acharya on July 6th, 2015

In our day-to-day life, hardly anything can be done to reduce the quantum of work we do, but, it is in our hands to decide how we can help our body to cope with it, and maintain our energy and vitality.

Ayurveda, the unique combination of science and values, implies that to lead a balanced and healthy life, there should be equilibrium and synchronization between our mental and physical energies, our constitutions and the five elements of nature. If we adapt and adopt these natural principles in our daily life, it is possible to realize the spiritual harmony and holistic wellness.

We divert ourselves from balanced state when we are over stressed and overworked, and tend overeating and thereby increasing our waistlines. Food and lifestyle play a huge role in maintaining our work-life balance. Getting back to basics and getting back to nature by living the Ayurveda lifestyle, may be the best way ahead.

ayurveda tips

Sleep well: Our body requires 6 to 8 hours of undisturbed sleep daily. More so, nothing can match a good night’s sleep. Half-an-hour before bedtime, ensure that you stay away from all electronic gadgets including television, mobiles or laptops, and instead read your favourite book, or listen to soothing music for relaxation. Reserve late-night parties only for the weekends.

Begin your day with the right note: Having tea or coffee is the wrong beginning to start your day, as it makes your system acidic. Instead, start your day with an alkaline note. Early morning our body is very receptive to what we eat or drink and absorbs very fast. Hence, start your day with a glass of fresh vegetable juice or plain lime water (lukewarm) with a dash of honey added to it. If not all this, simply have a cup of chamomile or jasmine tea.

Warm-up: Make sure you do at least 30 minutes of exercise every day, including stretches, mobility exercise, walking, followed by yoga. Exercising in open is the best, as it will fill your lungs with oxygen, and soothe your eyes and freshen your mind. Do ‘pranayam’ to relax tired body and nerves.

Meditation: Set aside a few minutes every day for meditation. You can also consider this as the quality ‘me’ time which gives you inner peace and strength to face daily life stress. Meditate either in the morning or in the evening, or if time permits, twice a day. But, ensure that you choose a calm and quite place and time for meditation.

Food & water intake: Watch for food, as food is the fuel that keeps your body running. Fibre-rich cereals like oats, corn, barley, whole wheat, brown rice are the best. Include plant proteins like grams, lentils, and beans, apart from animal proteins. Avoid egg yolk and red meat if you have high cholesterol. Limit your daily fat intake, opting for baking or sautéing instead of frying. Use low fat cheese and other dairy products, and avoid trans-fats. Have whole fruits rather than fruit juices. Nuts are good too. Healthy nuts like almonds and walnuts can be consumed in minimal quantities.

Work stress or any kind of stress can lead to production of free radicals in the body, which can lead to degeneration, and premature ageing. To fight them, include foods like citrus fruits, apple and amla, broccoli, wheat grass juice, sprout, pumpkin, carrots and soy.
Also, keep sugar and salt to minimum. To meet your sugar cravings, indulge in fruity delights or raisins and dates. Avoid spicy food, as they contain more salt than usual.

Keep a glass of water handy and sip at regular intervals while at work. Out body requires minimum of 6 to 10 glasses of fluid per day, and nothing can replace a glass of pure water. Instead of tea/coffee, have green tea/lemonade/vegetable or herbal juices.

It is important to maintain an ideal body weight.

At work: While at work, take a five-minute break every hour to stretch your body. Look away from the computer screen and do few rounds of deep breathing. Devote exclusive time to eating and do not have food in front of computer, or speaking over phone. Drink water only after an hour after your meals. Stroll a while after lunch and dinner.

Pamper your body: When back from work, soak your feet in hot water tub to which few drops of aroma oil like lavender is added, if time permits. Sprinkle your eyes with clean water while holding water in your mouth for a few seconds. Repeat three times, as this gets your eyes hydrated.

Early dinner: An early dinner complements the active body, and goes a long way in preventing weight gain and helps induce better sleep. Moreover, drinking a glass of lukewarm milk at bedtime can help in giving you a sound undisturbed sleep.

Plan an outing: Plan weekly getaways or outdoor excursions. If picnic is not possible, go cycling or do any such outdoor activity that you enjoy doing.

acharya on July 2nd, 2015

It has been said that while yoga is an ancient science devoted to balancing the mind for self-realization and awareness, Ayurveda is its inseparable sister science, devoted to balancing the mind in relation to the body.

