Nasyam is an Ayurvedic therapy that involves administering medications and herbal extracts through the nasal cavity to treat different complications affecting the region above the shoulder. It is an essential part of the five detoxification therapies in Ayurveda called the Panchakarma treatment. When carried out systematically, Nasyam therapy can work wonders to control migraine headaches, sinusitis, congestions in breathing, infections, etc.
In Nasyam Panchakarma therapy, the herbal oils, medicated powder, and Ayurvedic formulations that are delivered through the nostrils are absorbed by the blood vessels and make their way into the circulatory system. As they can also effectively reach the nervous system through nerve endings in the nasal cavity, they can effectively calm down the nerves, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote restful sleep. Moreover, Nasyam therapy is also known to slow down the ageing process and greying of the hair in individuals.
Virechana Nasyam: It is also known as the cleansing Nasyam or Shodhana Nasyam which primarily uses oil or ghee in combination with herbal formulations in the form of a paste. Virechana Nasyam is quite beneficial in the treatment of Kapha related problems like headaches, skin diseases, cysts, colds, eye diseases, swelling, itching, and stiffness.
Pradhamana Nasyam: It is a form of Virechana Nasyam, where dry powders are administered through the nose. It is effective in the treatment of conditions like sinusitis, hoarseness of voice, nasal congestion as well as chronic diseases like tumours and cervical lymph. All forms of Nasyam treatment aim at alleviating Kapha related disorders from the body, and hence, all of the therapies are commonly a form of Virechana Nasyam. Another form of the Virechana Nasyam is the Shirovirechana Nasyam, which uses herbs with strong potency.
Snehana Nasyam: Also called as Brihmana Nasyam, the Snehana Nasyam uses medicated oil mixed with camphor or other plant extract resin. It works best for dry sinuses, dry nose, stiffness in the neck, bursitis, and loss of sense of smell.
Shamana Nasyam: This form of Nasya treatment uses milk, medicated oils, decoctions, and teas to treat disorders caused due to Pitta imbalance and vitiation of blood. It can prevent premature wrinkles, greying and thinning of hair, discolouration on the face, diseases of the eyes, etc.
Pratimarshya: The Pratimarshya form of Nasya treatment is an excellent therapy for opening up deep nasal tissues and relieving stress. It is suitable for individuals of any age and can be given in any season in the morning or evening. Pratimarshya therapy is generally performed after a head massage, oil pulling, applying collyrium.
Usually, Nasyam Ayurveda therapy is performed in the following three steps.
A qualified Ayurvedic practitioner will select the individual based on the indications and contraindications for Nasyam Ayurveda therapy. The diagnosis is carried out according to the eight-fold or ten-fold examinations mentioned in Ayurveda called Asthavidha Pareeksha and Dashavidha Pareeksha respectively.
After that, the most appropriate herbal formulation to be used in the therapy is decided. Depending on the condition of the individual, i.e. rogi bala (strength of the individual) and rog bala (severity of the problem), medicated oil, ghee, or powder may be used. Generally, Anu tailam is the preferred herbal oil for Nasyam therapy.
Now the individual is prepared for the procedure. They will be required to complete all their routine activities and may be given a light diet one hour before the procedure. The individual will then be advised to lie down on the massage table in a comfortable position with extended hands and feet. For the initial 3-5 minutes, mild massage with Bala oil followed by mild sedation with cotton dipped in warm water will be given on the face, neck, and forehead.
Now the head is lowered down to a hanging position such that it is not excessively flexed or extended. The foot is slightly raised, and the eyes are covered with a clean cotton cloth.
The Ayurvedic therapist now drops the warm herbal formulation into the nostrils. This procedure has to be carried out with the help of proper instruments. Following the Nasyam Panchakarma therapy, mild massage of the palms, soles, and shoulders should be done. The individual is then asked to turn to the side to draw the herbal formulation into the throat and spit it out into the spitting pot.
The individual will still be in a lying position. Now, the head, cheek, and neck will be subjected to mild sedation followed by herbal smoking and gargling to expel out any residual oils or medications in the throat.
After the completion of the therapy, a light meal along with lukewarm water is recommended. The individual has to avoid smoke, dust, alcohol, travelling, sleeping during the day, and cold water.
For the therapy, Ayurveda recommends using lukewarm oils in the right quantities. The individual is required to relax and avoid speaking, laughing, and sneezing during the procedure.
Care should be taken to avoid swallowing the herbal concoction as well. The herbal oil that has been administered through the nose will be continuously drained out along with the mucous and morbid doshas so that none of the medicated oil is left behind. In case, the individual complains of any discomfort during the procedure, cold water has to be sprinkled on the face avoiding the head.
Nasyam therapy works best for individuals with vitiated Kapha dosha when done in the morning. In the case of vitiated Pitta, it is recommended to perform the therapy during midday, and for vitiated Vata, in the evening.
Nasyam therapy is practised at midday during the winters and in the evening during the summers. On rainy days, it is performed whenever there’s sunlight. As a routine detoxification therapy, Nasyam therapy is given before noon in the Spring and Autumn seasons.
For the treatment of conditions like the stiffness of neck, hiccups, hoarseness of voice, and aggravated Kapha, Ayurveda recommends performing Nasyam therapy twice a day in the morning as well as in the evening. For other health problems, they can be done every two days, a week, or in a gap of 21 days. It is advisable to go according to the advice of your Ayurvedic health practitioner for the optimum results.
Nasyam is a safe and effective detoxification therapy that can offer immense health benefits when done systematically. At Govardhan EcoVillage, a panel of certified Ayurveda practitioners, therapists, doctors, and physicians will work together to devise a personalised therapy plan for you and guide you on the journey towards holistic healing and well-being.
Who is eligible for Nasyam therapy?
Anyone can go for Nasyam therapy to get rid of disorders affecting the region above the shoulder, such as ear or throat pain, migraines, etc. People looking to detoxify and cleanse their skin will also be benefited from the therapy.
Who is not eligible for Nasyam therapy?
Individuals suffering from a serious or chronic illness shouldn’t be going for therapy. Besides, Nasyam therapy is also not recommended during pregnancy, menstruation, or after asthma or heart attack.
Are there any side effects of the therapy?
Nasyam therapy is a safe and effective form of Ayurvedic treatment and has no side effects. However, one may experience burning or irritation of the throat when the oil goes down through the nostrils. These symptoms are not serious and go away after a while.
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
Immediately after the treatment, one should avoid rinsing the hair and blowing the nose.
How long does it take for one to resume their normal activities?
As it is an Ayurvedic therapy, one can go back to their usual activities right after the therapy session ends.
Are the results of the therapy permanent?
Nasyam therapy produces excellent results, but permanent results cannot be obtained only from the therapy sessions but through sustaining the lifestyle. However, frequent therapy sessions according to the guidance of your Ayurveda practitioner can help to produce long-lasting results.
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