Ayurveda defines health as “a state of equilibrium of the Tridoshas (3 constitutional elements of the body), Agni (metabolic and digestive processes), Dhatu (body tissues) and Malas (Waste products) with sense organs, mind and the soul being in a state of bliss”. The loss of equilibrium of the three doshas and other factors can occur as an outcome of faulty dietary habits, undesirable daily and seasonal routines, improper exercises or erratic actions of sense organs and body-mind complexes. Therapeutic healing focuses on restoring the balance of disturbed doshas through diet, lifestyle interventions, administration of medicines, panchakarma and rejuvenation therapies.
The Ayurveda Panchakarma therapies WAVE offers are:
ABHYANGAM (Ayurvedic Massage)
Abhyangam is the application of medicated oil all over the body followed by body massage. This is an integral procedure that can be inculcated in the daily routine for good health and longevity. It is relaxing and refreshing and helps gain resistance to exhaustion caused by today's lifestyle and stress. Abhyanga pacifies the Vata Dosha and is known to delay aging, removes fatigue, improves eyesight, induces sleep, improves complexion and lustre of the skin, increases physical strength and help develop resistance against diseases.
SWEDANA (Sudation Therapy)
Swedana is the steam treatment explained in Ayurvedic Science (inducing sweat with the help of steam generated from steam bath chamber). This is a cleansing and stress relieving therapy. This therapy stimulates the sweat glands present throughout the body which help mobilize the toxins in the inner layers of the skin and muscles. This is usually given after an oil massage and is continued until the forehead and abdomen sweat very well. It is mainly indicated for medical conditions arising from imbalance of Vata and Kapha Dosha (body humors). It aids in detoxification, increases circulation; reduces inflammation, revitalizes and rejuvenates the skin, removes stupor, relieves stress, eases sore muscles, reduces numbness, stiffness, rigidity, heaviness and improves mobility
UDWARTANAM (Dry Powder Massage)
Udwarthanam is the special therapeutic massage using herbal powders. Classical treatises on Ayurveda explain this procedure as a daily routine. This massage involves upward stroking, where the warm herbal powder is rubbed forcibly against the direction of the hair follicles. This is done in all the seven postures (Sitting, Supine, Right lateral, Supine, Left lateral, Supine, Sitting). It pacifies the aggravated Kapha Dosha, reduces the excess fat accumulated in the subcutaneous tissues, helps in weight reduction, softens and exfoliates dead skin cells giving a lustrous glow to skin, tones the skin, eliminates bad body odor, improves mobility of joints, strengthens and tones up the muscles, refreshes and rejuvenates the body.
Njavara kizhi is also known as Shashtikashali Pinda Swedam. Njavara is an indigenous rice variety having medicinal properties. It is a unique procedure by which the whole body or any specific part is induced to sudate by the application of Njavara kizhi (warm muslin bag bolus made of Njavara). It pacifies Vata Dosha, enhances body nourishment and rejuvenates, makes the body supple, improves lustre and texture of the skin, removes stiffness, boosts immune system, slows the aging process, strengthens and nourishes the nervous system, promotes sound sleep, calms the mind and reduces the stress.
CHOORNA SWEDA ( Podikizhi )
This is a type of fomentation therapy wherein medicated powders are made into poultice for giving fomentation. This is performed for the diseases related to joints, muscles and nerves associated with inflammation, swelling and stiffness .This procedure can be done in two ways; Rooksha (dry / without oil) and Snigdha (using oil). In Snigdha pinda sweda, initially medicated oil is applied all over the body (Abhyanga) and the pottalis applied are also heated in oil. In Rooksha Pinda Sweda the pottalis are directly applied all over the body without abhyanga. The procedure can also be modified by dipping pottali into the steam of different liquids like Dhanyamla in some specific conditions. It is useful in disorders arising from imbalance of Vata and Kapha Dosha, certain types of neurological conditions, in overweight and obesity and acute pain conditions like lumbago, sciatica etc.