Ayurveda has been practiced for centuries now, along with yoga, and is based on the vedas. Yoga has its origins in ‘Yajur veda’, while Ayurveda originates in ‘Atharva Veda and Rig Veda’. Ayurveda focuses on the individual balance and the balance between the individual and the laws of nature.

Ayurveda’s methods have been based on the principles of the five elements, and when they are balanced, the individual is healthy, and when one of them is out of order, it manifests as illness. Most yogis are aware of this concept of Ayurveda and doshas (vata, pitta and kapha). Both yoga and Ayurveda are based on the principles of trigunas (sattva, rajas and tamas), and the panchamahabhutas or the five elements (earth, fire, air, space and water). Yoga and Ayurveda encompass an understanding of how the body works, and the impact that food and medicines have on the body.

Balance, prevention and self-care is the key in Ayurveda, and for this, several simple practices that are particularly beneficial for our body can be incorporated into our daily routine easily. In fact, Ayurveda and yoga are inter-dependent on each other. For instance, Abhyanga (daily massage with warm oil) helps prepare the muscles and joints to do asana. Simple cleansing procedures like Nasya (nasal irrigation using neti pot) helps in breathing and meditation during yoga. Following a diet based on one’s dosha, can actually help improve digestion and increase energy.

Yoga ultimately focuses on self-realization, and Ayurveda helps in building a foundation for self-realization by rendering a practical means by helping us understand how our body works.

Both Ayurveda and yoga have eight branches, and hence the term ‘Ashtanga yoga’ and ‘Ashtanga ayurveda’. They share a common understanding of a healthy body being dependent on physical and mental balance. They share the same metaphysical anatomy and physiology.

Both Ayurveda and yoga promote sattvic diet (light and pure) in nature, i.e, foods that are in balance to one’s constitution (based on doshas) and categories of food – sour, salty, sweet, bitter, pungent and astringent. Yoga believes that we are what we eat.

Yoga postures can also be used as a form of therapy to resolve bodily complaints. This is why, when viewing from an Ayurvedic perspective, yogic postures are recommended for several bodily complaints, along with herbs and ayurvedic therapies. For instance, indigestion is considered to be due to excessive amount of pitta energy in Ayurveda, while a common cold is due to excessive amount of kapha, and constipation due to excessive amount of vata. Hence, for each such condition, along with managing diet and herbal remedies, the disease is resolved by practice of specific yoga postures.

Every imbalance of the doshas are related to certain postures, and the sequences of these postures help create better harmony in the body. For example, a pitta-based sequence will help cool off the excess heat in the body, when calming and restorative postures are practiced.

Both Yoga and Ayurveda recommend regular practice of pranayama, meditation, yoga poses, mantra chanting, and use of herbs.

On the whole, just as an ayurvedic doctor has put it, “Ayurveda is the science and yoga is the practice of science”. Hence, Ayurveda and Yoga are inseparable and continue to remain relevant in modern day, offering insights about inner human nature and our relationship with the natural world around us.

acharya on June 22nd, 2015

With the world celebrating the International Yoga Day tomorrow, the 21st June 2015, proposed to the UN by the Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, and accepted with acclamation, yoga’s popularity is likely to get another boost.

Originated in ancient India, yoga makes use of different movements, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques that help in leading a healthy life, while keeping stress at bay. Although yoga is a powerful technique that is absolutely relevant to the modern world, and bearing in mind that yoga is one of the best remedies ever known to humankind, it cannot be however be denied that the pure concept of yoga is often misrepresented and packaged in present day world.

Yoga benefits

 

Yoga has been watered down, where people now confuse it with other exercise programs, build profit making ventures in the name of yoga, and sometimes those who are unaware of its value, even regard it as a religion. On the whole, yoga has been surrounded by confusion, and it needs clarity that yoga is indeed a union of mind, body and spirit.

In ancient days when yoga originated, it was practised in the peaceful environment of forest or mountains. Today, yoga is practised in air conditioned enclosures at homes, fitness centres, attractive resorts and even at offices. Although commercialisation has boosted the popularity of yoga and helped in creating awareness among people, it has also been simultaneously glamorized to suit modern taste, thereby losing its authenticity of age-old discipline, experts worry.

According to experts, commercialisation of yoga can have both positive and negative impact. However, during the journey, we need to treasure the traditional yoga style and maintain its authenticity, rather than mix up various styles of yoga.

The origins of yoga which dates back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions have been introduced to the west by yoga gurus from India. It is estimated that there are atleast 250 million people across the world who practise yoga.

