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Ayurvedic Treatments

The authentic Ayurvedic treatments in Oneworld Ayurveda are performed by trained therapists using natural ingredients. The treatments you will receive are determined by your Ayurvedic doctor based on your condition and progress during your Panchakarma. Read more about what happens during a Panchakarma.

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  • Abhyanga Massage – A Synchronized Four Hands Therapy
    Ayurvedic Abhyanga treatment video

    Abhyanga is one of the signature treatments of the Ayurvedic healing system. It is a synchronized full body massage given by two therapists in rhythmic hand movements using copious amounts of warm, pre-medicated oil. The herbs used are chosen based on the patient’s specific condition. Abhyanga lubricates the body, enhances the lymphatic drainage and circulation; it induces relaxation whilst eliminating toxins and pacifying and balancing the vitiated doshas or bioenergies and is generally vitalizing.

    During Panchakarma, this treatment is used to prepare the body for detoxification. Throughout your Panchakarma healing retreat at Oneworld Ayurveda, you will experience this amazing healing treatment.

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  • Shiro Abhyanga – Stress Relieving Head Massage
    Shiro Abhyanga – Stress Relieving Head Massage

    Your head, neck, and shoulders are massaged with warm medicated herbal oil. The oil is chosen according to your condition.

    The treatment helps reduce stress, nourishes and supports hair growth, brings clarity and strength to the senses, improves blood circulation in head and reduces tension, relieves headaches and migraine and helps relieve neck and shoulder stiffness. The bliss lasts 45-60 minutes.

  • Pada Abhyanga – Ayurvedic Foot Massage
    Pada Abhyanga – Ayurvedic Foot Massage

    This relaxing, therapeutic oil massage of the feet, legs and knees, is specifically targeting the marma or energy points on the feet to relieve any tension or pain. Feet contain many nerve endings and several of the marmas are located in each foot. This treatment releases negative energy from these points, revitalizing and balancing the nervous system and making you feel more grounded. It is also beneficial for sense organs like the eyes and ears and helps cure headaches or menstrual issues.

  • Dhara – Medicated Liquid Flow

    Dhara is an Ayurvedic treatment method applying a continuous stream of warm, medicated oil to different parts of the body. The temperature and speed of the oil stream are kept constant during the 30-60 minute treatments. This specialized therapy soothes and relaxes the entire system.

    There are many types of Dhara, but mainly

    • Shirodhara
      Shirodhara is an Ayurvedic treatment during which medicated liquids (oil, water or other) are gently poured over the forehead in a continuous stream. The name comes from the Sanskrit words shiro (head) and dhara (flow). Also known as Shiroseka. It is helpful in cases of nervous system disorders, restless mind, insomnia, anxiety, hypertension, headache, paralysis, degenerative vata diseases, dandruff, premature greying, skin disorders.
    • Sarvanga Dhara
      Stream of warm, medicated oil or decoction is poured all over the body. Alleviates memory loss, lack of vitality, neurological disorders, calms the nervous system, reduces stress, heals and rejuvenates the skin, helps with joint pain.
    • Netra Dhara
      Specific medicated oils or decoction is poured over the eyes. Eliminates fatigue and pain in the eyes relieving muscular tension, helps improve eyesight, reduces wrinkles and brings luster to the eyes.
  • Kashaya Dhara – Treatment for skin, mind, & muscle problems
    Kashaya Dhara – Treatment

    Ayurvedic Kashaya Dhara is a treatment during which a continuous flow of decoction is poured on the forehead or the body. It is beneficial for curing skin, hair, mind, and muscle-related problems.


    • Skin disorders
    • Obesity
    • Depression
    • Headache
    • Hair loss
    • Dandruff
    • Hypertension
    • Anxiety
    • Stress
    • Insomnia
    • Muscle spasticity
    • Neuromuscular disorders
    • Pain and stiffness

    Using special poultices/bags containing medicinal herbs, heated in warm oil to relieve pain, reduce physical and mental stress and nourish and rejuvenate the body.

    Different types of Potali Sweda are

    • Njavarakizhi or Shastika Shali Pinda Sweda – Rice milk poultice
      One of the most popular therapies to rejuvenate the body. Poultice made of red rice cooked in medicated decoction and milk is rhythmically applied to the whole body. The treatment is recuperative and healthful and improves skin complexion, restores vigour and vitality.
    Patra Pinda Sweda
    • Patra Pinda Sweda or Ela Khizhi
      Among the favourites of our guests, Pinda Sweda are done with freshly-gathered leaves of medicinal analgesic and anti-inflammatory plants, all growing in our herbal gardens. These boluses provide heat to painful joints or body parts, like the back or the fingers. The treatment is highly effective in cases of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, musculoskeletal pains, and myalgia, amongst others.
    • Jambeera Pinda Sweda
      Using medicated herbs along with lemon – known for its antioxidant and detoxifying effect – to massage the body, relieving stress in deep tissues and enhancing the nervous system.
    • Valooka Sweda – Sand poultice
      Medicated herbs with clean dried sand devoid of gravel made into a heated poultice and applied to the body. Helps relieve stiffness and deep-seated pain.
    • Podikhizhi or Choorna Pinda Sweda – Powder poultice
      Medicated powders are made into poultice and applied to the body. Helps to liquefy fat, thus bestowing lightness to the body.
  • Kati Basti – Ayurvedic treatment
    Kati Basti

    Ayurvedic Kati Basti treatment is used to strengthen the muscles to improve the functioning of the vertebral column, alleviate pain, ease stiffness, lubricate the discs and nerves and restore flexibility. A dough roll made of mung bean flour is applied on the neck or spine and then filled with warm, medicated oil.

