- by Dr Savita Kalgaonkar
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- Oct 07 2017
NASYA: Ayurvedic treatment
Nasya is a one of the Panchakarma, ayurvedic cleansing processes. In this, nasal passage is lubricated with special medicated oil. Ayurveda believes that the nose is the opening to the brain and it is also the doorway to consciousness. Nasya works on mainly head and neck disorders like sinusitis, migraine, tension headache, brain related issues, recurrent ear problems, recurrent upper respiratory tract infection as well as neck stiffness or neck pain issues. It also works on neck issues as well. It promotes the function of the sensory and motor organs above the clavicle and provides strength to the head, nose, and neck. It prevents premature wrinkling, graying and falling of the hair and it is very helpful in cold dry or windy days.
Nasya is of 6 types: As per requirement, ayurvedic doctor decides the treatment.
1. Pradhamana (virechan) Nasya where dry powders (like Brahmi) are used. It is mainly used for Kaphaja (one of tridosha) types of diseases. Kaphaja disorders involving headaches, heaviness in the head, recurrent cold, nasal congestion, sticky eyes, hoarseness of voice due to sticky Kapha, sinusitis, cervical lymph adenitis, some skin diseases, epilepsy, drowsiness, parkinsonism, inflammation of the nasal mucosa.
2. Brumhana Nasya (nutrition nasya) where medicated ghee or oils or medicated milk is used. It is mainly for vataja (one of tridosha) disorders. It is used for vata imbalances such as vata-type headaches, migraine headache, dryness of voice, dry nose, nervousness, anxiety, fear, dizziness, emptiness, negativity, the heaviness of eyelids, bursitis, stiffness in the neck, dry sinuses and loss of sense of smell.
3. Shaman Nasya (sedative nasya) is used mainly for pitta-type disorders such as thinning of hair, conjunctivitis and ringing in the ears. Generally, certain herbal medicated decoctions and medicated oils are used.
4. Navana Nasya (decoction nasya) is made from decoctions and oils together.
5. Marshya Nasya (ghee or oil nasya): Relieves pitta-vata and expels the toxin from head and neck.
6. Prati Marshya (daily oil nasya) is performed by dipping the clean little finger in the ghee or oil and inserting into each nostril, lubricating the nasal passage with gentle massage.
The Procedure of Nasya Treatment:
1. Poorvakarma: Procedure before main treatment
2. Pradhanakarma: Main procedure of Nasya
3. Paschatkarma: Post-therapeutic measures
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