Over the years, yoga has evolved into forms like Ashtanga yoga, power yoga, hot yoga and more. Today, yoga is being offered in several venues, in different styles, and with more teachers. But, when teaching the yoga forms and values, the yoga teachers should ensure the promotion of authentic yoga, and hence, certification of yoga teacher from a good institute should be made mandatory.

However, with increasing popularity of yoga, it is also sad to note that yoga is growing to be a global business. It has lead to opening of multiple training centres all over the world. Bikram Yoga, an international chain has opened its first franchisee in India (monthly membership of Rs.6000 exclusive of taxes, or annual membership of Rs.50,000 plus tax). Further, the fact that yoga is indeed, growing to be a global business, is also proven by the variety of designer apparel and practice mats and yoga pants that are available in the market today.

So as yoga is all set to create waves across the world, and is in the process of dragging many more into its path, let the authenticity and traditionalism of yoga remain. It is in the hands of yoga gurus or teachers to see that the original and traditional form of yoga does not get adulterated due to blending of various styles, and lose out on its true value, while they pass on the techniques to millions.

Although you are aware by now, that yoga helps in dealing with various ailments from stress to arthritis, you also ought to know that there are certain specific yoga poses that are beneficial in handling certain specific health issues. Mentioned below are some of such specific yoga poses that can help you in effectively dealing with hypertension and diabetes, the two common lifestyle diseases noticed among youngsters today.

Yoga postures for diabetics

Practise of yoga on daily basis can actually help you in preventing the onset of this chronic condition. However, practice of these yoga asanas can help in improving insulin sensitivity and in lowering blood sugar levels, while also stimulating and detoxifying all your internal organs. One of the main reasons for increase in blood sugar is when your body releases stress hormones, and yoga can help in calming stress levels effectively. Some yoga postures that can help you in keeping blood sugar level balanced are:

yoga-asana-diabetis

Gomukhasana

Gomukhasana induces relaxation, stimulates kidneys, stretches the muscles of lower back, buttocks and knees, while the pelvic and reproductive organs are toned and massaged well by regular practice of Gokhumakasana, which is considered highly beneficial in tackling diabetes, high blood pressure and sexual malfunction.

Ardha matsyendrasana

Ardha matsyendrasana is considered a boon for diabetics, as regular practice of this yoga pose helps to instruct the beta cells of pancreas to secrete more insulin, as this posture particularly stimulates the pancreas. Secretion of insulin stabilizes sugar levels in blood, and hence, is beneficial in diabetes.

Paschimottanasana

When performing Paschimottanasana, the abdominal organs are highly benefitted. It stimulates the manipura chakra and life energy, increases blood supply in the back, stretches the muscles of back and along the back of the legs. It also activates pancreas and kidney functioning, and hence controls weight and keeps diabetes at bay.

Sarvangasana

Any yoga which gently compresses the organs beneath the abdomen, intestine, liver and pancrease, makes the organ to begin functioning as expected, and hence, in-turn, keeps blood sugar levels normal. Sarvangasana also gently massages the thyroid and parathyroid glands by its firm chin-lock. This gentle massage increases fresh blood circulation to the glands and helps it work to its full efficacy.

Halasana, Adho Mukho Snavasana, and Malasana are the other useful poses for diabetics, and those aiming to keep diabetes at bay.

Yoga postures for hypertension

Hypertension is also referred to as ‘high blood pressure’ and this has grown to be one of the silent killers of the modern era. Hence, if your blood pressure is on the higher side, you may try one of these yoga poses to keep hypertension under check.

Paschimottanasana

If you are suffering from hypertension, your arteries are likely to contract, which may lead to heart attack or stroke. Therefore, forward-bending poses like paschimottanasana can help keep arteries flexible and lower blood pressure naturally.

Shavasana

Relaxation poses like shavasana or corpse pose, relieves muscle tension and releases stress, hence it is excellent to lower blood pressure.

Balasana

Hypertension may result in anxiety and anger, and hence, helps free your mind of unnecessary clutter that breeds anxiety. It helps flush-out toxins, which in turn helps relieve stress.

Anulom Vilom Pranayam

This yoga pose is a great way to calm the mind. The pranayama lessens anxiety and slows down your heart-rate, lowering blood pressure and balancing the immune and endocrine systems.

Adho mukha svanasana

This is also known as ‘downward facing dog’, and is a great posture in relieving stress and tension from your shoulders and entire back.

Setubandhanasana

Also known as bridge pose, it helps improve blood circulation, improves concentration, and reduces stress and tension.

