The Sanskrit word "Abhyangam" means "to massage". This is one of the most popular forms of alternative treatment procedure practised throughout the world. Here, specific medicated oil is applied all over the body in special rhythmic manner for duration of 45mins. This procedure helps to maintain a healthy skin, prevent early aging and relieves muscular aches and pain.
A king among the traditional therapies and a speciality of Kerala! This therapy is a beautiful combination of two classical Ayurvedic treatments, Snehana and Swedana. The whole body is subjected to streams of lukewarm medicated oil with simultaneous soft massage in seven postures. Enormous amount of medicated oil to the volume of more than three litres is used in this. This therapy protects the body from illnesses and builds up immunity for a healthy life. It is very useful for rheumatic diseases, arthritis, paralysis, sexual weakness, neurological disorders, blood pressure, nervous weakness and helps to arrest the ageing process
This full body massage is done with medicated herbal oils by two therapists in a synchronized manner for duration of 60 minutes. The number of strokes and pressure vary with the condition of the individual. According to classical texts, this massage is indicated daily to prevent ageing and degenerative process. This process helps to increase blood circulation, which in turn encourages quick removal of metabolic waste, while providing relief to diseases such as anxiety, fatigue, circulatory disorders, rheumatic problems, backaches and injuries.
Vasthi is a therapeutic procedure in which certain herbal oils, herbal extracts etc., are applied through the rectum. This Ayurveda treatment is effective for arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia, numbness, gastric complaints, rheumatism and chronic constipation.
Certain lukewarm herbal oils are poured into a cap fitted on the head and held for 15 to 60 minutes per day according to the patient's conditions for a period of 7 days. This treatment is highly effective for facial paralysis, dryness of nostrils, mouth and throat, severe headaches and other diseases of the head.
This procedure is one among the Panchakarma in which medicated oils /decoctions /fresh juices /powder are instilled through both the nostrils. Based on the condition of a patient different kind of preparations are used. The procedure is preceded by facial massage and fomentation. This procedure is very useful conditions like sinusitis, headache, migraine, cervical spondylosis, frozen shoulders, premature greying & falling of hairs etc.
In this procedure lukewarm herbal oil is poured in a continuous stream onto the forehead like a pendulum, while receiving a gentle massage on the head. Sirodhara rejuvenates and revitalizes the body and mind. This therapy relieves stress and strain related problems, slows the aging process, improves memory and is known to have a curative effect for paralysis, insomnia, depression, anxiety, hypertension and other neurological malfunctions. It bestows better vision, better hearing, clears nasal problems and calms the body and mind. Sirodhara ultimately strengthens the physical constitution of the individual.
This therapy calms the individual by using medicated buttermilk, which is poured onto the forehead just like that in Sirodhara and is very useful to relieve insomnia, depression and other stress related problems. It prevents greying of the hair, reduces headaches, migraine, increases digestive power, alleviates anorexia and very useful in psoriasis.
Dhanyamlam is a medicated liquid prepared by boiling rice, lemon, dry ginger, horse gram, millets in a blended piece of linen and immersed in a large water pot for 7 days continuously. This liquid is poured over the patient’s body for 45 minutes with the help of 2 masseurs.This therapy is very useful to relieve Rheumatoid arthritis, Inflammatory conditions, Muscular sprain, Obesity, Thyroidism, Chrome fever.
This is a treatment practised in Kerala in which special herbal paste are applied to the scalp after liberal massage with oil and then the scalp is covered with banana leaves and kept for 30-45mins. This procedure is very useful in insomnia, hair fall, premature greying of hairs, depression etc.
Thalam is a very olden ayurvedic treatment system in Kerala. Medicated oil, RasnadiChoornam, medicated drug which retained over the head in sealed manner.Thalam nourishes the brain and enhances the brain cells. This is very useful in Insomnia, stress, tension, hemiplegia and neurotic disorders.
In this therapy warm medicated oil is retained over the head for a certain amount of time in a closely fitted leather cap, thus allowing the scalp to soak in a therapeutic oil. This treatment is highly effective for diseases like anxiety, facial paralysis, insomnia, neurological disorders, psychological disorders, eczema and disease of eye and ENT problems.
It is a specialized Ayurveda therapy in which a piece of cloth or cotton soaked with medicated oil is applied to the head for 30-45 minutes in a special manner. It is indicated for facial palsy, headache, Insomnia, Dermatitis of scalp, dandruff, neurological diseases, paralysis and psychosomatic illnesses.
