What kind of treatment methods does Ayurveda use?

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What kind of treatment methods does Ayurveda use?

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Ayurveda uses a variety of treatment methods to correct an individual's imbalance. First, the Ayurvedic physician or practitioner determines what doshas are imbalanced.

Then he or she recommends some of the following treatments:

1. Nasya

These are herbal nose drops. The nose is thought to be a gateway to the brain in Ayurveda. These drops support proper respiration by lubricating the nasal passages. Nasya helps with sinus congestion, headaches, stress, and mental clarity.

2. Herbs

Herbs are given in tablet or powder form. Herbs work on specific doshas, tissues, and organs. When combined together, the herbs have a synergistic effect.

3. Abhyanga

Abhyanga is a full body massage where a liberal amount of herbal oil is applied and used to remove toxins and balance the doshas.

4. Shirodhara

Shirodhara is a constant flow of oil onto the forehead and is usually performed in conjunction with abhyanga. The individual lies on a massage table and a pot of warm oil with a spout gently drips oil onto his/ her forehead. This experience is said to bring back the experience of being in the womb. It's extremely relaxing and good for anxiety, stress, depression, and for balancing the emotions.

5. Purgation therapy

Known as virechana, this involves the elimination of toxins from the lower GI tract. An herbal enema is prepared from oil and Ayurvedic herbs.

Other treatment methods include Marma Chikitsa, dietary and/or lifestyle recommendations, and vamana.

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