  • Shiro Basti

    Medicated oil is kept on the head with the help of a cap, enhancing the neurons and relaxing body and mind. Tackles issues of anxiety, insomnia, neurological and psychological disorders, stress and skin disorders.

  • Janubasti – Ayurvedic Knee treatment
    Janubasti – Ayurvedic Knee treatment

    The Ayurvedic Janubasti treatment is very effective in reducing swelling, pain, and crepitus in the knee joint. Janu means knee in Sanskrit and Basti is a cleanse. So we are cleansing the knee of any toxins and waste materials which may have got stuck there. The Ayurvedic therapists pour warm, medicated oil unto the knee, using a ring made of chick-pea paste. This is left to penetrate the joint, in the process drawing out impurities. Afterwards a herbal paste is applied and covered by moringa leaves. The knee is then bound and the paste is allowed to sink in for several hours

  • Ushma Sweda – Ayurvedic Steam Bath Therapy
    Ushma Sweda – Ayurvedic Steam Bath Therapy

    Steam bath (Ushma Sweda) in Ayurveda is a full body therapy using medicated steam to generate sweating or perspiration, which helps to release deep-seated toxins and relieve stress. It’s one of the detoxing procedures of Panchakarma. Fresh green leaves and specific herbs are carefully arranged to cover the body. You are then laid down in a steam cabinet for 10-15 minutes. The steam bath allows the herbs to draw toxins and waste materials from the body and impart their qualities to your body. A deeply relaxing treatment!

    Other benefits of the Ayurvedic Ushma Sweda include improved blood circulation, reduced blood pressure, toxins elimination, improved joint mobility and invigorated body. It also helps reduce obesity, benefits the skin, and cleanses the respiratory system.

  • Nadi Sweda

    Using medicated steam on specified areas.

  • Avagaham – Herbal Bath Therapy
    Avagaham – Herbal Bath Therapy

    If you love taking a bath, you will love the Avagaham treatment during your Ayurveda Panchakarma retreat with us. Our beautiful copper bath tubs are filled with medicated warm water—the temperature is maintained at a constant level. Two therapists massage you and keep pouring the water over you. The lenght of your luxurious bath and the medicine depend on your condition. Avagaham relieves back pain, provides muscular relaxation, is very helpful for the diseases of spinal cord, hip and lower back, and also for gynaecological conditions.

  • Pizhichil

    The whole body is anointed with streams of lukewarm medicated oil while simultaneously softly massaged, using rhythmic hand movements. Helps to relieve pain and nourish the joints, nerves and muscles, increase flexibility, reduce stress and induce peace of mind and relaxation.

  • Talapothichil – Treatment for Insomnia, Migraine, Stress
    Talapothichil – Treatment for Insomnia, Migraine or De-stress

    “Also known as Shiro lepa or Taladharanam, Talapothichil is a cooling treatment known for its healing properties for neck and head related ailments and pains. The treatment starts with applying medicated herbal paste on the head, which is then covered with a cap made of banana leaf. Talapotchil is highly balancing and relaxing and boosts the activity of neurons, helps relieve insomnia, stress and migraines.


    • Reduces body heat
    • Helps cure insomnia, migraine, anxiety, depression
    • Improves memory
    • Stops premature greying of hair
    • Soothes the body and mind
  • Snehapana

    This internal oleation is a major preparatory procedure to be performed before Panchakarma (purification). The entire procedure of purification is based on the proper mobilization of humors (doshas) from the periphery. This is achieved with the help of Snehana (oleation) and Swedana (fomentation).

  • Netra Tarpana – Ayurvedic Eye Treatment
    Netra Tarpana – Ayurvedic Eye Treatment

    During the process, warm medicated ghee is held in place by a flour dough ring placed around the eye. The patient is to open the eyes and blink slowly to allow the medicated ghee into the eyes. This procedure is repeated several times using fresh ghee for each application.

    The treatment is healing for itchy, dry eyes or any other discomfort or disorder in the eyes. It helps to clarify the vision, release toxins, strain or redness and is a rejuvenating and blissful therapeutic treatment.

