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Ayurveda Treatments

1) Elakizhi/Ilakizhi - Leaf poultis massageGo main menu

It is an innovative classical massage with medicated leaves and is used to tackle joint pain, muscle cramps, stress and arthritis.All the above-mentioned treatments can be done in a perfectly healthy person as well so as to enhance his/her immunity, vitality and longevity of life. The above treatments can be offered in different combinations according to the physician’s direction. Each of these combinations give a curative and rejuvenative effect after being undergone for definite periods and repeating at definite intervals.Herbal poultices (bundles) are prepared with various herbs and medicated powders. The poultices are warmed in medicated oils and used to massage the entire body, neck, shoulders, hand and back, shifting the person from side to side. The massage can promote better circulation within the affected area thereby promoting increased perspiration, which helps the skin to eliminate wastes. It also helps to tone the skin and can be superbly relaxing

Elakizhi (also Ilakizhi) is a bolos bag massage with medicinal leaves. It is very effective in improving the strength of muscles, relieving body pain and curing diseases such as arthritis and paralysis. In this treatment, herbal leaves are applied to the whole body in bundles with hot medicated oils. The treatment is also known by the name Patrawedam.

Ricinus, drum stick, tamarind and calotropis gigantia are among the herbal leaves used for the treatment. The leaves are fried together in neem or caster oil until a brown color is attained. Lemon pieces and coconut scapes are then added to it. All these are tied in cloth boluses and dipped in medicated oil to massage the body. When the process is complete, patient is given a bath in moderately hot water.

2) Takradhara - Buttermilk dripping on foreheadGo main menu

Takradhara is a form of shirodhara, an Ayurvedic treatment method which involves continuous flow of medicated butter milk to the centre of forehead continuously for up to an hour a day.

It is a cure for vata (wind) predominant diseases, relieves tension and cures certain types of skin diseases.

4) Shirodhara - Oil dripping on foreheadGo main menu

Shirodhara is an Ayurvedic treatment which involves slowly pouring liquids over a client’s third eye, which is located in the forehead. It has been used in India for centuries to treat a wide range of conditions, and many spas have adopted Shirodhara treatments for their clients. In the West, Shirodhara is an immensely popular option on the menu at many high end spas, and it may be bundled with other body treatments for a luxurious spa session.

In Ayurvedic medicine, Shirodhara is designed to relax the body and open the third eye. It is used to treat a range of skin conditions, along with eye problems, stress, insomnia, memory loss, and graying hair. A wide range of liquids can be used, depending on the body type of the patient; oils are common, but milk, buttermilk, and water can be used as well. Frequently, the liquid will be infused with herbs which are tailored to the client.

Benifits of Shirodhara :

Ultimate mental and emotional relaxation therapy

Beneficial for many diseases connected with the head, neck, eyes, ears, nose and throat

Beneficial for many diseases of the nervous system like nerve disorders, facial palsy, paralysis and ptosis (drooping) of the eyelids.

Beneficial for curing long standing insomnia and schizophrenia

Beneficial for fits in epilepsy when used in conjunction with other medicines

Prevents hair lose, premature graying and cracking of hair

Relieves headache and burning sensation of the head

Nourishes and rejuvenates the body

Stimulates the nervous system giving sturdiness to the body

Improves digestion

Sharpens the sense organs

Improves the quality of voice

Gives strength to the neck and head

Improves the health of the skin

5) Pizhichil - Oil bathGo main menu

Pizhichil is a special form of treatment which is a combination of oil massage and heat treatment. This therapy is also known as treatment for aristocrats as in the olden days the Maharajas or Kings used to have this treatment.
A gentle, synchronized massage is carried out under a constant flow of warm herbal oil. This Ayurveda treatment also involves squeezing a cloth soaked in oil over the body. During this treatment the patient is made to sit on an Ayurveda chair specially made for this purpose and the medicated oils are then applied over the head and body. Ayurveda therapists are all the time present for the observation of the treatment and if needed at the same time the Shriodhara is also undertaken.
’Pizhichil’ literally means ‘squeezing’. Here, warm medicated oil is squeezed over the patient’s body from a piece of cloth that is periodically dipped in a vessel containing the oil. In Sarvangadhara, oil is poured over the patient’s body from pitchers. Pizhichil requires a lesser quantity of oil when compared to Sarvangadhara. Before beginning Pizhichil, a suitable type of oil should be applied to the head and body of the patient. In some cases, a talam is also applied on the head and bandaged with leaves.
The masseur usually begin by squeezing oil on to the shoulders and then down the hands of the patient who sits in an upright position. Each masseur uses one hand to pour the oil while massaging with the other.
Pizhichil is a highly rejuvenating treatment that enhances muscular tone and retunes the entire nervous system. Recommended for : extremely high Vata dosha types – muscular aches and pains, rheumatic problems, osteo arthristis, insomnia, depression, pakshaghata (hemiplegia), paralysis and muscle spasms – and other degenerative diseases that affect the muscles.
Benefits : tones and rejuvenates the skin, promotes relaxation and inner balance.

