Kerala Special Treatment
AYURVEDA, the traditional Indian holistic health management system, offers a range of traditional therapies and herbal medicines to balance the bodily principles and to integrate body, mind and spirit. These therapies can be used for both to cure various ailments as well as to improve general health (Rejuvenation). The effect of therapies differs with the oil and other ingredients used.
Primarily the type of medication used: whether oil, powder, paste etc and The Pattern and pressure of the strokes. For e.g. in a rejuvenating massage, the oils selected shall be with properties of tissue nourishing, toning up the muscles, stimulating the nerve endings and the pattern of strokes will be in the direction of hair follicles and from the origin of muscles to the insertion. Where as in a therapeutic powder massage, the purpose is to cleanse and burn out the excess adipose fat and hence the storks will be in the opposite direction of hair follicles. Having identified the body constitution (Prakruti) and type of ailment (Vikruti), a suitable type of massage can be carried out from the following.
Pizhichil is considered a particularly special treatment in Ayurveda. In this treatment lukewarm herbal oils are squeezed all over the body, by two to four therapists, continuously in a special rhythmic way for about 60 to 90 minutes each day. This treatment is done on a special table made from a single piece of Strychnous Nuxvomica wood
Sirodhara (Oil, Takra, Milk)
“SIRO” means head and “DHARA” means flow of liquid. In Sirodhara, specially prepared medicinal oils and medicated buttermilk are poured on the forehead in a special rhythmic manner for about 30 to 45 minutes per day.
Warm herbal liquid is poured all over the body in a rhythmic way using a special vessel. This is done for 30 minutes to 1 hour daily.
Kizhi (odu, mutta, thavidu)
Herbal leaves or powders are made into boluses, dipped into warm medicated oil and applied to the whole body, or a specified part, for 30 to 45 minutes daily.
Benefits : This is a cleaning process of the eyes, which gives a cooling effect, preventing eye diseases and strengthening the optic nerve.
Pinda Sweda is one of the most important of the special forms of treatment in Kerala. It is one of the 5 karmas in Kerala Panchakarma. It is a process by which the whole body or any specific part thereof is made to perspire, by the application of certain medicinal ppinda-swedauddings externally, in the form of boluses tied up in a muslin bag.
Valuka Sweda is a kind of Swedana (sudation) given using pre-heated sand, made into bolus (potalis) and applied locally over affected part or joints. Clean sand which is washed and dried, devoid of gravel and other waste material is used for this purpose. It is heated and pottalis are made using this sand .
The thalapothichil treatment offered is renowned for its ability to heal problems related to the head and neck regions. Under this thalapothichil ayurveda treatment, the scalp is completely applied with high value medicinal pastes. The offered thalapothichil head massage in calicut enables the medicines to penetrate faster into the brain cells.
To take vapour of medicinal powder via mouth and exhale through mouth also is called as Dhoompan. It is preceded by snehan swedan. Indications : Useful in diseases of upper respiratory tract. Also increases metabolism, helping digestion and the removal of toxins from the chest and lungs, heaviness in head and headache.