Other sitting postures like Sukhasana, can also have a therapeutic effect, for people with hypertension, and helps in calming your mind and body.

acharya on June 8th, 2015

For centuries Ayurveda has been using the flower, root and leaves of the dandelion plant for various medical purposes. However, it is the root part that is mostly used for medicinal purposes. Dandelion is popular for its ability to support healthy liver functioning. Moreover, there are proven evidences that emphasize on the curative properties of the great green dandelion.

Green Dandelion

For healthy liver

Dandelion tops the list of best foods for the liver. The herb has been used for centuries now to treat jaundice and also helps in cases of liver dysfunction, hepatitis, liver disease and cirrhosis (the herb increases bile production and cleanses blood stream). It is also excellent for liver detoxification.

Anti-inflammatory

A study in August 2010 published in the Journal of Medicinal Food demonstrated that dandelion greens extract can considerably suppress nitric oxide, cytokines and prostaglandins, the pro-inflammatory molecules.

Anti-cancer protection

A study published in the International Journal of Oncology has revealed that the anti-carcinogenic activity of dandelion may be of much value making it the ideal anti-cancer agent, as the extracts of the root flower blocked the invasion of both breast cancer cells and prostate cancer cells.

Diuretic properties

Ayurveda has been using dandelion for centuries now, as a natural diuretic. A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine long demonstrated that dandelion extract helped in considerable increase in urination frequency demonstrated by trial subjects on administration of the extract. Hence, it is used in treating oedema commonly noticed in patients with kidney disease.

Bone disorders

Magnesium which is available in plenty in this herb makes it very valuable in treating bone disorders. This can be mixed with juices of leaves of turnips and carrots for treating these disorders.

General Debility

Dandelion can be used as a general body tonic for its influence in supporting waste functions of bladder, bowels and skin, which are hard-working eliminating organs of our body.

Other medicinal uses

Apart from the said, dandelion is traditionally being used for gall bladder and urinary disorders, gall stones, dyspepsia, constipation, edema associated with high blood pressure and heart disease, skin disorders, gout, arthritis, eczema, and on stings, sores etc. Sometimes it is also effective in treating certain kinds of viruses in the body.

In cases of stomach irritations, the decoction of extract of dandelion when consumed thrice or four times a day, would serve as a valuable remedy, increasing appetite and promoting digestion.

Nutritional value

When it comes to good health, nothing can beat dandelion greens, as they provide calcium, iron, fibre, magnesium, niacin, phosphorous, sodium, Vitamin E, A and K and powerful antioxidants including Betacarotene and lutein. An analysis of dandelion is said to contain fat, protein and carbohydrates.

In fact, dandelion greens can be included in your diet or meal in the form of salads, smoothies, soups and teas. Dandelion coffee can be made too, using dried, roasted and ground roots. It serves as a natural beverage, minus the negative effects of conventional tea and coffee.

After Green tea, it is the turn of Chamomile Tea to make headlines. Chamomile tea has made it to the popularity charts with the latest study claiming that drinking chamomile tea can help in boosting longevity.

Drinking chamomile tea can be particularly beneficial for women, over 65 years of age, as it can considerably reduce the risk of death from many causes, the study confirmed.

Chamomile is one of the oldest and most widely used medicinal plants in the world, recommended for various healing applications. Consuming chamomile tea helps in 29 percent decrease in risk of death due to various causes among women, in comparison to non-users.

Chamomile-Tea

However, the study did not specify the reason for particular emphasis on women in the report. But it is generally believed that women consume chamomile tea more than men.

The study was conducted over a seven year period, during which, researchers tracked the effects of chamomile tea and cause of death in 1677 women and men over age 65 years.

The researchers however said, it is still unclear how the use of chamomile was associated with decreased mortality. Further, recent studies have also shown potential benefits of chamomile in treating hyperglycemia, diabetic complications, upset stomach, cholesterol lowering, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-platelet and anxiety disorders.

Further, did you know that chamomile tea can work wonders as a beauty aid too? Chamomile tea bags help reduce under-eye dark circles and soothes tired eyes, when blended with powdered milk chamomile tea works as a great facila scrub, when consumed on regular basis chamomile tea provides moisturization and nourishment to the skin, it brightens up the blonde hair instantly, is a wonderful hair lightener, and prevents and eliminates dandruff.

Chamomile Oil

Ayurveda has always believed in the immense health benefits of chamomile. Ayurveda believes that chamomile oil helps in reducing excess kapha and pitta doshas.