6) Kashay Basti/Kashay Vasti - EnemaGo main menu

This karma is indicated mainly in the vititation of vata (wind element imbalance in the body). Along with the sneha vasti, kashaya vasti imparts much more benefits to the body. The procedure is to be done between 10 am and 12 noon. Person must undergo all the preliminary procedures. The medicine for vasti is a combination of decoction, medicated oil, pastes etc. This will be administered through the anal route using a special instrument. The person will be observed throughout the procedure.

7) Netra Tarapana - Eye florishingGo main menu

This is a gentle eye treatment and facial, which is soothing and relaxing and particularly beneficial for anyone suffering from the effects of computers, pollution, or whose eyes feel strained. In our busy modern lives, full of visual stimuli, our eyes are often strained and tired, adversely affecting our vision and brain activity. Netra Tarpana gives nourishment to the eyes and has a relaxing effect on the eyes and surrounding tissues, removing impurities from the eyes. It is used for any kind of eye problems – dryness, irritation, burning, eyestrain. It removes ama and clears the eyes. The eyes are a pitta (fire element) organ, the secondary seat of pitta, and should never get hot. Netra Tarpana cools not only the eyes but also the brain.

8) Nasyam - Nasal infusionGo main menu

Nasyam is one of the important treatments in ayurveda instilling several drops of oil in the nose. The dose is fixed with the severity of the disease and patient has to inhale the oil, instilled in each nostril. This is good to clear phlegm from channels and prevents blocking of the channels

This is very effective in ailments such as sinusitis, migraine, chronic cold and chest congestion.

9) Janu Basti - Knee healingGo main menu

Knee joint is called as the Janu Sandhi in Sanskrit; hence the name Janu Basti is given to the Basti procedure done on Knee joints. In this procedure the healing property of the medicated oil used; are especially useful to restore the lubricant fluid in the joint and maintain integrity of the structures involved in the joint.


In Janu Basti two Basti Puta are prepared on the two Knee joints or it can be planned for one knee joint if only the one joint is involved in the disease process. The main precaution to be taken in this procedure is to stabilize the knee joints so that these could not swing internally or externally unconsciously.

The patient is made to lie on his back on the droni.

Reservoir made of black gram dough is built up on the Knee Joint. The dough ring should be of such a size that it covers the whole knee joint.

After ensuring that this is leak-proof, lukewarm medicinal oil, which alleviates pain and strengthens the joint, is slowly poured into it. When the oil cools down, it is squeezed out with cotton gauze and the procedure is repeated a few times.

The oil and the receptacle are kept on for about half an hour. After removing them, the affected area may be gently massaged with the same oil. The patient is then made to take rest for a short while.

The healing properties of herbal oils used for this basti deeply clean and fortify the blood, build strong muscle and connective tissues, and lubricate the joints.

This special technique is aimed at providing relief by bathing the Knee Joint in warm Medicated oil for twenty to fifty minutes.


Osteoarthritis of Knee joint

Stiffness and pain in Knee joint

Age related changes in Knee Joint

Inflammation in knee joint

10) Podi Kizhi - Powder poultis massageGo main menu

Like Ela Kizhi, but in this treatment we use powdered herbs. We apply them throughout the whole body using warm reticules.

Benefits: Insomnia problems, stimulates the nervous system. Helpful for myosceletic problems, arthritis, backaches, joint aches, shoulder aches. It revives the cells of the skin and offers glow and vitality. It gives euphoria to the soul and the body.

11) Kati/Prishta Vasti - Lumbar healingGo main menu

Focusing on the lower back and spinal nerves, Kati Basti corrects postural imbalances and alleviates the tension caused from sitting for prolonged periods.

The Therapist prepares dough from special grains which is shaped into a small ring and placed on the affected area. This adheres to the skin and is then filled with heated, medicated oil. The oil is retained within the ring at a specific temperature for a specific time. This helps the oil to penetrate deeper into the tissues, softening the stiff and tight muscles.

Once the oil is removed the therapist will massage specific marma points around the affected area to repair ligaments and tendons, followed by a localised herbal steam to deepen the effect.

