According to the Indian herbal medicine studies and practices carried out through the six-thousand-year-old history of herbal medicine, all bodily disorders and/or diseases, etc… are caused the loss in one’s ‘Doshas’ equilibrium.
Based on this proven theory, any kind of Ayurveda therapy works around the ‘Doshas’ equilibrium stabilizing in order to achieve the best healing results of anyone’s disorder/s. Most importantly, these therapies are also very useful and beneficial to prevent beforehand any disease or disorder.
The Ayurveda health therapies cater also for the body’s ‘Dhatus’, ‘Malas’ and mind ‘Gunas’ together with the already mentioned ‘Doshas’ thus further enhancing any therapies’ effect.
Also achieved through the Ayurveda treatments or therapies, are the revitalizing actions of removing toxins in general from the body, soothing of the senses and increase the bodily immunization.
The herbal remedies and therapies practiced in Ayurveda’s culture are not only intended to prevent and, when necessary, heal any disorder completely but also emphasize the point that all diseases and/or disorders are eliminated permanently.
For further understanding of the natural herbal remedy therapies practiced by Ayurveda, read the following shortlisted formulation of said therapies:
- Balance of the body’s Dosha.
- Digestion enhancement.
- Proper waste processing.
- Adding to the level of immunization.
- Spiritual development.
- Therapies’ variation.
Ayurveda therapy practices are divided into two main groups, the ‘Santarpan’ and the ‘Apatarpan’, let’s take a look at a more in-depth description of these groups;
– Santarpan (English; Strengthening).
Strengthening therapies also involve rejuvenation therapies like the ‘Rasayana’ and ‘Vajikarana’ (Aphrodisiacs). The overall intents of this group of treatments are the enhancement of Ojas, happiness, immunity, and peace of the mind together with longevity.
– Apatarpan (English; Emaciating).
The Apatarpan therapies are generally more intended for body toxins removal and aggravated ‘Doshas’ utilizing even internal use of herbal medicines and particular cleansing therapies.
Panchakarma – Pradhan Karma
This Ayurveda treatment therapy, following the literal meaning of its name, is mainly about the regurgitation of unprocessed food, ‘Kapha’ and ‘Pitta’ through oral means. Vamana Karma, the Pradhan Karma of the Panchakarma Ayurveda therapy, is also specific healing for Kaphaja bodily disorders.
A vast range Ayurveda medicines incorporating Vamana are available for inducing Purva Karma beneficiary for mobilizing the Doshas.
Most importantly to remember is that, after Vamana practice, one should avoid shouting, overeating, long times spent sitting down should also be avoided the same as walking for long distances or span of time.
Anger, anxiety, and coitus are to be included in the avoided list while Ayurveda also suggests also not retaining natural urges.
Virechana is the natural herbal remedy therapy for Pitta Doshas disorders through anal passage expulsion.
The process of the Virechana Pradhan Karma is to expel the Pitta from the Amashaya (English; stomach and upper part of the small intestine). This herbal natural remedy is neither stressful nor painful that generally causes no complications.
A considerable amount of resting and a light culinary diet are suggested by the Indian herbal medicine prescriptions after each Vamana therapy.
Basti herbal medicine natural therapy is one of the major therapies Panchkarma offers. Restoring the Doshas’ balance, this therapy gets its name from the material the same apparatus used in the procedure is made from. i.e. Basti meaning ‘animals’ bladder’.
The Ayurveda Basti procedure is conducted through the rectum and referred to as Niruha Basti consisting in the decoction of the appropriate herbal product.
During this therapy herbal vitamins’ oil is used for coarseness’ and increase in Vata Dosha and appetite. The adequate basti is used to treat the following body processes;
- Proper passage of wind and urine
- Balance of the Doshas
- Feeling of lightness in the body
- Pleasant feeling
- Increased appetite and strength
Generally the last therapy in the Pradhanakarma of the Panchkarma series. This therapy involves the insertion of Ayurveda care herbal oils and/or medicines through the nasal canal. Using the nasal conduct, the oils or extracts inserted reach all the segments of the head and its surroundings thus clearing them from Doshas and disorders.
Panchakarma – Purva Karma
As an Ayurveda treatment for vatic disorders, the Panchakarma applies the Purva Karma therapy practicing the Snehana (oil application) method. The Snehana method, one of the two herbal remedies’ methods used by the Purva Karma, is mainly intended to prevent, heal and also enhance the following symptoms;
- Sexual exhaustion
- Dryness of the body
Snehana is also utilized by anyone that undergoing Vimana and Virecana. The procedure utilized by this Ayurveda therapy is in its way also followed as a ritual since it involves the preparation of healing herbal extracts and oils at a precise time, 15 to 30 minutes after sunrise.
After a Snehana herbal medicine therapy one should notice the effectiveness of these herbal treatments by the following visible signs;
- Accelerated digestive power
- Intolerance to fat
- Loose motions
- Lightness of the body
- Smoothness of the body
- Passage of flatus
- Visible fat in the stool
The Swedana natural herbal remedy involving heat in order to induce bodily sweat. Swedana is practiced for the following disorders according to the history of herbal medicine.
