Ayurveda treatments at Barberyn

Ayurveda gives equal importance to the maintenance of health and the curing of a disease. It does not simply suppress the disease, but rather aims at removing the disease from its root.


Ayurvedic principles state that the imbalance of the three biological energies (Tri Dosha) creates a disease - due to years of poor diet, weak digestion, improper metabolism and incomplete elimination of waste matter, inadequate sleep, pollution, stress and production and accumulation of bio-toxins (Ama) etc.

During the initial Shodana (purification) process, these toxins are collected from various parts of body and expelled through the nearest outlet. Then, the Shamana (pacifying treatment) or the rejuvenating treatment will have better and long lasting effect on body.

Ayurvedic treatment has 2 basic aspects.

  1. Shodana Chikitsa: This is the internal purification process unique in holistic treatments. It is said that vitiated Dosha - once it has been removed - will not create diseases again. The purification process is ideally done in three stages. The total process requires a minimum of two to three weeks.

    For those unable to stay two weeks or more, the doctors at the health centre will draw up a treatment plan incorporating the most important purification therapies - in accordance with the needs of your body and the duration of your stay.

    The purification process has three stages

    • Purva Karma: (preparatory procedures) - Oleation and fomentation procedures.

    • Pradhana Karma: (main purification procedures) - The main Panchakarma procedures consisting of Vamana, Virechena, (Anuvasan and Niruha) Vasti Nasyam and Rakta Mokshana as per the individual requirement.

    • Paschat Karma: (post-purification procedures) - the post purification regime followed by Shamana (pacifying) or Rasayana (rejuvenating) treatment.

  2. Shamana Chikitsa: this type consists of the pacifying therapies for manifested diseases. Both internal and external therapies consisting of herbs, minerals and other biological products are used individually or in compound formulae. Many illnesses like allergic conditions, skin diseases and neurological conditions - where western medicine has no current standard treatment – can be managed through simple herbal treatment.



An individual treatment plan may consist of a judicious combination of the wide variety of therapies available in Ayurveda as mentioned below. Click on the therapies to get detailed explanations:

  • Shareera Abhyanga (Body massage)

  • Shiro Abhyanga (Head massage)

  • Acupuncture

  • Akshitarpana (Nourishing Eye treatment)

  • Karna Purana/Tarpana (Nourishing ear treatment)

  • Kashaya Paana (Decoctions)

  • Mukha Lepana (Facial treatment)

  • Avagaaha (Herbal tub bath)

  • Parisheka (Sprinkling of herbal decoction)

  • Nasya Karma (Nasal treatment)

  • Vamana Karma (Emesis therapy)

  • Virechana Karma (Purgation therapy)

  • Vasti Karma (Medicated enema therapy)

  • Rakta Mokshana (therapeutic blood letting)

  • Sarvaanga Dhara – Pizhichil (whole body oil fomentation)

  • Shiro Dhara (methodical flow of medicated liquids on head)

  • Vashpa Swedana (full body fomentation)

  • Patra Pinda Swedna (poultice fomentation)

  • Shashtika Shali Pinda Sweda (milk rice bolus fomentation)

  • Shiro Pichu (application of medicated oil patch on head)

  • Ekanga Pichu (application of medicated oil patch on given body part)

  • Shiro Vasti (keeping medicated oil on head for prolonged time)

  • Kati Vasti (keeping medicated oil on back for a prolonged time)

 

Shareera/Sarvanga Abhyanga (Ayurvedic Body massage)

Abhyanga is indicated daily for a healthy individual, especially in neuro-muscular diseases (Vaata Vyadhi); it is done with herbal oils as mentioned in Ayurveda. Abhyanga strengthens and tones up muscles, removes fatigue, improves blood circulation, improves sleep, revitalizes the body and delays geriatric changes. The selection of the type of oil depends on the condition of the body, diagnosis of the physician. The duration of the treatment is usually 30-40 minutes.

Shiro Abhyanga (AyurvedicHead massage)

A head massage with application of medicated oil. Shiro Abhyanga improves the eye sight, color, texture and volume of hair, strengthens the musculature of head, neck and shoulders, removes headache, brings good sleep, relaxing and helps delaying decline of sense organs and aging. It is useful in Vaata Vyadhi (neurological conditions), Ardita (facial Paralysis), Pakshaghata (Hemiplagia) and ShiroRoga (different types of headaches).

Acupuncture

Acupuncture treats patients by insertion of solid, generally thin needles into the body. It integrates meridian distribution, reflexological concepts, the trigger point model, and anatomical insights (such as dermatome distribution) for insertion of needles. Acupuncture's greatest effectiveness appears to be in symptomatic control of pain and nausea, insomnia, weight loss etc.

Akshitarpana (Nourishing Eye treatment)

A method of keeping medicated oils over the eye in a small artificially created tank, with the help of special pastes. The treatment is continued for 5-10 minutes. 
This treatment is useful in certain ocular diseases. It improves the eyesight and strengthens the internal and external ocular muscles.

Karna Purana/Tarpana (Nourishing ear treatment)

A method of pouring medicated oil into the ears or, in a variation, keeping medicated oils inside the ears in a small artificially created tank, with the help of special pastes. The treatment is continued for 5-10 minutes. This treatment is useful in certain neurological complaints of ear, loss of hearing and tinnitus etc.

Kashaya Paana (Decoctions)

A range of herbal medicines prepared according to individual prescriptions each day. Over 40 dry and fresh ingredients (bark, root seed, flowers etc) can go into the preparation of this medicine which is boiled in earthen clay pots over a long period of time.

