medicated powders/ fresh herb paste/ is applied as a pack over the affected part/whole body.
    Mardana
    Mardana in Ayurveda means the deep tissue massages in downward directions in order to reduce the flow of prana either in the marma or in the part of the body where the marma is located.
    Padagatha

    It is a deep tissue massage with feet, meaning “walk on your back”. The treatment is not only done on your back but also on your limbs to treat neuro-muscular or musculo-skeletal disorders.

    Sneha Avagahana

    In Sneha Avagaha, the whole body except head is immersed in oil, for this a particular oil is filled in a tub where the patient should immerse his body which provides Bala(Strength) and Nutrition to the body.

    Udwartana
    One of the best therapies in Ayurvedic treatments for weight loss. It is a deep tissue massage using ayurvedic herbal powders. It improves the blood circulation, rejuvenates the body and improves skin texture. Certain skin diseases can be treated with it.
    Shirodhara

    It is a procedure where a stream of oil or herbal liquid is poured over the head. It relieves symptoms of anxiety, stress, fatigue, and hypertension.

    Raktamokshanam
    It is one among the five purification procedures (Panchakarma) of letting out vitiated blood from the body to reduce the quantity of toxic substances in blood borne diseases.
    Vastikarma

    Part of PanchaKarma, it facilitates developed for removing toxins from the body and stops spread of vitiated doshas. Vastikarma is the procedure by which the medicines in suspension form are administered through rectum or genitourinary tract using Vastiyantra.

    Murdha Tailam
    Murdha tailam is a therapeutic application of oil on the head for getting local and systemic effect to deal with the different types of neuro- logical disorders.
    Nasaatarpana
    The process of pouring either medicine or medicated oil or unctuous material into both nostrils to prevent the occurrence of Vaata disorders.
    Karnapurana
    It is a treatment to lessen nervous tension where medicated oil is instilled and filled in the ears to treat all kinds of ear diseases.
    Akshi Tarpana
    Treatment for various eye disorders where medicated ghee is poured over the eyelids in an enclosure built around the eye out of wheat flour. It is an excellent treatment to improve vision and clarity of mind.
    Gandusha
    Filling the mouth in the morning with oil or medicated water daily and holding it for a few minutes without moving it inside the oral cavity is called Gandusha. Oil pulling (Gandusha) is used in prevention of the diseases of the mouth, teeth and the gums.
    Shamana chikitsa
    It is a method of treating disease by appropriately planned diet, lifestyle and internal medicines.
    Shodhana

    It is an efficient treatment to expel toxins out from the body. This therapy consists of several treatments including body massages, medicated purgation, herbal drinks, and internal herbal medicines.

    Ropana

    Refers to the “healing” of wounds and comes after shodhana in case of dushta vrana (non-healing wounds/ulcers) and is useful in sadyo vrana (acute wound) when it is non- infected.

    Kavalam

    Is one of the daily morning routines practiced in Ayurveda, usually after brushing teeth to maintain good oral hygiene.

    Vamanam
    Vamana treatment is targeted to expel increased Kapha Dosha out of the body in the form of controlled vomiting. By expelling it out the disease gets cured, often completely.
    Virechanam

    It is the medicated purgation therapy that completely cleanses the body of the pitta dosha, and removes toxins from the body.

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      Frequently Asked Questions

      Why mud baths are considered therapeutic

      Draw out impurities from the skinExfoliate dead skin cellsRelax sore muscles and jointsImprove skin conditions, like eczema and psoriasis.

      Medical mud can be divided into types depending on physical and chemical properties:

      • Black mud.
      • Dead sea mud.
      • Moor mud.
      • Silt sulphide mud.
      • Sapropelic mud.
      • Peat mud.
      • Hill mud.

      Irsal e Alaq (Leech or Hirudo therapy) is one of the most important and widely practiced

      methods of regimental therapy used for local evacuation of morbid.

      Leech therapy, Jonk,  (Jalaukavacharana) has been used to treat various diseases through Raktmokshan, a para surgical procedure in the surgical stream of Unani & Ayurveda. Leech sucks only impure blood. So, leech therapy is considered as blood purification therapy.

      Leeches are effective at increasing blood circulation and breaking up blood clots. It should be no surprise that they can be used to treat circulatory disorders and cardiovascular disease. Chemicals derived from leech saliva have been made into pharmaceutical drugs that can treat: hypertension.

      Medicinal leech therapy (MLT) or hirudotherapy is a kind of complementary and integrative treatment method applied with blood-sucking leeches. One or more leeches are attached to the skin of problematic area and the purpose is to gain potential utilities of leech saliva that is secreted while the leeches are feeding.

      The species of leech most commonly used for this purpose is the European medicinal leech, Hirudo medicinalis, an aquatic segmented worm whose bloodsucking capabilities once made it a valuable commercial item.

      Leeches are bred specifically for medical use at leech farms around the country. They are sanitized before attachment to the patient are are used only once. After they have fed and cropped off the patient, they are anesthetized and disposed of as medical waste.

      Their blood sucking ability was thought to be useful in sucking diseased or “bad” blood out of the body and so sick people had leeches applied regularly. However, we now know that allowing leeches to suck blood does little to help in most cases.

