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The Wide Range of Therapies at Kerala Ayurveda

» Synchronized Massage (Abyangam)
A masterpiece of Kerala Ayurveda discovered from the classics and improvised for the modern generation. This full body massage is done with medicated herbal oils by two therapists in a synchronized manner for 45 minutes. According to classical texts, this massage is indicated daily to prevent ageing and degeneration process. Kerala Ayurveda has pioneered this therapy as per the ancient Ayurveda classics and standardized the procedure with a specific number of strokes. This therapy will treat the whole body physically, mentally and emotionally while balancing the doshas. Its rhythmic motion helps to relieve joints and muscles from stiffness and helps in free body movements. This stimulating treatment increases blood circulation, which in turn encourages quick removal of metabolic wastes, while providing relief to diseases such as anxiety, fatigue, circulatory disorders, wrinkles and scales, improving physical consistency, enabling sound sleep, increasing general sense of well being and life span. It also improves the complexion and texture of the skin.
» Head & Face Massage
Using Ayurveda techniques and a special medicated oil, this concentrated massage on the head and face relieves stress and strain related problems, improves memory and is known to have a curative effect on insomnia, depression, anxiety etc. it best shows better vision, better hearing, clears nasal problems and improves the texture and complexion of face.
» Herbal Steam Bath
Warm herbal oil is first applied gently over the body. After which, the individual is made to sit inside a steam chamber, with the head outside. The chamber lets out herbal steam from medicinal herbs, making the individual perspire profusely which promotes cohesion between cells. The steam will open up the pores of the skin, thereby removing all wastes and pacifying the three doshas. Its’s a great therapy for toning the skin and giving it a special glow.
» Shirodhara
Lukewarm herbal oil is poured in a continuous stream onto the forehead, while receiving a gentle massage on the head. Shirodhara rejuvenates and revitalizes the body and mind. This therapy relieves stress and strain related problems, slows the ageing process, improves memory and is known to have a curative effect for paralysis, insomnia, depression, anxiety, hypertension and other neurological malfunctions. It bestows better vision better hearing, clears nasal problems and calms the body and mind, shirodhara ultimately strengthens the physical constitution of the individual.
» Shirovasti
Lukewarm medicinal herbal oil is poured into a cap fitted on the head. A great therapy for treating paralysis, insomnia, depression, etc.
» Pizhichil
A king among the traditional therapies and a specialty of Kerala! This therapy is a beautiful combination of two classical Ayurveda treatments, Snehana (oleation) and Swedana (sudation). The whole body is subjected to streams of lukewarm medicated oil with simultaneous soft massage. This therapy protects the body from illness and builds up immunity for a healthy life. It is very useful for rheumatic diseases, arthritis, paralysis, sexual weakness, neurological disorders, blood pressure and nervous weakness and helps arrest the ageing process.
» Njavara Kizhi
A body massage with small cotton cloth boluses filled with cooked Nijvara rice after a liberal application of medicated oil over the entire body. He rice is cooked in cow’s milk and herbal decoction. The boluses are dipped in the same mixture of cow’s milk and herbal decoction, and applied all over the body to induce sudation (sweat). This procedure is highly rejuvenating, nourishing and prepares the individual to bear the stress and strain of a busy lifestyle. It enhances physical consistency, strengthens the nervous system and improves the overall appearance of the skin.
» Ela Kizhi
This therapy begins with the application of suitable medicated oil to the entire body. The body is then subjected to exude profusely through a massage with boluses of chopped and fried leaves of some specific medicinal herbs after dipping in particular medicated oils. This therapy is effective for various kinds of arthritis, spondylosis, back pain, sports injuries and for all other soft tissue, inflammations especially joint pains.
» Udwarthanam
This is a typical deep and dry massage with herbal powders. This massage stimulates hair follicies and subcutaneous fat tissue to break down subcutaneous fat storage. The dry powder massage reduces blood cholesterol obesity, skin problems, imparts mobility to the joints, strengthens muscles and refreshes the body. What’s more, it also helps slimming of the body.
» Choorna Kizhi
The body is subjected to exude profusely after a thorough massage with warm blouses of herbal powders tied up in cotton cloth. This therapy helps in curing arthritis, back pain, paralysis, muscular pains etc.
» Kati Vasty
Specially prepared warm herbal oil is poured over the lower back and retained inside the black gram paste boundary for the required duration. Kati Vasty alleviates lower back conditions like lumber spondylosis, inter vertebral disc prolapsed, lumbago (low back ache), and sciatica.
» Urovasthy
A mixture specially prepared with warm herbal oil is poured over the chest and retained inside an herbal paste boundary for 30 to 45 minutes. The healing properties of herbal oils used for this massage enriches the blood and builds and maintains strong muscle and connective tissues. A stimulating and therapeutic treatment for muscular chest pain.
» Pichu
A thick layer of cotton wool soaked with warm medicated oil is applied over he effected area. The oil is recycled periodically to make it warm. This therapy is very effective for degenerative and painful problems like back pain, osteoarthritis, spondylyitis, injuries etc.
» Lepam
In this procedure, herbal paste is applied externally over the affected area. It is very effective in treating psoriasis, pimples, skin marks, pigmentation, arthritis with swelling & pain, injuries and skin infections.

