One of the oldest systems of medicine, Ayurveda or the ‘science of life’ has a lot to teach this generation that leads a sedentary lifestyle with little time for taking care of their health. Although visiting fitness centers and having a balanced diet can help, they still need something that is all-inclusive. This is where they can take a leaf (or leaves for that matter) out of ancient Ayurvedic practices.
For instance, they can use Ayurveda to keep the following diseases at bay:
- Sutra Neti – Respiratory Diseases, Sinusitis
An advanced form of nasal cleansing, Sutra Neti involves inserting a wet string or a thin, surgical tube through the nose into the mouth. One end of this string or tube is pulled out from the mouth, while the other remains in the nose. Hold both the ends of the string and alternatively pull it in and out of the nose through the sinuses. This clears the nasal passage completely and removes nasal polyps. It also strengthens the upper respiratory tract and keeps respiratory diseases and allergies away.
The catch lies in knowing how to do it right. Therefore, learning Sutra Neti from an Ayurvedic practitioner is highly recommended.
- Jal Neti – Headaches, Migraine, Depression
Jal Neti is another form of nasal cleansing, which like Sutra Neti, brings several benefits. In this technique, water (sterilized, lukewarm salt water) is poured carefully in one nostril in a way that it leaves through the other nostril. The process is repeated several times by switching nostrils. Another way to perform Jal Neti is to sniff the water and run it in the oral cavity before spitting it out. Also, you can use a special utensil known as the Neti pot (metal, plastic or ceramic) for this purpose.
This ancient technique cleanses your sinuses and cures conditions like allergies, asthma, migraine, headache, inflammation, respiratory disorder, etc.
Both, Sutra Neti and Jal Neti are more effective when you practice them in the morning, right after brushing your teeth.
- Kati Basti – Slip Disc, Sciatica, Lumber Spondylosis/Spondylitis
Kati Basti or Kati Tarpana is a process where Ayurvedic oil is poured on the lower back into a small well-shaped structure made from black gram flour. This structure retains the oil which, in turn, heals the affected area. Furthermore, the warm oil lubricates the region and relaxes the muscles in the surrounding area.
This is how Ayurvedic treatment alleviates muscle stiffness, back pain and tiredness. The oils used in Kati Basti are Ayurvedic oils, but in certain cases, customized oil prepared in the traditional way can be used to address specific disorders.
- Shirodhara – Insomnia, Stress, Fatigue, Hair Loss
One of the most popular Ayurvedic therapies is Shirodhara. In this process, a steady flow of warm oil is poured on the forehead from a vessel. Apart from oil, buttermilk and other decoctions can also be poured on the forehead in a slow, steady stream.
This treatment is offered at several spas and Ayurvedic retreat centers.
Shirodhara instantly relaxes your mind and body, and provides other benefits such as –
- Relief from stress, fatigue and migraine
- Decreased hair loss
- Increased concentration
- Enhanced senses
- Stimulated pituitary gland
- Relief from insomnia and improved sleep pattern
Because of all these benefits, this ancient Ayurvedic practice finds many takers.
- Abhyanga – Blood Circulation, Detoxification, Stamina
Abhyanga is an Ayurvedic practice, where the entire body is massaged with an excess of warm oil. More often than not, this oil is warmed with herbs before being applied to the body.
A part of Panchakarma, Abhyanga helps eliminate toxins from the body and, therefore, alleviates numerous disorders even before their symptoms appear. However, it should not be confused with ordinary spa procedure as it is often followed by laying in the sun, having a warm bath or performing yoga. Abhyanga treatment can be availed via therapists and specialists and can also be practiced by an individual (self-massage).
The benefits of Abhyanga includes but are not limited to –
- Increased stamina
- Relief from insomnia
- Detoxified skin
- Enhanced vision
- Improved hair quality
- Calmed nerves
- Improved circulation
- Toned muscles
- Increased longevity
- Pinda Sweda – Back Pain, Joint Pain
Pinda Sweda is another interesting Ayurvedic procedure, wherein hot bags filled with medicinal plants or rice are dipped in Ayurvedic concoctions and massaged over painful areas. The bags are massaged with uniform pressure to the areas for a few minutes up to an hour. The procedure can be performed all over the body, depending on the condition that needs to be treated. This ancient Ayurvedic practice is extremely beneficial for those suffering from chronic back pain, lower back pain, spondylosis, sciatica, and arthritis. It can also be used to treat muscular pains, joint pains, sprains, cramps, etc.
Now that you know about the benefits of ancient Ayurveda, it is time to put them into practice and see the results unfold. Here’s to a healthy lifestyle as you bid adieu to many diseases by simply following the above tips. Cheers!