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Ayurveda Therapies

Ayurveda Therapy Inhalation therapy
A mixture of fresh herbs is boiled producing steam for inhalation. This therapy loosens mucous deposits in the lungs, so purifying the respiratory tract.

Herbal oil therapy on the head
The patient lies face up on a special wooden bed and warm herbal oil is directed onto a spot between the eyebrows and allowed to permeate the scalp. This therapy is highly effective in the treatment of insomnia, migraine, epilepsy and amnesia.

Revitalizing herbal oil therapy
Herbal oil is applied all over the body to promote the excretion of toxic waste products and to develop the immunity of the body. This therapy is ideal for all types of rheumatism and arthritis, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and certain skin disease.

Herbal oil body massage
This is a relaxing and energizing oil massage for the whole body using medicated herbal oil. The massage is done according to traditional Ayurvedic techniques. This therapy is good to reduce stress and fatigue and also to improve blood and lymph circulation.

Head Massage
The patients head and neck are given a relaxing massage with a special herbal oil, which increases the blood supply to the scalp, relieves nervous tension and encourages hair growth.

Medicated Steam Bath
The patients body is heated in a traditional wooden box made from the Margosa tree, while the head is on the outside staying cool. This therapy is specially recommended to alleviate certain skin diseases, to eliminate impurities from the body, and to reduce fat.

Herbal bath therapy
Fresh herbal leaves are boiled and the liquid added to a warm bath. This therapy dilates the capillaries, so creating a general sense of well-being.

Facial therapy
A special oil or herbal cleansing cream is gently massaged into the face. This therapy vitalizes and tones the facial skin and creates a soothing effect on the nerve paths.

Ayurvedic Medicine
Consider This Therapy for:
Strictly speaking, Ayurvedic Medicine is not a treatment. Rather, it is an entire medical system whose goal is the prevention of disease through the proper balance of three "irreducible principles" at work in the body.

Derived from philosophical theories propounded in India over 2,000 years ago, the principles of Ayurvedic Medicine have never been substantiated by contemporary medical science-and no medical conditions have been proven to respond to Ayurvedic treatments. Certain Ayurvedic exercises, such as the meditation and gentle stretching exercises of yoga, afford people relief from tension and stress. However, any impact these exercises have on chronic conditions such as high blood pressure appears to be momentary, and cant be considered a lasting remedy.

Avoiding Therapy
Because none of the treatments endorsed by Ayurvedic Medicine have been tested and found effective in regular clinical trials, Western physicians rarely recommend them for anyone. At best, Ayurvedic techniques are seen as means of attaining balance and harmony in your physical and emotional life-certainly not as a cure for a specific disease.

In any event, its wise to be especially wary of the purgative treatments sometimes recommended by Ayurvedic practitioners. Overuse of laxatives and enemas can lead to serious chemical imbalances within the body. Laxatives, in particular, should never be taken in the presence of abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting without first consulting a regular doctor.
Likewise, if you must follow dietary restrictions in order to manage a serious disorder such as diabetes or heart disease, its advisable to consult a physician or registered dietitian before adopting an Ayurvedic diet plan. Because Ayurvedic recommendations are based mainly on the flavor of food, they may be at odds with the bodys requirements as understood by contemporary medical science.

Choosing a Therapist
Ayurveda is not recognized as a medical discipline in the United States, and there is no licensure system in place for its practitioners. A few medical doctors and osteopaths combine Ayurvedic philosophy and practice with contemporary medicine and other types of alternative health care. For practitioners trained by the followers of the Marharishi Mahesh Yogi, contact the Ayur-Veda Health Center.

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