Modern busy lifestyles lead to poor health in many ways. However, the use of simple and natural methods can significantly improve health and vitality. Detoxification therapy is a unique feature of Ayurveda involving the complete cleansing of body and thereby eliminating vitiated doshas. The technique effectively treats doshic balances in their advanced stages. Vitiated doshas causing blocked channels in a system, which needs purification, approach.
Shirodhara is one of the great purification and rejuvenating therapy. The word shirodhara breaks down into two ideas: shiro, meaning head, and dhara which means flow. Together they form a concept that aims to bring physical and emotional balance by rejuvenating the spirit and preserving health. This is achieved through a relaxing technique in which warmed oil is poured over a client?s forehead for an extended period of time. There are specialized forms of shirodhara called tailadhara, ksheeradhara, takradhara and jaladhara.
Shirodhara works primarily on the mental sheath or “Nervous system” as it is referred to in Ayurveda. Shirodhara is traditionally used to calm the nerves, harmonize vata constitutions, restore the nerves, release stored emotions, and purify the mind. In Ayurvedic Medicine, it is considered an important tool in the pursuit of higher states of consciousness. Shirodhara has been traditionally shown to help with fatigue, mental exhaustion, anxiety, insomnia, some mental disorders, headache, excessive thinking, nervousness, and many other conditions commonly affecting persons in today?s activelifestyle.
memory, nourishes hair and scalp, assists in providing sound sleep and calms the body and mind. Shirodhara is one of the most effective treatments for reducing stress and nervous tension.
» 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
» Nourishes and rejuvenates the body
» Stimulates the nervous system giving sturdiness to the body
» Improves digestion
» Sharpens the sense organs
» Improves the quality of voiceGives strength to the neck and head
» Improves the health of the skin
» Cools the body and relieves pain.
» Invigorates the body and mind and stimulate cognitive memories
» Helps relieve fatigue, tension, anxiety, anger, chronic headaches, rheumatism, hypertension, asthma, hair problems and stress
» Disperses negative electrical impulses that accumulate at the skull and hairline from stress.
» Renews the sweetness of life
» Rejuvenates the entire face and softens worry lines
» Opens the third eye of lord Shiva by this therapeutic Marma based head massage
» Activates the pituitary gland
» Increases spiritual awareness
» Regulates mood and depression disorders
» Activates the memory & stimulates the 6 & 7th charka which regulates our breathing patterns.
» Increases intuition
» It improves concentration, intelligence, confidence and self-esteem
A diet that is wholly conducive to the practice of Yoga and spiritual upliftment is called Yogic diet. Diet has intimate connection with the mind. Mind is formed out of the subtlest portion of food. Sage Uddalaka instructs his son Svetaketu “Food, when consumed becomes threefold: the gross particles become excrement, the middling ones flesh and the fine ones the mind. My child, when curd is churned, its fine particles which rise upwards, form butter. Thus, my child, when food is consumed, the fine particles which rise upwards form the mind. Hence verily the mind is food.” Again you will find in the Chhandogya Upanishad: “By the purity of food one becomes purified in his inner nature; by the purification of his inner nature he verily gets memory of the Self; and by the attainment of the memory of the Self, all ties and attachments are severed.”
Diet is of three kinds viz., Sattvic diet, Rajasic diet and Tamasic diet. Milk, barely, wheat, cereals, butter, cheese, tomatoes, honey, dates, fruits, almonds and sugar-candy are all Sattvic foodstuffs. They render the mind pure and calm. Fish, eggs, meat, salt, chillies and asafoetida are Rajasic foodstuffs. They excite passion. Beef, wine, garlic, onions and tobacco are Tamasic foodstuffs. They fill the mind with anger, darkness and inertia.
Lord Krishna says to Arjuna: “The food which is dear to each is threefold. Hear the distinctions of these. The foods which increase vitality, energy, vigour, health and joy and which are delicious, bland, substantial and agreeable are dear to the pure. The passionate desire foods that are bitter, sour, saline, excessively hot, pungent, dry and burning and which produce pain, grief and disease. The food which is stale, tasteless, putrid and rotten, leavings and impure is dear to the Tamasic.” (Bhagavad-Gita. Ch. XVII-8, 9, 10).