  • Nasyam – Nasal Therapy to Relieve Sinusitis & Headache
    Nasyam – Nasal Therapy to Relieve Sinusitis & Headache

    Nasyam is derived from Sanskrit word Nasa which refers to the nose and consists of administrating medicine (oil, juice extract, powders) through the nasal route. This Ayurvedic treatment is one of the five detoxing actions of a Panchakarma and starts with facial oil massage and/or application of steam to face, forehead, head, ears and neck which helps to loosen the adhesive doshas. After this, drops of lukewarm medicated oil is instilled in both the nostrils. The soles of the feet, shoulder, neck, ears and palms are then gently massaged. This is followed by Dhoom Nasyam, where the patient is invited to inhale medicated smoke through the nostrils.

    The powerful Nasyam is used for treating diseases above the chest, such as diseases of ear, nose, eyes and throat, sinusitis, facial palsy, neck pain, radiating pain to upper limbs, frozen shoulder, premature greying, nasal congestion, neurological disorders, syncope, oral disorders, head aches.

  • Dhoomapana – Ayurvedic treatment
    Dhoomapana – Ayurvedic treatment

    During the Ayurvedic Dhoompana treatment, the smoke of medicated herbs smeared with ghee/oil is inhaled through nostrils and mouth for curing various ailments of the respiratory tract. Helpful in colds, sinusitis, cough, neurological disorders, etc.

  • Karna Purana – Ayurvedic Ear Treatment
    Karna Purana – Ayurvedic Ear Treatment

    Ayurvedic Karna Purana is a procedure of instilling medicated oils into the ears followed by a gentle massage for a couple of minutes.

    This Ayurvedic healing treatment reduces itching/dryness/ringing in ears (Tinnitus), enhances the sense of hearing , relieves swelling in the ears and earache. It is also used in cases of deafness.

  • Karnadhoopana

    Introducing medicated smoke into the ears helps for ear aches, itchy ears, tinnitus etc.

  • Greeva Vasty – Ayurvedic treatment for neck pain
    Greeva Vasty – Ayurvedic treatment for neck pain

    Greeva Vasthy treatment is performed by retaining lukewarm, medicated oil over the affected area of the cervical spine in a ring made of dough. The duration and the oils that are used depend on the condition and complaints the patient is presenting. The treatment is helpful for tension headaches, cervical spondylosis, shoulder and upper back pain, osteoporosis, strains and sprains among others. It also helps improve the flexibility of joints and improves circulation.

  • Upanaham – Ayurvedic treatment
    Upanaham – Ayurvedic treatment

    Ayurvedic Upanaham treatment is used for pain relief, osteoarthritis, swelling, and bursitis. It is also beneficial for heel pain. During this Ayurvedic treatment, medicated oil is applied to the affected area, followed by a herbal paste. Herbal leaves are used to cover the paste, which in turn is wrapped in a cotton bandage and left, before being washed off with lukewarm water.

  • Udvartanam – Ayurvedic treatment
    Udvartanam – Ayurvedic treatment

    During the Ayurvedic Udwartanam treatment, the whole body is gently massaged with medicated powders prepared with various herbs. The treatment stimulates the energy flow in the body, detoxifies and nourishes the body tissues, activates the skin’s natural metabolism and helps reduce cellulite. It cleanses and refines the skin structure and gives the skin a soft, silky texture and a lustrous glow.

  • Lepanam

    Uses herbal pastes on your body. Rejuvenates skin, also useful in treating various ailments. Acts as a scrub to smoothen the skin, rejuvenates the blood circulation, relieves pain and helps with skin disorders. Purifying, anti-inflammatory.

  • Mukhalepanam – Ayurvedic Facial
    Mukhalepanam – Ayurvedic Facial

    uring your Ayurveda Panchakarma at Oneworld Ayurveda, you get to enjoy a blissful Ayurvedic facial. It leaves your skin thoroughly cleansed, nourished and radiant. All ingredients are natural and most come straight from our gardens. Your face is first cleansed with lemon and honey, then toned with a combination of cucumber skin and water. For the scrub, we use a mixture of turmeric, rice powder, aloe vera gel, and milk, the following gentle massage is done with coconut oil. The finishing mask is made of papaya and tomato with licorice. In the end, we moisturise your skin with buttermilk and avocado.

  • Swedana

    Practiced either as a preparatory component to Panchakarma or as an independent intervention, Swedana is praised for its relaxing and detoxifying effects. Helps to liquefy and mobilize the Doshas.

  • Vamana – Medicine induced emesis

    Internal and external oleation and fomentation therapies for a few days in a row. Once the toxins are liquefied and gather in the upper cavities of the body, the patient is given emetic medicine and decoction. This helps to eliminate toxins from the tissues. Especially recommended for Kapha-dominated conditions.

  • Virechana – Medicine induced purgation

    Elimination of toxins with the help of internal and external oleation and fomentation therapies and herbal laxative to facilitate evacuation of the bowels which helps to cleanse the body of toxins. Recommended for Pitta-dominated conditions.

  • Basti – Medicated enema

    Ayurveda’s unique contribution to the medical world. This therapy has enormous benefits, especially in complicated and chronic diseases. The herbal decoctions, oils, ghee or milk administered give highly positive effects, especially for Vata predominant conditions.

  • Pichu

    Palliative treatment using medicated oil, paste and decoction. Relaxing and calming procedure to treat many physical and mental ailments.