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.
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
- 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.
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.