Two main objectives of Ayurveda are to maintain health and cure diseases. Rasayana Chikitsa or Rasayana Therapy, also known as Rejuvenation Therapy aims to restore body’s vitality to its fullest. In other words, Rasayana Chikitsa aims to retain the youthfulness of body and mind.
Basically, Rasayana Chikitsa can rekindle the lively radiance, and can contribute immensely in keeping away the old-age decline in life.
Who can benefit from Rasayana Chikitsa?
People suffering from stress, insomnia, shallow breath, weak senses, rough and dry skin, weak appetite, weak memory, chronic digestive problems, migraine, obesity, constipation, weak memory can all benefit from this treatment. However, this does not imply that only individuals with such health problems should resort to Rasayana Chikitsa. If you are planning to improve your vitality, and wish to have a fresh and energetic body, this therapy can be of help.
Types of Rasayana Chikitsa
The two types of Rasayana therapies are – Kudipraveshikam and Vatatapikam
The Kudipraveshikam therapy is done with utmost diligence on strict measures and diet, under expert guidance. This is also known as kayakalpam. The major treatments will be carried out in a specially built hut, surrounded by walls that shut off wind and light.
The duration can range from two months to four months. However, this treatment is only performed if you are free of any major illness. Generally, anyone in the age group 25 to 70 years can undergo this procedure.
The Vatatapikam procedure is less rigorous and places less restriction on diet in comparison to the Kutipravesha procedure. This is particularly prescribed for individuals who find it difficult to follow a strict diet, and for people who are weak with some illness. The medicines to be used for this procedure are generally decided by the physician based on the condition of patient’s health.
Duration of this procedure is 21 to 60 days.
Herbs/medicines used for the procedure
Among the herbs used for the procedure are:
Bala, Kashmari, Varahi – dietary adjuvants that increase tissue and organ strength
Pippali, Lasuna – For respiratory and tissue strength
Haritaki – eliminates waste products and boosts digestion
Brahmi, Vacha, Shankhapushpi, Madukaparni – increase intellect and memory
Guggulu – helps in further digestion of waste products
Amlaki – decreases catabolic process and postpones ageing.
Bhallataka – have a powerful immune promoting substance which overcomes rheumatoid arthritis and certain types of malignancies.
Punarnava – promotes kidney functioning
Shatavari – Useful for infertility, increases libido, helps deal with menopause, promotes lactation in lactating mothers.
The other herbs included are Pravala, Kapichacchu, Suvarna, Chyavanprasha and Vardhaman pippali rasayana.
Method of treatment
The treatment method apart from therapy sessions on consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor, oral herbal medications, and an ayurvedic diet, may include yoga and breathing sessions, and meditation.
The therapy begins with cleansing of oral cavity, nose, eyes and ears, prior to application of oil on the whole body for the first week. A one hour full-body massage is done with hands or with foot. A 15 minute full body massage is followed by 45 minutes of sudation with boluses of medicated powder for next three days. Enemas may be given with appropriate medicated oils or decoctions on alternate days after the first week.
The full body massage is followed by continuous synchronized pouring of warm oil on the body in a specific manner, or a body scrub using a coarse herbal medicated powder for 50 minutes on the 8th, 9th and 10th days.
The next two days, fifteen minutes steam chamber treatment may follow the full body massage. Thereafter, a full body massage is followed by Shirodhara, wherein constantly warm medicated oil is poured on the forehead for the last three days of the treatment.
All this is done apart from regular oral herbal medications and an ayurvedic diet. This is the general treatment plan followed in a Rasayana Therapy in case of a normal healthy person. But, doctors usually check and diagnose the patient’s health condition before finalizing the treatment plan.
Benefits of Rasayana Therapy
The benefits of rejuvenation therapy are manifold. Apart from improving overall health of the person undergoing treatment, the therapy promotes good health, is beneficial in increasing concentration and memory power, renders a youthful skin with a natural glow, calms and de-stresses the mind, relieves anxiety, depression and stress issues. Builds better immunity, and offers optimum strength to the body by improving the capacity of all sense organs.