Herbal Spinal Treatment

Merudanda is the Sanskrit word for spine and Vashti means oil bath. In Ayurveda, it is believed that there is a cure for every single ailment and its consequent complications. This particular oil treatment for the vertebral column is considered to have a strong healing and curing potential.

For backaches and other spine-related ailments and injuries, this therapeutic treatment is considered to have internal cleansing properties. These are brought on by a combination of ayurvedic oils, massage techniques, and a steam bath.

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How Merudanda Vashti Works

The process of Merudanda Vashti is very similar to the process of Netra Tarpana. Medicated and aromatic oils are poured on the entire spine region within the boundary of a paste made of a mixture of herbal powder and water. The temperature of these oils is kept at an optimum level. After the application of this oil bath, a massage is employed on the Marma points to activate the vital energy and promote relaxation.

This entire process takes approximately forty-five minutes to one hour and thirty minutes for completion. A calming period of exercise follows the massage, which allows the activated vital energy to travel through all the channels to reach other marma points in the body.

Indications of Merudanda Vashti

  • Back pain resulting from fatigue and stiffness
  • For people who constantly sit in front of computers
  • Spinal muscle fatigue
  • Neck pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Degenerative vertebral disease
  • Spinal Disc herniation
  • Spondylitis
  • Prolapsed disc

Benefits of Merudanda Vashti

Merudanda Vashti has been beneficial in treating multiple lower and mid-back problems such as spondylosis, slip and prolapsed disc, back injuries, spasms, muscle fits, spinal degeneration, arthritis, and nervous disorder.

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Advisory Note

One should not consume any food for one to two hours before and after the treatment. The patient should also not exercise immediately after treatment, i.e. exercise. A rest of one hour is a must before that.

The procedure of Merudanda Vashti can take up to 14 sessions and even more, depending on the complications of the back.

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What is Ayurveda?

Practiced by the great sages of ancient India, Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of holistic medicine defined as Knowledge of Life (Ayu meaning life and Veda meaning knowledge). It describes the healthy and unhealthy state of life (mind and body) and describes the methods of balancing unhealthy conditions. Ayurveda focuses on the wellness of every person as a whole. Since the constitution differs from person to person, the wellness therapies also differ and are unique to every individual.

What is Naturopathy?

Human beings have remarkable recuperative powers that can heal the body on its own without external chemical or surgical interference, which simply suppresses symptoms but does not heal nor remove the root cause of the disease. Naturopathy seeks to heal the body by promoting its own internal processes. Naturopathy gives importance to internal hygienic conditions using healing therapies such as Dietetics, Hydrotherapy, Mud therapy, Reflexology, and Massage, among others.

What is Yoga?

Yoga is a lifestyle, to be incorporated. It includes practices like Kriyas, Asanas, Pranayama, Bandha, Mudra, Meditation etc.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a holistic energy healing technique where a certified healer directs universal energy to the person who seeks healing. This restores your emotional, physical and spiritual energy.

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If you choose our all-inclusive package, you will get a well-appointed luxurious room, Ayurvedic therapies, Naturopathic therapies ( hydrotherapy, massage, mud therapy, reflexology, dietetics) yoga sessions, acupuncture, all meals, all amenities, and a personal wellness consultation.

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Our culinary program is based on a wholesome, balanced and portioned diet. All of the food served at YO1 is locally sourced, organic, and sustainable. The ingredients that are used are free of harmful chemicals, alkaline, and genetic modification to create meals that promote an optimum state of health.

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