Blue Lotus Ayurveda Newsletter

The Magic of Nadi Swedana

July 2005

In our fast-paced society, it seems that one of the most common ailments people suffer from is muscular pain. And it is no wonder, since most adults live a rather sedentary life, and spend long periods of time sitting, both at work and at home. Of course, a regular walk in nature to de-stress and nourish our body and mind with healthy air and vital prana is much needed, but sometimes difficult to integrate into our lifestyles.

Whether it is neck and shoulder pain due to tension and stress or a more general feeling of stiffness and soreness, Ayurvedic therapies can help immensely to relieve the pain (which is considered a vata related symptom), while removing toxins and nourishing the bodily tissues.

Relief from Pain

Nadi swedana is a localized steam treatment that dates back to the ancient Vedic period. It is often used as an adjunct therapy to the cleansing measures known as panchakarma (which are usually done for at least 5 consecutive days for deep cleansing and rejuvenation), and it can also be offered as a separate treatment. It targets excess vata and kapha and is used to address a wide variety of musculoskeletal disorders. Typically, the focus of the procedure is on the troublesome areas, such as shoulders, neck, and joints, but this therapy can also be performed on most of the body as a general vata management therapy.

A nadi swedana session consists in receiving a jet of herbally infused steam to specific areas of the body, while medicated oils are vigorously massaged on the site at the same time. This drives the properties of the herbal oils deep into the tissues, stimulating circulation and burning away ama (toxins). The steam is infused with blood moving herbs like eucalyptus, sage, cinnamon, camphor, ginger, or calamus to remove stagnation, dispel waste products and counteract the cold qualities of vata in the muscles and joints.

Relief from Injury

Nadi swedana is also useful for treating sports and other injuries and is more appropriate than ice in most cases, especially after the first twenty-four hours. If ice must be used to prevent swelling, then contrast therapy is essential, alternating cold with heat and always ending with heat. Ice is not recommended after twenty-four hours.

In Ayurveda, ice is not used to treat injuries or chronically sore muscles and joints. In fact, cold constricts the blood vessels, causing blood and fluid stagnation. This helps the memory of the trauma to "freeze" into the tissues, making it harder to remove the memory of that experience. As a general rule, a sprain or strain that is only iced will be more prone to becoming either re-injured easier or possibly arthritic in the future. This is a very different opinion from sports medicine, but this viewpoint is also shared by Chinese medicine, another ancient system of health care.

For this basic reason, Ayurveda has created numerous compounds, liniments, muscle plasters and oils for first aid as well as more long term treatment of injuries to the joints and muscles. Some of the most commonly used are Maha Narayan oil, nirgundi oil, and turmeric-sea salt poultices.

A Great Addition to a Massage

Nadi swedana can often more effective than massage by itself when dealing with a serious condition, and can often provide almost instantaneous relief from pain. It is perfect during the rehabilitation stages of injury and joint surgery once any wounds or incisions have completely healed.

This treatment is used in cases of chronic neck, back and shoulder pain, stiffness, cramps, atrophy, paralysis, bursitis, sciatica, sprains, strains, arthritis, rheumatism, and misalignment of the spine.

It can also be combined with other Ayurvedic therapies and types of massage. If you are in pain, you have to experience it to believe it!

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We are now offering Marma Massage, which is a specialized technique of Ayurvedic massage and a wonderful addition to the therapies available at the Center. This is one you have to experience!

It relieves tension and gets the blood and energy flowing, leaving you feeling invigorated and energized. It stimulates vital organs and tissues while unblocking stagnation and ama (toxins). Highly rejuvenating!

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