Chamomile oil is considered to be safe enough to be used on babies, and it is believed to pacify and calm irritable babies. About 2 drops of chamomile oil can be added on bed linens or on the baby’s pillow. Else, mix a drop of chamomile oil with 10 drops of virgin olive oil and massage on your baby’s tummy to get rid of pain or colic.

Among adults too, it has been recently found that chamomile extract therapy helps treat mild to moderate Generalized Anxiety Disorder, wherein the calm and relaxing effects of the oil help in sedating the system and stimulating good sleep. Just add 2 to 3 drops of the oil to a tissue placed near your pillows. The oil (5-6 drops) can also be added to warm bathing water in the night before going to bed. It helps in tranquilizing the nervous system.

Chamomile essential oil has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties too and helps reduce pimples, blackheads, itchiness and heat rashes during summer. It is also said to reduce discomforts associated with psoriasis, eczema, diaper rashes, skin ulcers, bruises, sunburns and other skin conditions.

Mixing three drops of Chamomile oil with 1.5ml of almond oil and massaging on affected parts of the skin helps in healing of wounds, cuts, blisters, and other skin problems.

Chamomile essential oil has carminative, stomachic, digestive properties, thereby supporting the digestive system and stimulating the metabolic functions.

It is used in Ayurvedic healing in the treatment of flatulence, dysmennorhea, headache, nervous disorders in children, amenorrhea, colic, insomnia, depression and negative feelings.

The Indian Gooseberry (Phyllanthus emblica fruit) also known as Amla in Sanskrit, is commonly found in the forests of India and hence, the name. The amla tree is small to medium in size and reaches maximum 18m in height and is usually deciduous. The leaves are simple, and closely set along the branches resembling pinnate leaves. The Indian gooseberries are of two types – the ones grown in forests and the ones that grow in villages in India. The fruits in forests are generally smaller and thicker, while those grown in villages are bigger and softer. It is said that the gooseberry found in villages in India, have more medicinal value than those found in forests.

Indian Goosberry - Amla

According to Acharya Charaka, the Father of Medicine, the Indian gooseberry or Amla lends longevity and promotes youthfulness, and hence, is considered the best of all fruits. In Ayurveda, the Indian gooseberry or Amla is considered to be equivalent to ‘Amrit’ (a liquid portion which on consumption will lead to immortality).

Let us take a look at why Amla is truly referred to as Amrit.

Medicine for the Eye

Amla is an excellent eye-coolant, helps in removing dark circles under the eyes and also prevents boils in the eye.
Mix 20g to 50g powdered amla in half-a-litre water, filter, and the resulting solution can be used as eye drops.

Hair tonic

Amla is an excellent tonic for the hair. Amla can be used in the form of paste or shampoo for strong hair growth and for preventing grey hair.

For sore throat

Mix equal proportions of powdered amla, carom seeds and turmeric and consume 1 to 2gms of this paste by mixing it with honey…it helps clear any sore throat or hoarse voice.

Breathing difficulties

Extract juice of 10 to 20gms of amla, and mix with 2 to 3 gms of honey. Consuming this will help in removing any breathing difficulties.

Nausea

Consuming 10 to 20gms of amla juice will help in calming nausea. Continuing this twice or thrice a day will put a complete stop to nausea or vomiting sensations.

Pitta dosha

Mix amla and honey and consume regularly for long-term relief from pitta dosha.

Urine retention

As a simple remedy to clear urine retention, soak dried Indian gooseberry in water and boil well. Drinking this solution twice a day, clears urine retention.

Jaundice

Mix together Indian gooseberry and honey and consume in a semi-liquid form twice a day for a healthy liver and when treating for Jaundice.

Urine infection

Mix together 10 to 20gms of amla juice with 2gms of turmeric and 10gms of honey. Consuming this twice a day (morning and evening) can offer effective relief from urinary tract infections.

Constipation

About 3 to 6gms of powdered amla can be mixed with water and consumed for effective relief from headache, constipation, and piles.

Indigestion

Boil amla and make it into a semi-liquid form. Dry roast pepper, dry ginger, black salt, cumin seeds and powder them. This can be mixed into the amla extract and consumed by adding a pinch of asafoetida powder.

Diarrhoea

Mix 5 to 6gms of amla with a teaspoon of ginger juice and add this to a glass of water and consume for relief from diarrhoea.

Wounds

In case of any wound, massage the place with amla juice, and this gives immediate relief.