"Njavarakizhi" is a procedure in which small cotton cloth boluses are filled with cooked Njavara rice and massaged over the body after a liberal application of medicated oil. The rice used is cooked in cow's milk and herbal decoction. The boluses are then dipped in the same warm mixture and applied all over the body to induce sudation. This procedure is highly rejuvenating, nourishing and prepares the individual to bear the stresses and strains of a hectic lifestyle. It enhances physical consistency, strengthens the nervous system and improves the overall appearance of the skin. This is a strengthening fomentation employed in neurological disorders, rheumatism, arthritis and malnutrition of limbs.
ChoornaPindaswedam - Podikizhi
"ChoornaPindaswedam" or "Podikizhi" is a treatment in which the body is subjected to exude profusely after a thorough massage with warm boluses of herbal powders tied up in cotton cloth. This therapy helps in curing "KaphaVata" predominant conditions of arthritis, back pain, paralysis, muscular pains etc. Based on condition it can be done with either medicated oil or special liquids like Dhanyamla.
JambeeraPindasweda - NarangaKizhi
Jambeerapinda is a medicated bolus prepared with lemon and herbal medicines. Sudation with this bolus is called JambeeraPindaSweda. This is done for 45 minutes with the help of 2 masseurs. Indications: Sciatica, Gout, Cervical and lumbar spondylitis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Stiffness and swelling of joints. Muscular stiffness and cramps.
In this procedure specially, prepared warm herbal oil is poured over the neck and retained inside the black gram paste boundary for the required duration. The healing properties of herbal oils used for this therapy deeply cleans and enriches the blood, builds and maintains strong muscle and connective tissues and lubricates the joints keeping them flexible and pain free. Greevavasthi alleviates neck and upper back conditions like cervical spondylosis, stiff neck, pain due to over strain, etc.
In this procedure specially, prepared warm herbal oil is poured over the lower back and retained inside the black gram paste boundary for the required duration.
The healing properties are similar toGreevavasthi. Kadivasthi alleviates lower back conditions like lumbar spondylosis, inter-vertebral disc prolapsed, low back ache and sciatica. This procedure is likeKadivasthi but done on the chest with special medicated oil useful in treating condition like cough, bronchitis, and bronchial asthma etc.
This is a procedure in which herbal oils and decoctions are applied through the vaginal route. This treatment is good for certain gynaecological disorders and a purification for genital organs
Same relaxing treatment as Sirodhara but instead of herbal oil, medicated milk is poured over the forehead or over the whole body. Great therapy for people suffering from headache of Vata and Pitha predominance, Insomnia and mental tension.
This therapy begins with the application of suitable medicated oil on the face, neck and chest. The face and neck are then subjected to exude profusely through steam generated from a combination of cow's milk and herbal decoctions.
This therapy is effective for facial paralysis, trigeminal neuralgia, pimples and other skin problems.
"Lepam" is a treatment procedure similar to a body pack in which medicated powder is mixed with suitable medium to make a paste and is applied all over the body. The herbal paste can also be applied to a specific area of the body. This therapy is having a wide range of usage from cosmetic purpose to severe skin conditions. Very effective in psoriasis, pimples, pigmentation on skin, arthritis with swelling & pain, injuries and skin infections.
In this procedure medicated ghee is retained in a boundary made over the eyes with black gram paste. This therapy will have a cooling effect on irritated and stressed eyes. This relieves eyestrain, improves eyesight and other eye related problems.
Also known as Mamsapindasweda is a nourishing therapy, which is performed in diseases related to bones, muscles and nerves.Mamsa means meat (usually goat’s meat). Sweda is sudation. So, the sudation given by using a bolus which prepared by using mamsa along with medicated rice is mamsakizhi.
This therapy begins with the application of suitable medicated oil to the entire body. The body is then subjected to exude profusely through a massage with boluses of chopped and fried leaves of specific medicinal herbs after dipping in advised medicated oils. This therapy is effective for various kinds of arthritis, spondylosis, back pain, sports injuries and for all other soft tissue inflammations especially joint pains.
A thick layer of cotton wool soaked with warm medicated oil is applied over the affected area. The oil is recycled periodically to make it warm. This therapy is very effective for degenerative and painful problems like back pain, osteo-arthritis, spondylosis, injuries, etc.
Udwarthanam or Powder massage is a special therapeutic massage in which herbal powders are used to massage the body against the direction of the hair follicles with more pressure. This procedure helps to cleanse and burn out excess adipose or fat tissue and thus very useful in reducing body weight and toning up the muscles.
Medicated Steam Bath
In this procedure a gentle application of warm herbal oil is first done over the body. Next the individual is made to sit, keeping the head out, inside a steam chamber that lets out herbal steam from medicinal herbs. This makes the individual perspire profusely, opening all the pores in the body and thereby removing all wastes and toxins out. A great therapy for toning and giving the skin a special glow.