ELAKIZHI (Patrapotala Sweda)
Elakizhi is the sudation procedure using pottalis prepared from herbal leaves. It is highly effective in ailments affecting bones, joints and nervous system. Fresh leaves of plants like Tamarind, Crown flower (Calatropis Gigentica), Castor-Oil Plant (Ricinus Communis), Drumstick, Chinese Chaste Tree (Vitex Nigundo), Malabar Nut (Adatoda Vasica) etc are used in preparing the pottalis. An abhyangam (a gentle oil massage) is given for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then the massage is given with these warm blouses in seven different postures (Sitting, Supine, Right lateral, Supine, Left lateral, Supine, Sitting).
This Ayurvedic treatment involves application of herbal paste to the affected part of the body. This is helpful in treating skin conditions, provide relief from pain caused by inflammation and reduces swelling of the affected part. The drug and medium of application is decided as per the condition of the patient like hyper-pigmentation, acne or muscular pain. Once applied, it is left on for around 30 minutes to an hour or when the paste dries up. The paste is then washed off after a bath.
Dhanyamla Dhara is the special type of Ayurvedic procedure practiced for the management of inflammatory conditions and metabolic disorders. It also supports weight loss and other detoxification programs. In this hot or warm liquid obtained from fermenting cereals (Dhanya) and other medicinal herbs is poured over the body. This procedure improves blood and lymphatic circulation, revitalizes the body, improves skin complexion and relieves body ache, muscle spasms, stiffness and inflammation.
Kashaya dhara is defined as the pouring of lukewarm medicated herbal decoction in a rhythmic fashion on the whole body. The decoction used for the procedure differs according to the disease and is a sudation technique in where the body sweats by the lukewarm decoction and removes the toxins. It improves the metabolism and removes the toxins and strength the tissues preventing degeneration of joints and soft tissues. Kashaya dhara is highly beneficial in treating inflammation, pain and skin diseases.
Ksheeradhara is constant pouring of stream of herbal milk over the body in a rhythmic manner for a stipulated time and has a cooling effect on the body. It has analgesic and antiinflammatory effects. The milk contains herbal extracts which is poured on body acts as a nerve stimulant and effective in managing neuro-muscular conditions, improving skin and hair, migraine, vitality, stress, and insomnia.
Shiro Pichu is a highly effective Ayurvedic treatment which includes the use of sterile cotton pad dipped in herbal oils on the crown of the head and then wrapping it up with a bandage cloth. This procedure corrects the neurological disorders, atrophy & degeneration of central nervous system. Shiro Pichu is also a best treatment for curing stress and to get rid of many psychosomatic disorders.
Shiro basti is the treatment of retention of medicated liquid on head in a regulated manner until watering from the eyes and nose is seen. Through this therapy nerve cells get stimulated and enhances the brain function. It belongs to a purifying, rejuvenating and strengthening therapy cateogory that reduces mental exhaustion, relieves stress and modulates the central nervous system. Shiro Basti is highly beneficial in treating neurological diseases and psycho somatic illness.
Nasyam or Errhine therapy is a very important Panchakarma therapy involving instillation of medicated herbal oils through the nostrils which are absorbed by the blood vessels as it makes their way into the circulatory system. It also stimulates nervous system through nerve endings in the nasal cavity. This therapy is highly beneficial in treating neurological disorders, headaches, degenerative disorders, skin- hair health, premature greying, sinusitis, paralysis etc. It is a detoxification therapy it clears the channels of neck, brain, eyes, nose, ear and throat thus revitalizing the brain, nervous system and strengthens the sensory organs.
Shirodhara refers to continuous pouring of decoction, medicated oil, milk or buttermilk over the forehead which is mainly performed in psychological disorders, stress reduction, hormonal disorders and physical illness. Pouring of medicated liquids continuously in a rhythmic stream on the forehead for a specific period is found to be beneficial in conditions like insomnia, headache, dandruff, anxiety, depression, memory loss, greying of hair, hair fall and other neuro-muscular diseases.
KATI / GREEVA / JANU BASTI
Basti means 'to reside for some time.' It is a procedure of retaining warm medicated oil within a specially designed frame made of black gram flour in the lower back/ neck/knee region. It is effective in the management of conditions like stiffness, lumbar, cervical spondylosis, osteoarthritis and muscle spasm.
It is the process of bandaging warm herbal medicine paste to the affected body parts. It is very effective in relieving pain especially in conditions like frozen shoulder, bursitis, stiffness of muscles.