Longevity

Dissolve 3 to 6gm of powdered amla into amla juice, and add a teaspoon of ghee, two teaspoons of honey and mix well. This mixture can be consumed on daily basis, followed by a glass of milk.

acharya on April 20th, 2015

Kayakalpa Chikitsa or Kayakalpa Therapy is a prime treatment in Ayurveda aimed at arresting degeneration of body cells, slowing down the ageing process, and for improving body immunity as a whole. Kaya Kalpa derives its name from the Sanskrit word kaya which means body and Kalpa which means transformation.

The whole procedure lasts about 28 days, and includes intake of special ayurvedic medicines and diet and comprehensive body care programmes. Kayakalpa Chikitsa is best done for either sex before the age of 50. In fact, the complete procedure includes herbal-oil body massage, special diet, rasayana intake, snehpanam, virechanam, nasyam, shehvasti, kashaya vasti, pizhichil, njavarakizhi, tharpanam, sirovasti, kamapporanam, medicated steam bath, yoga and meditation.

This healing technique is in use since ancient times to rejuvenate and provide longevity and reverses the effects of time on body, mind and spirit. When the body is not in harmony, it causes distress and discomfort. The Kayakalpa Therapy focuses on curing degenerative diseases and in prolonging life by harmonizing mind, body and psyche through nourishment, purification and rejuvenation.

kayakalpha chikitsa

With changing urban lifestyle habits such as lack of exercises, wrong and untimely food intake, stress, bad environmental conditions and pollutions, the youth today develop several health problems including diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, spondylitis, and other psychosomatic issues. These factors lead to the need for Kayakalpa Chikitsa.

The treatment aims to return youthfulness by rejuvenating every ‘dhatu’ or ‘tissue’ in the body and by maintaining the normal level of Ojus in the body. The Kayakalpa Chikitsa is particularly beneficial for office goers, people leading busy lifestyle, business people, physically tired housewives and those under immense stress.

Some of the key benefits of Kayakalpa Chikitsa are: retardation of ageing process, improves body metabolism, revitalizes body, mind and soul, repairs worn-out tissues, improves memory, and relieves stress and strain.

Procedure

Some of the procedures involved in ‘Kayakalpa Chikitsa’ are:

Abhyagam and Swedam

Involves complete body massage with specific herbal oils to nourish and revitalize the body tissues, and remove body toxins. The massage is followed by medicated steam bath (Sweda), one of the most of rejuvenating treatments in Ayurveda. The benefits include better tissue strength, whole body rejuvenation, improves blood circulation, beautifies the skin, induces good sleep, promotes vitality, pacifies vata imbalance, reduces stress and removes toxins.

Shirodhara

It is a process in which continuous stream of warm medicated herbal oil is poured onto the forehead for 20 to 40 minutes in an oscillating manner. The procedure brings in a mental state similar to trance, which creates profound relaxation of the body and mind. It is deeply relaxing and revitalizes the central nervous system. The key benefits of the procedure include treatment of anxiety, depression, diabetic neuropathy, hypertension, strengthening of sensory organs, stress relief, pre-mature greying of hair, etc.

Sarvangadhara

The procedure includes pouring of medicated oil or milk onto the body in continuous streams while also gently massaging for an hour. It is a soothing and relaxing procedure. It acts as a free radical scavenger, strengthening and deeply rejuvenating the whole body. It is applied after Abhyanga. Its benefits increases body immunity and ojas, alleviates the burning sensation in the body, improves blood circulation, heals fractures better.

Patra Pinda Sweda (Elakizhi)

A rejuvenating treatment in which fresh plants and other herbal ingredients are tied into boluses, dipped in warm medicated oil and simultaneously massaged over the body for an hour after Abhyanga. It helps in treating chronic back pain, joint stiffness and swelling, anti-ageing, sciatica, sprains and cramps.

Sashtika Sali Pinda Sweda (Navarakizhi)

An effective rejuvenation technique using a special type of rice cooked and tied into boluses and dipped in herbal decoction and warm milk and skillfully massaged all over the body for an hour after Abhyanga. It offers relief from paralytic strokes, strengthens tissues, relieves bodyache, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and debility monoplegia.

Udvartana

This is a treatment that is particularly helpful in weight reduction. A herbal powder is applied all over the body and deeply massaged with specific movements for an hour. It helps tone the skin and muscles, reduces obesity, imparts good complexion, revitalizes sense of touch and eliminates kapha from the body.

Some other special treatments that form part of rejuvenation therapy are Bahya Basti, Talapodhichil (Sirolepana), Siropichu, Netratarpana etc., each offering its own benefits.