Ayurvedic medicine system includes various therapies for purification, detoxification, rejuvenation, preventative and healing. Virechana is an ayurvedic purgation therapy which is used to eliminate body toxins. The meaning of word virechana is the evacuation or expulsion of waste out of the body. This therapy is basically designed for elimination of the accumulated pitta from the lower gastrointestinal tract. It is one of the best cures of health problems arising due to pitta dosha. The medications given during this therapy tend to produce heat in the body for countering vitiated doshas. In some sites, there is co-existence of pitta along with kapha. Thus, it not only cures excessive pitta but also kapha simultaneously.
Basti Karma is also called ayurvedic medicated enema. In ayurvedic medicine system, Basti Karma refers to the introduction of oil and decoction into the rectum of a person. Basti karma is often called ‘king of all treatment’ due to its unique benefits. The term ‘basti’ means ‘bladder or bag’ and karma means therapeutic procedure. This treatment helps in cleaning the accumulated toxins, which is the result of all the three doshas- Vata, Pitta and Kapha. However, it is primarily indicated in vata disorders.
Patra Pinda Sweda is an ayurvedic sweat therapy used for relieving pain and stiffness of muscles and joints. Patra Pinda Sweda is also known as Elakizhi or leaf bundle massage. Here patra means leaves, pinda means a bolus and sweda means sweat. A bolus is a small bundle or potli made by wrapping the cloth around the leaves of medicinal plants.
Shashtika Shali Pinda Sweda is an ayurvedic therapy that is used for the purpose of strengthening muscles and to get relief from pain. The therapy is also known as Navarakizhi. Here shastika means sixty, shali means rice, pinda means a bolus and sweda means sweat. A bolus is a small pocket or potli made by wrapping the cloth around the medicinal rice.
This treatment includes body massage with preparation of milk and rice in order to obtain sweating. It also provides strength to the body tissues, bones and muscle. The use of various medicinal herbs in the mixture help in rejuvenating the muscles and relieving pain and stiffness. The excessive sweating during this treatment helps in the elimination of toxins from the body.
Among all the sense organs our eyes are considered most important. All our day to day activities are dependent on our eyes. Therefore, taking special care of them is necessary. Our eyes are responsible for sending visual information to the brain and thus it is under constant pressure. Ancient ayurvedic medicine system has many therapies for our senses, specific body parts and the body as a whole. Akshi Tarpana is an efficient ayurvedic treatment for eye care.