      Background: Leech therapy has been found to be effective in the treatment of a number of chronic musculoskeletal pain syndromes. Leeches are also often used empirically to treat chronic low back pain, but data from clinical trials have been lacking to date

      Leeches could be reused: you either waited until they’d digested their meal or persuaded them to disgorge the blood. Now to avoid infection, they are specially bred and grown for medical use and humanely disposed of after one use

      Are leeches dangerous? No, leeches are not dangerous. They do not cause serious physical harm to people as they really don’t take much blood from their host, and it has been reported that they do not transmit human diseases.

      The leeches don’t fix these ailments directly, Plucinski said. Rather, they remove toxins, improve blood flow and pump healthy enzymes into the organs, helping the body to heal itself.

      Cold water, dark water and dry half dry half dry moss for leeches to breed on to lay cocoons on and to for the leech cocoon to hatch and for the little baby to hatchlings for the little baby leeches to come out of. Each leech cocoon going to be very spongy egg, egg looking cocoon.

      Most of the time, leeches will fasten onto your exposed skin. But occasionally, a leech will pass through one of the body’s orifices and attach internally. Leeches have made their way into people’s eyes, ears, noses, throats, urethras, bladders, rectums, vaginas, and stomachs.

      Leeches do this by removing clotted blood (congested blood) from delicate areas, such as underneath a flap of skin or on a finger or toe. Removing the blood from the area reduces the tension, which can improve the blood flow in the small blood vessels. This helps to prevent the tissues from dying. 

      Leech bites are not dangerous or painful, just annoying. Unlike some other creatures that bite, leeches don’t cause stinging, carry diseases or leave a poisonous stinger in the wound. The bite doesn’t hurt since leeches release an anaesthetic when they bite, but due to the anticoagulant, the wounds bleed a fair bit.

      Nutool therapy, also known as irrigation is a popular mode of treatment in Unani medicine which refers to the pouring or dripping of drugs on body parts. Usually decoctions of drugs and medicated oils etc are used for this purpose.

      Definition of fomentation

      1) a: the application of hot moist substances to the body to ease pain

          b: the material so applied.

      2) the act of fomenting : instigation.

      Fomentation: A quaint old term for the application of hot packs or the substance so applied. From the Latin “fovimentum” which meant, no surprise, to “a warm application.” To “foment” means, literally, to warm or heat up

      Takmeed (fomentation) is the process, which keeps the body or part of the body warm. It is a therapeutic application of warmth and moisture, basically to relieve the pain and stiffness.

      Hot fomentations can be wrapped and then put into a cooler and will stay warm for 10 to 20 minutes. To prepare fomentations, first soak them in water to wet them all the way through, then wring them out so that they are thoroughly wet but not dripping (Fig. 5-3A). Then heat them.

      Takmeed (fomentation) is the process, which keeps the body or part of the body warm. It is a therapeutic application of warmth and moisture, basically to relieve the pain and stiffness.

      Heating sources can include warm water, microwaveable pads, wheat packs and electrical or chemical pads. Some unorthodox methods can include warmed potatoes, uncooked rice, and hard-boiled eggs. The most common warm compress is a warm, wet washcloth.

      Moist warm compress.

      This type uses a warm liquid to apply heat to an area. An example of a moist warm compress is a towel soaked in hot water.

      1. Decoct or infuse herbs in water for a minimum of 15 minutes, then strain and set aside.
      2. Dip clean cloth into the decoction and apply to desired area. …
      3. Apply fomentation for several hours or up to overnight (Note: can be kept in place with saran wrap which will also help to retain heat).

      Apply moist heat BEFORE you breastfeed (warm shower, warm towel, warm compress). This will help your milk let down. A cool trick is to put a few tablespoons of water in a diaper and heat it in the microwave for 10 seconds to make a compress that holds its heat well.

      If you are just using lighter herbs such as leaves or flowers, place the herbs directly in a heat-proof container, cover with boiling hot water, and cover. Let steep for up to 30 minutes. Strain the herbs out of the liquid. Use cheesecloth to strain out any particles if making a compress for skin issues.

      Huqna (enema/ clyster) is a process which is applied for the removal of superfluities from the stomach and intestine.

      An enema administration is a technique used to stimulate stool evacuation. It is a liquid treatment most commonly used to relieve severe constipation. The process helps push waste out of the rectum when you cannot do so on your own.

      Enemas are a common treatment for constipation, and while they can be safe and effective, they do have risks when performed at home, or if they’re used too frequently. When over-used for constipation, they can even make your health problems worse. 1 They can lead to life-threatening complications, as well.

      • Abdominal pain.
      • Bloating of the abdomen (distention)
      • Abdominal tenderness.
      • Fever
      • Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
      • Shock
      • Bloody or profuse diarrhea.
      • Painful bowel movements.

      One of the effective methods of elimination is purgation (ishal). It is a method by which morbid humours from the body are eliminated through the anal route. Before the elimination of any pathological humour especially in chronic diseases, it is mandatory to make the humour easily eliminable.

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