It is often said that Health is Wealth. In order to live a happy, fruitful and complete life, a person must enjoy good health. However, in today’s world where daily life is a struggle, few have the capacity to build stamina, eat right, improve digestion and minimize stress. As a result, diseases and ailments are rampant.
Ayurveda Therapies to the Rescue
More and more people today are turning towards Ayurveda Therapies in the hope that they can cleanse their body of all harmful toxins, build up a strong immunity towards diseases, rejuvenate and soothe their mind and body as well as restore the lost balance within the doshas.
Types of Ayurvedic Therapies
A number of different techniques come under the gamut of Ayurveda Therapies. Some of these include –
- Ayurveda Cleansing Therapy and Detoxification Techniques cleanse the body from the inside, removing all unwanted toxins (ama) which accumulate within the body over time due to poor digestion, unhealthy eating habits and faulty lifestyle,
Ayurveda Panchakarma therapy is a combination of 5 therapies – Purvakarma or pre-treatment prepares the body for purification and includes Snehana (oil massage and bath) and Swedana (liquefying the body toxins).
Vamana or therapeutic vomiting removes unbalancing Kapha toxins through herb induced vomiting.
Virechana or purgation therapy purifies Pitta by cleaning the gastrointestinal tract with the help of herbal laxatives.
Nasya or nose cleaning therapy uses oil to cleanse Kapha toxins that
collect in the nose, sinus, throat, and head areas.
Basti or Enema / Colon Therapy uses oils and medicated herbs as an enema to remove toxins through the colon.
uses nasal drops, deep inhalation, and massage of the neck, head, and shoulders.
Ayurveda Liver Detoxification helps to flush out harmful toxins or ama which interferes with the optimum functioning of the liver.
- Ayurveda Rejuvenation Therapies Yoga, pranayama and other Ayurveda massages cleanse, nurture & rejuvenate the body.
Abhyanga Massage: This massage is usually performed in the morning,
before the bath. One of two therapists use synchronized and systematic massage
techniques such as pressing, rubbing and kneading to massage warm herbal and
medicated oils into the body. Different varieties of Abhyanga Massages include Abhyanga Hand Massage, Abhyanga Foot Massage, Marma Abhyanga Massage and Head, Neck & Shoulder Massage, etc.
Shirodhara Massage: This massage is used for stress reduction. Warm Ayurvedic herbal oils and liquids such as milk and buttermilk are poured on the forehead of a person in a relaxing movement while maintaining a continuous flow.
Dry Garshana Massage:
Under this technique, the therapist makes use of his / her hands covered with
silk gloves to make long gliding strokes with an aim of improving blood circulation
throughout the body.
Other popular massage therapies include Swedish massage, Kayaseka, etc.
- Ayurveda Herbal Therapy and Medicines Ayurveda propagate the use of safe herbal medicines to cure diseases, strengthen immunity, improve digestion, provide nourishment and even heal illnesses which are otherwise treated using strong chemical drugs.
- Ayurveda Diet and Lifestyle Correct eating habits, dosha pacifying foods and healthy lifestyle practices play an important role in maintaining good
Some essential points to remember include –
- Eating food items most suited for your dosha type.
- Including herbal detoxifying tea in your diet plan.
- Avoiding canned, frozen, preserved and stale food as they create ama.
- Eating meals at the same time, every day.
- Maintaining an active lifestyle.
- Including fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. Cabbage, bitter gourd, prunes, papaya, pineapple, and pomegranate, as well as herbs and spices such as Triphala, ginger, mint, cilantro, coriander, basil, ajwain, turmeric, and cumin, are especially beneficial.
- Staying happy and maintaining a positive frame of mind, etc.
You must consult a trained and experienced Ayurveda practitioner to find out which Ayurveda therapy is most suited for your needs. This will largely depend on your most prominent dosha, your lifestyle and eating habits, your current health condition, etc.