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.
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/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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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
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)