Ayurveda adopts innovative treatment methods

Ayurveda, the ancient system of medicine, has recently gone hi-tech. A new machine has been developed for the popular dhara treatment (application of continuous stream of lukewarm oil) used often as part of Ayurvedic treatments.

This machine is said to be a pioneering attempt in the markets of Kerala. Such experimental attempts are yet to hit any other market, says Venu of Poornima Panchakarma Equipment, the designer of the Automatic Dharayanthram group.

The product was displayed at the ˜Arogya Expo, as part of Global Ayurveda Festival, which concluded at Thiruvananthapuram, India, on 14th February 2012. The product is priced at Rs.20,000 and is recommended for treating maladies such as neurasthenia, insomnia, mental disorders, memory loss, and certain skin diseases.

The ˜Dhara is a special treatment, wherein, a stream of herbal oil is allowed to flow on forehead in a particular manner. The duration would be 45 minutes a day, for 7 to 21 days. In case of traditional (manual dhara), lukewarm herbal oil or thailam is used.

The automatic machine has two advantages over the traditional method. It has the possibility of regulating temperature of the oil as and when required. During manual dhara treatment, the oil turns cold too soon, and it has to be re-heated. Another advantage of the machine method is that, considerable amount of material can be saved, as it is done through a recycling process. Moreover, two patients can be treated simultaneously with this process.