» Thakradhara
Takra means buttermilk and Dhara means pouring. This therapy calms the individual down by using medicated buttermilk, which is poured onto the forehead to relieve insomnia; depression and other stress relate problems. In cases of psoriasis, Dhara is performed on the affected area to have a curative effect.
» Nethra Tharpanam
Medicated ghee is retained in a reservoir made over the eyes with black gram paste. This therapy has a cooling effect on irritated and stressed eyes. It relieves eyestrain, improves eyesight and other eye related problems.
» Gandusha
This therapy involves the retention of medicated oil or decoction in the mouth for several minutes. The benefits of this therapy will bring a glow to the face, improve lines and wrinkles tone the skin and assist with any of mouth, voice or teeth disorders while cleansing the ear, nose and throat pathways.
» Kabalam
This therapy requires the retention, movement and gargling of medicated oil or decoction in the mouth. This process is highly beneficial for ear ,nose and throat disorders while improving the voice.
» Ksheeradhoomam
This therapy begins with the application of suitable medicated oil on the face, neck and chest. The face and neck are then subjected to excude profusely through steam generated from a combination of cow’s milk and herbal decoctions. This therapy is effective for facial paralysis, trigeminal neuralgia, pimples and other skin problems.
» Sneha Panam
This procedure is primanly a preparation for Panchkarma, during which medicated ghee is administered. The ghee is selected and applied according to the digestive capacity of the patient. The quantity is increased daily up to 300 ml, in maximum 7 days to make the total system oleated internally. Snehapana can be used as a curative method and nourishing treatment also through rearranging the dosage and timing.


» Vamana
This process induces therapeutic vomiting. Before starting the treatment, the individuals body is prepared by proper Snehana (Oleation) and Swedana(Sudation). This is a very beneficial therapy for Kapha predominating disorders such as asthma, cough, psoriasis and skin disorders.
» Virechana
This therapy eliminates excess Pitta from the body. Virechana is performed by administering purgative medicine in milk or warm water preparation after proper preparation of the individual through Poorvakarmas. This therapy is extremely beneficial in Pitta disorders such as dermatitis, chronic fever, heartburn, jaundice etc.
» Sneha Vasty
This is the main therapy for disorders such as constipation neurological ailments, paralysis, flatulence, lower backache, gout and rheumatism. The results nourish and rebuild the body tissues, strengthen their activities, restore and strengthen the body’s immunity. This is very nutritive while removing accumulated toxins from the colon.
» Kashaya Vasty
This therapy is normally done after a course of Sneha Vasty. This is a cleansing enema where a combination of honey, oil, herbal paste, herbal decoction, etc is administered as per the patient’s requirement and condition. This therapy eliminates Vata and helps to treat disorders such as arthritis, constipation, neurological ailments, paralysis, flatulence, lower backache, gout and rheumatism.
» Nasyam
This is a therapeutic treatment for the nose, throat, sinuses and head. The face, shoulders and chest are massaged with specific herbal oil and made to perspire. The herbal extracts/herbal oil in exact dose is measured and instilled into the nostrils, while inhaling. After this process the area around the nose, chest, palms and foot are massaged vigorously. This ayurveda therapy can provide a miraculous remedy for congestion, allergies, sinusitis, headaches, migrane, rhinitis and other nasal infections. This therapy will cleanse, purify and strengthen the nasal passages allowing you to breathe fully and easily again. This treatment is highly effective for headaches, sinusiti, migraine and rhinitis.
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