Mukha Lepana (Facial treatment)

Herbal pastes are used for cleansing, smoothening, clarifying and revitalizing the tired, blemished or wrinkled skin of face and neck.

Avagaaha (Herbal tub bath)

Herbal roots, leaves and other raw materials are boiled. The water is then poured onto the patients. Different types of herbal decoction are used, according to prevalent ailments and the condition of the patient.

Parisheka (Sprinkling of herbal decoction on body)

A similarly prepared lukewarm herbal decoction is sprinkled on the body of the patient. Different types of decoctions are used, according to the ailment.

Vashpa Swedana (full body fomentation)

Herbal roots, leaves and other raw materials are boiled in water. The whole body is exposed to the medicated steam for a prescribed period of time. It is highly beneficial for neurological and degenerative conditions (Vata Vyadhi), muscular pains and overweight conditions.

Nasya Karma (Nasal treatment)

Medicated oils, herbal extracts, powders etc. are administered through the nasal orifices in a specific dose and for a specific duration. This treatment is effective for chronic sinusitis, chronic headaches, migraine, facial paralysis, nasal congestion and diseases of eye, nose, ear, mouth and head.

Patra Pinda Swedana- (Poultice fomentation)

This oil massage along with fomentation is done by application of poultice (prepared of herbal leaves) on the body. It is indicated for degenerative joint disorders like spondylosis, arthritis, ankylosis (Vata Vyadhi), paralytic conditions (Pakshaghata), muscular pain and acute pain conditions.

Shashtika Shali Pinda Sweda (Milk rice bolus fomentation)

Oil massage along with fomentation is done by application of poultice (prepared of rice cooked in milk and herbal decoction) on the body. It is indicated for degenerative and geriatric conditions of joints and muscles (Vata Vyadhi), muscular dystrophies (Mamsagata Vata) etc. 

Sarvaanga Dhara – Pizhichil (whole body oil fomentation)

Pouring of lukewarm medicated oil on the whole body with synchronized massage for a specific time period is known as Sarvaanga Dhara. It is useful for Hemiplegia, Hemiparesis, degenerative joint disorders like spondylosis, arthritis and acute pain related conditions like tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, sprains (all these come under Vata Vyadhi in Ayurveda).  

Kati Vasti (keeping medicated oil on back for a prolonged time)

A circular ridge is made with black gram paste on the back of the patient. Lukewarm medicated oil is poured and held for a stipulated period of time. This is useful for spondylosis, ankylosis as well as a deviation of inter-vertebral discs etc..

Shiro Pichu (application of medicated oil patch on head)

In this procedure, a piece of cotton or natural cloth is dipped in oil and kept on either head or on certain other parts of body for a stipulated period of time. It is useful in many stress related mental disorders (Mano Roga) as well as geriatric diseases, muscular stiffness and neurological conditions.

Shirodhara (methodical flow of medicated liquids on head)

Shirodhara is a procedure consisting of continuous pouring of medicated oil onto the forehead of the patient for subsequently increasing duration of time. The medicated oil or the medicated liquid is chosen as per the disease and body type of person.
Shirodhara is an excellent Ayurveda therapy for stress management, relaxation and for the treatment of diseases connected with head, neck, eyes, ears, nose, throat as well as neurological conditions like paralysis, migraine, insomnia, Parkinsonism, Cerebral atrophy, tinnitus etc (Vata Vyadhi).
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Shiro Vasti (keeping medicated oil on head for prolonged time)

Keeping oil over the head with the help of a special leather cap for a stipulated time is called Shiro Vasti. Lukewarm medicated oils are poured into this special leather cap. The duration of the treatment and the type of oil varies according to the patient and the type of disease.
This treatment is highly useful for facial paralysis (Ardita), certain types of headaches (Shiro Roga), degenerative neurological conditions (Vata Vyadhi), chronic insomnia (Anidra), mental stress and certain psychological disorders (Mano Roga).

Vamana Karma (Emesis Therapy)

Vamana is the first and foremost of Panchakarma therapies, designed to remove the vitiated Dosha (especially vitiated Kapha Dosha) through the oral route. In this procedure, vitiated Dosha (accumulated biological toxins and residual matter) are brought to the stomach and expelled through vomiting. It is useful in treatment of Ama related conditions (bio-oxidants), bronchial asthma, indigestion (Agni Mandya), overweight condition, other certain respiratory tract related diseases and psychological disorders. As this is a major Panchakarma procedure, administering the procedure is totally dependent on the decision of the consulting physician

Virechana Karma (Purgation Therapy)

This is the second Karma in the chronology of Panchakarma. It aims at bringing out the vitiated Dosha (especially vitiated Pitta Dosha) from the lower end of the digestive tract (anal route). It is indicated for the treatment of metabolic disturbances (Paitika Vyadhi), overweight condition (Medo Roga), certain ano-rectal conditions, chronic constipation, indigestion (Agni Mandya) etc. As this is a major Panchakarma procedure, administering the procedure is totally dependent on the decision of the consulting physician.

Vasti Karma ( Medicated Enema Therapy)
In Ayurveda, medicated enemas are mainly categorized as oil enemas or decoction based enemas. Vasti, which is administered through the anal route, is an unparalleled therapy useful for a multitude of diseases, as it directly stimulates the gut brain. Therefore it is useful in many neurological, metabolic, degenerative, reproductive, and psychological as well as gastro-intestinal disorders. But beneficial results will only be experienced if a careful after-therapy regime is followed for a stipulated time period. As this is a major Panchakarma procedure, administering the procedure is totally dependent on the decision of the consulting physician


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