Kerala Panchakarma Treatments
Some major therapies.
The term Abhyangam generally means massage using oil. It is done as the pre- treatment of panchakarma.
Two expert therapists perform the Abhyanga in a synchronised manner. Massage opens up all the energy pathways. It leads to increased circulation, better tissue respiration and improved metabolism. It also causes the body to flush out its waste products more efficiently. Abhyanga improves concentration, intelligence. Confidence and youthfulness are also improved. It provides comfort to the eyes, provides sound sleep, tones up the body, Improves flexibility, softness and firmness of the skin and provides long life. It is the most ancient method used to remove muscular fatigue and pain.
The special wooden table used to perform Ayurvedic massage is called Dhroni. The wooden tables are made from trees like Karaskara, Neem or trees which has similar medicinal properties.
Pizhichil is a special treatment emerged in Kerala. This is developed from ancient classical treatment called Kayadhara. In Pizhichil warm medicated herbal oil is poured all over the body. Trained therapists perform the treatment in a special rhythmic way continuously for about 45-60 minutes. This treatment is very effective in Rheumatic diseases like arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia, nervous weakness and nervous disorders
It is a very rejuvenating treatment in which the whole body massage is given with a cloth bolus of Njavara rice.
Njavara rice is cooked in medicinal decoction with milk in to a pudding , This is tied up in cloth bag. This procedure is done by trained therapists for about 45 to 60 minutes. Njavara Kizhi works on deep tissues. It improves neurological and joint functions.
Application of the Njavara rice pudding as a paste all over the body. This has fantastic effect on the skin to improve the lustre and complex.
Herbal oils, medicated milk or medicated butter milk are poured on the forehead in a particular rhythmic oscillation using a special pot for about 45 minutes. This treatment is effective in various diseases. Ailments of the head and neck, sleeplessness, impaired memory, spondylitis, stress are some of them. This treatment activates nerves and reduces stiffness. It is proven to be effective in many auto immune conditions
Warm herbal oil is poured into a cap fitted on the head. This is kept for 15 to 60 minutes per day according to the patient's conditions. This treatment is very effective in conditions like facial paralysis, severe headaches and other Vata- related diseases. It is also useful for the loss of perceptible sense, facial paralysis, speech difficulties etc.
Specially prepared warm medicated oil is kept over the lower back. This is done with the help of a tank prepared with herbal paste. The treatment lasts for 30-45 minutes. It is effective specifically issues of the spine.
Small cloth bags containing leaves of the medicinal plants are applied to the whole body for 45 minutes per day. This treatment is for Osteo arthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Spondylosis, sports injuries etc.
Nasyam is the application of herbal oil or juices through the nostrils. This is a purification method meant for eliminating vitiated doshas in the head and neck. It is also effective for paralytic and mental disorders.