Ayurveda is like a nectar which gives longevity and good health. Ayurveda is one of the oldest health care system in the world with roots going back over 5,000 years. Ayurveda is made of two words Ayur – life and Veda – science that means science of life. Ayurveda has three energy forces Vata, Pitta and Kapha called Doshas. Balance of these three, results good health while imbalance results to illness. The aim of Ayurveda is to maintain the health of a healthy person by Rasayana and Panchakarma and cure the disease of sick person.
The 3 Doshas
Vata means wind or air which moves things. The motivating force behind the other two doshas, Vata is primarily in charge of mobility, motion, circulation, breathing and other essential body functions. Vata types are known to be creative and energetic when they are in balance; but fearful, stressed and “scatter-brained” when they are not. Physically, Vata types are usually thin, have smaller bones and tend not to put on weight easily. They might also be cold most of the times, have a delicate digestive system and have dry and sensitive skin.
Pitta means fire. It is the energy force that governs most of the metabolic activities, including digestion, absorption of nutrients, regulating body temperature and energy expenditure. Pitta types tend to be smart, hard-working and competitive when in balance; but can be overly angry and aggressive when they are not. They tend to have a medium athletic build and are versatile when it comes to putting on weight and/or muscles.
Kapha means ‘phlegm’ which holds things together and indicate the qualities of stickiness and adhesion. It controls growth in the body and is considered as the nourishing Dosha. It nourishes cells and organs and keeps the immune system strong. Kapha types are known for being supportive, loving and forgiving when in balance. However, they can also be lazy, insecure, envious and sad when they are imbalanced.
Ayurveda Treatments in Rishikesh
There can be nothing more soothing and nourishing for your body than a regular body massage with warm medicated oil. Abhyanga, an integral part of daily Ayurvedic treatment, stimulates your organs, helps your body to release harmful toxins and gain immense inner strength. Particularly suggested for Vata dosh balancing, it proves highly effective for one and all. Abhyanga calms the nerves, increases warmth and stability, lubricates joints, increases stamina, represses ageing and results in smooth glowing skin.
Shiro (head) and dhara (flow) combine to create Shirodhara, a powerful Ayurvedic technique of pouring a steady stream of medicated oil on the forehead, an area that hold the highest concentration of nerves. The constant pouring of warm oil creates a vibration which impacts the central nervous system and cures related ailments. Shirodhara thus helps to clean, calm, and strengthen the mind and nerves. It removes headache, relieves stress, tension, fear and anxiety, fights depression, combats insomnia, lifts moods, improves memory, enables more control on the mind and is highly effective in curing compromised mental conditions.
A magical treatment to cure inflammations in the body, joint pains, back aches and body pains, Patracopotali is a popular practice in Ayurveda. Herbal leaves and medicinal powders are tied in a cloth bag (potali) and dipped in medicated oil as per one’s condition and doshas. This oil dipped potali is then applied and massaged at appropriate pressure points by trained technicians. A remarkable natural therapy, it sooths muscular and joint pains, results in smoother skin and serves as a great recipe for rejuvenation.
Nasyam, an age-old ayurvedic treatment, empowers our mind and improves overall wellbeing through our nostrils. It involves administration of ayurvedic medicines inside both nostrils which are then held for some time and allowed to permeate our head and influence other sensory organs. This cleans our nose, removes blockages from head channels and boosts brain cells. It is very effective in treating headache, sinusitis, premature greying of hair, paralysis, treatment of neck and shoulder stiffness, neuralgia, asthma, and prevention of premature wrinkles.
This involves rigorous body massage with herbal powder by trained vaidyas. Udvartana efficiently improves body metabolism which in turn reduces body fat and is thus used as one of the best treatment for obesity. Constant massage effectively stimulates the blood flow throughout the body, which in turn heals damaged nerves and boosts physical health and strength. Enhanced blood flow also releases harmful toxins, improves skin texture and promotes natural elasticity. Udvartana is highly recommended for diseases like diabetic neuropathy, paralysis, skincare, sciatica, obesity, indigestion and sclerosis of blood vessels.
The most powerful therapy of Panchakarma, Basti enables release of loosened toxins from the body through the colon with the help of herbal enema. The process includes administration of medicated oil, ghee and fatty substances inside the rectum to cure various chronic diseases. The effectiveness of the medicines enhance as they reach the bowels directly without undergoing any enzymatic reactions. Basti is recommended for patients suffering from constipation, piles, arthritis, distention, sexual disorder, heart pain, back pain, sciatica and other joint pains.
Are you beaming with confidence? Is a glowing and smooth skin the secret behind it? Welcome to the world of Ayurveda and enjoy the endless benefits of its herbal facepacks. A combination of several treasured herbs and other ayurvedic tatvas; the face pack nourishes your skin, rejuvenates it and gives it a soft and supple texture. Free of any harmful chemicals, its regular application can make you look younger, fresher and more beautiful.
Pizchil is a soothing ayurvedic treatment that involves continuous flow of warm medicated oil all over the body synchronized with a gentle massage, administered in vigilant guidance of learned Ayurvedic vaidyas. The herbal oil is prepared depending upon the body constitution and dosha types and applied all over the body in a single stream. Pizchil supports longevity, strengthens all dhatus, improves blood circulation and all body functions, helps in decreasing cholesterol level, enhances sexual health and nourishes muscles and nerve tissues.
Absolute bliss for your eyes, Netra Tarpan is an ayurvedic rejuvenation technique which improves eyesight, nourishes the optic nerves, restores vision, improves dry eyes, and corrects all other eye-related diseases. This involves pouring of medicated ghee over the eyes which is to be retained over them for duration as prescribed by the vaidyas. The time duration varies depending upon the condition of the eyes and disease reported. To begin with, a dam like structure is created with thick herbal paste below both the eyes. This is to ensure that the ghee does not leak and can stay over the eyes. The medicated ghee once poured starts to work its magic on the eyes and restores it to good health.
Also known as Kati Basti, Kati Tarpan produces amazing results for all known problems of the spine. In this treatment, a round well like structure is created on different areas of the spine with the help of thick herbal pastes. The purpose of this is to hold the warm medicated oil poured in it for longer durations. The oil is replaced periodically to maintain its warmth for particular time durations as suggested by the vaidyas. This treatment prevents and reduces degeneration of the spinal discs, eases back pain and cures degenerative diseases like sciatica, osteoporosis, inter-vertebral prolapsed disc, osteo arthritis, lumbago, etc.
Your ears perform much greater functions than just hearing. They create body balance, instil restful sleep and are largely responsible behind feelings of anxiety and worry. Karna Pooran enables your ears to perform these functions well. It also improves hearing, cleans ears, nourishes the nerves and tiny filaments within, strengthens ear bones, reduces stiffness in the neck, and cures deafness, headaches, tinnitus, gingivitis and vertigo. The therapy involves pouring of warm medicated oil inside both ears and retaining them for some time. The treatment is highly recommended to remove vata dosh.
The body is given herbal steam, which causes the sweating. The herbs are selected based upon the dosha predominance in the body and then oil is mixed with the herbs. The toxins are liquefied and are thrown out of the body from the pores of the skin. This treatment is also used to reduce the hypothermia effects. It also balances the Vata and Kapha in the body. It also increases the blood circulation and rejuvenates the skin, removes numbness, stiffness and heaviness in the body. This treatment is effectively used in detox treatments.