Nasya is a treatment procedure mentioned in Ayurvedic texts for cleansing. The name ‘nasya’ is evident that it is related to the nose. It is a process by which oil is administered through the nostrils. Nasya is a part of panchakarma as it helps in detoxifying the head.
Nasya in panchakarma refers to administering oil through the nostrils. There are different types of nasya depending on the type of medicated oils used and the body constitution – vata, pitta or kapha or a combination of these doshas. Even the time for nasya depends on the dosha conditions. Ingredients used for Nasya can be oils, ghee, along with herbs like brahmi, henna, basil, and flowers like rose, jasmine etc.
The nasya procedure is simple and is similar to the nasal drops usage to relieve congestion. The luke warm medicated oil as suggested by practitioner which is customized to each person as per the body type is administered through nostrils.
Method – Nasya is a therapeutic treatment for the nose, throat, sinuses and head. The face, shoulders and chest are massaged with herbal oils that induce perspiration (sudation); an exact dose of herbal extracts/oil is gently poured into the nostrils, while inhaling. After this process, the area around the nose, chest, palms and foot are massaged vigorously.
Benefits – Nasya can prove to be an effective remedy for congestion, allergies, sinusitis, headaches, migraine, rhinitis and other nasal infections. This therapy will cleanse, purify and strengthen the nasal passages allowing you to breathe fully and easily again. It is highly effective for headaches, sinusitis, migraine and rhinitis.
Duration – 30 minutes
More info – Nasya should not be administered after bath, food, during pregnancy or those who have undergone nasal surgery. It is not advised for children below 7 years or people above 80 years.
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