12) Karna Pooranam - Ear refiningGo main menu

Filling of medicated oil into the ears is known as Karna Purnam Therapy. This is practised in healthy as well as in those with certain ear disorders. It specifically provides strength to the Karna (Ears). Indirectly it works on the whole body by improving the functioning of the endocrine glands.

13) Udvartanam - Anti cellulite massageGo main menu

This is a specialized ayurveda herbal massage treatment for effective weight reduction. A herbal paste / powder is applied all over the body and deeply massaged with specific movements by two therapists for one hour every day.

This therapy is very effective in naturally reducing weight. It also helps remove cellulite, revitalizes the sense of touch , gives a good complexion to the skin, removes toxins from the body, and tones the skin & muscles after child birth.

14) Thalapothichil - Head & hair rootingGo main menu

Treatment is renowned for its ability to heal problems related to the head and neck regions. Alzheimer’s disease, migraine, certain psychosomatic diseases, arthritis, headache, insomnia, mental illness, hyper tension, sinusitis etc. are some of the most common ailments treated using this method. In Thalapothichil, the person’s scalp is completely applied with high value medicinal pastes. This enables the medicines to penetrate faster into the brain cells. The healing properties of the herbs also calm down the nervous system and rejuvenate the person. To start the treatment, the person sits on a chair, well relaxed. Selected medicinal herbs, thoroughly ground and made into fine paste, is then thickly applied on to his scalp. The head is then covered up with leaves, usually banana leaves, to form a perfect mask. This is done to allow the medicines to stay on and function well. The mask remains on the person’s head for almost 40 to 50 minutes giving wonderful relaxation to the mind. The effect of the medicines calms down the nerves, relieves mental tension, increases the person’s memory power and improves his sleep pattern.

15) Matra Basti - EnemaGo main menu

Matra Basti is a special treatment in traditional Ayurveda for chronic constipation, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, and various neurological disorders like multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, dystrophy and atrophy of nerves and muscle. In this treatment, certain herbal oils and herbal extracts are applied through the rectum on a daily basis. Matra Vasti has a lubricating, balancing, nourishing, strengthening and pacifying effect. It also works as rejuvenator, immune-modulator and nutrient and subdues elevated vata dosha.

16) Lepam - PastingGo main menu

This holistic facial detoxifies, cleanses and nourishes the system to enhance beauty from within. Makes the face glow by preventing wrinkles and improving skin tone.

17) Bodypack - Go main menu

First oil massage is done along the energy channels – this loosens and liquefies congested matter in the tissues. Then herbal oils are ‘dripped’ to awaken the energy seated at the base of the spine. Afterwards Lepam is applied all over the body followed by a wrap in banana leaves to maintain warmth. Finally the Lepam is washed off and then skin nourished with milk or plant-gel based lotion.

18) Pichu - Cotton gaugeGo main menu

Pichu is a palliative treatment for ailments of the head and spine. Cotton pad is soaked in medicated oil is placed on the head and kept moist with warm oil.
During this treatment, a long, thick layer of cotton wool soaked with
warm medicated oil is applied over the affected area. The oil is
replaced periodically to keep it warm and therapeutic. Pichu, one of
the Purvakarma therapies, is considered an effective treatment for
diseases of the cranial nerves arising from Vata disorder. This
therapy is very effective for degenerative and painful spinal
Beneficial for
Mental Wellness
Combating chronic headache
Reduces insomnia
Treats hysteria
Counteracts hallucinations
Spinal and Nervous problems
Alleviating back pain
Treating osteo-arthritis
Relieving Spondylitis
Curing degenerative injuries
For facial palsy, headache, insomnia, poor memory, dermatitis of the scalp, dandruff, neurological disorders, paralysis and skin disorders such as eczema

19) Danta Dhavanam - Brushing with Herbal SticksGo main menu

It is the brushing your teeth with herbal stems like Neem, Khadir, Arjuna etc

20) Dhoompanam - Herbal smokingGo main menu

It is simply the inhalation of smoke of herbal medicines through nose

21) Kerala Ayurvedic Body MassageGo main menu

The massage helps balance the nervous system & regulate body function

22) Traditional Ayurvedic Rejuvenation MassageGo main menu

The traditional ayurvedic massage with medicated oils to tone up the body. This Improves Blood circulation golorfies skin , antiaging, helps to sleep better

23) Body Scrub & CleansingGo main menu

A scrub exfoliates the skin on your body leaving it feeling fresh smooth moisturized & soft. An abrasive product is rubbed vigorously & massaged. It helps body countering, detoxification, boosting the lymphatic system & metabolism