The following are among the most common types of Ayurvedic treatments. 


Panchakarma is the ancient Ayurvedic detoxification treatment for removing toxins from the body. It is a deep and very cleansing detox treatment program given in short durations (from 1 to 3 days) or longer durations (from 7 to 14 days). Panchakarma is not for everyone and is not advised for pregnancy, menses, cancer, emaciation, severe weakness and dehydration, extreme obesity, any infectious disease, HIV or AIDS, lactation, hypertension, congestive heart failure. 


Marma in Sanskrit means hidden or secret. By definition, a Marma point is a junction on the body where two or more types of tissue meet, such as muscles, veins, ligaments, bones or joints. Marma are the vital areas of the body. Marma Chikitsa is an important aspect of  Ayurvedic  treatment  where the application of pressure on these Marma points induces the flow of vital energy (prana) along a complex system of subtle channels called (nadis).


Like traditional reflexology, Ayurvedic reflexology is a method of treatment wherein certain reflex points located on the bottom of the feet are treated with various degrees of pressure and motions, primarily by the reflexologists thumbs. Ayurvedic reflexology incorporates oil to enhance the treatment. Ayurvedic reflexology treatments are designed to help balance the doshas - Vata, Pitta, Kapha - as are all treatment programs found in Ayurveda.


One of the most calming and completely relaxing treatments in Ayurvedic medicine is Shirodhara, a form of Ayurveda therapy that involves gently pouring liquids, namely oil suited to one's constitution, over the forehead. Traditionally, Shirodhara is one of the five treatments in the Panchakarma detoxification program. The name comes from the Sanskrit words shiro (head) and dhara (flow).


Ayurveda considers the use of aroma as an important tool for prevention and healing. Practitioners use it for protecting the vital force, prana, regulating digestion and metabolism, agni, and increasing resistance to disease, ojas. Traditional Ayurvedic practices include fumigation by burning Neem leaves, use of holy basil or rose petals in water while bathing, and burning incense sticks during meditation.


Ayurveda is the medical branch of Yoga. Ayurvedic yoga is different than mainstream yoga because Ayurvedic yoga does not generalize its program. Instead, Ayurvedic yoga maintains individualized yoga programs suited for each person's unique main constitution. In an Ayurvedic yoga class, each person is given a specific regimen of asanas to practice according to their own dosha balancing needs.

The information above is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose or treat any illness or disease. You are advised to consult your doctor before beginning any alternative treatment program.