Single masseur massage of the body whose therapeutic benefits include improved blood circulation and skin lustre; combats sleeplessness and fatigue.
2. Akshitarpana (Eye Treatment)
Medicated oil or ghee is kept over the eye within a herbal paste boundary. This treatment improves the eyesight and strengthens both the internal and external ocular muscles.
This form of external basti particularly benefits muscle spasm, rigidity and tension of muscles. It also strengthens the bone tissue.
Specially prepared warm medicated oil is kept over the lower back within a herbal paste boundary. Effective for back pain and spinal disorders.
Nasal administration of medicines affecting head, neck and chest disorders such as certain types of headaches, paralysis, mental disorders, some types of skin disease. Dietary restrictions ensure this treatment is fully effective.
Treatment whereby oil is retained over the affected site by an oil-soaked cotton sheath. Usually of 20 minutes duration. Effective for muscle spasm; muscle or joint pains / tension; rigidity of muscles or joints.
Keeping medicated oil or paste on the head with the aid of a special cap. Particularly effective for headaches, migraine, mental stress and insomnia, dryness of nostrils, mouth & throat.
Warm oil poured in a continuous flow to the forehead. Indicated for headaches, sleeping problems, depression, loss of memory, mental tension.
9. Snehanam (internal oleation)
Preparation for virechena, whereby sesame oil / ghee (or other) is taken orally over a number of days to prepare for purgation. Without this preparation, virechena cannot be complete and might even result in complications for the patient.
Body massage by 02 people in simultaneous movement and pressure. Synchro-massage has similar therapeutic benefits as abhyanga.
Specially prepared warm medicated oil is kept over the anterior chest area within a herbal paste boundary. Effective for bronchial asthma and other respiratory tract diseases.
Therapeutic vomiting whereby toxic substances are removed from the stomach. Indicated for bronchial asthma, sinusitis and skin diseases.
Medicated enema centred on the large intestine and vata disorders. At Surya Lanka, this treatment is administered by doctors only and is indicated for arthritis, gastric complaints, rheumatism and chronic constipation.
Preceded by snehanam (internal oleation) plus oil and steam, this is medicine induced purgation, centred on the small intestines, affecting pitta disorders. This treatment is supported by a special diet.
Ayurveda (translated as “holistic knowledge of life”) incorporates a scientific system of medicine aimed at restoring total well-being through cleansing and rejuvenation – Panchakarma. This classical method of detoxification removes the cause of an illness and corrects the imbalance of the 3 bio-energies of Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
There are five procedures which constitute panchakarma; – Vamana (therapeutic vomiting), Virechena; Vasti (basti) and rakthamakshan (blood-letting, not practised at Surya Lanka). The sequence of treatments is organized according to the ayurvedic principles of –
- Purvakarma (Pre-treatment) – Transports toxic substances within the body to places from which they can be expelled via the natural body openings during the cleansing process. This stage includes snehanam (internal oleation) steam and massages with specific oils. It is important that this process is fully done otherwise the cleansing process will not be complete and the body will not be rid of its toxins.
- Pradhanakarma (Primary-treatment) – The actual elimination of the toxic substances via vasti, virechena, nasya and vamana. Some of these treatments require dietary restrictions in order to work efficiently.
- Pashtatakarma (Post-treatment) – Includes dietary adjustments, regeneration therapies and medicines.
It is important that a panchakarma cure is administered in these 3 stages as prescribed in the classical texts on Ayurveda. A few massages given in a haphazard way or treatments such as virechena given without the necessary pre-preparation of snehanam does not give a complete detoxification and could even result in unpleasant side-effects.
At Surya Lanka we practice classic, authentic Panchakarma in Sri Lanka. We offer 3 levels of Panchakarma cure. Each level is comprehensive, result oriented; responsive to each guest’s needs and individual medical condition; administered by a team of highly professional, caring doctors and therapists.