For thousands of years, the people of India have used the application of oil externally for a myriad of health benefits. This is due to the fact that oil is actually absorbed through the skin and therefore produces positive effects internally as well. Covering the entire body, including the head and feet, with certain oils can help prevent arthritis, neurological problems, fatigue, insomnia, wrinkling of the skin and numerous diseases. It can also improve eyesight and mental concentration at school or work, and it provides an increase in energy, strength and flexibility.
Navarakizhi begins with a gentle whole-body massage using Ayurvedic oils. Afterward, the entire body, or the affected area, is massaged with specially prepared herbal poultices. These heated poultices help to open the sweat pores and detoxify the tissues.
This particular treatment is very well known in Kerala, India, where the ancient martial art Kalari originated. The poultices are used to increase flexibility and strengthen all parts of the body including the bones, tendons, ligaments and muscles. Athletes will find this extremely useful for the prevention of injuries as well as for injury-related pain.
Navarakizhi is also of great benefit to those with atrophy of the muscles, arthritis, weakness of the extremities, tremors and fibromyalgia. Healthy individuals will benefit from this treatment's anti-aging effects and its ability to prevent disease.
This treatment consists of a constant flow of warm, medicated oil all over the body. The idea of Pizhichil is similar to the needling and maxibustion (heat therapy) used in acupuncture in the sense that it clears the blockage of energy (Chi) throughout the meridians. Once the oil is absorbed through the skin, it will provide an even greater effect, as it nourishes the nerves as well as the entire body.
Pizhichil is recommended for people with neurological problems, arthritis, herniated discs, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and all forms of chronic pain.
According to Ayurveda, Sirodhara is the best treatment for diseases of the nervous system and for emotional problems such as chronic depression and anxiety (panic) attacks. It is also recommended for chronic headaches, as well as ear, nose and throat problems, and is especially useful for pain management.
The term "Sirodhara" literally translated means head (Sira) and continuous flow (Dhara). During this treatment there is a constant flow of either specific oils or herbal preparations on the forehead. This process stimulates the part of the brain known as the pineal gland. Among its other functions, the pineal gland produces serotonin and melatonin. These hormones play an important role in each person's emotional balance, and melatonin is also known to have an anti-aging quality.
Sirovasthi is the ultimate treatment for all kind of chronic neurological problems such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Insomnia, problems with sensory organs.
Kadiavasthi is a proven treatment for back pain, disc problems.
Mainly for rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation of the tissues. In most cases, it additionally helps to lose weight also.