Ayurveda has for long been an effective form of alternate medicine, treating a multitude of health concerns using natural formulations. Though not scientifically recognized or proven, several people have reportedly benefited from authentic Ayurveda treatments, which usually do not trigger any harmful side effects. While all Ayurveda treatments are powerful, rather quite effective some of them are particularly noteworthy. Let’s take a look at four such powerful treatment methods here.
Dhara (liquid stream) is an effective treatment form that addresses a range of problems from headache, stress and insomnia to mental disorders, hallucinations and cervical spondylosis. Warm oil from a mud pot suspended overhead is allowed to flow on the forehead (Shirodhara), either at a specific point or across the surface. Washing the eyes with different liquids (Nethradara) helps rid eye problems and ensure good vision. Common liquids used include water, buttermilk, coconut water, milk, oils (herbal or plain), as well as special medical concoctions. Each liquid is used to treat a specific problem.
Kizhi is typically a massage using a small bundle of herbs dipped in warm medicated oils or special concoctions. The herbs in shredded or powder form are bundled up in clean muslin cloth to form a compact pack (potli) which is then doused in oil and applied across the body. This treatment strengthens the nervous system, improves the health of skin apart from offering relief from painful conditions such as arthritis, back pain etc.
Abhyanga is a body massage that improves the general health of the body, soothing and strengthening muscles and nerves, reducing stress, improving circulation and sleep, clearing any fluid blocks, eliminating toxins, and reducing pain. The herbal oil or medicated oil massage helps treat rheumatoid problems quite effectively.
Warm medicated oil is pooled in small leak-proof spaces typically bounded by a paste of green gram powder. This temporary pool is set up at specific points in the body to remedy localized pain such as cervical or upper back, lumbar or lower back, thorax or chest regions to address pains emanating from these areas. Treatments are respectively named as Greeva Vasti, Kati Vasti, Uro Vasti.
In Shiro Vasti oil is poured over the head and allowed to stand for a while, after fitting it with a leak proof boundary or cap. This treatment is not only an effective stress buster but also remedies several disorders attributable to nervous weakness, apart from improving concentration and general mental health.
As noted these are but a few powerful Ayurveda treatments that are commonly used. Certain preparatory, cleansing and purgatory treatments are also administered to ensure that the body responds well to the main course of treatment which may last from few days to few weeks depending on the nature of the problem and its severity.