Abhyanga, Ayurvedic massage, begins this treatment for the first 40 minutes. This is followed by swedna, an herbal steam (using dashamula, or “ten roots decoction”), which one performs for 20 minutes. Shirodara, in which body-temperature oil is poured over the forehead for 20 minutes concludes the session. This is repeated for seven days
Basti is an herbal enema, made with bala, vacha, and haritaki boiled down from four cups of water to 1 cup. Add 1 cup of sesame oil and administer each night for seven nights.
Nasya with Brahmi Ghee (adapted for home use)
Massage the head and neck, then take a hot shower. Following this, steam the face and neck by using the following method: fill a large bowl with freshly boiled water. Add 1-2 drops eucalyptus oil or Vicks Vaporub. Take a clean, large towel and drape it over the head to make a tent. Lean over the bowl so that the steam is trapped inside the towel tent. Inhale the steam for two to three minutes. Gently apply hot towels to the neck and face. After steam inhalation follow instructions below to sniff Brahmi ghee.
Using an eye dropper, place two or three drops of brahmi ghee (see recipe below) directly into both nostrils. Sniff the oil into the sinus cavity. Hold both nostrils closed, then breathe in through the nose while rapidly closing and opening the nostrils. Repeat the sniffing procedure three times.
An alternate lubrication method: Place a few drops of the oil in the palm of the left hand. Dip the little finger of the right hand into the oil. Insert the oiled finger into both nostrils until they are well lubricated. If you use this method, make sure that your hands are clean and that the nail of your little finger is clipped short. Continue with the sniffing procedure described above. Repeat as needed. Do not perform within two hours of bedtime.
Brahmi Ghee Recipe
Boil 3 teaspoons of Brahmi (powder, leaves, or crushed tablets) in one cup of water for 5 minutes. Strain the liquid through a cotton cloth. Add a cup of ghee to the remaining liquid and boil this mixture until the water is evaporated (approximately 15 minutes). Take care that the brahmi-ghee doesn’t burn once the water is evaporated.
Reprinted from Volume I, Issue One, Fall 2002.
John Douillard, D.C. is a former professional athlete and author of The 3-Season Diet, and Body, Mind, and Sport. Currently he co-hosts a top rated radio talk show in Colorado called "Health Time." John received a Ph.D. from the Open International University, which was established by the World Health Organization and the United Nations University. He has been the Director of Player Development for the New Jersey Nets and consultant to many of the world’s top Olympic and championship athletes. John practices Ayurvedic and Chiropractic Sports Medicine in Boulder, Colorado, where he lives with his wife and five children.
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