What is Abhyangam?
Abyangam is an ayurvedic therapy that includes an oil massage for the whole body. As per ayurvedic principles, Abhyangam is a must be practiced by everyone as a significant part of their routine to ensure their well-being. According to traditional ayurvedic books, there is no other way better than abhyangam to retain the state of youth, attain relief from Rheumatoid arthritis, to enhance the health of eyes, to maintain a strong attractive and healthy body, longevity, to have a sound sleep and to avoid skin diseases. Abhyangam has the ability to provide calmness in times that are hectic and security from the moments of anxiety or vulnerability.
It is suggested by ayurvedic specialists that this amazing ayurvedic therapy should be practiced daily for Vatha body type, in alternate days for Pitta body type and once in 4 days for Kapha body type. The oils used for the Abyangam therapy are different for the head and the body and are to be selected as per the natural body type of the person, and the imbalances of dosha’s in the body (Vatha, pitta or Kapha).
The following are the medicated oils suggested for applying in Abyangam :
Oils for the head
Sesame, Ksheerabala, Balaguluchyadi or Karpasathyadi
Coconut, Manjishtadi, Bringamalakadi, or Kayyunyadi
Mustard, Eladi, Asanaviluadi or Marichadi
Oils for the body
After the body massage, wait for some time to take bath (1-2 hours), till the oil to be absorbed deep into the body. Oil has to be thoroughly removed during the bath.
Washing the body
Following pulses powder, tree skin or tree leaves are suggested to wash the oil from the body according to the body types of the person.
Horse gram powder
Green gram powder
The skin of East Indian Walnut tree (Vaka in Malayalam)
For washing the head
The powdered leaves used for washing is called Thali in Malayalam. Following thalis are good to apply for removing the oil from head.
Leaf of Mussaenda (Vellila in Malayalam) is useful for all 3 doshas
The thalis specific to each of the doshas are:
Leaf of Kurunthotti
Leaf of Lindley’s aporosa (Vetti in Malayalam)
Leaf of Yellow Myrobalan (Kadukka in Malayalam)
When to skip Abyangam?
It is suggested to skip Abyangam when there is excess Kapha, ie conditions with excess Kapha, or mucus and fever or signs of fever, such as chills, are present.
Specialties of our Abyangam therapy
At Sreya Ayurveda, we follow all traditionally prescribed methods which are mentioned above to practice Abyangam. Please feel free to ask us in case of a need for more information.
Reference: Ayurvedic treatments dictionary P.S Variar (Vaidyarathnam)