Vamana is given on the second day of this Ayurveda treatment whilst after a 3-day interval, Virecana is given. The effectiveness of this practice, one can note these visible signs;
– Disappearance of coryza.
– Relief from pain and stiffness.
– Remission of the disease.
Most importantly, anybody that took the opportunity of experiencing any of the above mentioned herbal natural remedy therapies is strongly advised to avoid cold water and enjoy a nap after a light balanced meal.
Shamana Balancing Therapy
The word Shamana in itself from which this Ayurveda therapy takes its name literally means to suppress and/or balance.
The health herbal therapy mentioned here is advisable for anyone suffering from light disorders where the Doshas is not well rooted yet. On the other hand, elimination therapy is time-consuming whereas time is an important factor for healing herbal ailments in today’s life.
During the Shamana therapies, one has to undergo a particular Ayurveda diet contradictory to increasing Doshas in order to refrain and balancing the disordered Doshas.
This Ayurveda treatment therapy includes the use of a complete list of herbal medicines such as jams, oils, and tablets together with concoctions amongst others. Please note that most of the time the Shanama balancing therapies are mainly indicated and
intended to alleviate the disorders suffered until the proper natural herbal remedy or Ayurveda medicine is prescribed. Very commonly applied as a simple diet or a particular exercise for one to follow, these practices will diminish the concerned Doshas.
Shodhana – Elimination Therapy
According to Ayurveda medicine, once the disease or disorders have become acute and/or chronic, the balancing Ayurveda therapy becomes obsolete because of the span of time it would require the therapy to completely rebalance the Doshas.
It is therefore advisable by Ayurveda health studies that one should cross over to more intense therapy, an elimination therapy instead of a balancing therapy, better known as the Shodhana herbal natural remedy therapy.
Reasonable enough, the elimination therapy requires much less time than the balancing therapy for its herbal remedies to take effect and is also more effective on the weakened points.
With the use of Pancha Karma Ayurveda technique, the Shodana elimination therapy works by expelling the malicious Doshas from the body. The therapy involves the use of the following cleansing methods:
- Vamana: emetic therapy (supervised vomiting Ayurveda treatment)
- Virechana: the use of health herbal laxatives
- Vashti: healing herbal enema
- Nasya: nasal administration
- Rakta Mokshana: bloodletting
The Shodhana elimination therapy is normally initiated by preparatory herbal treatments in order to soften the Doshas causing the disorder and /or disease concerned.
These preliminary treatments, that always include herbal products, have also the duty to move these Doshas to either the stomach or directly to the intestine where the above listed Ayurveda herb cleansing methods can be applied to completely remove these harmful Doshas from one’s body.
Any female during her pregnancy period should avoid practicing Shodhana therapy unless it is otherwise directly recommended and prescribed by a qualified health herbal professional practitioner.
Ayurveda Therapies Practiced
I practice these therapies in concert with my mentor and colleague, the esteemed Edie O Reilly.
And if you want to have the right treatment, you are best to go to seek for reputable Ayurveda practitioners trained in the disciplines of Ayurvedic constitutional analysis that includes; pulse and tongue diagnosis, diet recommendations for your constitution, ayurvedic herbs and their preparations, ayurvedic traditional therapies such as panchakarma, ayurvedic massage, Shirodhara and gentle detoxification therapies.
As recognized ayurvedic practitioners, all of them are educate and counsel their clients about what the cause of specific ailments are and how their lifestyles can be adjusted to help support healing.
Here are some of the therapies that you can get from most of the Ayurvedic center. The charges may vary from a different institution. The quoted price is just for your reference.
Therapies (These are stand-alone therapies):
Ayurveda consultations consist of recommendations including lifestyle, diet, herbs, meditation, yoga postures, and body treatments.
The ayurvedic practitioners will give detailed instructions on how you need to make adjustments to your current lifestyle, in order to best facilitate deep healing, inner development, and attaining a state of health and harmony.
Clients will receive a dietary plan specifically modeled on the best foods for their individual constitutions. 2 hours first consultation, 1-hour followup.
Some institution will prescribe herbs for their clients, Ayurveda has some of the most powerful and well-researched herbs known in the world.
Additional services that you can have include:
Basti (enema) Therapy: (45 minutes)
- Remove years of toxins from the colon
- Remove joint pain
- Increase the health of the skin
- Strengthen the bones
- Rejuvenate the whole body
- Reverse aging
Abhyanga (Ayurvedic massage): (1 1/2 hours)
- Warm oil, specific for your dosha, is massaged into the whole body
- Rebalance the energy of the body
- Drain the lymphatic system
- Increase energy
- Rejuvenate the whole body
Swedhana (steam therapy): (45 minutes)
- Detoxify the body
- Lose weight
- Increase in metabolism
- Improve circulation
- Burn calories
- Replenish the skin giving it a glow
Shirodhara (warm oil poured over the forehead): (1 hour)
- Treats insomnia
- Calms the mind
- Releases stress
- Increase energy
- Treats worried, anxious mind